Bookshelf Winter 2021 | Harrowsmith Magazine


Books and stories that are keeping us up at night... and turning pages.

Growing Trees and Shrubs Indoors: Breathe New Life into Your Home with Large Plants

by D.J. Herda (New Society)

Did you know that the air inside our own homes is typically two to five times more polluted than the air outside? And that trees and shrubs can effectively remove pollutants indoors, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? This new eye-opening, science-based book will have readers seriously thinking about making changes to the environment where they spend most of their time: their home. In addition to making the case for growing trees and shrubs inside, the author walks readers through what to grow indoors and how to help plants survive and thrive. It’s an educational read for anyone interested in learning a new way to improve wellness and live a longer, healthier, happier and more beautiful life.

Cursed! Blood of the Black Donnellys

by Keith Ross Leckie (Douglas & MacIntyre)

A gripping read based on the true story of the Black Donnellys, this novel follows an Irish family as they immigrate to rural Ontario in the mid-1800s and become one of the most notorious families in the province’s history. Their story starts in Tipperary, Ireland, where Jim Donnelly and Johannah McGee fall in love despite vastly different backgrounds—Jim is the rebellious son of dispossessed peasants and Johannah is the daughter of an affluent estate manager. They leave disapproving families and their troubles behind to seek a new life in Canada, but trouble follows them as they settle in Lucan Township, just outside of London, Ontario. Over the years, the family expands to include seven sons and a daughter, and the Donnellys become known for crime and feuds with local townspeople. The conflict peaks with an attempt to wipe the Black Donnellys off the face of the earth. A fascinating story that touches on Irish and Canadian history, religious strife and revenge.

Cabin Style

by Chase Reynolds Eward, photography by Audrey Hall (Gibbs Smith)

Dreaming of the cabin life? Grab a cozy blanket, curl up and get ready to take your dreams to the next level. Stunning photographs of some of the most exclusive cabins in America appear in this book, accompanied by descriptions of each location, building and decor that will make you feel like you’ve been there in person. The book showcases the architectural elements and style of beautifully designed homes, including a rustic hideaway in northern Idaho, a vintage ranch house in Wyoming, a European-inspired chalet in Montana and 12 other diverse dwellings. Audrey Hall’s photography of the cabins and their idyllic surroundings will take your breath away.

Fiery Ferments

by Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey (Storey Publishing)

Fermented foods have become a hot topic when it comes to wellness, as they are chock full of probiotics (good bacteria), which are important for gut health. One might expect this book to simply include fantastic recipes for spicy fermented foods, which it does, but there is so much more. Authors Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey cover the origins of spice, an overview of the fermentation process, and an extensive guide to getting started with fermentation, including tips and tools. With more than 60 recipes from around the world, such as hot sauces, salsas, flavour pastes, pickles, chutneys and kimchis, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season

by Bernd Brunner (Greystone)

Head into winter with a renewed appreciation for this precious season. Winter gets its fair share of love in this new book featuring our most underrated, but perhaps most fascinating, season. Author Bernd Brunner examines how humans have prepared for, endured and embraced the harshest of the seasons, from ancient times through to today.

Brunner revels in such topics as the structure of snowflakes, the science and history of the snowman, and the history of bundling up and stripping down. An entertaining read, with fascinating historical tidbits and cultural insights throughout.

Catalina Margulis
Catalina Margulis

An editor with 15-plus years in the publishing business, Catalina Margulis’ byline spans travel, food, decor, parenting, fashion, beauty, health and business. When she’s not chasing after her three young children, she can be found painting her home, taming her garden and baking muffins.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
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