Discover Literati's 2nd Floor

If you haven't visited our reimagined 2nd floor, you're in for a wonderful surprise. First you'll be greeted at the top of the stairs with toys for tykes to teenagers, lots and lots of fun jigsaw puzzles for all ages, crossword puzzles and game books, as well as greeting cards, posters and prints. All our kids books have been moved upstairs, where there's an extensive collection of young adult, middle reader, picture, and board books just waiting to be discovered. Just a few steps beyond is our impressive selection of cookbooks that include non-vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, baking, and libations books, plus books about food and food cultures from around the world. Absolutely the best curated section to get lost in! That area flows into home resource books, and on into the ART department that features artist biographies and autobiographies, photography, architecture and urban design, and home decor and crafting. This is a great place to spend a rainy day! From art, the shelves move into another creative section: gardening. From how-to gardening resource guides to picture books, regional gardening and travel-the-world of gorgeous gardens through books, this section is beautiful, mouth-watering, and inspirational. Turning the corner you'll find the ever-changing sale books section, where inventory buyer Jeanne has her finger on the pulse with the incredible job she does of bringing in notable remainder books at great prices. Yep, Literati's 2nd floor is a treasure-trove to discover!

Change Sings: A Children's Anthem By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593203224
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

Presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman's much-anticipated picture book in which she affirms anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves. 

How to be a Global Citizen: Be Informed. Get Involved. By DK Cover Image
ISBN: 9780744029956
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Published: DK Children - September 21st, 2021

Aspiring activists and young community leaders need information and tools to be responsible citizens and changemakers in their communities. This activism book is packed with content that will both educate and challenge young children aged 11+ years to make a difference, covering such topics as politics and voting, how to be responsible with online communication, preventing unfair discrimination, and protecting our environment.

The Chalk Art Handbook: How to Create Masterpieces on Driveways and Sidewalks and in Playgrounds By David Zinn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510764415
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Published: Skyhorse - June 15th, 2021

Ann Arbor's own David Zinn has made a name for himself doing his clever (and always surprising to come across) sidewalk chalk art. His newest book offers budding artists a review of the tools involved, as well as tips and tricks to creating an array of sidewalk creatures. David offers step-by-step guidance on how to make chalk art come to life and advice on specific techniques such as smudging, perspective, and 3-D illusions. He also encourages artists to work outside the box with details on how to best incorporate concrete specks and natural holes or cracks in the ground into their artwork.

Grow Green: Tips and Advice for Gardening with Intention By Jen Chillingsworth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781787135727
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - April 13th, 2021

A practical guide that tackles growing sustainably. Packed with easy tips and advice, this little book reveals how to adjust your outdoor space and create a wildlife haven, while reducing your impact on the environment as you grow your own cut flowers, fruit and vegies. From making your own fertilizer with leftovers, planting in pots, reducing energy consumption and conserving water, to dealing with pests and diseases, Jen removes the stress and simply shows you how to garden green.

Together By Luke Adam Hawker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780857839442
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Published: Kyle Books - July 27th, 2021

A gentle and philosophical look at the events of 2020 and how we can deal with the challenges that life throws us in general. A monumental storm brings huge and sudden change. We follow a man and his dog through the uncertainty that it brings to their lives. Through their eyes, we see the difficulties of being apart, the rollercoaster of emotions that we can all relate to, and the realization that by pulling together we can move through difficult times with new perspective, hope and an appreciation of what matters most in life.

A History of Music for Children By Mary Richards, David Schweitzer, Rose Blake (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500652473
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 21st, 2021

This brand new children's book appeared on our shelves this week and it blew my mind! A global history of music for children, celebrating how and why we make music. You and your kids can embark on a musical journey around the world to meet the diverse cast of composers, musicians, and performers who are famous for making the music we love. From Johann Sebastian Bach to Billie Eilish, Hildegard of Bingen to DJ Kool Herc, Wolfgang Mozart to Miriam Makeba, musicians come from many different times and places and introduce music from a wide variety of genres.

