Literati booksellers Carla, Shannon, and Vick put together this reading guide to help you get toasty during these frigid days and nights of January and February. The list offers a selection of warming and feel-good reads from essays to humorous books, poetry to fiction, cookbooks to nature writing, and books for kids of all ages. Sit back and say “ah, that was a good one” as you burrow yourselves indoors.
A truly feel-good read about a truly feel-good man.
These delight animals can teach us how to embody pure joy.
Learn how other living beings, plants, fish, flowers, and even sweetgrass can offer us gifts and life lessons in botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer’s best-selling nature essay collection.
Poet Mary Oliver’s personal selection of her best work, spanning more than five decades of her esteemed career, provides an invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.
Brene Brown takes us on a journey through 87 of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human, sharing “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves.”
The Dutch people are some of the happiest in the world. Their secret? They are masters of niksen, or the art of doing nothing. Backed with advice from the world’s leading experts on happiness and productivity, this book examines the underlying science behind niksen and how doing less can often yield so much more.
Celebrated children’s book author and illustrator Peter Sis offers a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the beloved Sufi poem.
From the acclaimed author of In Praise of Paths comes a humorous and modest Walden for modern times. Beautifully written and engaging, A Year in the Woods is the perfect book for anyone who longs for a deeper connection with their environment, but is realistic about time and ambition.
“Nothing says ‘class’ to your dinner guests more than a Joe Pera book next to the can." - Seth Meyers
The first nonfiction book from poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives.
From the best-selling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog comes this delightful, delicate tale that pays tribute to the poetry of the everyday, to Japanese philosophy, and to the ingenuity and sardonic humor of cats.
From the award-winning poet and bestselling author of Keep Moving and Good Bones, a stunning poetry collection that celebrates the beauty and messiness of life. Pulling objects from everyday life—a hallway mirror, a rock found in her son’s pocket, a field of goldenrods at the side of the road—Smith reveals the magic of the present moment.
This elegy from Britain’s Northern Fells is a song of hope, of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that now belonged to him, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future. This book shows what it means to have love and pride in a place, and how, against all the odds, it may still be possible to build a new pastoral, not a utopia, but somewhere decent for us all.
Packed with fascinating facts, quirky scientific revelations and weird stories about our furry friends, Dogology offers a fun secret glimpse inside the canine body and mind.
Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients in this classic bestseller.
A collection by poet, singer/songwriter Stephen Leggett who grew up in Manistee on the shores of Lake Michigan, a region with a geography of snow, wind, and waves that has continually informed his writing.
A kaleidoscopic examination of the Beatles’ effect on the world around them and the world they helped bring into being. Part anthropology/ part memoir, this book is a humorous, elegiac, and at times madcap take on the Beatles’ role in the making of the 60s and of music as we know it.
Follow the tale of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that connected with readers of all ages.
Author and award-winning comedian Matt Birbiglia’s hysterical parenting observations is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.
This heart-wrenching but deeply funny and uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope iis a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
A musical, magical, resilient poetry volume from Joy Harjo, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.
A delightful photographic journey into a year in the life of a team of sled dogs, based on Blair Braverman’s wildly popular Twitter feed.
A transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, through classic and modern literary works that are in conversation with one another and with the world around them.
From business anecdotes about fulfilling orders to more personal stories about writer Marlee Grace’s recovery from divorce and addiction, this book is full of wisdom and resilience, with plenty of discussion about ritual and routine as ways to create effective and positive creative life change.
Nature and science writer Sy Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of octopus as she tells her unique story of falling in love with an octopus. Funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds. Brilliant recounting and heartwarming research.
Writer Eve Rodsky calls the vital need to create and prioritize time for activities that not only fills one’s calendars but also unleashes one’s creativity as Unicorn Space — the active and open pursuit of creative self-expression in any form that makes you uniquely YOU. Learn her techniques and manifest your unicorn space.
With enthusiasm and sass, $9 Therapy (the books costs only $9!) brings together the lifehacks and mini-upgrades that encourage you to make your life a little bit easier, a little bit less stressful, a little bit better, a little more loving toward yourself and the humans around you. For only $9!
