Natalie's Reviews

We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the world here in California. These two new books showcase many of them and are packed with gorgeous photos and creative ideas for the home gardener, garden enthusiast, and garden designer. Let The California Garden Tour be your guide to planning a garden-filled road trip, and keep Private Gardens of the Bay Area on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration. - Natalie

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Private Gardens of the Bay Area Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781580934763
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Published: Monacelli Press - October 17th, 2017

We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the world here in California. These two new books showcase many of them and are packed with gorgeous photos and creative ideas for the home gardener, garden enthusiast, and garden designer. Let The California Garden Tour be your guide to planning a garden-filled road trip, and keep Private Gardens of the Bay Area on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration. - Natalie

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The California Garden Tour: The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604697223
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - August 9th, 2017

As cannabis legalization advances in California, regular aficionados will need to decide whether they want to go the commercialized route or try going DIY, which allows you to avoid pesticides while saving money and experimenting with your favorite strains. This well designed book is the best introductory guide I’ve seen for the casual backyard grower. - Natalie

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Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Marijuana Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781941040584
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Published: Tin House Books - September 26th, 2017

This cookbook met my criteria: vegetarian, worldly, and somewhere in between easy and experimental. All the recipes I’ve tried so far, including salads, entrees, and drinks, have been remarkably simple and delicious. - Natalie

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Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607745495
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

Love fashion but feel guilty about contributing to dye-polluted rivers and sweatshop labor? This book is a cute and concise guide to conscious fashion—how and when to buy, how to properly care for clothing, and ideas for renting, swapping, recycling. It’s your pathway to out of the fast fashion trap that values quantity over quality. - Natalie

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Dress [With] Sense: The Practical Guide to a Conscious Closet Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500292778
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 11th, 2017

Growing up an introvert in a society that favors extroversion, I’ve always felt like a bit of a freak. Reading Quiet changed my life. Cain shows us that our current society undervalues introverts, and that it hasn’t always been this way. She helps us imagine a world where introverts are properly understood and offers invaluable advice for introverts and extroverts alike! - Natalie

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

We all know Cheryl Strayed as the author of Wild, but she is also an advice columnist and host of the “radically empathetic” podcast Dear Sugar. In these selections from her column, she expresses her advice beautifully, interspersing personal stories with poetic yet practical advice. In every response to her readers, her uncommon compassion shines through. Strayed is my empath hero. - Natalie

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage Books - July 10th, 2012

Enter a world with two moons, then a town of cats. Meet a relentless fee collector, a hitwoman and a cram school teacher. Explore a shady religious sect and ponder the meaning of the mysterious Little People. 1Q84 is a strange, patient, lonely, and ultimately satisfying pursuit of true love and delicious revenge. - Natalie

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1Q84 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

Saunders tries something utterly new and succeeds masterfully. Who knew the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln's son could be so entertaining, and poignant, when told through historical footnotes and a cast of irreverent dead people? Bonus: Listen to the stellar audiobook version, which features a 166-person cast with Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and many others. - Natalie

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Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Kassabova returns to the land of her childhood, Bulgaria, to explore the complex Balkan borderlands it shares with Turkey and Greece. Through extensive research, interviews with townsfolk, and personal reflection, she examines the forces that continue to shape this intriguing region. Lyrical and rich with stories, this book is travelogue, political history, and folklore all in one. - Natalie

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977863
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

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