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Unconventional Books for Awesome Moms

Alert, alert! Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14. Here are 11 excellent books that will let Mom know that you're really and truly thinking about her this year.

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Annual Games with Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren's Lab Girl quickly become an in-house favorite around here and, as a result, was named Featured Debut for the month of April. The idea of a geobiologist's memoir may not initially jump out as the most invigorating read, especially to those of us that quickly exited the science...

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A Feast for the Eyes from "The Flower Chef"

I love having fresh flowers in the house but have zero skill in arranging them, so even a bunch that looks lovely at the store somehow looks worse when I put them into a vase. But in a couple weeks I'm going to wow the family with a beautiful floral...

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The Best Books of 2015: Crafts, Home and Garden

The name "Crafts, Home and Garden" just doesn't seem to do full justice to the wealth of great books that fall under this category. Gardens and gardening, home decor, DIY of every variety, books about dogs (or other animals), coffee table books of rugs, plants, mansions, and let's not forget...

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Inspiration for Fall Decorating and Entertaining

Most people talk about “spring cleaning” but in my house, fall is when I get the urge to tackle a deep clean and move everything. I swap out the light and bright colors of summer for heavier blankets and darker colors for accessorizing. I’ve also started adding to my collection...

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Amy Stewart's Cocktailian Tribute to Elizabeth Gilbert's "The Signature of All Things"

Amy Stewart's anecdotal guide to intoxicating plants, The Drunken Botanist, includes almost every family but moss, the lush creeper that's the object of Alma Whittaker's botanical affections in Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things. But moss's mixological unsuitability didn't deter Stewart from concocting a signature cocktail in tribute to...

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Finding Cosmos in a Bed of Moss: Our Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert

If you know Elizabeth Gilbert from her Eat, Pray, Love reputation or her books about rough men, a birth-to-death novel about a Victorian-era woman who becomes a moss taxonimist--in spite of staying largely confined to her family's estate until she's 50--probably sounds like a surprisingly introverted turn. But The Signature...

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Omni Crush: "Lives of the Trees" by Diana Wells

I can't be certain, but it seems like Diana Wells was riffing on Lives of the Artists --that seminal work of art history by the Renaissance artist and critic, Giorgio Vasari-- when she cleverly named her new book, Lives of the Trees. Like Vasari's sixteenth-century collection of short, but pithy...

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Omni Daily Crush: "Forking Fantastic! Put the Party Back in Dinner Party"

Fact: I fantasize daily about dinner parties. While taming chaos in my garden this weekend, I mentally arranged bouquets, lit candles, and welcomed guests who devoured feasts and warmed the night with stories and drunken laughter, their faces lit by a crackling fire in the imaginary outdoor fireplace. It’s not...

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Omni Daily Crush: "Succulent Container Gardens"

When my 5-year-old nephew came by my garden last summer, the otherworldly plants snaking out of my patio containers fascinated him. He wanted to feel them, but when I told him they were succulents, he drew his hand back fast and asked gravely, "What do they suck?" (Cuuuuuute.) Succulents--a plant...

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