Carolee

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I spent my angsty teens perusing the shelves at Kepler's. After a career in biochemistry and over a decade rasing kids full time, I now love to work with customers to find that "This is perfect!" book. My reading interests lean more toward non-fiction, though I do love a good novel, too! Mysteries, not so much. I am happiest outdoors, preferably with my family - backpacking in the Sierras is my idea of heaven!

Favorite Genres: 
History
Literary Fiction
Politics
Science
Sociology
Book Recommendations: 
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This Book is Literally Just Pictures of Animals Silently Judging You By Smith Street Books (Editor) Cover Image
By Smith Street Books (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781922417046
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Smith Street Books - October 5th, 2021

Need a little levity? Love funny pictures of animals? This book is literally exactly what you need right now! You'll laugh, share it with a friend, and then grab your own camera to capture more judging animal pictures. The only thing missing? A shot of my oh-so-surly cat, Sugar! --Carolee


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Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization By Edward Slingerland Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316453387
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown Spark - June 1st, 2021

Grab a glass of your favorite spirit and sink into Edward Slingerland's wonderful exploration of some surprising ways booze has impacted humans and the development of civilization. Much of it is positive, so cheers to that! --Carolee


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This Is Your Mind on Plants By Michael Pollan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593296905
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Published: Penguin Press - July 6th, 2021

Michael Pollan does it again, this time delving into the power of three plant drugs: opium, caffeine, and mescaline. In his clear and engaging prose, he explores the history, science, and his personal experience with each. Part journalism; part memoir...another fabulous book by one of my favorite authors! --Carolee


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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze By Peter Hessler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060855024
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 25th, 2006

I love learning about cultures, especially from a "lived there" perspective.  The first in a trilogy, this book covers Hessler's years as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural China where the Three Rivers Gorge dam was being built.  I am a fan of all three books about China, but start with this one! --Carolee


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Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China By Peter Hessler Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060826598
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2007

Hessler’s second book explores China’s past and the present.  A little more ancient history in this book, but also lots and lots of his experiences with everyday young adults who are finding their way in the modernizing society. --Carolee


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Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip By Peter Hessler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061804106
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 8th, 2011

Over his many years living in China, Hessler undertakes several road trips across the country mostly by rental car (what an adventure!), but also by bus and with local drivers.  As always, Hessler gets to know the people and through his wonderful writing, so do you! --Carolee


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The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution By Peter Hessler Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559580
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Published: Penguin Books - May 19th, 2020

After years in China. Hessler and his family moved to Egypt, just as the Arab Spring was unfolding.  Once again, his friendships with local people and his passion for reporting serve up a clear and personal look at a complicated country. --Carolee


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So You Want to Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

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A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death By Dr. BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781501157219
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 30th, 2020

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The Children By David Halberstam Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780449004395
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 30th, 1999

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Peace Like a River By Leif Enger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802139252
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 7th, 2002

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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste By Bianca Bosker Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

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Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve By Lenora Chu Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062367860
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 18th, 2018