Margaret Spilker


Margaret enjoys a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction but is particularly well read in natural history. While Webster Enterprises has lured her away from her old job at the bookstore she still helps out (with this web site for instance) and we still claim her as part of our family. Here are some of her recent and all time favorite books.
Webster Enterprises
Webster Enterprises of Jackson County, Inc. is a private, non-profit, corporation that provides vocational assessment and evaluation, work adjustment training, and supportive services to any eligible individual who has a disability that creates a substantial barrier to employment. The goal of Webster Enterprises is to provide services that will help participants develop transferable skills, attitudes and behaviors to enhance their vocational potential and ability to be successful in their employment objectives.

Heart Earth: 5a Memoir Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780140235081
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1994

In 1978 Ivan Doig published This House of Sky, a magnificently written book telling of growing up in rugged mountain wilderness in the 1940s. He was a boy of six when his mother died and his father and grandmother struggled to become a family for him. As Doig says, ?Wounded hard, they go off to their private ways. Until at last the wifeless man offers across to the daughter-robbed woman. And I am the agreed barter between them.? Doig thought, with the satisfaction of 150,000 readers, that the story had been told. But then he discovered his mother?s letters from the end of the war years. Out of her narrative come the resonances of heart and earth. This book, Heart Earth, was published in 1993. So now, enjoy both of these books from a writer who really proves the power of language.


The River Why Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781578050840
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sierra Club Books - August 5th, 2002

Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780618127368
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2001

I have been an avid fan of the writings of Rick Bass since reading his first nonfiction book, Winter. Colter proved to be a heart-arming story of a man and his dog.

Colter is a German shorthair puppy who is the litter runt whom nobody else wanted. As they start bird hunting and training together in the mountains of Montana, Bass is awed by Colter?s intelligence, physical stamina, and superb hunting instinct. The strength of this book lies in its simplicity. Rick Bass can take a reader from laughter to tears with vivid descriptions and words that come straight from his heart and soul.

Even though I know nothing about hunting with a dog, the connection and relationship between Bass and Colter is recognizable to any animal lover. This story about a loyal and loving friendship is unforgettable!


Captain Saturday Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780316089739
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Back Bay Books - January 1st, 2003

North Carolina author Robert Inman has just seen his fourth novel published, entitled Captain Saturday. I have enjoyed all of his other novels very much, and this one was just as warmly humorous, fun, and entertaining as the others (Home Fires Burning, Old Dogs and Children, and Dairy Queen Days). In Captain Saturday, Will Baggett, has been the celebrity TV weatherman in Raleigh for 20 years. In a series of events, Will?s comfortable, job-centered, well- planned life drastically unravels, as he loses his job, serves jail time, and retreats to his childhood home, where he must confront his past and get reacquainted with some eccentric family members. At home, too, Will must deal with changes in his relationship with his wife and son. These characters are great fun to know, and the ending was just what I was hoping for!


Angle of Repose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140169300
Availability: Out of Print: used copies probably available. Ask us.
Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 1992

On Writing Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780743455961
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Pocket Books - June 25th, 2002

The Secret Life of Bees Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142001745
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation from Round River Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345345059
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Ballantine Books - December 12th, 1986

For the Time Being Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375703478
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: Vintage Books USA - February 8th, 2000

The Sibley Guide to Birds Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780679451228
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 3rd, 2000

Everything you want to know about bird identification, by contemporary wildlife painter David Sibley. The book includes more than 6,600 illustrations, with nearly every species shown both in flight and at rest. Each species also has complete voice descriptions. Maps of distribution for each species are included for summer and winter ranges, migration routes, and even rare occurrences. - Peggy & Margaret Spilker


Letters From Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woods Cover Image
By Julie Zickefoose, Sy Montgomery (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780618573080
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 1st, 2006

In this beautiful book, Julie Zickefoose presents short essays describing her many interactions with nature on her rural property in southeastern Ohio. Zickefoose arranges her essays according to the four seasons and includes her own watercolors and field sketches. The author contributes a monthly commentary to NPR and also to Birdwatcher's Digest. She has published more than 40 of her articles and 17 cover paintings. This nature journal is well written, with humor and wsdom, an is enhanced by her wonderful watercolors.
-- Margaret Spilker


The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393061727
Availability: None new in store (we can order) but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2007

A brand new book by one's favorite author is always a cause of celebration, and I've hit the jackpot. The Zoookeeper's Wife: A War Story, by Diane Ackerman, is the true story of Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina, the zookeepers of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland. Together, during World War Two, they participate in the Polish resistance, share their love and respect for all creatures, and through incredible odds temporarily harbor hundreds of Jews amonth the bombed-out buildings of the zoo. These hidden people are then safely and silently sent on out to the rest of their lives. Like the next book on my "recommended" list (The Snoring Bird, by Bernd Heinrich), this book taught me world history while examining the human need to be a part of the natural world and told the personal stories of the strength and complexity of the human spirit.


The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780060742157
Availability: We can probably get this title, but there may be extra shipping.
Published: Ecco - May 16th, 2007

This is the true story of Heinrich's father and family as they live and die through both World Wars and the incredible circumstances that brought them to live in America. Bernd Heinrich is professor of emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont.


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