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Patience smiles over Why I Wake Early by Mary OliverWhile visiting Hills & Hamlets you may find Patience inspiring a love of books with students from the Montessori school next door to the shop through story time, book related nature crafts, or Shel Silverstein themed sidewalk chalk art. Warm, enthusiastic, and curious, Patience is a gardener, floral arranger, outdoor enthusiast, and grandmother who enjoys a good read and has wide ranging interests. The little plant terrarium in the shop is the product of her artistic green thumb, not ours. When she's not in her role as bookseller at Hills & Hamlets, she works as a nonprofit industry consultant to foundations and grantmakers.

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Why I Wake Early: New Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807068793
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Published: Beacon Press - April 15th, 2005

Mary Oliver’s gift is an ability to speak to the shared compassion of our hearts. In doing so, she offers comfort and connection. This one is a great gift to yourself or others.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret  Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439813785
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 2007

The tale takes the reader into an old “steam punk” reality and uses spectacular black and white illustrations to feed your imagination. Great for older children, young adults, and adults!

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154829
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Published: Scribner - March 21st, 2017

Struggling with rapid changes in culture and politics, Li-yan is confronted with how they affect her life, family and community. You will start to care deeply for her welfare and you’ll enjoy the colorful characters who guide her way. The history of tea, especially Pu’er tea is wonderful to learn about too. Great ending!

As both a home gardener and professional flower farmer, I heartily recommend! Great tips and techniques for planning, implementing and enjoying the blooms you grow! One of the best I’ve seen!

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Born to Run Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501141515
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

If you ever danced or sang to The Boss and The E Street Band, you’ll enjoy Bruce’s own voice telling his story and sharing insights from over the many years he has entertained us. Funny, moving and a reminder of good times.

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Homegoing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

You won’t be able to put it down once you begin. You will learn, you’ll enjoy and you’ll want to share it! A must read!

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1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

It was required reading my freshman year. IT SCARED ME THEN...It scares me even more now. Read it again!!!

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Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062049230
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Published: HarperOne - October 11th, 2016

Each generation blames the one before them for problems in the world. Boomers AND those who came after them need to learn how an “old hippy” like Larry Brilliant later did really help “save the world.” A great read!

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The Reason You're Alive: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062424303
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Published: Harper - July 4th, 2017

I loved this one. Themes of redemption after war and the search to reconnect to joy after loss. Quick does an excellent job of making us care deeply for flawed characters, by giving us glimpses into their past lives and present thoughts and desires. He colorfully and passionately educates us about the post-war experience of vets and a creative woman's life challenges. Dark themes are joyfully and compassionately lifted up in his descriptions and narrative. 

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