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Ashley Jablonski is a Wisconsin transplant who came to Vermont initially to attend the Center for Cartoon Studies. She fell in love with Vermont, and is obsessed with anything VT. She's also obsessed with graphic memoir, and all things spooky or witchy. In her spare time, you can find her in the woods listening to the Skyrim soundtrack, or enjoying a cup of coffee while drawing, painting, or reading.

 

 

 

 

 

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Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316528948
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call to confirm availability)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

This book was wonderful and wholesome. Blackall buys a farmhouse that's in disarray, and researches the space along with the family that used to live there before taking it down. She tells their tale along with hers using different mediums, including the reverse sides of wallpaper. It's her sense of honoring and remembering this space. After the family left, the house was a shelter for racoons, squirrels, and an assortment of other animals; like a bear. It's a reflection on the old and the new, about breathing new lives into old things.  -Ashley


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Are You Listening? By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250207562
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call to confirm availability)
Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

This book is gorgeous. The splash pages are brilliantly designed, and the storytelling is engulfing. If you're ever wanting a magical, somewhat dreamy, New England Ghibli-esque story, read this. Tillie normally includes a cat, along with a sense of place that inspires her. If you're observing, you may read "Lucky's," "The Polka Dot Diner," And "Four Aces" which are or were local places around here. -Ashley


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Dinosaurs: A Novel By Lydia Millet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324021469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call to confirm availability)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2022

 I feel like there’s so much imbued meaning to dissect. I read it in one sitting. Gil, the main character of this story, learns about wealth he inherited at the age of 18 after growing up with his grandmother because his parents died in a car accident. The past haunts him as he tries to move through to the present, hiking from New York to his new home in Phoenix after a bad breakup. He befriends his new neighbors, a family of four. Interspersed throughout this book are bird species Gil identifies. He mentions birds being evolved from dinosaurs. Maybe, in a way, he’s evolved, too? I think he finds his purpose and that lies in finding family he didn’t have.  -Ashley


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