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The Good Garden: How To Nurture Pollinators, Soil, Native Wildlife, and Healthy Food—All in Your Own Backyard

Enhanced with numerous lovely color photographs, this inviting book is a wonderful overview on sustainable gardening.
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An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Backyard Ducks: Breeds, Feeding, Housing and Care, Eggs and Meat

Buy where there is an interest in backyard poultry.

Professor Pincushion’s Beginner Guide to Sewing: Garment Making for Nervous Newbies

The clear instructions, attractive photos, and graphics make this an essential starting place for sewing and a foundation to continue to build on.
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Embrace Your Space: Ideas and Stylish Upgrades for Every Room on Any Budget

Ideal for public libraries where interior design collections are popular.
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The Creative Vegetable Gardener: 60 Ways To Cultivate Joy, Playfulness, and Beauty Along with a Bounty of Food

Experienced vegetable gardeners, as well as those considering growing a garden for the first time, will relish this informative, charming book, enhanced by the many lovely color photographs of gardens and plants. It simply brims with creative ideas for planning and growing a thriving vegetable garden.
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Let’s All Keep Chickens! The Down-to-Earth Guide to Natural Practices for Healthier Birds and a Happier World

The real value of this book lies in the author’s core philosophy of being mindful about every aspect of raising chickens. This isn’t so much a how-to guide to dip into when needed as it is a practical ode to trusting your instincts and loving your chickens. Mixed in with the good advice are several anecdotes from the author’s parents’ days in Guatemala, as well as several Guatemalan family recipes featuring eggs (of course).

A Gardener’s Guide to Botany: The Biology Behind the Plants You Love, How They Grow, and What They Need

This highly recommended book is a fine addition to all gardening collections.
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Home Therapy: Interior Design for Increasing Happiness, Boosting Confidence, and Creating Calm

This is a perfect book for readers looking to combine self-help and self-care with interior design and organization.
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Prefabulous for Everyone

A wonderfully curated design book for fans of Koones or readers looking to downsize.
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Design Happy: Colorful Homes for the Modern Family

Readers can learn much from Wentz’s book, even if these homes and renovations are beyond their budget. A complete list of sources for furnishings, wall coverings, and textiles is included.
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Yarn Spinning with a Modern Twist: How To Create Your Own Gorgeous Yarns Using a Drop Spindle

This book may be intimidating for readers who have no experience with or easy access to raw wool. It is geared much more to those who are already spinning wool and seeking more specialized advice.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture

A highly engaging and informative book with vivid pictures that celebrates an era of unforgettable and influential style. This must-add to public libraries will likely delight both fans of interior design and art history buffs, but it’s also accessible to the casual but curious reader.

The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality

This inspirational tearjerker is highly recommended for anyone who has ever owned or loved a pet.
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Scandinavian Style Easter Knits

A charming book for experienced knitters.
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Origami and Kirigami for the Home: Paper Art Decorations, Gift Wrapping and Handmade Cards

This is a thorough entry into the world of paper crafting, with beautiful photos to accompany each project and enough pieces for readers of every skill level to enjoy.

The Joy of Home

While not every family can afford a vacation home, these designs will inspire homeowners to opt for Gilbreath’s unique blend of simplicity and elegance.
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Compost Science for Gardeners: Simple Methods for Nutrient-Rich Soil

A no-frills book that both newbies and experts will find useful when planning or replenishing their gardens.
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The Cottage Fairy Companion: A Cottagecore Guide to Slow Living, Connecting to Nature, and Becoming Enchanted Again

This book presents an easy entry point for readers interested in exploring mindfulness and the cottagecore lifestyle.
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Creative Style: Liveable, Loveable Spaces

The text provides insight into the collaborative process between McGraw and her clients. The photos are gorgeous, and the layout is clean and simple; the photo captions explain why various elements, colors, textures, layouts, and shapes were chosen to enhance each space.

The Art of the Flower

Highly recommended for any collection where interior design or gardening books are popular.
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Veg Out: A Stress-Free Guide to Creating Your First Vegetable Garden

The alphabetical profiles of easy-to-grow plants will entice beginner gardeners to embark on a delicious journey to feed themselves physically and spiritually.
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Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

This step-by-step guide is a good introduction for beginners who need specific directions for planning and planting a vegetable garden. Gardeners looking for expanded details on growing individual vegetables may wish to consult a work such as Edward C. Smith’s The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible.
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The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook: Identify and Manage Diseases and Other Common Problems on Edible Plants

Novices and advanced gardeners alike will find valuable tips and strategies in this resource. Recommended as a companion to strong gardening collections.
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The Color of Roses: A Curated Spectrum of 300 Blooms

Recommended as a secondary purchase for libraries with a large gardening collection.
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Maybe Swearing Will Help: Relax and Curse Your Ass Off in Cross-Stitch

This is a short but comprehensive and enjoyable companion piece for cross-stitch fans looking to add a little humor to their next project.

Macramé Jewellery: 20 Stylish Modern Projects Using Simple Knots

Strambio’s appreciation for the art of macramé and her encouragement for readers to give knotting a try and let mistakes be part of the unique quality of a hand-crafted piece make this book a celebration of creativity from start to finish.
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Restyle & Restitch for Little Ones: 30 Simple Projects from Preloved Clothes

As recycling and sustainability keep growing in importance, this is a creative way to avoid ditching clothing that readers aren’t ready to give up.
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The Innovative Artist: Art of Pyrography; Drawing with Fire

This well-structured primer will appeal to artists looking for a new medium, as well as beginning to intermediate–level pyrographers interested in adding new skills and techniques.
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Embroidered Crochet: Enchanting Projects To Crochet and Embroider

While the crocheted instructions are adequate, and there are useful sections on blocking and finishing, the book contains several technical errors and omissions with the embroidered topstitching instructions. Only recommended for libraries where there is demand for the author’s books.
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Satisfying Stitches: Learn Simple Embroidery Techniques and Embrace the Joys of Stitching by Hand

Highly recommended, especially for libraries looking to expand their beginner-embroidery offerings.

Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design

For gardeners who would like a more natural look rather than curb appeal, this is an essential resource.
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Recycling in the Garden: Reusing Everyday Items

While this book focuses specifically on the UK, readers from around the world are sure to find useful ideas to help them create sustainable and unique gardens using recycling methods.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Establishing Home: Creating Space for a Beautiful Life with Family, Faith, and Friends

For DIY newbies and fans of Stoffer.
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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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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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Extraordinary Interiors

A delightful peek at the extraordinary interiors of the extraordinarily wealthy.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wild and Woolly Knitted Animals: A Naturalist’s Notebook

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

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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.
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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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Fishermen’s Knits from the Coast of Norway

For experienced knitters and those interested in textile history.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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