LaRaie's Picks

LaRaie is a bard, mom and now, librarian, who, though she no longer works for us, will always be our bookseller emeritus.

 

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated with New Material Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780553381153
Availability: Not in Stock. Estimated Order Time 1-5 days.
Published: Bantam - March 4th, 2003

Ina May Gaskin is a founding member of Midwives Alliance of North America and has been practicing midwifery since the 1970's. Her book is for all women, and birth partners, who are interested in having a natural childbirth. One of the many wonderful things about this book is the first third of it consists of birth stories from women who have all had vastly different experiences. Birth is a very intensely personal experience, and this book seeks to educate women about their birthing options. In essence, it helps to empower women and birth partners who may be unclear of what is involved in the natural childbirth experience. Pregnancy and childbirth can sometimes be treated as an illness by some medical professionals, even when medical intervention is unnecessary. Based on scientific evidence, Ina May's book takes the reader through each stage of labor, and gives information on prenatal care as well. I found the chapter on medical tests very helpful when deciding whether or not to receive certain tests, such as amniocentesis. I found this book to be an informative guide, full of wisdom, and positive encouragement.


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Timbuktu Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780312428945
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Picador USA - April 28th, 2009

A novel about homelessness, told from the point of view of a schizophrenic man nearing the end of his life, and his dog. More emotive than other Auster novels.


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The Elephant Vanishes Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780679750536
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Vintage - June 28th, 1994

A short story collection that is as hilarious as it is surreal.


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Grayson Cover Image
$11.16
ISBN: 9780156034678
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Harvest Books - February 4th, 2008

Professional swimmer, Lynne Cox, is in the Pacific Ocean very early one morning and finds a lost baby whale. This extraordinary true story is about their journey to find the whale's mother.


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Special Topics in Calamity Physics Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780143112129
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2007

Coming-of-age novel meets murder mystery. The story is complete with footnotes, literary allusions and a few drawings which made the characters that much more fascinating and believable.


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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780618871711
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2007

A beautiful memoir told via Graphic Novel. Darkly humorous, confessional work.


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The History of Love Cover Image
$12.76
ISBN: 9780393328622
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2006

A quirky, lonely, and poetic novel about a young girl who misses her dead father, a widow translating a lost work of fiction, and a lonely old man who wishes to be noticed.


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Into the Wild Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780385486804
Availability: Not in Stock. Estimated Order Time 1-5 days.
Published: Anchor Books - January 17th, 1997

Chris McCandless gave away everything he owned to live in the wild. The author retraces his adventures through those that knew him and journal entries left by Chris. The book challenges notions of the quality and meaning of life.


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The Gargoyle Cover Image
$12.76
ISBN: 9780307388674
Availability: In Stock (but it is always wise to call ahead to confirm!)
Published: Anchor Books - August 4th, 2009

Dark psychological surreal/historical fiction, with epic journeys through various time periods. Also a great love story.