Game On makes your party, weekend escape or vacation more fun, with a range of classic games which everyone will know (but often don't remember how to play!) such as Mafia or The Hat Game, as well as an array of modern games that will soon become amily and friends favorites.
Whether you’re a crossword solver, cryptogram fan, Scrabble addict, or Sudoku savant, The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book is guaranteed to tease your brain and twist your tongue.
Beloved actor, author, and respected foodie Stanley Tucci’s Italian cookbook features family-friendly recipes. Nothing will make you happier spending time with family than with the aroma of a hearty Italian dish sizzling on the stovetop. Buon apetito!
Jamie Oliver’s aim is to minimize your time in the kitchen so you can maximize the time you spend with your guests. His cookbook helps to take the stress out of cooking by arming you with tips, tricks, and hacks to stay organized and get ahead of the game.
As informative as it is entertaining, and filled with author LaurieColwin’s trademark down-to-earth charm and wit, More Home Cooking is a rare treat for anyone who spends time in the kitchen.
Getting a home-cooked meal on the table every day is an admirable goal, but it shouldn't get in the way of your life! Bare Minimum Dinners is full of easy recipes and shortcuts fo you to spend less time in the kitchen, with fewer ingredients, less cleanup, Instant Pot and slow cooker options, meals made in 30 minutes or less, and other smart strategies.
“This book is a beautiful object, but it’s also much more than that: an essay collection, a trove of recipes, a guidebook for how we might use food to fight for and further justice. The women in its pages remind us that it’s in the kitchen, in the field, and around the table that we do our most vital work as human beings—and that, now more than ever, we must.” - Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life and The Fixed Stars
A true celebration of cheese, this illustrated book features 50 cheeses from around the world, along with interesting tidbits, tips for enjoying them, and ways to create unique cheese plates for any palate.
At home, work, and out in our ever-changing world, we're all just doing our best. In this modern parody, Frog and Toad are here to commiserate and lend some laughter.
A red fox and a gray dormouse joyfully play in their forest home as the season begins to change from fall to winter. Soon, the dormouse must hibernate, and the friends will part. As the time for sleep nears, the fox tries to keep the dormouse awake. Sleep indeed must come, but not before the two friends have shared one last story, knowing they will be together again in the spring.
A beautiful and utterly compelling book about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox, with lovely illustrations by Jon Klassen.
Time has passed since Kenny Rabbit’s last adventure with his best friend, the legendary dragon Grahame, and a lot has changed in the sleepy village of Roundbrook. Kenny must cope with many changes in his life, including the fear that he’s losing his best friend.
The board book edition of Winter Dance is perfect for snuggly storytimes. As winter approaches, every animal seems to know how to prepare, except the fox! When he meets a golden-eyed friend he finds the perfect way to celebrate the snowfall.
There are lots of animals in the snow. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over beautiful collaged pages and explore under rocks, snowbanks, and icebergs to find out interesting facts about wildlife in snowy climates.
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter's snowy landscape in this magical book.
The magic and wonder of winter’s first snowfall is perfectly captured in Ezra Jack Keat’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book. This celebrated classic has been shared by generations of readers and listeners, a must-have for every child’s bookshelf.
This stunningly tender and beautiful picture book is based on Eliza Wheeler's grandmother's childhood and pays homage to a family's fortitude as they discover the meaning of home. The gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of what happens when six-year-old Marvel, her seven siblings, and their mom must start all over again after their father has died, moving into the deep woods of Wisconsin where they find a tar-paper shack is their new home.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year! Set during Lunar New Year, this moving picture book is a good one to read when we’re missing family far away.
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey. Along the way, we are shown a miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
Nineteenth-century American pioneer life was introduced to thousands of young readers by Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House books. With The Birchbark House, novelist Louise Erdrich's first novel for young readers, this same slice of history is seen through the eyes of the spirited, 7-year-old Ojibwa girl Omakayas, or Little Frog, so named because her first step was a hop. Erdrich’s first installment in a nine-book series chronicling 100 years in the life of one Ojibwe family includes beautiful interior black-and-white artwork done by the author.
In this witty middle grade historical novel set at the turn of the century, an 11-year-old girl explores the natural world, learns about science and animals, and grows up.
