Sunday, November 11, 2018

recommended books - Fall 2018

On November 11 we sent out an email to a number of writer and reader friends, asking them to recommend five books for people to read for themselves, or to share during the Holidays season. Here are the responses (more to come as we receive them):

Joshua Bodwell:
Mrs. Bridge - Evan S. Connell
The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald
The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
The Book: An Hommage - Burkhard Spinnen
The Baltimore Book of the Dead - Marion Winik

Lisa Brooks:
Why Indigenous Literatures Matter - Daniel Heath Justice
Miko Kings - Leanne Howe
Sacred Wilderness - Susan Power
Mother/Land - Cheryl Savageau
Snowy Strangeways - Melissa Tantaguidgeon Zobel

Freida Camacho
Ghost - Jason Reynolds
The Mother Daughter Book Club - Heather Vogel Frederick
Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger
The Swap - Megan Shull
Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Tom Cheetham:
The Different Modes of Existence - Etienne Souriau et al
Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly - Joshua Rivkin
Emerald PLanet - David Beerling
Jung, Buddhism, and the Incarnation of Sophia - coming in 2019
LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media - P W Singer and Emerson Brooking

Sharif Elmusa and Judith Tucker:
Jamilia - Chingiz Aitmatov - trans. James Riordan
Four Wise Men - Michel Tournier
The Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic - Daniel Mendelsohn
Gaza: Preparing for Dawn - Donald Macintyre
Harvard Square- Andre Aciman
The Palestinian Table - Reem Kassis
Soup for Syria - Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity - Barbara Abdeni Massaad
Making Mirrors - writing/righting by and for Refugees - ed. by Bseiso and Thompson
This Same Sky - a collection of poems from around the world - selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
It's All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources - James Ridgeway
Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine - Penny Johnson (coming Feb. 2019)

Richard Ford
The German Lesson - Sigfried Lenz
The Enigma of Arrival - V S Naipul
Heat & Light - Jennifer Haigh
If You Leave Me - Crystal Hana Kim
Experience - Martin Amis

Nor Hall
Books and Islands in Ojibway Country - Louise Erdrich
The Winter Sun - Fanny Howe
The Ginni and the Golem - Helene Wecker
A Tale For the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Gary Lawless:
Overstory - Richard Powers
Midden - Julia Bouwsma
Gathering Moss - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Nature Love Medicine - Essays on Wilderness and Wellness - editor Thomas Fleischner
Miss Garnet's Angel - Salley Vickers

Naomi Shihab Nye
Ask Me - William Stafford
The Way It Is - William Stafford
The Which Way Tree - Elizabeth Crook
Monday Monday - Elizabeth Crook
News of the World - Paulette Jiles
Small Fry - Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Gary Snyder
1491 - Charles Mann
Dooby Lane - Snyder and Goin
Against the Grain - John C Scott
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth - Reading Gary Snyder and Dogen in the Age of Ecological Crisis - Jason Wirth

Brooke Williams
The Peregrine - J A Baker
Cosmic Consciousness - Bucke
Song of the Dodo - David Quammen
Blue Sapphire of the Mind - Douglas Christie
Jung's Collected Works vol. 18 - The Symbolic Life

Monica Wood
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Principles of Uncertainty -Maira Kalman

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Bookstore Dogs

Gulf of Maine Bookstore has added extra help for the Holiday Season!

(photos by Beth Leonard)

Bridie says "How can I help?"

Bella is ready to help as well.

Syd is very happy to see you!

Milo can answer any of your questions

Basho recommends Haiku collections!

Vito is reading EB White on Dogs!

Marzipan at work

Raffi is selling Dahlov Ipcar books!

Nikita wants to know where the books about dogs are -

Redd is our computer expert!

Korra is interested in just about anything!

Scarlett is ready to write up your sale!

Noya wants to know "Who moved the biscuits?"

Jack wants Bridie to recommend a good read -

Beckett has several recommendations for you to choose from!

Mona just can't wait to tell you about Justice Ginsburg!

