Amanda's Picks

Amanda C. Gable is the author of the novel, The Confederate General Rides North, which received a number of recognitions. Independent booksellers chose the novel for the Indie Next List in August 2009. Both Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing named the novel one of the best books for 2009. The novel was a finalist for the Townsend Award and was selected by the Georgia Center for the Book as 1 of 25 Books All Georgians Should Read. Gable also received the2010 Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel.
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553380996
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Published: Bantam - November 23rd, 2004

For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much--just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay.

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553807622
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Published: Bantam - January 22nd, 2013

How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you re like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors.

What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616201357
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 2nd, 2013

In What My Mother Gave Me, women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter’s story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life.

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ISBN: 9781416598404
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 23rd, 2013

In this richly imagined, utterly original debut a mother- daughter road trip leads a young girl--a precocious Civil War buff--to a hard-won understanding of the American history she loves and the personal history she inherits.

Eleven-year-old Katherine McConnell is so immersed in Civil War history that she often imagines herself a general, leading troops to battle.

The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451641240
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Published: Atria Books - March 19th, 2013

The beloved teacher and author of the million-and-a-half copy bestseller Writing Down the Bones reveals new breakthrough writing guidance as she recounts profound lessons she has learned from a lifetime of teaching and practice.

Sit. Walk. Write.

Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self (William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674072831
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 25th, 2013

For author Gish Jen, the daughter of Chinese immigrant parents, books were once an Outsiders' Guide to the Universe. But they were something more, too. Through her eclectic childhood reading, Jen stumbled onto a cultural phenomenon that would fuel her writing for decades to come: the profound difference in self-narration that underlies the gap often perceived between East and West.

Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781569242988
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - March 28th, 2006

Farms have fences. People have boundaries. Mine began crumbling the day I knelt behind a male sheep, reached between his legs, and squeezed his testicles. This took place one blustery November day when I joined other shepherd-wannabees for a class on the basics of raising sheep.

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ISBN: 9780547571607
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 28th, 2012

The stunning follow-up volume to her 2007 Pulitzer Prize–winning Native Guard, by America’s new Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey’s poems are at once deeply personal and historical—exploring her own interracial and complicated roots—and utterly American, connecting them to ours.

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ISBN: 9780618872657
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Published: Mariner Books - April 3rd, 2007

Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South -- where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War.

A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936873722
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Published: Dzanc Books - August 28th, 2012

Like the Puritan-era narratives she studies, Hannah Guttentag's early-1990s narrative is a chronicle of the strange places she travels--Nashville, Ithaca, New Orleans, Cleveland, Nebraska--the savages who captivate her--librarians, grad students, professors, her baby--and the redemption she earns.

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ISBN: 9780670025961
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Published: Viking Books - June 13th, 2013

This personal, lyrical narrative about storytelling and empathy from award winner Rebecca Solnit is a fitting companion to her beloved A Field Guide for Getting Lost

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ISBN: 9780060557553
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Published: Amistad - May 25th, 2004

In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline.