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Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing by India Flint
Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing

Elizabeth Grimsrud, February 4, 2014

This is a beautiful and personal book by one of the leading proponents of responsible natural dyeing. Australian India Flint gypsys around the whirld sharing her magic cauldron and dyeing techniques in consistently sold-out workshops. Second Skin is largely a monograph expounding on India's personal style of hand-dyed, carefully stitched natural fiber clothing. Rather than giving detailed "how-tos" for projects, she shows examples and describes techniques in a way that encourages the reader to make her own experiments and develop her own style.
I am a big admirer of India and her work, so I appreciate this glimpse into her personal life and artistic process. Stories from her life make for good reading, and the lovely photos keep me picking up this book over and over again.
My favorite parts of the book are the little sketches of ideas for repurposing clothes, along with such useful teachings as how to make twine. I only wish there were more of this type of thing! I can only hope that India has a future book in mind which will be full of sewing/repurposing ideas.
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Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo
Troll: A Love Story

Elizabeth Grimsrud, May 17, 2012

What a great read! I've always been fascinated with Finland's reputation for witches and magical beings. Sinisalo weaves fictional historical accounts of Troll sightings into her thoroughly modern tale of a Troll "abduction", setting a believable context. The unexpected ending left me slightly creeped out and wanting more. Be forewarned; this is not a fairy tale for the kiddos.
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Zazen by Vanessa Veselka

Elizabeth Grimsrud, January 1, 2012

At first I found the edgy writing style disjointed and annoying, but every time I would put the book down, the characters would follow me around the house, nibbling at the fringes of my consciousness until I'd pick up the book and read some more. So many parts of the story reminded me of people or locations I know. Beneath the pop structure is a deep, building current which swept me ever more eagerly towards the finale.
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The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S Tepper
The Gate to Women's Country

Elizabeth Grimsrud, September 26, 2011

This is a great story about a (somewhat) utopian society, "Women's Country" and the secrets that occur to keep it that way. Makes me wonder; is a society so "utopian" if half of its population is kept in the dark? When some of the characters travel away from "Women's Country", they find that the outside world is quite different. This book always keeps me up late reading! (I've read it four times).
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Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series) by Susun S Weed
Wise Woman Herbal Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series)

Elizabeth Grimsrud, September 15, 2011

My copy of Healing Wise is dog-eared and worn from so much use. This is a classic reference book for anyone interested in using herbs for health and healing. Susun Weed covers seven common herbs (weeds!) in loving detail, describing their healing properties, habitats, and personalities. The book includes wonderful recipes for meals utilizing healing herbs, as well as instructions for making salves, tinctures, and other medicines. With its wealth of information and Susun Weed's unique approach to herbalism, Healing Wise is an excellent primer for the budding herbalist as well as being useful for those with more experience.
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