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

Faithful Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476799209
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

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.


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The Poet's Dog Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062292629
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 13th, 2016

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.


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The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611801781
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Shambhala - May 10th, 2016

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.


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America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780226040646
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: University of Chicago Press - May 12th, 2016

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.


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Under the Harrow Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143108573
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2016

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. 


The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780778319337
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Mira Books - May 3rd, 2016

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Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455561490
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 3rd, 2015

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


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

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A Man Called Ove Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738024
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

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. 


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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981483
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Random House Trade - September 9th, 2014

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


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Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey Cover Image
By Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780711229648
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Frances Lincoln - March 2009

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.


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We've Already Gone This Far: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781627794657
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 16th, 2016

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


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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812988208
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Random House Trade - July 12th, 2016

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.


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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616204518
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Algonquin Books - December 2nd, 2014

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.


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Teaching by Heart: The Foxfire Interviews Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807745380
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Teachers College Press - January 2005

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.


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