Laugh and cry with the March family in the beloved classic about them. This young readers edition includes a behind-the-scenes March family journey, an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more.
This lovely young reader’s paperback of the classic The Secret Garden includes Tasha Tudor’s iconic illustrations, an extended author biography, activities, and more, making it the perfect collector’s edition or a wonderful gift for young readers.
One of the best-selling and most translated books of all time, universally cherished by children and adults alike, Richard Howard's translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry's unique and gifted style, bringing the English text as close as possible to the French in language, style, and spirit. In this special edition, the artwork has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupéry's original artwork.
Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people - this is bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s first in an epic, romantic YA trilogy inspired by Persian mythology.
A powerful and heartrending contemporary YA novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice, starring Shirin, a 16-year old Muslim girl. One year after 9/11 beings to learn how horrible people can be towards her and others as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day.
Here's to Us is sure to be welcomed by fans old and new of What If It's Us. Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in these smart, funny, heartfelt novels about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.
In this YA novel, Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
In Rainbow Rowell's YA novel Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life―and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. But life goes on, the girls grow up, and Cath has to answer these questions: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
16 year-old Lara Jean’s lovelife gets complicated in this lighthearted romance when a big problem happens: what if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
A Clue-like locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.
Spanning just ten days in 1954 and told from multiple points of view, Towles's most recent third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary style, while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, themes, and, especially characters. Buckle up and enjoy the roadtrip in this gem of a story.
In 1922 Russia, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Amor Towles’ 2nd novel is brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another. This masterpiece of a novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. This delightful novel deserves to be an a list of Best Books Ever Written.
This bestselling novel is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. And . . .an enchanting and masterfully told story about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place, and realizing that family is yours.
A Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in this delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the bestselling The House in the Cerulean Sea.
Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author Jane Smiley’s latest novel is a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals, starring Perestroika, a racehorse—and a young boy—whose lives intersect in Paris. A treasure of a unique feel-good escape novel.
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s 1988 classic, originally written in Portuguese, combines magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery.
In this magical debut, an elderly couple's lives are changed forever by the arrival, on their snowy doorstep, of a little girl, calling herself Faina, who appears to be a child of the woods. Faina is wild and secretive. Hunting with a red fox at her side, she skims lightly across the snow and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. A beautiful, unique and memorable read.
Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.” - Booklist
Fredrik Backman’s laugh-out-loud novel is proof that the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness and hope can save us, even in the most anxious of times.
A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship and women’s lives at all ages. A spicy and alluring novel.
A captivating, bighearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood, and the ghost of E. M. Forster, written by the celebrated author of Tin Man. This saga, spanning four centuries, is a must-read if you’re looking for a captivating escape book. This one is full of charming characters you only wish you could meet and dine with at their table.
The much-read smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes . . . ???
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. From the bestselling author of Beach Read comes a sparkling novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations . . . or dark, winter nights curl-up-with-a-book reads.
Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us.
"There's rich, there's filthy rich, and then there's crazy rich. A "Pride and Prejudice"-like send-up about an heir bringing his Chinese-American girlfriend home to meet his ancestor-obsessed family.” -People
The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.
Ozeki’s signature humor and deep connection with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth make A Tale for the Time Being a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
"Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir" and "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" will adore "The Jane Austen Society." A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal." - Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of "The Lost Girls of Paris" and "The Orphan’s Tale."
A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation and of a society as extraordinary as its name. Hands-down best feel-good delight of a story.
A love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives. Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life: he can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But, can he fix his own?
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“A hopeful, uplifting story about the power of chosen family and newfound home and beginning again . . . but it’s the bees, with all their wonder and intricacy and intrigue, that make this story sing.” - Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is
This remarkable much-read and loved novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love and divine female capacity is a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined novel set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death. Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.
Deeply familiar with and educated in the classics and Greek mythology, author/scholar Madeline Miller’ Circe is full of unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense. It is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. Circe's characterization is a reminder of the strength of a woman's voice when she roars.
A Vintage Classics edition of Louisa May Alcott's beloved and influential story of the March sisters, that continues to remain a best selling book through the ages.