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):

Charlotte Agell:
Days of Awe - short stories - A M Homes
The 57 Bus - a true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives - Dashka Slater
Anything written by Tove Jansson
Symphony for the City of the Dead - Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad - M T Anderson
Fascism: A Warning - Madeleine Albright

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

John Chryssavgis
Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
These Truths - Jill Lepore
News of the World - Paulette Jiles
Autumn - Ali Smith
A Strangeness In My Mind - Orhan Pamuk

Ellen Cooney
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk
Mirror Shoulder Signal - Dorthe Nors
An Empty Room - Mu Xin
Eleanor or The Rejection of the Progress of Love - Anna Moschovakis
American Indian Stories and Old Indian Legends - Zitkala-Sa

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

Carmen Greenlee
The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai
The Library Book - Susan Orlean
Kaaterskill Falls - Allegra Goodman
The Gulf - Jack Davis
Modern Man: The Life of Corbusier - Anthony Flint
These Truths - Jill Lepore

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

Bill McKibben
Overstory - Richard Powers
Eager - Ben Goldfarb
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
A Paradise Built In Hell - Rebecca Solnit
These Truths - Jill Lepore

Phyllis Merriam
These Truths - Jill Lepore
Fear - Bob Woodward
Becoming - Michelle Obama
The Art of the Wasted Day - Patricia Hampl

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

Andrew Schelling:
Call Them By Their True Names - Rebecca Solnit
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within The Anthropocene - Russo & Reed
The Annotated Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Complete Cold Mountain- Han Shan - translators Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Leavitt
Henry David Thoreau: A Life - Laura Walls

Jonathan Skinner
Cubanology - Omar Perez
DuBois's Telegram - Literary Resistance and State Containment - Juliana Spahr
Something for Everybody - Anselm Berrigan
Being Ecological - Timothy Morton
Some Municipal Love Poems - Simon Smith
Spontaneous Particulars - The Telepathy of Archives - Susan Howe

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

Alessandro Spinazzi
In Danger: A Pasolini Anthology - Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Aesthetic Dimension - Herbert Marcuse
The Writer of Modern Life- essays on Baudelaire - Walter Benjamin
New Collected Poems - Marianne Moore
The Mother - Maxim Gorky

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

Colin Woodard
The Warriors - J Glenn Gray
In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson
Liberty Men and the Great Proprietors - Alan Taylor
Champlain's Dream - David Hackett Fischer
A Doryman's Reflections - Paul Molyneaux

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!

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.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gulf of Maine Chainsaw Massacre


Gulf of Maine Books will celebrate Halloween a little late this year, with a Saturday, Nov 2, 3 PM booksigning with author and actor Gunnar Hansen signing his new book "Chain Saw Confidential - How we made the world's most notorious horror movie". Gunnar starred as Leatherface in the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre.To watch a trailer for the book please click
For more information please call the bookstore 729-5083

Common Ground Fair bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers from our booth at this year's Common Ground Fair:

#1 - Art of Fermentation - Sandor Katz
#2 Wild Fermentation - Sandor Katz
#3 Wild Plants of Maine - Tom Seymour
#4 Four Seasons Farm Cookbook - Damrosch and Coleman
#5 Balance - poems by Russell Libby
#6 How to Move like a Gardener - Deb Soule
#7 Taste, Memory
#8 WeMoon Engagement Calendar
#9 This Life Is In Your Hands - Melissa Coleman
#10 Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

gulf of maine in the new york times

In the March 31, 2013 edition of the New York Times Book Review, novelist Elizabeth Strout, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning "Olive Kitteridge" and  now "The Burgess Boys", was asked in a By The Book interview "Where do you get your books> Do you have a favorite bookstore or library?"
Her answer; "When I want a book, I usually want it right away, so if I'm in New York I'll go into the first bookstore I pass by. When I'm in Maine I go to our local bookstore, Gulf of Maine Books, and if they don't have it, they order it for me and it comes in a couple of days."
Thank you Elizabeth!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Gulf of Maine Birthday

Common Ground Fair photo by Roger Leisner, The Maine Paparazzi

Beth Leonard and Gary Lawless opened Gulf of Maine Books in February, 1979. We are still here, and we want to celebrate. This year our birthday weekend will be Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. Because the bookstore is now in its 30s, we will be giving 30% off all book sales on both days. We will have a birthday party on Saturday the 23, at 3 PM, with food and drink, door prizes, 30% off, and a reading by Brunswick author Maria Padian to celebrate the publishing of her new book "Out of Nowhere". We are very excited about Maria's new book - it is a cultural education, a healing book, a community building book. We think every person in Maine should read it, and yes, beyond that, that everyone should read it. It is a young adult title, but it is a book that should be read by adults as well. It deals with French Canadian and Somali teenagers in Lewiston, the high school soccer team, and the actual history of the coming of the Somalis to Lewiston. As the characters of the book struggle to learn how to get along, how to behave respectfully and intelligently, we the readers learn as well. This is a very important book. (If you can't make it to the birthday party, there will be a publishing event for the book the week before, Feb. 16, 7-9 PM at Curtis Library in Brunswick)
Those of you who came to our 30th birthday party will remember Simon Pettet, the poet who read at the party. He has just spent a two month poetry residency in Venice, and compiled an online anthology of poems by poets he met there, available here.
We hope that you will join us in celebrating independent bookselling and the survival of Gulf of Maine Books on this anniversary.
For more information please call the store at 729-5083.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Arizona book ban and librotraficantes

The Arizona legislature has passed a bill ( House bill 2281) which outlaws ethnic studies programs that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people" "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of...pupils as individuals" "are designed for pupils of a particular ethnic group" or "promote the overthrow of the United States government". Tucson schools then shut down a K-12 Mexican American Studies program, banned a number of books by Mexican American and Native American authors, and came into the schools to seize over 80 titles from school libraries and students. (the former superintendant of state schools, Tom Horne, is now the state's attorney general behind the banning) Students immediately began protesting, and a new breed of smugglers, librotraficantes, has arisen to help supply the banned books to students. Calling themselves "librotraficantes", a group of book smugglers filled a bus with over 1000 banned books (now known as "wet-books")and headed for Tucson, stopping along the way for a reading by banned author Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street) and a visit with banned author Rudolfo Anaya(Bless Me, Ultima). Now the librotraficantes are planning to set up underground libraries featuring work by Mexican American and Native American authors, called the rooms "Read Easies" after the speak-easies of the past. You can read the librotraficante manifesto and news of future plans, read a list of the banned books, and make a donation, here One of the books seized in Tucson was ReThinking Columbes: The Next Five Hundred Years, a book that includes work by Native American authors including Mohawk poet/storyteller Peter Blue Cloud. We published Peter's book of coyote poems Back Then Tomorrow in 1979 from our own Blackberry Books. It has been out of print for over a decade, but on hearing this news we have brought it back into print, and sent copies to Tucson. Viva Librotraficantes!