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Taming the Potted Beast: The Strange and Sensational History of the Not-So-Humble Houseplant

Part microhistory, part tips and tricks, this book is ideal for beginners and experts alike. A great read for all those who love their flora.
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Birds, Beasts, and Bedlam: Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species

This entertaining listen will appeal to patrons hungry to learn more about science, environment, ecology, animal husbandry, and how one person can make a real difference.

Home Detox: Make Your Home a Healthier Place for Everyone Who Lives There

Committed environmentalists interested in upping their game and being better citizens of planet Earth will find this guide useful. Highly recommended for all libraries.
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Marie Kondo’s Kurashi at Home: How To Organize Your Space and Achieve Your Ideal Life

This book moves beyond the home to include everyday activities and lifestyle. It’s likely to be in high demand due to Kondo’s popularity.
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Veranda at Home in the South: Interior Design Reimagined

Add this to collections where decorating aficionados are eagerly awaiting their next fix of beauty.
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Japanese Interiors

Readers who enjoyed the works of Marie Kondo or jumped on Netflix’s Home Edit craze will be enticed, but this book may be too niche for some public library collections.
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More Is More Is More: Today’s Maximalist Interiors

This feast for the eyes is a great choice for libraries where aspirational home and garden books are popular.

Island Follies: Romantic Homes of the Bahamas; The Tropical Architecture of Henry Melich

A valuable survey of Melich’s best island projects, which also captures his stories, passion, and singular eye for beauty.
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AphroChic: Celebrating the Legacy of the Black Family Home

Fans of the elegance and distinctive design styles featured in Michael Henry Adams’s Style and Grace: African Americans at Home will likely love this book as well. This is also a great book for those interested in increasing their cultural awareness and learning more about United States history, racial inequality, and interior design.
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Romancing the Home: Stylish Interiors for a Modern Lifestyle

Interesting and enjoyable, this book is a welcome addition to art and design collections.
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The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

A beautifully illustrated and detailed look at the history of chair design in America. Owing to the unique topic, it will best serve academics, students, and aficionados of style and design.
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Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Patterns: Easy-Sew Pieces To Mix and Match

A great choice for anyone hoping to create a capsule wardrobe for themselves or others.
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Fishermen’s Knits from the Coast of Norway

For experienced knitters and those interested in textile history.
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Knot Bad Amigurumi: Learn Crochet Stitches and Techniques To Create Cute Creatures with 25 Easy Patterns

Green-Hite’s book is full of simple yet extraordinary patterns that would be a fun addition to any library collection.
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How To Sew Clothes: Learn with Intuitive, Super-Hackable Patterns

The authors make sewing both inspirational and inviting for beginning sewists, in a book that reflects the modern ethos of environmental sustainability and the ethos of thrift from earlier eras. An optional purchase for libraries with a strong crafts section.
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Make Your Own Crochet Animals: Create Your Own Unique Animals and Patterns

A great introduction to amigurumi crochet and crafting three-dimensional creatures. Recommended for most public libraries.
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Wild and Woolly Knitted Animals: A Naturalist’s Notebook

This is a lovely blend of science and craft. Recommended for most public libraries.

Plant Coach: The Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Plants and the Planet

This book is filled with interesting and useful tips that will produce results. There are also handy checklists, questionnaires, and how-tos sprinkled throughout.
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Beyond the Garden: Designing Home Landscapes with Natural Systems

While these projects are unique to each location, thus making duplication of ideas not realistic for readers, it does provide good insight into creating within a natural environment and ideas for the advanced home landscaper.
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No Dig: Nurture Your Soil To Grow Better Veg with Less Effort

While not for absolute beginners, most gardeners, whether or not they are no-dig adherents, will glean useful information from this guide. Buy where vegetable gardening books are in demand.
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In the Name of Plants: From Attenborough to Washington, the People Behind Plant Names

A great botanical reference that’s also entertaining enough for general audiences to dip into or read cover to cover. Appropriate for academic and large public libraries.
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100 Plants To Feed the Birds: Turn Your Home Garden into a Healthy Bird Habitat

Deeply engaging photos of birds and plants and actionable suggestions make this a winner. It is the kind of book readers treasure once found, so put it on display and be ready for more requests for books on bird gardening. Collection development librarians should note that Storey has similar books on feeding bees and monarch butterflies.
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Urban Foraging: Find, Gather, and Cook 50 Wild Plants

Those new to foraging will not find sufficient guidance to pick with confidence. Instead, readers will wish they could take a walk with the deeply knowledgeable Rose and learn from her in the field.
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Terrain: The Houseplant Book; An Insider’s Guide to Cultivating and Collecting the Most Sought-After Specimens

This beautiful book is chock-full of information about many uncommon plants and seems geared to the collector or at least the intermediate houseplant grower because of the rarity, strict growing conditions, or expense of many of her choices. Tovah Martin’s The Unexpected Houseplant is another solid choice for those who want to grow unusual houseplants; beginners could start with Barbara Pleasant’s The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual or Darryl Cheng’s The New Plant Parent.
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Watercolour Lessons: How To Paint and Unwind in 20 Tutorials

