Our Books

Plumleaf Vintage
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The books in Plumleaf Vintage are books to linger over. They are our legacy and are part of a historical record of women speaking about their lives in their own voices. The authors deserve to be read and remembered.

Light in the Forest
NEW — BY HOLLY CARR

In Light in the Forest, Holly uses her beautiful paintings of forest animals to help children struggling with anxiety and fear.

A Field Guide to the Heart
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“In 2020, two poets, two friends, stunned and saddened by the events surrounding us, reached across the miles and wrote and shared poems of love, comfort and hope — that is how this book came about. And because we believe in the power of poetry to inspire contemplation and creativity, we included pages in the book for you, the reader, to record your reflections. May you find solace and joy in doing so.”
— Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich

The Food Doula Cookbook
NEW — BY LINDSAY TAYLOR

The Food Doula Cookbook: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New Mom eliminates the guesswork of what to eat during pregnancy, empowering moms-to-be to be nourished, energized, and confident — from preconception through the three trimesters to postpartum.

Children’s Books

Light in the Forest

By Holly Carr

Light in the Forest, by acclaimed Canadian artist Holly Carr, is a picture book filled with beautiful paintings of forest animals. It offers an inspiring message to children struggling with anxiety: “Do not be afraid. I am not afraid.” During a time when many children are struggling with the fear of the unknown, Light in the Forest is an important and timely book.

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Willa’s House

By David Booth

Willa’s House, David Booth’s final book, is a tribute to women teachers, the joy in life’s small moments, and to home.

In Willa’s House, author David Booth takes us on a nostalgic walk back to the quiet contentment of calmer times. Based on a true story, this heartwarming chronicle of a teacher’s life in a small Canadian town illustrates the tragedies and triumphs that centre around this one home. These events demonstrate Willa’s strong ties to family, friends, and students as well as the ways in which she makes a lasting impact on her community. With her less-than-typical trajectory, Willa shows us that there is more than one way to lead a fulfilling life.

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Poetry

A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort & Hope

“In 2020, two poets, two friends, stunned and saddened by the events surrounding us, reached across the miles and wrote and shared poems of love, comfort and hope — that is how this book came about. And because we believe in the power of poetry to inspire contemplation and creativity, we included pages in the book for you, the reader, to record your reflections. May you find solace and joy in doing so.”
Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich

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Labyrinth of Green

By Diana Hayes

Labyrinth of Green is a collection of poetry and photography by Diana Hayes. Her poems and photographs share maps and narratives for the inner journey, a labyrinth that leads to wholeness, to our own centre and back again out into the world. Here, both beauty and the forces of nature are revealed in delight, in grief and ultimately through awakening. Each of the book’s five sections explores aspects of this process. The reader enters a West Coast rainforest and walks toward the inner sanctum of the wetlands. Childhood and adolescence and the lessons of the underworld will be encountered. Ancestors provide solace and wisdom. The well of grief is visited. Dreamscapes of near-sleep, offering healing — as witness, as seer, as sage — conclude the final section, “where sleep’s wild embrace does not prepare you.”

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The Woman in this Poem: Women’s Voices in Poetry

By Georgia Heard

Edited by acclaimed poet and author Georgia Heard, who became acutely aware of the beauty and power of poetry when working on an anthology of poems to comfort children after September 11th, The Woman in this Poem features the work of both renowned and lesser-known female poets from the past 150 years.

Organized into five thematic sections centered on the topics of Love, Motherhood, Work, Family and Friends, and Balance, this book not only offers wisdom, comfort, reckoning, and redemption to readers of any age or gender, but it also reminds us of how pleasurable and enriching it can be to lose ourselves in the power of well-crafted words.

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Fiction

Plumleaf Vintage is a series of beautifully designed novels by women authors — beloved classics that may be at risk of being forgotten or overlooked. The stories in Plumleaf Vintage eloquently reflect the complexity of being a woman in the time and culture portrayed. They speak to the challenges faced by women to define an individual identity separate from a man’s and explore the ways that women have always pushed against the boundaries imposed by the mores of the time. The first three books in this series are classic epistolary novels, a form that lends itself to great intimacy with the characters’ thoughts and feelings.

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Lady Susan

By Jane Austen

One of Jane Austen’s earliest works, Lady Susan is an epistolary novel with a variety of narrative voices telling the story of Lady Susan Vernon, the title character. In Lady Susan, Austen creates an imaginative world filled with intrigue, betrayal, and gossip. Lady Susan is described by author Natalie Jenner as “one of the most duplicitous and manipulative characters” of all that Austen ever created. With an introduction by Natalie Jenner, author of the international bestseller The Jane Austen Society.

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The Grey Woman

By Elizabeth Gaskell

Originally a three-part novella published in a literary journal by Charles Dickens, The Grey Woman tells a powerful story of deception and distrust in an epistolary format from the perspective of the protagonist, Anna Scherer. Similar to other Gaskell works, a recurring theme is the oppression of women through marriage. This book is considered ahead of its time for its progressive feminist views. With an introduction by Molly Greeley, bestselling author of The Clergyman’s Wife and The Heiress.

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

By Anne Brontë

Told through a combination of letters and a diary, Anne Brontë’s last novel explores the challenges faced by an independent woman as she struggles for freedom from a repressive and abusive marriage and encounters suspicion and gossip from the community to which she has fled. The novel was first published under a pseudonym and scandalized Victorian society. With an introduction by Finola Austin, author of the bestselling novel Brontë’s Mistress.

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Plumleaf Vintage — Set of 3

Set of 3 featuring Lady Susan, by Jane Austen, The Grey Woman, by Elizabeth Gaskell, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë

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Non-Fiction

The Food Doula Cookbook: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New Mom

By Lindsay Taylor

The Food Doula Cookbook focuses on real food for real life, every step of the way. Whether you are feeling good and inspired to prep healthy meals for the week, or you are feeling terrible, have nausea or heartburn, and can’t eat much, you’ll find a big selection of recipes here to light up your taste buds, satisfy your cravings, and provide essential nutrition for you and baby, plus loads of advice and tips for food prep, meal planning, choosing the most wholesome foods, and cooking up nutritious, delicious meals.

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Women on the Ballot

By Betsy McGregor

The current political reality has awakened in many women the urgent determination to be involved — but the journey from the sidelines to political power is seldom a straight path.

Enter Women on the Ballot, an essential roadmap designed to encourage, equip, and empower women to step up and run for political office. This is a book about women who saw things as they were, knew change was needed, and entered into Canadian politics.

Gleaned from more than 100 hours of interviews, Women on the Ballot offers compelling stories, insights, and advice from more than 90 Canadian women with diverse backgrounds across all levels of politics and party lines.

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Cookbooks

The Food Doula Cookbook: A Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and a Nourished New Mom

By Lindsay Taylor

The Food Doula Cookbook focuses on real food for real life, every step of the way. Whether you are feeling good and inspired to prep healthy meals for the week, or you are feeling terrible, have nausea or heartburn, and can’t eat much, you’ll find a big selection of recipes here to light up your taste buds, satisfy your cravings, and provide essential nutrition for you and baby, plus loads of advice and tips for food prep, meal planning, choosing the most wholesome foods, and cooking up nutritious, delicious meals.

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Journals

A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort & Hope

“In 2020, two poets, two friends, stunned and saddened by the events surrounding us, reached across the miles and wrote and shared poems of love, comfort and hope — that is how this book came about. And because we believe in the power of poetry to inspire contemplation and creativity, we included pages in the book for you, the reader, to record your reflections. May you find solace and joy in doing so.”
Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich

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