Recovering from 2020


Our last blog post was written in January of 2020. We didn’t know what 2020 was then. How could we? In the time since, we’ve suffered through (heck, are still suffering through) a global pandemic. Not to mention, an election with a lot, a LOT, on the line. We had to close our doors, reshuffle staff, reopen only to operate under strict guidelines. Oh, and also, no biggie, we had to pick up and move our storefront to a new location across the street, the day after christmas. The. Day. After. Christmas. So, in the spirit of what 2020 was, we would like our first blog post of 2021 to offer you a collection of books that might help you recover from the trauma of last year, books that can provide comfort, hope and healing.

1. Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

Number one on our list is a book which almost feels like it was made specifically for these times we’re living in. Wintering is all about the “fallow times” in our lives. May takes her inspiration from the way the natural world ‘rests’ during winter, in preparation for the transformative spring, and uses her own life to illuminate At this point about half our staff have read Wintering, and the reviews have been golden.

2. The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer

This is a book about exploring the inner space of ourselves in an effort to be more present in our own lives. To not allow our thoughts to self-sabotage us. To keep our focus on our spiritual practices, whatever form they may take. We can’t think of a more meaningful book to recommend as we all continue to spend more time by ourselves than we did before the pandemic began. Learn to be free even when confined. That’s what Singer offers.

3. Wilding by Isabella Tree

This is the story of how a Sussex farm was gradually returned to nature over the past two decades in a testament to the regenerative power of the environment. Tree and her husband took a hands-off approach and allowed nature to be natural. Plants, birds, insects and animals returned, including some species that had all but disappeared from Britain. There’s even evidence that the refreshed environment became that much more capable of storing carbon, in a small but powerful effort to offset global warming. That this is all possible, even after centuries of human interference and damage, inspires hope—the planet is capable of giving us a second chance, if we are prepared to let it!

4. How to Survive a Plague by David French

An insider’s account of the grassroots campaign to end the AIDs epidemic, at the front lines of the battle against the stigma of the disease. France himself was a journalist and activist in the center of it all and recounts the efforts of activists, scientists, and doctors in turning the tide against a viral scourge. This book provides the proof that there have been worse times than these, and even then, with courage and compassion, our communities were able to survive and return to their glory.

5. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Nezhukumatathil refers to these essays as “love songs to the planet.” And it’s her sense of wonder, her connection to the natural world, that will inspire and uplift.


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