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