Scarlett thanks you for coming, and hopes that you will visit again!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

summer 2016 events

Summer 2016 events at Gulf of Maine Books:

July 12 - Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota - Weathering Shame (7 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick)

July 19 - Wayne Maines - Becoming Nicole (7 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick)

July 27, 7 PM - 3rd annual Hummus and Poetry Night - Palestinian poetry and food with Sharif Elmusa, Fateh Azzam and Al Miller

Aug 5, 7 PM Maine Authors -Penny Guisinger - Postcards from Here , and Martin Steingesser - Yellow Horses

Aug 9, - Sarah Smiley - Got Here As Soon As I Could - Discovering the Way Life Should Be (7 PM, Curtis Library, Brunswick)

Aug 12, 7 PM - Friday Night ArtWalk - Mark Gartside - After Anna (under his pen name Alex Lake)

Aug 24, 7 PM - Friends of Baxter present : Plants of Baxter State Park, with Glen Mittelhauser

Sept 2, 7 PM - Palestinian poet Zeina Azzam and Iraqi poet Kifah Abdullah

Sept 16 - Terry Tempest Williams - The Hour of Land - a personal topography of America's national parks

Nov. 16 - Colin Sargent - Boston Castrato

still to be scheduled:
Daniel Payne - Orion on the Dunes - a biography of Henry Beston

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2015 Holiday Newsletter

(Common Ground Fair photo by Roger Leisner)

Hello Friends!
Gulf of Maine Books is entering our 36th Holiday season, and we are very happy to still be here, and to still have you as our customers. For the season we have brought in a wide variety of advent calendars, 2016 calendars, boxed Holiday cards, a selection of coloring books for adults, and a new solo CD by Scott Woodruff (with the Leopard Girls backing him up on several tracks). Starting on Sunday, Nov. 29, we will be open Sundays, 10:00-400, until Christmas. We will be glad to special order titles for you, but we ask that any books for Christmas be ordered by Dec. 15 so that we can get them here in time for your Holidays.

To help with your selections, we are recommending a number of recent titles, to bring them to your attention:
In the Maine section we have Christmas in Maine by RPT Coffin, and One Maine Christmas Eve by Douglas Coffin, last year's bestseller The Maine Historical Atlas, The Art and Illustrations of Robert McCloskey, The Negotiator by George Mitchell, Kate Christensen's How To Cook A Moose, Brad Terry's memoir I Feel More Like I Do Now Than I Did Yesterday, Best Seashore Nature Sites of MidCoast Maine, Walt Christie's Rising Above the Wave - Surviving Stroke and Tsunami In Japan, 2011, Peter Felsenthal's lovely photo book New Growth - Portraits of Six Maine Organic Farms, Dikkon Eberhart's memoir The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came To Dinner, and I Heard The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Becoming Nicole:The Transformation of An American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.

In the nonfiction category we start with Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. We have two new titles from Oliver Sacks - On The Move and Gratitude, David McCullough's The Wright Brothers, and The Givenness of Things - essays by Marilynn Robinson. We have Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change Laudato Si, and Mary Beard's history of ancient Rome - SPQR, Edmund de Waal's book on porcelain: White Road, Journey Into An Obsession, Nabokov's Letters to Vera, Gloria Steinem's My Life On The Road, Sally Mann's Hold Still, Simon Winchester's The Pacific, Tim Cope's On the Trail of Genghis Khan and a biography of John Le Carre by Adam Sismon. Among several new music biographies two stand out: M Train by Patti Smith, and Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink.

