December 17th

All is calm, all is bright – mindful, inspiring, and uplifting books and gifts

Looking for Rare Square's picks? Find them below:

Jesmyn Ward’s
Navigate Your Stars

New York: Scribner, 2020.
Ward's stirring speech from a commencement address at Tulane University stressing themes of grit, adversity and the importance of family bonds. Signed on the title page.


Jimmy Carter & Rosalynn Carter’s

Everything to Gain

Random House, 1987. Signed Limited Edition.
A warm and unpretentious account of the couple’s adjustment to a life post-presidency.

Signed "J Carter and "Rosalynn Carter." Copy #136 of 500. Fine in slipcase. 

Looking for more? Browse the following catalogs:
The School of Life | Ross Gay Collection | Ancient Wisdom for Modern Thinkers | The Thich Nhat Hanh Collection

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The Book of (More) Delights: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643753096
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 19th, 2023

**Named a Best Book of the Year by The Boston Globe, Garden & Gun, Electric Literature, and St.

Brighter by the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams By Robin Roberts, Michelle Burford (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538754610
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2022

An Instant New York Times Bestseller! 

From the beloved host of
Good Morning America and New York Times bestselling author Robin Roberts, a guide to instilling hope and optimism into readers’ lives, infusing their days with positivity and encouragement.

Over the last 16 years as the esteemed anchor of

Remember Love: Words for Tender Times By Cleo Wade Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593581360
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Published: Harmony - October 17th, 2023

From the beloved, New York Times bestselling author of Heart Talk, a collection of prose and poetry that explores how we can find light in periods of lostness, love for ourselves after heartbreak, okay-ness in the midst of change, and strength in letting go.

How do we find steadiness within ourselves in the midst of dizzying personal and global change? 

Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World By Christian Cooper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593242384
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Published: Random House - June 13th, 2023

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Central Park birder Christian Cooper takes us beyond the viral video that shocked a nation and into a world of avian adventures, global excursions, and the unexpected lessons you can learn from a life spent looking up.

Cacophony of Bone: The Circle of a Year By Kerri Ní Dochartaigh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311573
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Published: Milkweed Editions - November 14th, 2023

From the acclaimed author of Thin Places, a luminous day book about an unexpected year and finding home.

Pocket Nature: Mushroom Hunting: Forage for Fungi and Connect with the Earth By Emily Han, Gregory Han Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797221342
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 8th, 2023

Discover the quiet joy of mushroom hunting with this delightful field guide to identifying mushrooms and reconnecting with the natural world.

For the mycologically curious, this take-anywhere handbook is the perfect thing to toss in a backpack and bring on a mushroom hunt.

What You Are Looking for Is in the Library By Michiko Aoyama Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335005625
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 5th, 2023



For fans of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, a charming, internationally bestselling Japanese novel about how the perfect book recommendation can change a readers' life.

The Vulnerables: A Novel By Sigrid Nunez Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593715512
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 7th, 2023



The New York Times–bestselling, National Book Award–winning author of The Friend and What Are You Going Through brings her singular voice to a story about modern life and connection

Happy Place By Emily Henry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593441275
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Published: Berkley - April 25th, 2023


“The beach-read master hooks us again."—People

Hot Dog: (Winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal) By Doug Salati Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593308431
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE 2023 CALDECOTT MEDAL • This glowing and playful picture book features an overheated—and overwhelmed—pup who finds his calm with some sea, sand, and fresh air. Destined to become a classic!

To the Girl Looking for More: 90 Devotions to Help You Ditch the Lies, Love Yourself, and Live Big for God By Grace Valentine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400236701
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Published: Tommy Nelson - April 11th, 2023

In this 90-day devotional for young women, Grace Valentine encourages you to stop settling for the world's image of post-worthy perfection and live for more: more joy, more peace, and more meaning.

Sometimes I Cry By Jess Townes, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jess Townes, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374308254
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 26th, 2023

From Jess Townes with illustrations by Daniel Miyares, this poignant picture book deftly tackles the wide array of emotions experienced in childhood, and especially reminding readers that there’s nothing wrong with crying.

Sometimes I cry

. . . when I’m angry.
. . . when I’m scared.
. . . when I’m happy.

Parenting Advice to Ignore in Art and Life By Nicole Tersigni Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797222172
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 22nd, 2023

From the author of the hit Men to Avoid in Art and Life and Friends to Keep in Art and Life comes a collection of all-too-familiar unsolicited advice parents receive on the daily.

From in-laws and other parents to complete strangers and even your own kids—when it comes to parenting, everyone's a critic.

Strange Planet 2024 Day-to-Day Calendar: Wildly Unprepared for the Day By Nathan W. Pyle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524882167
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - August 8th, 2023

Beings may now observe the celebration of special days and organize unavoidable interactions with the first-ever calendar from the wildly popular, best-selling webcomic, Nathan W.

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book: An Inspirational Gift Book By Diane Muldrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307977618
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Published: Golden Books - September 24th, 2013

Filled with humorous, practical tips for getting the most out of life, this Little Golden Book "guide to life" is the perfect keepsake gift to celebrate birthdays and other new beginnings and milestones for readers of any age who cherish the classic little books with the gold foil spines!

Mindfulness Essentials Cards: 52 Inspiring Practices and Meditations By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781952692529
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Published: Parallax Press - November 21st, 2023

"The monk who taught the world mindfulness." —TIME

50+ prompts, exercises, and meditations for your mindfulness practice from the bestselling How To series, by the world-renowned Zen Buddhist teacher who introduced mindfulness to the Western world.

Catffirmations Notes: 20 Different Affirmation Notecards & Envelopes By Lim Heng Swee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lim Heng Swee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781797218601
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 14th, 2023

The perfect set of notecards for sharing some inner feline wisdom with cat lovers and positivity seekers.

This gorgeous assortment of twenty different blank notecards features captivating illustrations of hidden cats accompanied by the inspiring affirmations of wise and witty kitties.

Wandering Nowhere: A Personal Journal for Everyday Inspiration By Alan Watts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593317518
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Published: Pantheon - November 28th, 2023

A guided journal for practical wisdom and self-reflection—featuring insightful quotes, sage advice for a life well-lived, and charming illustrations—from acclaimed philosopher Alan Watts. Whether you are familiar with his work or new to it, these inspiring messages will guide you in the mindful practice of journaling.