Sight: Glimmer, Glow, SPARK, FLASH! By Romana Romanyshyn, Andriy Lesiv Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452179773
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Published: Chronicle Books - July 13th, 2021

A stunning, multi-faceted visual exploration of one of our critical senses—sight! With compelling visual sophistication and infographics about all aspects of sight, this volume joins "Sound: Shhh . Bang . Pop . Boom! " as far more than just a groundbreaking introduction to our vivid, sensory world. At once an immediately accessible, science-intensive illumination of an endlessly fascinating subject as well as a sensitive exploration of how sight essentially impacts our everyday lives.

The Delish Kids (Super-Awesome, Crazy-Fun, Best-Ever) Cookbook: 100+ Amazing Recipes By Joanna Saltz, Delish (Editor) Cover Image
By Joanna Saltz, Delish (Editor)
ISBN: 9781950785438
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hearst Home Kids - August 31st, 2021

100+ amazing, easy-to-follow recipes for kids, plus helpful kitchen tricks to inspire young cooks ages 8 to 12. This best-ever kids’ cookbook from Delish is filled with recipes that make cooking fun. Throughout young chefs will learn basic skills, like how to make the gooey grilled cheese (the secret: use a waffle iron!) and upgrade your favorite store-bought foods (Chicken Nuggets! Woohoo!).

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What We Keep: 150 People Share the One Object that Brings Them Joy, Magic, and Meaning By Bill Shapiro, Naomi Wax Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762462544
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Published: Running Press Adult - September 25th, 2018

"Each and every one of us has an object we hold dear that has deep meaning, that speaks to our past or carries with it a lifelong story. Interviewing people from famous actors and writers, to musicians and engineers, teachers and nuns, truckers and artists, to mayors and CEO’s, this fascinating collection of 150 personal treasures and the stories behind the memorable objects is a tender glance at and recognition of he things of everyday life. The production value and photos are spot-on." - vick

Rolling Stone 50 Years of Covers: A History of the Most Influential Magazine in Pop Culture By Jann S. Wenner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419729027
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Published: Abrams - May 8th, 2018

For the past 50 years, the covers of "Rolling Stone" have depicted the icons of popular culture—from John Lennon, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Steve Martin to Rihanna, Louis C.K., Adele, Radiohead, and Barack Obama—cementing their legendary and influential status. Great great gift for everyone who owns actual LP's!

Burnt Toast and Other Disasters: A Book of Heroic Hacks, Fabulous Fixes, and Secret Sauces By Cal Peternell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062986740
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - September 21st, 2021

A funny and practical guide to transforming the most lackluster of ingredients into a delicious meal, making bad food good and making good food even better. With his signature dry wit and years of experience cooking for everyone from high-end restaurant patrons to his hungry family, Cal Peternell is here to level the playing field with this bag of tricks for turning standard (or substandard) fare into a meal to be proud of.

Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask By Michelle Lhooq, Thu Tran (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michelle Lhooq, Thu Tran (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9783791384894
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Published: Prestel - April 16th, 2019

Packed with useful tips and delicious recipes from a slew of experts, "Weed "covers smoking, cooking, and growing cannabis, as well as proper stoner etiquette and a guide to must-visit destinations around the world.

Where on Earth?: Geography As You've Never Seen It Before By DK Cover Image
ISBN: 9780744036701
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Published: DK Children - September 21st, 2021

Wow o wow this brand spanking new kids picture book is out of this world! Explore our planet through eye-popping maps showing volcanoes and earthquakes, animals and fossils, climate change, railroads and space rockets, peoples and history. This unique encyclopedia provides the complete picture of planet Earth as you’ve never seen it before, showcased in stunning photography and state-of-the-art maps. Way fun!

Resourceful Living: Revamp your home with key pieces, vintage finds and creative repurposing By Lisa Dawson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780857839190
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Published: Kyle Books - June 1st, 2021

Revamping and restyling your home on a budget and without waste is the idea behind this book. Award-winning interiors blogger Lisa Dawson shows how, with a little creativity, you can revamp your home with existing pieces, vintage finds and key purchases. The clever ideas in this beautiful book cover the most important ways we use our homes, from eating to sleeping, living and working.