In the hardcover fiction section we are suggesting Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See, Orhan Pamuk's A Strangeness In My Mind, The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks, John Irving's Avenue of Mysteries, and Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox. Maine mystery writer Richard Cass has a new title - Solo Act, and Anne Beattie has a collection of her Maine stories - The State We're In. Colum McCann has a new collection Thirteen Ways of Looking. We have the new Mary Gaitskill - The Mare, Crossing the Sun by Paula McLain, Louis de Bernieres' new Dust That Falls From Dreams, Numero Zero by Umberto Eco, Slade House by David Mitchell, Salman Rushdie's Two Years, Eight Months,28 Nights, and Christopher Buckley's Relic Master. We also have Jeanette Winterson's modern retelling of Shakespeare's Winter's Tale called The Gap Of Time, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, and Nina George's Little Paris Bookshop.
New fiction in paperback includes Richard Ford's Let Me Be Frank With You, Alice Munro's Family Furnishings - selected stories 1995-2014, Ellen Cooney's Mountaintop School For Dogs, Elena Ferrante's quartet of Neapolitan novels, and Hilary Mantel's short story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Two paperbacks that have really taken off at the store this fall are Fredric Backman's Man Called Ove and Emily St. John's Station Eleven.

In the Nature section we are featuring two by Robin Wall Kimmerer: Gathering Moss and Braiding Sweetgrass. We have Sy Montgomery's Soul of an Octopus, Carl Safina's Beyond Words - What Animals Think and Feel, The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf, and Jeri Vistein's I Am Coyote. We have a new biography of Knud Rasmussen called White Eskimo, and a biography of Masanobu Fukuoka by Larry Korn called One Straw Revolutionary. We have Our Only World - ten essays by Wendell Berry, H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald, A Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks, Rowan Jacobsen's Apples of Uncommon Character, The House of Owls by Tony Angell, and just what you need for the Holidays - The Meaning of Human Existence, by Edward O Wilson.

In the poetry section we have the new Take Heart - more poems from Maine edited by Wes McNair, we have two by Mary Oliver - her new collection Felicity and her recent paperback Dog Songs, Franco Beltrametti's From Almost Everywhere - selected poems 1965-1995 edited by Stefan Hyner, Eileen Myles' I Must Be Living Twice - new and selected poems, Joy Harjo's Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's travel journals - Writing Across the Landscape -1960-2010, Colm Toibin's On Elizabeth Bishop, two new books by Donald Hall: a selected poems and Essays After Eighty, Tom Cheetham's Boundary Violations, Julia Shipley's Academy of Hay, Caribou Planet by Gary Lawless (shameless self promotion), Martin Espada's Vivas To Those Who Have Failed, and Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing by Lauren Schmidt. (Martin Espada and Lauren Schmidt will be reading at Gulf of Maine on January 13)

We have two new books from Ruth Reichl: My Kitchen Year and her new novel Delicious. We have the new issue of Lucky Peach as well as their new book 101 Easy Asian Recipes, Nigella Lawson's Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, Yotam Ottolenghi's new NOPI: The Cookbook, and My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own by Alice Waters.
We have David Hinton's new translation of the I Ching, and Thich Nhat Hanh's How To series - How To Relax, Love, Eat, Sit, and Walk.
New in the humor section we have The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, Best American Comics of 2015, Lafayette In the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell, Men and Cats, and new from Dung Beetle Books - We Go To The Gallery.

For the older kids on your list we have award winner Phil Hoose's riveting true story of Danish teenagers resisting the Nazis in The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, Brian Selznick's truly marvelous The Marvels, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret of the Vietnam War, and The Hired Girl by Laura Schlitz. We have signed copies of the new Chelsea Clinton book It's Your World, and a new title from Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen called Francine Poulet Meets The Ghost Raccoon. Newbery award winner The One and Only Ivan has recently arrived in paperback.
For the younger set we have a good selection of picture books, including Counting Lions by Katie Cotton, Skunk by Patrick McDonnell, The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle, The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, One Today by Maine poet Richard Blanco, Snow by Sam Usher, and lots of board books and Maine children's titles.

