Welcome to Sasquatch Picks: Five Books for Right Now, a curated list of our top five monthly reading recommendations. Our list for May is focused on one very important person: Mom! Mother’s Day is May 10th but we want to celebrate mom all month with books for crafty moms, moms who like to spend time in their garden, moms who love to bake, moms who like a good house project, and moms who like to explore the outdoors with their family. Each month we will choose two books from this list to feature in our Live Life Local series, which will include more about the book, the author, and giveaways—a book plus a gift to a local retailer!
Five Books for Moms in May
Animal Friends to Sew
by Sanae Ishida
Create beautiful handmade animal friends for the whole family! Perfect for gifting, these one-of-a-kind handmade treasures are sure to be cherished. Inspired by the beautiful simplicity of Japanese and Scandinavian design, these projects will delight the creator as much as the recipient. The book includes 15 beginner-friendly projects with 35+ variations. Includes a lookbook at the front followed by a sewing and embroidery primer, project instructions with photos and step-by-step illustrations, and templates at the back.
Oh, La La!
by Ciscoe Morris
The most beloved and respected gardening expert of the Pacific Northwest, Ciscoe Morris, entertains us with gardening stories from a career that has spanned 45 years and is still going strong. With heart and humor, Ciscoe regales us with stories from the gardens he has tended, the wildlife he has encountered, the dogs who have joined him on his travels, and his endeavors as head gardener at Seattle University. Each story will make you smile and includes helpful tips that home gardeners can put to use in their own gardens.
by Erica Bauermeister
House Lessons is a mesmerizing memoir-in-essays by New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister that is a loving tribute to the connections we forge with the homes we care for and live in. A story of a marriage, of family, and of the kind of roots that settle deep into your heart, this book is designed for anyone who’s ever fallen head over heels for a house. Discover what happens when a house has its own lessons to teach in this moving and insightful memoir that ultimately shows us how to make our own homes (and lives) better.
by Laurie Pfalzer
Simple Fruit inspires home cooks to explore and enhance the flavors of fruit throughout the year. Each of the 50 recipes (organized seasonally) apply a cooking technique that wakes the senses with the distinct flavor characteristics of a fruit. Whether it’s Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb, Strawberry Pavlova, Cherry Hand Pies, or Grilled Apricots with Brown Butter and Maple-Tamari Glaze, Simple Fruit encourages and inspires readers to explore the unique flavors of cooked fruits, and gives them options to create a variety of seasonal desserts.
My Nature Journal and Activity Book
by Ruby McConnell
Get outside, explore, and learn! This interactive field journal and activity book for girls focuses on the outdoors, nature and science, and is organized by season, with lots of room for creativity. For fun indoors and out, this journal includes word searches, fill-in-the-blank games, packing lists, scavenger hunts, sketching, poetry prompts, lists, weather logs, creature, bird and bug counts, field notes, and more!
Sasquatch Picks: Five Books for Right Now will be back in June with more reading recommendations!