An asset for all library collections that include art tutorials for beginners testing the waters of a new hobby.
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Doodle Everything! Learn To Draw with 400+ Easy, Adorable Designs

This guide is for those who love to bullet journal or craft. It’s also recommended for those needing to pick up a new meditative hobby.
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Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square; Draw Unique Cartoon Characters Using Simple Geometric Shapes

A great guide to cartooning that would be an excellent addition to a collection and also useful for creative library programs.
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From Petal to Pattern: Design Your Own Floral Patterns

The subject matter may be interesting to those looking to experiment with a new medium or discover a new way to view the world around them.
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Holistic Homesteading: A Guide to a Sustainable and Regenerative Lifestyle

For those interested in living off their land and starting a homesteading lifestyle, this book does a great job providing practical tips, recipes, and inspiration to get started on a sustainable path.
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Drawing for Illustration

A robust bibliography and index are included. The result is an appropriate update for art collections, particularly for universities and large public libraries with teens and adults interested in this craft.
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Crochet Amigurumi for Every Occasion: 21 Easy Projects To Celebrate Life’s Happy Moments

A spectacular choice for beginners of this crochet technique.
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Viking Knits: Over 40 Scandi Knits for Men, Women & Children

Don’t expect the intricacy and history of Elsebeth Lavold, but it will be the rare sweater lover who doesn’t find something on these pages that they’ll yearn to make.
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Japan Blue Indigo Dyeing Techniques: A Beginner’s Guide to Shibori Tie-Dyeing

This is a jam-packed volume filled with clear instructions and ample color photographs to help crafters master shibori tie-dyeing and incorporate it into their projects. Best suited for those who enjoy crafting, sewing, or designing clothes.
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Inspired Ikebana: Modern Design Meets the Ancient Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

This beautifully illustrated guide serves as a thorough introduction to ikebana. Crafters who enjoy working with natural materials will likely be inspired by Zaima’s artistry.
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Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect

Recommended for those interested in managerial success, the restaurant industry, or inspirational memoirs.
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Everyday Crochet: The Complete Beginner’s Guide

Crocheters of all levels will likely find this to be a useful reference guide. Recommended for most public libraries.
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Embroidery: The Ideal Guide to Stitching, Whatever Your Level of Expertise

Beginners can use this book to learn and practice new stitches, while advanced stitchers may find inspiration for their own pattern designs. Recommended for most public libraries.
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The Oil Painter’s Color Handbook: A Contemporary Guide to Color Mixing, Pigments, Palettes, and Harmony

Casey’s thorough and well-designed guide provides an extensive overview of color theory and the ways color can be used in art. Although there’s some beginner-friendly content, it’s best suited to artists with some experience with oil paints.
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The Beginner’s Guide to Hand Building: Functional and Sculptural Projects for the Home Potter

Geared toward the absolute novice, this book will appeal to those interested in working with clay but are not looking for glazing or firing instructions.
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Modern Embroidery: A Book of Stitches To Unleash Creativity

A well-written book that will continue to expand embroidery collections and encourage creativity along the way.
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Lace Knit Shawls, Sweaters, Socks & Hats: 26 Designs Inspired by Japanese Stitch Patterns

The patterns and instructions are lovely. The gimmicky, surface-level nods to Japanese culture are not.

Ted Kennedy Watson’s Guide to Stylish Entertaining

Librarians will want to add this guide to their library collection. It will likely attract loyal and new Watson fans.
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Embroidery: Threads and Stories from Alabama Chanin and the School of Making

Purchase only where other titles by Chanin have been popular. For patrons who want to sew their own Chanin originals, purchase the author’s 2008 Alabama Stitch Book instead.
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The Ultimate All-Around Stitch Dictionary: More Than 300 Stitch Patterns To Knit Every Way

This is an excellent book for newer knitters, but it’s also for those who are more familiar with designing and modifying existing patterns who would like to add a versatile stitch dictionary to their collection.
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Essential Sashiko: A Dictionary of the 92 Most Popular Patterns

A thorough guide to the art of sashiko that will inspire hand-embroidery enthusiasts, as well as hand- and machine-quilters looking for geometric designs.
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Knitting Wraps in the Round: 21 Inspired Shawls, Scarves, and Stoles

Confident experienced knitters will likely have great fun with this.
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Knitting the National Parks: 63 Easy-To-Follow Designs for Beautiful Beanies Inspired by the US National Parks

Buy where there is reader demand for intermediate-level knitting projects, with the caveat that this is for experienced right-handed U.S. knitters; left-handed and non-U.S. knitters will need to know how to do their own conversions and where to look for stitch abbreviations.
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Close Knit: 15 Patterns and 45 Techniques from Beginner to Advanced from Europe’s Coolest Knitter

Recommended for larger collections as an alternative to traditional knitting books.
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Dog Tales: Timeless and Compelling Stories About Man’s and Woman’s Best Friend and Companion

There are a few tales that are quite charming and sensitive regarding the relationship between dogs and humans, and it would have been better to have more of those.
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Wonderdog: The Science of Dogs and Their Unique Relationship with Humans

This is a solid study on man’s best friend that can be enjoyed by the casual reader or the historian alike, with an exceptional balance of entertainment and educational value.