We wish you very Happy Holidays and hope to see you soon!
Beth and Gary

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Events at Gulf of Maine Books

Spring Events at Gulf of Maine Books:

Thursday, April 9, 530 PM
Peter Forbes talk/slide show on his new book "A Man Apart - Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living"
This event is sponsored by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Chelsea Green Publishers, (with Gulf of Maine Books selling the book)
and will take place at Frontier, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick
The event is free, but tickets are suggested as it will probably fill up. Ticket info:

Wednesday, April 15, 4 PM
The Frances Perkins Center presents Nancy J Altman, co-author of "Social Security Works - Why social security isn't going broke, and how expanding it will help us all"
The authors say "We know that social security works. Now we need to show how it can work even better - how expanding this institution is part of the solution to the economic insecurities facing many of today's old; to the retirement income crisis confronting today's workers; to the pressures - financial, time and stress related - experienced by those caring for children or disabled and ill family members; to unacceptable inequality threatening the American Dream, ours, our children's, and grandchildren's."
Author Nancy Altman has taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and at Harvard Law School. Currently on the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, she also chairs the board of directors of the Pension Rights Center. Her trip to Maine is sponsored by the Frances Perkins Center of Damariscotta.
free and open to the public at Gulf of Maine Books

Saturday, May 23, 4 PM
Phillip Hoose reading from and signing (and singing) his new book "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler - Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club" - the true story of a group of boy Resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion, whose exploits and eventual imprisonment helped to spark a full-blown Danish Resistance.
Phil is the author of a number of books including Claudette Colvin:Twice Toward Justice,Moonbird, Hey Little Ant,The Race to Save the Lord God Bird,It's Our World Too, We Were There Too and several others.
Free and open to the public at Gulf of Maine Books

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Carolyn Chute at Gulf of Maine

Gulf of Maine Books will host Maine author Carolyn Chute
Saturday, February 7, 3 PM
Reading from, and discussing, her new novel Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves

Carolyn's previous novels include The School on Heart's Content Road, Merry Men, Snow Man, Letourneau's Used Auto Parts, and The Beans of Egypt, Maine.

The event is free, and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gulf of Maine Books Holiday Newsletter

Hello Friends!

Once again Gulf of Maine Books is stuffed with book selections for the Holiday season.
We will be open seven days a week from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day.
Together with our friends at Wyler Gallery and Local, we will celebrate Small Business Saturday, November 29, with a special raffle (anyone making a purchase of $10 or more will have a chance to win a copy of David Little's beautiful hardcover The Art of Katahdin) and we will have refreshments and D D Tyler bookmarks to give away.

On Saturday, Dec 6, at 4 PM we will have a book publishing event for High Notes, Richard Loren's memoir about his years in the music industry, managing Liberace, the Doors, the Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and David Grisman. Richard will share stories, read from his book, and answer questions.

This is a year for Dahlov Ipcar books, and we have them, but this year we also have her Christmas cards and her Cats poster calendar, as well as a wide selection of other boxed Christmas cards, advent calendars and yearly calendars.

Here are a few of the new and recommended titles we would like to share with you;

In the Maine section: Best Seashore Nature Sites of MidCoast Maine, Peter Felsenthal's lovely book of photography and prose New Growth - Portraits of Six Maine Organic Farms, Anneli Carter-Sundquist's Homesteader's Year On Deer Isle, The Story I Want To Tell (from the Telling Room in Portland), Peter Korn's Why We Make Things and Why It Matters - The Education of a Craftsman, Maine to Greenland - exploring the Maritime Far Northeast by William Fitzhugh and Wilfred Richard, The Kid - the Ted Williams biography by Ben Bradlee Jr. now in paperback, from the Images of America series - Georgetown by Gene Reynolds, and a series of three Maine Coast Public Access Guides, in paperback, from the state's Maine Coastal Program.

In the hardcover fiction section, Carolyn Chute's new Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves, Lily King's Euphoria, Ellen Cooney's Mountaintop School For Dogs and other second chances, Bowdoin professor Brock Clarke's new The Happiest People In The World, Bowdoin alum Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See, Paul Doiron's The Bone Orchard, David Mitchell's The Bone Clock, Richard Ford's Let Me Be Frank With You, Lila by Marilynne Robinson, Margaret Atwood's The Stone Mattress, Nora Webster by Colm Toibin, Jane Smiley's Some Luck, Denis Johnson's Laughing Monsters, The Stories of Jane Gardam, The David Foster Wallace Reader, National Book Award winner Redeployment by Phil Klay, several (paperback) titles by Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano, Family Furnishings - selected stories by Alice Munro, The Italian Wife by Ann Hood, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Remedy of Love by Bill Roorbach, and two by Murakami: Colorless Tsukuru and The Strange Library.

