Jasmine

Photo of Jasmine

Jasmine is a replant here in her native state, following stints in the northwest corners of three continents: Washington State; Brittany, France; and most recently Morocco. A visual artist who loves wandering and foraging, she leans toward what is quiet, wild and easily overlooked. Writers that summon wonder and bewilderment are her favorite. She is usually pedaling around on her bicycle, armed with too many tote bags. 

Favorite Genres: 
Art
Children's Lit
Essays
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Book Recommendations: 
Staff Pick Badge
Biography of X: A Novel By Catherine Lacey Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374606176
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 21st, 2023

A book within a book, this “biography” is a tricky mash-up of the actual biographies of creative rebels (which I adore) and speculative history (which I do not). But in this audacious and masterfully written story of X, the revolutionary, art monster, enigma, and dearly departed/beloved wife, the details and storylines were so captivating that I kept forgetting to suss out what was real or unreal (there are more footnotes at the end to help a reader unravel it all). In this show-and-tell-all era of social media and branded identities, X raises pertinent questions about what we feel compelled to reveal or conceal, and the fluid boundaries of our personal narratives. Most of all, it points toward what endures in the aftermath of love, death and art. ~      Jasmine


Staff Pick Badge
Ordinary Notes By Christina Sharpe Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374604486
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 25th, 2023

 

With extraordinary deftness and grace, Christina Sharpe offers notes on and of tenderness and brutality, hope and grief, generosity and restraint. Looking at forms of memory and memorial, from monuments to family photos, with her sharp eye (how could she be otherwise?) she delineates legacies of anti-Black violence and maps possible ways forward, through forms of art, language, care. Note 243 describes her practice of beauty-everyday, photographing (or noting) each day “to try to insist beauty into my head and into the world.”  There is such generosity in her citations too– the notes to her notes are a rich index of Black thought. By far the most vital book I have read this year.  – Jasmine 


Staff Pick Badge
Journey to Mount Tamalpais, 2nd Edition By Etel Adnan Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781933959450
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Litmus Press / Post-Apollo Press - December 1st, 2021

~Jasmine


Staff Pick Badge
Lungfish: A Novel By Meghan Gilliss Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220915
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Catapult - September 13th, 2022

 

It’s rare that I read an entire book in one sitting, but I could not let go of Tuck and her little girl, Agnes, hanging on as they negotiated loss, survival and a precarious future. The narration is by turns murky (the fog of memory, of lives upended by addiction) and sharply evocative: you can taste the bitter rosehips, feel the pop of kelp, smell the woodsmoke and mildew in their Maine island retreat. (The descriptions of foraging rang a bell in my soul)  – An unshakeable story of digging deep for sustenance, truths and, ultimately, renewal.  ~Jasmine


Staff Pick Badge
The Visible Unseen: Essays By Andrea Chapela, Kelsi Vanada (Translator) Cover Image
By Andrea Chapela, Kelsi Vanada (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781632063526
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Restless Books - October 11th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me By Ada Calhoun Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802162137
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Grove Press - April 18th, 2023

 

I came for the stories of the New York poetry & art scenes– the glam bohemian Frank O’Hara and the painters in his milieu. But the candid, unforgettable portrait of Calhoun’s fraught relationship with her father, legendary art critic Peter Schjeldahl, kept me tethered to the page, alternately laughing and wiping away tears.  ~Jasmine


Telephone Tales By Gianni Rodari, Valerio Vidali (Illustrator), Antony Shugaar (Translator) Cover Image
By Gianni Rodari, Valerio Vidali (Illustrator), Antony Shugaar (Translator)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781592702848
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - September 8th, 2020

 

A traveling salesman calls his daughter every night with a bedtime story, limited to the short time he has on each payphone call. The tales he spins, like a curly telephone cord, are loopy and out of this world, silly and gently satirical, poking fun at grown-ups and social norms. If you delight in absurdities and playful language, you will love this vibrantly illustrated, cleverly designed book (please peek under the dust jacket!) – it’s such a multi-layered pleasure! ~Jasmine


Staff Pick Badge
[To] the Last [Be] Human By Jorie Graham, Robert MacFarlane (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jorie Graham, Robert MacFarlane (Introduction by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781556596605
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 6th, 2022

Searing lyric prophecy, prayers for the planet, for future generations. Please read aloud. I like to imagine that the lines will work as incantations to protect our collective futures. They drill down into the harrowing present, with complexity, lucidity, and 360-degree awareness. Like a sacred text, this collection calls to our deepest humanity, singing into our dreams and fears. Graham gives me chills and makes me sit up straight. ~Jasmine


Staff Pick Badge
White on White: A Novel By Aysegül Savas Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593330524
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Riverhead Books - November 29th, 2022

This taut, subtle novel is all about what is concealed and revealed, controlled surfaces and troubled depths. Through the lens of a developing friendship between an artist and her tenant, a graduate student in art history, themes of nakedness and self-expression intertwine and then unravel. I was haunted by this story long after I read the final page.  --Jasmine


Staff Pick Badge
The Wrong End of the Telescope By Rabih Alameddine Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157805
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

Staff Pick Badge
Black Paper: Writing in a Dark Time (Berlin Family Lectures) By Teju Cole Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780226823867
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - January 5th, 2023

Staff Pick Badge
Drifts: A Novel By Kate Zambreno Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593087237
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 18th, 2021

Staff Pick Badge
A Field Guide to Getting Lost By Rebecca Solnit Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143037248
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2006

Staff Pick Badge
Owl at Home (I Can Read Level 2) By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780064440349
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: HarperCollins - October 18th, 1982

Staff Pick Badge
Fight Night By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635579789
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 31st, 2023

I haven’t laughed this hard in a very long time. I’m talking about brain-tickling, deep-belly, heart-opening laughs. Swiv, our nine-year-old narrator, lets loose with unfiltered, swear-inflected observations (Swiv’s typical mode is exasperation)-- a voice I found 100%  irresistible. A novel of three generations of tough women living under one roof, each fighting for independence and agency, the right to thrive on their own terms. A loving and absolutely urgent model of intergenerational care and survival.  –JASMINE


Staff Pick Badge
Pilgrim Bell: Poems By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450598
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Graywolf Press - August 3rd, 2021

Staff Pick Badge
Outside In: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner By Deborah Underwood, Cindy Derby (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Cindy Derby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328866820
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Clarion Books - April 14th, 2020

Staff Pick Badge
Island Zombie: Iceland Writings By Roni Horn Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691248622
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Princeton University Press - February 21st, 2023

Staff Pick Badge
Wreck This Picture Book By Keri Smith Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593111024
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Dial Books - November 3rd, 2020

Staff Pick Badge
The Mars Room: A Novel By Rachel Kushner Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476756585
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019