Lynn's Staff Picks

Lynn is one of those renaissance people who has worked and played at many things in her life including what you may know her for around Sisters: photography and reporting for the Nugget Newspaper and playing music with the Anvil Blasters. 

Her favorite books tend to be nonfiction or historical fiction — or any genre that has a heap of wonder and not many clichés in its pages. She digs authors who write with keen observation and humor and those who can bring her so far inside a story that it takes her a few days to come back to reality.

She's also worked as a graphic designer since the mid-90s, and today specializes in the file production and design of the covers and interiors of books. She definitely judges books by their covers… as well as their words.

Penguin the Magpie: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - April 4th, 2017

This is exactly the way to tell the story of two beings - a human mother and a baby bird - who each survive epic falls... and help each other heal. The photographs (Bloom, the father, is a pro photographer) of Penguin (the magpie) with the whole family are delightful, memorable and made me feel as if I was there for many precious and intimate moments. This survival story is told with vulnerability - raw yet gracefully - without getting mushy. The lessons are the big ones life can hand us, but the text has few clichés and little pity: "Penguin could not have arrived at a better time, by which I mean a more terrible time." "Penguin was a tender as a baby pea - and as subtle as a black-and-white brick."

The book ends with a remarkably frank and courageous essay by the mother in this family, about her new reality as a paraplegic. Her sage advice for other spinal-cord-injured and their family and friends, is a gift. I'd really love to meet this family.

These stories are about the men integral to the battles of the Era of Conquest; some names may be familiar, but many will not - and you won't forget them after reading this book: Cornelius doesn't waste words and some phrases will smack you in the eyeballs.I tend to steer clear of spending my attention of war and violence, but these stories are more about the people and forces behind the battles. It's about what we humans fight over, and sheds light on the current state of world politics. And the things these guys went through - most of us are pantywaists in comparison. Jim Cornelius is a prolific and engaging writer with an exceptional memory that gives him access to layers and layers of context. He presents the facts, the dates, the locations, the actions - but what makes this a fabulous read are his insights into circumstances and motivations. A great collection of True Tales for the history buff.

You Took the Kids Where?: Adventuring While Your Children Are Young Cover Image
By Doug Woodward, Patch Adams (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780977931439
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Published: - July 22nd, 2017

The time I spend out in nature with my father holds some of my fondest memories and yet I continue to be jealous of how my half-siblings grew up outdoors, home-schooled, and traveling the world. Why: because this upbringing has helped them become more intentional in their work, connected to and understanding of family and friends in a deeper way, aware and active beyond their daily lives, and of course, at-ease traveling.When my dad and second wife, Trish, started a family, they were determined to keep the activities that brought their own lives joy and meaning. This book has some of the stories of their river, trail and bicycling adventures that have introduced them and their four kids to many places, other cultures, and brought lasting friendships worldwide. And my dad shares his own whys and hows of raising young kids with adventure - heck, they spent three months bicycling through New Zealand with two toddlers, one still in diapers! And if they can do that, just think of what you can do with your kids - now!

Homegrown & Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living Cover Image
By Deborah Niemann, Joel Salatin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780865718463
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Published: New Society Publishers - July 4th, 2017

Reading this book is like chatting with a farmer over a cup of tea. For a month. Niemann
presents what she and her family have learned by choosing to live closer to the land, growing
and raising more of their food and handmaking many foods and household items. For instance
it's one thing to think, "I think I want to make my own yogurt from my own goats" and quite
another to think it through with someone who here dispenses her tips on just about everything
you need to think through before possibly bringing goats in to your life. Expect to learn a bit
about anything you could grow or raise on a farm (did you know that you can milk donkeys?),
why to choose particular breeds and varieties, plus how-tos and whys and recipes. To save us
from ourselves, she even describes some of their mistakes. The book is very well outlined and
fun to read. If you've thought about becoming more self-reliant, or perhaps bringing some
elements of an older lifestyle to your modern life, this book is an excellent way to explore those options.

The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns (Editor), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017

You're here at Paulina Springs Books. I'm betting that you like books. Stories well-told. Have
you ever listened to live storytelling on The MOTH Radio Hour on NPR? This is a collection of
MOTH storySLAMs that contain — among other defining human threads — vulnerability, trust,
choice, relationships, synchronicity, internal discovery and humor from people of all walks of life.
In short, the wonder and connection that these stories inspire is about the best of humanity.
High fives that this book is also being included in school curriculums! A super book to read the
short chapters aloud with friends and family — after dinner, to a friend in the hospital, on a drive... (for teens and older).

Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603585439
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 28th, 2014

First let's get clear on one thing: hemp and psycho-active cannabis are very different plants and
you can't get high smoking hemp. So why is the majority of the US populous so afraid of hemp
and what's the real story? As Fine outlines in this short collection of interviews and research,
hemp has deep historical roots worldwide — it has been and is currently one of the most useful
and valuable plants on earth, yet we've forgotten that US corporate politics killed hemp
cultivation here a few generations ago. Fine's book is overflowing with enthusiasm for bringing
hemp back into prominence as a US crop for its potential as food for humans and livestock,
clothing, "plastics," biofuel, hempcrete (non-toxic concrete), machine parts, soaps, and more —
it's already being done. Hemp is good at restoring soil and sequestering CO2. And it doesn't
require herbicides or pesticides. That's a glimpse into why it's a threat to the US industrial
complex. And why it may be a significant key to creating a better future for planet Earth. Now
that farming hemp in some US states, including Oregon, is blooming, I'm looking forward to is
an update to the information in this 2014 book, so if you want a big hit of hope, read this.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634727
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2016

Being a creative type, I've read a bunch of books, journaled and participated in workshops about
creativity. Big Magic is by far the most helpful advice I've read on this subject; in fact soon after I
finished it, I read it again. Gilbert has a way of taking the angst out of my expectations of my art
and at the same time leaving lots of room for the magic. The stories, perspectives and
techniques she presents are memorable and useful. She removes the preciousness about being
an artist without adding even an ounce of guilt. This read will lift nearly anyone's creative juju —
I've been gifting it to creative youth in hopes their creative paths will be more fulfilling sooner
than mine was.

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142181799
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Published: Plume - April 28th, 2015

I'm building a tiny house myself, so of course, I snatched up this book as soon as it was
published. I was prepared to be inspired by Williams' journey and life choices — and I was.
What I was not prepared for is how incredibly funny she is; I found myself laughing out loud (not
just chuckling) at her predicaments and how she tells her story. She presented here at PSB and
is equally engaging in person. A great read even if you'll never consider living in a tiny house.