Scientists: Inspiring Tales of the World's Brightest Scientific Minds (DK Explorers) By DK Cover Image
ISBN: 9780744033823
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Published: DK Children - August 31st, 2021

A fascinating book for children ages 7-9 to discover the stories of the brainiest people who ever lived and the scientific discoveries they made. Each page illustrates a famous scientist's life and what made their contribution to this fascinating field so important. 

Taste Test: 200 Trivia Questions for Food Nerds: Card Games By Max Falkowitz, The Editors Of Taste Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593231784
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 7th, 2021

Spice up dinner parties, virtual group hangs, or any get-together with this fun game set of 200 multiple-choice trivia cards that cover culinary pop culture, cooking tools and techniques, ingredients, and regional dishes.

If You Come to Earth By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

A glorious guide to our home planet and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other, inspired by the thousands of children Sophie Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children.

The Women Who Changed Art Forever: Feminist Art – The Graphic Novel By Valentina Grande, Eva Rossetti (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Valentina Grande, Eva Rossetti (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781913947002
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 31st, 2021

These women changed art forever. Told in colorful graphic novel form, this is the story of four pioneers of feminist art: Judy Chicago, Faith Ringold, Ana Mendieta, and the Guerilla Girls. Each made their mark in their own powerful way. Judy Chicago made us reassess the female body, Faith Ringold taught us that feminism is for everyone, Ana Mendieta was a martyr to violence against women, while the Guerilla Girls have taken the fight to the male-dominated museum.

Jazz for Lunch! By Jarrett Dapier, Eugenia Mello (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jarrett Dapier, Eugenia Mello (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534454088
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 7th, 2021

This cool kids picture book provides a jazzy twist in this finger-lickin' good celebration of music, food, and family. From Nat King Cole Slaw to Art Tatum Tots to Billie Hollandaise Sauce, get ready for some foot-stomping, booty-shaking, mouth-watering fun!

Watercolor Workbook: 30-Minute Beginner Botanical Projects on Premium Watercolor Paper By Sarah Simon, Paige Tate & Co. (Producer) Cover Image
By Sarah Simon, Paige Tate & Co. (Producer)
ISBN: 9781950968268
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Published: Paige Tate & Co - April 27th, 2021

Build your watercolor skills with confidence with these 25 beginner-friendly step-by-step projects on premium watercolor paper. Filled with unique and beautiful flower and nature sketches that are ready for you to watercolor No drawing skills required.

The Cutest Thing Ever By Amy Ignatow, Hsinping Pan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Ignatow, Hsinping Pan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419746727
Published: Abrams Appleseed - June 15th, 2021

A cute story about the cutest things in the world! This imaginative story sets out to answer a big question: Wanna see the cutest thing EVER? Just when you think you’ve seen it, there’s more! Is it a kitten? A unicorn? Bunny astronauts? These things are cute, but are they really the cutest thing ever? After being paraded through a colorful world of cuteness, young readers will discover a mirror on the final page, which reflects back the actual cutest thing ever and makes them shout—it’s me! 

Our Maker Life: Knit and Crochet Patterns, Inspiration, and Tales from the Creative Community By Our Maker Life, Jewell Washington Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419747137
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Published: Abrams - April 20th, 2021

The Our Maker Life (OML) community consists of knitters, crocheters, yarn dyers, makers, business owners, pattern designers, bloggers, and social media influencers who are dedicated to creating handmade items. What began as an idea to hop offline and meet up in person has grown into an international community of makers passionate about the fiber arts. This much-anticipated volume of patterns and stories is intended to tempt their thousands of followers and makers everywhere.

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Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (Of a Crazy World) By Ingrid Schaffner, D. Ghelerter (Contributions by), S. Gregory (Contributions by), K. Silver (Contributions by), C. Gould (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Ingrid Schaffner, D. Ghelerter (Contributions by), S. Gregory (Contributions by), K. Silver (Contributions by), C. Gould (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9783791350356
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Published: Prestel - April 22nd, 2010

"Artist Maira Kalman, my all-time favorite artist/illustrator/writer is also my hero. Oh, if only she and I could sit together in a cleverly-designed room or garden to share our life stories and appreciate the wonderful art-filled lives we’ve both experienced, I would be one happy camper. Known for her no-longer published “Max” chidrens books, her view of the world is probably considered quirky and colorful, though to me it’s utterly enchanting, fun, and very important art. This lovely book features hundreds of her paintings, drawings, sketchbook pages, doodles, and journal entries, as well as rarely seen photographs, stills from performance pieces and examples of her embroidery. This celebration of Maira Kalman, who has lived a life dedicated to the making and experiencing of art, is a book I cherish . . . and hope you will too." — vick

Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2) By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781643750064
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

This just-released follow-up to the bestselling "Skunk and Badger" is about the two roommates heading out on a rock-finding expedition, and the surprises they find behind every boulder.

