Virginia's Picks

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 following 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.

Books: 
Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781620973653
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - April 3rd, 2018

Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780761189138
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 7th, 2017

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781512404425
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - January 2018

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

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631494192
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 5th, 2018

Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife (Scientists in the Field Series) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781328858689
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2018

At the Gate of All Wonder Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781946482143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tupelo Press - September 2018

The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986 - 2017 Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781941209813
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Press 53 - July 2nd, 2018

Sister: A Novel in Poems Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781943977994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - October 16th, 2018

Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978075
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - June 5th, 2018

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 9th, 2005

Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of A P.I. in Southern Appalachia Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9780965865722
Availability: Special Order - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Burning Bush Press of Asheville - March 2005

Angles of Approach (Marie Alexander Poetry (White Pine) #14) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935210177
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Published: White Pine Press (NY) - November 2nd, 2010

Souvenirs of a Shrunken World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781888553260
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Published: Kore Press - January 2008

Einstein's Dreams (Vintage Contemporaries) 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 (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions Cover Image
By Susan R. Barry, Oliver Sacks (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780465020737
Availability: Backordered
Published: Basic Books - August 3rd, 2010

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