Notes and Bibliography

Without attempting to include all the books by a given author,  in roughly alphabetical order by author, and sometimes with notes, I’ll  list  the books quoted or mentioned in “Her spirits rose…”:

Alexander, Christopher;  Ishikawa, Sara;  Silverstein, Murray with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, and Shlomo Angel

“A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction”

Atchity, Kenneth

“A Writer’s Time: Making the Time to Write”

Berley, Peter

“The Modern Vegetarin Kitchen”


Bishop, Jack

“Vegetables Every Day,” “The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook”

Bittman, Mark

“How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food”  1998

“How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”

Blake, William

“Minute particulars” comes from the poem “The Holiness of Minute Particulars” –  I’m quoting  here, not from original text,  but from a fragment typed out and posted on the refrigerator by my husband many  years ago. I still hang it on my workroom wall when applicable to endeavors:

Labor well in the Minute Particulars: attend to the Little Ones….

He would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars

General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite & flatterer,

For Art & Science cannot exist but in minutely organized particulars.

Brian, Tracy

“Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time”

Brown, Jane

“Vita’s Other World: A Gardening Biography”

Carr, Emily

“Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of an Artist”

Clark, Irene; Matteson, Liz; Rust, Alexandra; Weinstock, Judith

“The Streamliner Diner Cookbook”

Collins, Suzanne

“The Hunger Games “Catching Fire” “Mockingjay”

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly

“Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”

Dobie, Jeanne

“Making Color Sing: Practical Lessons in Color and Design”

Dobson, Ross

“Market Vegetarian: Easy Organic Recipes for Every Occasion”

Drabble, Margaret

“The Radiant Way,”The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History in Jigsaws” – and so many more wonderful books!


Dunnett, Dorothy

“The Lymond Chronicles” “The House of Niccolo”

Eisenhart, Willy

“The World of Donald Evans”

Franzen, Jonathan

“The Corrections: A Novel”   “How to be Alone: Essays”

Galloway, Willi

“Grow, Cook, Eat”

Gilbert, Elizabeth

“Eat Pray Love”

Goldstein, Darra

“The Winter Vegetarian: A Warm and Versatile  Bounty”

Gopnik, Adam

“Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life,” “Paris to the Moon,” “Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York,” “The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food”

Grudin, Robert

“Time and the Art of Living”

Harris, Alexandra

“Virginia Woolf”

Hockney, David

L.A. Louver exhibition catalogue:”Hand Eye Heart” with essay by Lawrence Weschler

Hughes, Robert

“Barcelona”

Hyde, Lewis

“The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World”

Johnson, Samuel and Boswell, James

“A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Herbrides”

Katzen, Mollie

“Vegetable Heaven”

Kidder, Tracy and Todd, Richard

“Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction”

Kunitz, Stanley (with Genine Lentine)

“The Wild Braid:  A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden”

Lane, Vicki

Elizabeth Goodweather mysteries – “Signs in the Blood” “Old Wounds” “In a Dark Season”

Lamott, Anne

“Bird by Bird”

Lee, Vernon

“The Spirit of Rome”

Lehrer, Jonah

“Imagine: How Creativity Works”

Lively, Penelope

I’m referring to a character in  “Family Abum,” in the post, but I like always to read Penelope Lively. Her wonderful books can reward a trip to a used bookstore: “Judgement Day” “The Photograph” “Passing On” – and many more. “How it all Began: A Novel”

Lord, Tony

“Gardening at Sissinghurst”

Mabey, Richard

“Flora Britannica” (The Concise Edition)

“Nature Cure: A Story of Depression and Healing”

MacCarthy, Fiona

“William Morris: A Life for Our Time”   1995

Madison, Deborah

“Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone”

Malcolm, Janet

“The New Yorker” The Critic at Large, 5 June 1995

Manning, Olivia

“The Balkan Trilogy”

Mantel, Hilary

“Wolf Hall” “Bring up the Bodies”

Martin, George R.R.

“A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One”

Mayes, Frances

“Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Bella Tuscany”  “Every Day in Tuscany” – also beautiful photo book showing Cortona and Bramasole: “In Tuscany”

Medina, John

“Brain Rules for Babies”

Mendelowitz, Daniel M.

“A Guide to Drawing”

Mistry, Rohinton

“A Fine Balance”

Morris, William

“William Morris on Art & Design” edited by Christine Poulson

Morse, Bob/Aversa, Tom/Opperman, Hal

“Birds of the Puget Sound Region”

Oliver, Mary

“Blue Pastures”

Patchett, Ann

“Bel Canto,” “The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life,” “Run”

“State of Wonder”

Peacock, Molly

“The Paper Garden: An Artist (begins her life work) at 72”

Pollan, Michael (illustrations by Maira Kalman)

“Food Rules”

Pritchett, V.S.

“London Perceived”

Pyle, Robert Michael

“Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land”  1986

Prose, Francine

“Reading like a Writer”

Rice, Graham and Strangman, Elizabeth

“TheGardener’s Guide to Growing Hellebores”

Margery Fish also says you can divide hellebores any time – even when in bloom, and adds that they seem to “relish” solid clay.

Shaffer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” 

Shapton, Leanne

“Swimming Studies”

Schmidt, Christine

“Print Workshop: Hand Printing Techniques – Truly Original Projects”

Schjeldahl, Peter

“The New Yorker” The Art World: Flemish Master  12 October 2009; “Let’s See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker”

Tsujimoto, Karen

“Wayne Thiebaud” A wonderful book about Wayne Thiebaud with many photographs of his paintings.

Truitt, Anne

“Daybook: The Journal of an Artist”  1982

“Turn: the Journey of an Artist”  1986

“Prospect: The Journey of an Artist”  1996

Turchi, Peter

“Maps of the Imagination: the Writer as Cartographer”

Ueland, Brenda

I almost quoted something from this book – but then decided the whole thing was such a gem, I’d just list it. My husband gave it to me (I’m not sure why, I made screenprinted quilts in those days, but I have always loved its encouragement). I’m not alone, “If You Want to Write” was first published in 1938.

White, Gilbert

“The Natural History of Selborne”  Richard Mabey wrote the introduction to the Penguin copy I have. He also wrote an enjoyable biography of White called “Gilbert White: A Biography of the Author of The Natural History of Selborne.”

Whittington, Bruce

“Seasons with Birds”

Willem, Mo

“Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale”

Wilson, Bee

“Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat”

Woolf, Virginia

So many books by and about Virginia Woolf. I’ll just list three favorites for now. “Virginia Woolf” by Hermione Lee; “Vanessa Bell” by Frances Spalding; and “Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden” by Quentin Bell& Virginia Nicholson. Once you get started the whole subject is a wonderland of enjoyable books – the letters of both VW and VB being favorites of mine – and of course Woolf’s diaries.

“Street Haunting” is included in “The Crowded Dance of Modern Life.”

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