Oh Hell No: And Other Ways to Set Some Damn Boundaries By Chronicle Books, Dani Katz (Contributions by), Sara Ahmed (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Chronicle Books, Dani Katz (Contributions by), Sara Ahmed (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781452180700
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 3rd, 2021

No. Nope. No, thank you. Oh hell no! There's a time for yes—and there's a time for no. This collection of art and essays is a much-needed reminder to say no to anything that might waste our precious energy. Featuring passionate prose from feminist scholar Sara Ahmed and actionable advice from author and journalist Dani Katz, "Oh Hell No!" is the ultimate naysayer's manifesto. It's a timely celebration of the joy of saying "no." This two-letter word is one to live by.

Miniscapes: Create your own terrarium By Clea Cregan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781743796863
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Published: Hardie Grant - May 4th, 2021

Create your own terrarium and discover the creativity and fun of making your very own indoor garden encased in glass. Between these covers is everything you need to create and maintain healthy, happy terrariums that are cheap to make and easy to maintain — you can even upcycle things you already have at home.

What Is Black Lives Matter? (Who HQ Now) By Lakita Wilson, Who HQ, Gregory Copeland (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593385883
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Published: Penguin Workshop - September 21st, 2021

From the #1 New York Times bestselling series comes the latest title in the "Who HQ Now" format for trending topics. It tells the history of the political and social movement that advocates for non-violent civil disobedience and protests against incidents of police brutality — and all racially motivated violence — against Black people.

Sea & Shore: Recipes and Stories from a cook and her kitchen in Cornwall By Emily Scott Cover Image
ISBN: 9781784883997
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Published: Hardie Grant - June 1st, 2021

Close your eyes and think of a place where the sky meets the sea, where the weather changes from moment to moment, and where the coastline is beautifully rugged and where surf breaks on endless sandy shores. This is Cornwall. In "Sea & Shore," Emily Scott brings together the magic of this beautiful part of the world, with over 80 simple and seasonal recipes for the home cook and stunning photography of Cornwall.

The Kitchen: A journey through time-and the homes of Julia Child, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elvis  Presley and many others-in search of the perfect design By John Ota Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525609896
Published: Appetite by Random House - February 25th, 2020

John Ota was a man on a mission to put together the perfect kitchen, settinmg out on a quest across North America, exploring examples of excellent designs throughout history, to learn from them and apply their lessons to his own kitchen restoration. Along the way, he learned about the origins and evolution of the kitchen, its architecture, and its appliances. He cooked, with expert instruction. And he learned too about the homes and their occupants, who range from pilgrims to President Thomas Jefferson, from turn of the century tenement dwellers to 21st century Vancouver idealists, from Julia Child to Georgia O'Keeffe, and from Elvis Presley to Louis Armstrong.

One Life: Young Readers Edition By Megan Rapinoe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593203415
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Published: Razorbill - September 7th, 2021

Join two-time Women's World Cup champion, Olympic gold medalist, and trailblazing activist Megan Rapinoe in the fight for equality and justice in this middle grade adaptation of her New York Times bestselling memoir, "One Life."

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His Dark Materials 3-Book Paperback Boxed Set: The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass By Philip Pullman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440419518
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Published: Yearling - May 27th, 2003

"An epic trilogy of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novels “The Golden Compass, “The Subtle Knife,” and “The Amber Spyglass.” The books star Lyra and Will who travel through riveting and terrifying “otherworlds” where they endure all kinds of menacing people and non-humans and situations. I found the series thoroughly spell-binding and was devastated to reach the end of the final book: I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Lyra and Will!" - vick