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