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Marta McDowell
Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

Beatrix Potter’s "Gardening Life" is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. Richly illustrated and filled with quotations from her books, letters, and journals, it is essential reading for all who know and cherish Beatrix Potter’s classic tales.

The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today.

$24.95, hardcover

Rose Cumming: Design Inspiration
written by Jeffrey Simpson, forward by Sarah Cumming Cecil

Signed by Sarah Cumming Cecil, "Rose Cumming"  is a richly illustrated account of a great American artist, whose influence is manifest in the ongoing production of Cumming-designed fabrics and wallpapers.   Rose Cumming was the most flamboyant and exciting of the so-called Great Lady Decorators who invented the field of professional decorating and interior design in the early twentieth century.  Flavored by surrealism and suffused with drama, her interiors were sumptuous, mixing bold colors and patterns.  Her own library had emerald-green walls, a peacock -blue satin sofa, and scarlet japanned chairs.  Cumming’s famous New York decorating and antiques shop became a stopping point for celebrated personalities such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, and Jacqueline Onassis.

$65.00, hardcover
Jane Roy Brown and Susan Haltom
One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place

A rich exploration of the garden Welty tended with her mother and how that work affected her writing.

By the time she reached her late twenties, Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was launching a distinguished literary career. She was also becoming a capable gardener under the tutelage of her mother, Chestina Welty, who designed their modest garden in Jackson, Mississippi. From the beginning, Eudora wove images of southern flora and gardens into her writing, yet few outside her personal circle knew that the images were drawn directly from her passionate connection to and abiding knowledge of her own garden. This book contains many previously unpublished writings, including literary passages and excerpts from Welty's private correspondence about the garden.

The authors of One Writer's Garden draw connections between Welty's gardening and her writing as they present her garden's history--and the broader story of how American gardens evolved in the early twentieth century-- with images from contemporary garden literature, seed catalogs, and advertisements, as well as unique historic photographs. Noted landscape photographer Langdon Clay captures the restored garden through the seasons.

$35.00, hardcover
autographed by Jane Roy Brown

Richard Powers
Orfeo:  A Novel

The National Book Award–winning author of The Echo Maker delivers his most emotionally charged novel to date, inspired by the myth of Orpheus.

In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man journeying into his past as he desperately flees the present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab—the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns—has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Els—the “Bioterrorist Bach”—pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey. Through the help of his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, Els hatches a plan to turn this disastrous collision with the security state into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them. The result is a novel that soars in spirit and language by a writer who “may be America’s most ambitious novelist” (Kevin Berger, San Francisco Chronicle).

“Powers deftly dramatizes the obsession that has defined Els’s life: ‘How did music trick the body into thinking it had a soul?'” — The New Yorker

$26.95, hardcover

Hilary Macaskill
Daphne Du Maurier At Home

Hilary Macaskill explores the homes and landscapes of Daphne du Maurier's life, and how these relate to her work in sometimes unexpected ways. Generously illustrated with little-seen material from the family archive as well as new color photographs, this is a book which will enrich and transport anyone who has ever lost themselves between the covers of a Daphne du Maurier novel.

$40.00, hardcover

Hilary Macaskill
Agatha Christie At Home

Though she owned several houses, Agatha Christie had one surpassing favorite: Greenway, on the Dart estuary in Devon. She was born nearby, bought it in 1938, and spent all her summers there until her death in 1976. Richly illustrated with rare archival images and evocative photographs of Greenway and the surrounding countryside, Agatha Christie at Home is a delightful look at the life and work of the world’s best-selling novelist.

$40.00, hardcover