Staff Picks & Reviews

Books recommended by the staff

Homebrewing Books!

Three batches and two months into my homebrewing hobby (as well as working at a bookstore), I have assembled together a library of homebrewing books for whatever you're looking for!

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How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780937381885
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Brewers Publications - May 17th, 2006

My golden standard recommended book for brewers, new and old alike! From extract to all grain batches, if this book doesn't have the answer, you're probably not looking hard enough. Most Notable: the appendix "Is My Beer Ruined?" for expectant (and worried) brewmasters!


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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060531058
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: William Morrow & Company - September 23rd, 2003

The book that launched a thousand brews. Papazian's book has long been a classic, and for good reason. Not only informational, features a good index of great recipes ranging from your basic brews to high octane honey meads, all written with a crazy uncle's sense of humor and gentle guidance. Reminds us all to "Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Homebrew". Keep an eye out for the new edition coming March 2014!


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Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink Cover Image
By Randy Mosher, Sam Calagione (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781603420891
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Storey Publishing - February 11th, 2009

Do you know the difference between a hefeweizen and american wheat? Or how to properly pour a pint? While not exactly a homebrewing book, this book will definitely deepen your knowledge and palate on the plethora of styles and flavors floating around out there! A must read for brewers and drinkers alike.


The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

This novel is rich and deserves to be devoured over a weekend. Coplin manages to create a lush story, even in one paragraph chapters.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062188519
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 5th, 2013

Beautiful Ruins By Jess Walter

This book is so much fun! Sweet and tender; gently comical. You will want to run to Italy and find your own Pasquale! You will not want to miss what happens to all the characters and find out where they all end up.

 

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

Michael Pollan!

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375760396
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Published: Random House Trade - May 28th, 2002

Follow the history of four plants' "domestication" alongside humans!


The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

A snapshot look at our food industry today-- and how it came to be that way. Brings the grocery store into fresh perspective!


Food Rules: An Eater's Manual Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780143116387
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2009

A succinct, noncontroversial guide on how to eat better (beyond his mantra "Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants.")


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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594204210
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Published: Penguin Press - April 23rd, 2013

Bill Bryson - All Titles

I can't help but laugh out loud while reading Bill Bryson. It doesn't matter if he is talking about a mundane Australian town or the lush Appalachian trails, Bryson finds humor in everything (especially his own shortcomings). His books are funny and feel good.

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780767902526
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Published: Broadway Books - May 4th, 1999

In a Sunburned Country Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780767903868
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Published: Broadway Books - May 15th, 2001

I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780767903820
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Published: Broadway Books - June 6th, 2000

A Short History of Nearly Everything Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780767908184
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Published: Broadway Books - September 14th, 2004

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780767919371
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Published: Broadway Books - September 25th, 2007

At Home: A Short History of Private Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767919395
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Published: Anchor Books - October 4th, 2011

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060920081
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 15th, 2001

Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga is hands-down my favorite currently running comic. Vaughan's writing is sharp, Staples's art is evocative, and the story--of a young mixed family trying to escape a centuries-old intergalactic blood feud--will appeal to sci fi fans and parents alike.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781607066927
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Published: Image Comics - July 2nd, 2013

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

This is a great resource for beginners and experienced gardeners alike. Great tips for maximizing your space--this is my go-to gardening book.

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All New Square Foot Gardening: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781591865483
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Published: Cool Springs Press - February 15th, 2013

Walkable City by Jeff Speck

Everyone in Madison should read this! Great, practical guide to making your downtown a great place to live and work.

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374285814
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2012

Gulp by Mary Roach

Holy moly, this book is a mouthful! Fortified with more info than you need and entertaining to the last drop! This is a book to sip, not gulp! Enjoy!

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393081572
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Broken Harbor by Tana French

As usual, Tana French delivers a fast paced, intriguing thriller.
Pick up this great summer read!

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143123309
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2013

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