In the new non-fiction we are recommending: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Daniel Brown's The Boys in the Boat, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O Wilson, The Prince of Los Cucoyos - a Miami childhood - by Richard Blanco, Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood, Walter Isaacson's The Innovators, Rainbow In The Clouds -The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou, Pro- Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt, Mexico a new biography of Penelope Fitzgerald by Hermione Lee, Mammal's Notebook - The Writings of Eric Satie, A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren, Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris, My Life As A Foreign Country by Brian Turner, A Spy Among Friends - Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and other lessons from the crematory by Caitlin Doughty, Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant - A Memoir, Sophia Loren's autobiography Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Tom Robbins' Tibetan Peach Pie, I Am Malala, two by Rebecca Solnit - Men Explain Things to Me and The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, Small Victories by Anne Lamott, and the fall issue of Spring Magazine - the Womens Voices issue (with an interview with Terry Tempest Williams by Patricia Reis).

In the nature section we recommend: A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans, three books by local horse people - Last of the Saddle Tramps by Mesannie Wilkins, A Rider's Reader by Maddy Butcher Gray and Land of the Horses by Chris Lombard, Saving Simon - how a rescue donkey taught me the meaning of compassion by Jon Katz, Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt, Dogs in Cars, I Knead My Mommy: Poems by Kittens, Peter Berg's The Biosphere and the Bioregion, two books by Robin Wall Kimmerer - Gathering Moss and Braiding Sweetgrass, and a new Field Guide To Bacteria.

In the poetry section we recommend: Mary Oliver's new collection Blue Horses, Dark, Sweet - New and Selected Poems by Linda Hogan, Simon Pettet's new collection As A Bee, Louise Gluck's Faith and Virtuous Night, Rumi - Soul and Fury (translated by Coleman Barks), Terrapin - poems by Wendell Berry with artwork by Tom Pohrt, Orion Rising - Collected poems by Doug Rawlings, The Poetry Deal - new poems by Diane di Prima,Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, Seeking the Cave - a pilgrimage to Cold Mountain by Jim Lenfesty, two collection of Gary Snyder's letters - Distant Neighbors - the selected letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, and Nobody Home - interviews and letters with Gary Snyder edited by Julia Martin, Sharif Elmusa's Flawed Landscape - poems 1987-2008, A Woman Without A Country by Eavan Boland, Bertolt Brecht's Love Poems, and a boxed set of seven chapbooks by seven New Generation African poets.

In the cooking section we recommend: Adventures In Comfort Food by Kerry Altiero (of Rockland's Cafe Miranda), Michael Pollan's Pollan Family Table, How to Eataly - a guide to buying, cooking and eating Italian food, A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson, Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton (author of Blood, Bones and Butter), More Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, Perlmutter's Grain Brain Cookbook, Mexico- The Cookbook, Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything Fast, and the new Holiday issue of Lucky Peach magazine!

and for Kids: My Twelve Maine Christmas Days by Wendy Ulmer, Richard Scarry's Best Lowly Worm Ever, Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9- The Long Haul, Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown, Skink - No Surrender by Carl Hiassen, Before We Eat - from farm to table by Pat Brisson with illustrations by Mary Azarian, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate di Millo and Chris Van Dusen, The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak,A and three paperbacks by Brunswick's Kate Egan (each includes magic tricks!) The Incredible Twisting Arm, The Vanishing Coin, and The Great Escape.

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We wish you all a joyous Holiday season. Please come visit!
For Gulf of Maine Books
Beth, Gary, Margaret, Stephen and Jeff