My Hygge Home: How To Make Home Your Happy Place

This book is engaging, informative, timely, and inspirational, all in one. Highly recommended for all types of libraries.
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Establishing Home: Creating Space for a Beautiful Life with Family, Faith, and Friends

For DIY newbies and fans of Stoffer.
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The Designer Within: A Professional Guide to a Well-Styled Home

McClain’s title is an easily digestible, interior design book that would be an asset to any library shelf.
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Parisian by Design: Interiors by David Jimenez

The very niche nature of the work narrows the checkouts it may receive, but purchase where coffee-table decor books are popular.
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House Beautiful: Live Colorfully

An oversized book featuring expansive photography, this may find more of an audience with collectors than with libraries.
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Extraordinary Interiors

A delightful peek at the extraordinary interiors of the extraordinarily wealthy.
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Dog Tricks Even You Can Teach Your Pet

The short chapters, full-color photographs, and bulleted lists make this a valuable resource for new and veteran dog owners.
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Puppy Life: The First Eight Weeks of Bonding, Playing, and Growing

While the book is a visual delight, the accompanying text misses the mark. Recommended for inclusive collections or for breed fanciers.
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The Small-Scale Poultry Flock, Revised Edition: An All-Natural Approach to Raising and Breeding Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

Recommended for readers interested in homesteading, organic living, and sustainable and eco-friendly poultry farming.
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Americana Soul: Homes Designed with Love, Comfort, and Intention

This book is useful to anyone planning a renovation project to cull tips and ideas but with the caveat that its primary focus is on the design aesthetics. It does not contain information on a home’s functionality or infrastructure. An optional purchase for public libraries or where HGTV-related publications are in demand.
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American Roots: Lessons and Inspiration from the Designers Reimagining Our Home Gardens

Both newbie gardeners and those with years of experience digging in the dirt will find plenty of inspiration in this smartly crafted book that delivers both gardening style and substance.
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We Are the ARK: Returning Our Gardens to Their True Nature Through Acts of Restorative Kindness

This may not be the handbook that many gardeners crave, but it is inspirational for all.
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How To Plant a Room: And Grow a Happy Home

This useful work will appeal to a wide range of indoor gardeners, who are looking to revive or elevate their indoor collection. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. There are fresh ideas for readers to explore and expand upon, irrespective of the size of their space.
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What Is My Plant Telling Me? An Illustrated Guide to Houseplants and How To Keep Them Alive

Amateur plant enthusiasts are the intended audience, but this title could certainly be useful to more experienced houseplant owners. This book will be of particular interest to public libraries.
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The Complete Book of Ground Covers: 4000 Plants That Reduce Maintenance, Control Erosion, and Beautify the Landscape

While the alphabetical order uses botanical names, the index includes the common names and refers to the proper page number. A great purchase for public libraries with lots of gardening patrons, and also for libraries at universities that teach horticulture.
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Blooms & Dreams

The core audience for this book might be limited to fans of Gillingham’s who want to know more about her new life. Other readers (newbie gardeners, for example) could wind up wishing that her book’s advice were more down-to-earth and applicable, and less Instagram-aspirational.
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Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter

This book validates any pet owner’s grief and provides an insightful look into many cultures and grief practices pertaining to humans and their furry (or scaly) friends from around the world.
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Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals

It’s more about resilience in the face of adversity than about animal rescues, but listeners can gain insight and inspiration from a woman who has made it her mission to save abused and neglected animals.
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Quick Crochet: No-Fuss Patterns for Colorful Scarves, Blankets, Bags and More

Filled with vibrant, fun, can-do projects, this book is ideal for the crocheter looking to make a quick gift.
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Natural Tables: Nature-Inspired Tablescapes for Memorable Gatherings

An in-depth look at creating natural tablescapes; recommended for enthusiasts of the outdoors or of entertaining.
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The New Naturalists: Inside the Homes of Creative Collectors

An optional purchase for libraries with collections of art books.
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Mastering the Art of Flower Gardening: A Gardener’s Guide to Growing Flowers, from Today’s Favorites to Unusual Varieties

This work would be useful to a wide range of gardeners, from beginners to experienced, and interest historically minded growers.
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Regrow Your Veggies: Growing Vegetables from Roots, Cuttings, and Scraps

This book is perfect for beginners or for those with limited space, plus it encourages habits that are good for your wallet, your health, and the environment.
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Serial Griller: Grillmaster Secrets for Flame-Cooked Perfection

This roasting resource discusses many tips and will complement any library’s BBQ collection. Moore provides advice and ideas for the griller in all of us.
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A Year in My Garden

An enjoyable book for gardening enthusiasts of any skill level and a good addition to any public library collection.
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The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff

Those looking for a deep dive into managing overcollecting and cluttering, as well as changing patterns of thought that lead to such behavior, will be drawn to Stone's guidance.

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Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-free Gardens That Thrive Despite the Deer

For experienced gardeners with the time and budget to design, purchase, plant, and maintain these landscapes, or with the money to hire a professional to do it.

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