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Sara Hatton's favorite books
Here's a wonderful way to start the week: come by City Lights Bookstore on a Monday morning to visit with Sara and get her recommendation for a great read. Sara was a founding partner of City Lights here in Sylva in 1985; she returned to the bookselling fold in 2015. Sara has been a writer and editor for much of her career. Her book Teaching by Heart: The Foxfire Interviews was published in 2005.
These are some of Sara's recent and all-time favorite books
The moving story of Shelby, broken emotionally by a life-changing accident as a teen, who gains newfound direction through relationships with the people she meets and from mysterious postcard messages she receives. Stays with you.
A grieving dog with an unusual talent finds two children lost in a snowstorm and takes them to his cabin where they bond in trust, understanding, and friendship. Another winner for MacLachlan, the author of Sarah, Plain and Tall and many others.
The Intelligent Heart is essential reading for anyone interested in learning lojong and tonglen practices. With deep understanding, Dzigar Kongtrul provides clear instruction on how to awaken your heart to compassion for others while freeing you from self-importance.
Nature writing at its very best, this book is fascinating and absorbing with unanticipated depths focusing on a wonderful endangered species, human nature, and the need for an appreciation of all of nature's creatures.
A can't-put-it-down dark psychological thriller. Nora travels to see her sister only to discover her brutally murdered body. She stays on, not able to return to her life back in London, and becomes obsessed with the case and what she begins to unravel about her sister's life.
Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by the late Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofThe Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, is based on the almost lifelong friendship between Mark Twain and the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. The book combines in-depth research and fiction and offers fascinating insight into both men, the relationship between the two, and the times in which they lived. - Sara Day Hatton
What a funny and poignant book from Swedish writer Fredrik Backman. Prickly, difficult, aggravating - all legitimate descriptions of a lovable curmudgeon who will win your heart as he connects with a cat, neighbors, and strangers while dealing with grief and life's unexpected changes.
Zealot, based on extensive research by author Reze Aslan, brings a vivid and fascinating look at the historical Jesus, revealing him as a revolutionary, fascinating man. I couldn’t put it down when it first came out and I’m enjoying a second read. It’s that kind of book. - Sara
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, an Illustrated Journey. This translation by Stephen Mitchell is my favorite. It’s accessible and beautiful and is illustrated with Chinese paintings.
In We’ve Already Gone This Far, author Patrick Dacey, puts a humorous and compassionate microscope on residents of the small town of Wequaqet. This is an edgy and humorous collection by Dacey who brings a welcome new voice to the genre. - Sara
Rushdie takes us into a satirical fantasy world spun from the tales of Scheherazade into the present where a war between light and dark battle it out for survival over a thousand and one nights. A fascinating read displaying Rushdie's amazing imagination, range and voice.
Zevin gives us a moving story of transformation with characters immersed in a love of books, bookstores, and each other. The story and people will stay with you well past the final page.
My book covers a number of interviews I conducted with nationally and internationally known teachers discussing their teaching practices, along with a closing chapter connecting ideas and pedagogy. All ran in The Active Learner, a journal Foxfire published and I edited for several years.