Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Holiday Season

Hello friends,
This holiday season will be a new experience for us. For the first time in our 32 years as a bookstore we will be the only bookstore in town for Christmas. We will trying a few new things, repeating a lot of older things, and trying to provide books quickly for our customers.
We will be open Friday nights until 8 PM and Sundays from 10-4, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, with events on several Fridays and Sundays. We welcome special orders,but advise that if you want a book before Christmas you should order it from us by December 15.
Our events schedule follows:
Sunday, Dec 4, 4 PM, a book publishing party for Spindleworks Speaking - a new anthology of writing from Spindleworks, with readings and a signing
Friday, Dec. 9, 7 PM David Solmitz reading from his memoir Piecing Scattered Souls: Maine, Germany, Mexico, China and Beyond, and Howard Waxman, author of the new novel Venceremos (set in 1970 in the US, Canada, and Cuba).
Sunday, Dec. 11, 4 PM - Martha White reading from her book In the Words of E B White - Quotations from America's Most Companionable of Writers. Martha is E B White's granddaughter and literary executor.
Sunday, Dec. 18, 4 PM - Pam Burr Smith reading from her new book of poems Heaven Jumping Woman, from Moon Pie Press.

Once again we have a wide variety of Christmas cards, advent calendars, and 2012 calendars. We have recently received "We are the 99%" stickers and buttons, as well as "61%" stickers and several other Gov. LePage related stickers for good stocking stuffers.

For Holiday charitable giving, this year we are suggesting the Brunswick - Trinidad (Cuba) sister city's Library Project. We have been sending boxes of books in Spanish to our sister city public library. They have lots of readers, but no money for books. Now we are trying to raise $5000 for basic repairs and some air conditioning to protect the books once they are in the library. Donations can be made via Gulf of Maine.

So, now, on to lists of new and recommended titles for the holiday season:

In the Maine section we have two new books by Crash Barry - his novel Sex Drugs and Blueberries and his new Tough Island - True Stories from Matinicus, two new E B White titles - In The Words of E B White (edited by his grand daughter Martha White) and The Story of Charlotte's Web, a new book of writing from Spindleworks called Spindleworks Speaking, two Maine mysteries by Paul Doiron - The Poacher's Son and Trespasser, two Frances Perkins titles - her book The Roosevelt I Knew and a bio of her called The Woman Behind the New Deal, a new Landscape History of New England and The Best Nature Sites of Mid-Coast Maine. We have a new edition of New Maine Cooking by Jean Ann Pollard, Desserted - Recipes and Tales from an island chocolatier by Kate Shaffer (a book that comes highly recommended by Bowdoinham chef Sam Hayward), Shells by photographer Joyce Tenneson, August Gale by Barbara Walsh, Settled in the Wild by Susan Shetterley, Eva Murray's Well Out to Sea, and Jeff Foltz's novel Birkebeiners.

New non-fiction includes two Hemingway related titles - Hemingway's Boat and Letters of Hemingway 1907-1922, Wade Davis' book on Mallory and Everest called Into the Silence, Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore, Walking With the Comrades by Arundhati Roy, Blue Nights by Joan Didion, Boomerang by Michael Lewis, The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs,Greg Palast's Vultures' Picnic, Leslie Silko's Turquoise Ledge, 1493 by Charles Mann, Midnight Rising (John Brown) by Tony Horwitz, The Swerve, as well as the book it chronicles: Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, Colin Woodward's American Nations, Karaoke Culture by Dubravka Ugresic,and new biographies of Van Gogh, Steve Jobs, Coco Chanel, the Keats Brothers, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Catherine the Great, Joe Hill, Alfred Jarry, William Carlos Williams, Jessica Mitford, Jack London, Jane Fonda, Karl and Jenny Marx, Cleopatra, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X and even Rin Tin Tin.

New fiction includes The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco, Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman,Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, Trick of the Light by Louise Penny, The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Great Leader by Jim Harrison, Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmed, Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks, Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. New fiction in paperback includes Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife, Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and Venceremos by Bath Author Howard Waxman.

New titles in the nature section include The Fungal Pharmacy, Becoming Animal by David Abram, Nature as Measure - selected essays by Wes Jackson, Eaarth by Bill McKibben, Eels by James Prosek, a new illustrated edition of Food Rules by Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin's Folks This Ain't Normal, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, Cro Magnon, Beeconomy - What Women and Bees Can Teach Us About Local Trade and the Global Market,and a new paperback version of Jon Turk's The Raven's Gift. For the animal lovers in your life we have the Puppy Diaries, How the Dog Became A Dog, and the great gift book of animal photographs Unlikely Friendships.

New titles in the poetry section include Pam Burr Smith's Heaven Jumping Woman, Kristen Lindquist's Transportation, Beauty Is A Verb - the new poetry of disability,
A Happy Life by David Budbill, Bern Porter's Found Poems, Jonathan Skinner's Birds of Tifft, Nobel winner Tomas Transtromer's Great Enigma, Solar Throat Slashed by Aime Cesaire and arguably the loveliest book published in Maine this year -Robert Gibbons' This Time (from Nine Point Publishing) and a really great new issue of the Cafe Review.

New titles in the children's area include Lost Trail - the graphic novel version of Don Fendler's story of being lost on a mountain in Maine, a new Dahlov Ipcar Wild Animal ABC book and her My Wonderful Christmas Tree, A House In The Woods by Inga Moore, Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh and Jamie Wyeth,I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, Chris Van Dusen's new King Hugo's Huge Ego, Shel Silverstein's Every Thing On It, Pig Scramble by Jessica Kinney, Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, The Boy Who Bit Picasso, Fairy Houses of the Maine Coast, and lots and lots of Tin Tin.

We hope that you have a wonderful Holiday season, and we hope to see you in the bookstore!
Beth and Gary