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After 25 years at Warren Wilson College, first as a faculty member in French Language and literature and in English as a second language composition, and then as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, I retired from college administration in the summer of 2005 to pursue interests in music and art.

Among my favorite quotations in French is the folowing statement by Francis Picabia:

" Notre tête est ronde pour permettre à la pensée de changer de direction."

 (Our head is round to permit thought to change direction.)

The arts, too, allow and encourage our "thought to change direction"; they support leaps of faith and also require patience and improvisation - refreshing antidotes to repetitive routine and the daily rush.

You'll find beautiful books on the arts and artists at Malaprop's, as well as books on art instruction and a selection of art supplies. Look for cards designed by local artists, too, and you'll find my card designs among them.

Down East Picture Book; Poems by Dee Stribling Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780692838976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Horse & Buggy Press - November 30th, 0002

A Part of Me Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780692844571
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Dirt Press - March 24th, 2017

Line Study of a Motel Clerk Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781936097135
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Baobab Press, LLC. - February 28th, 2017

Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544411654
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 25th, 2017

Leonardo Da Vinci Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501139154
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

57 Octaves Below Middle C Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781935536987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Four Way Books - September 5th, 2017

The Shadow Land Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345527868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - April 11th, 2017

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The Historian Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316070638
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2009

Love: A Suspect Form Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781905700820
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shearsman Books - October 1st, 2008

Dog Loves Books Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375864490
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 27th, 2010

Coyote: Seeking the Hunter in Our Midst Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780618619290
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2005

Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of A P.I. in Southern Appalachia Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780615300405
Availability: Special Order - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Cosmic Pigbite Press - July 2nd, 2009

Every Tree is the Forest / Stories of the Seven-Headed Sewing Machine Flip Book Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780965865722
Availability: Special Order - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Burning Bush Press of Asheville - March 1st, 2005

Little Boy Blues Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307454928
Availability: Special Order - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Vintage Books USA - January 25th, 2011

Angles of Approach Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781935210177
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: White Pine Press (NY) - November 2nd, 2010

Souvenirs of a Shrunken World Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781888553260
Availability: Special Order - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Kore Press - January 1st, 2008

Einstein's Dreams Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781400077809
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - November 9th, 2004

The Elegance of the Hedgehog Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2008

Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions Cover Image
By Susan R. Barry, Oliver Sacks (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780465020737
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Basic Books (AZ) - August 3rd, 2010

The Swan Thieves Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780316065788
Availability: Special Order - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 12th, 2010

M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393327649
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 2005