2016 Holiday Newsletter
Welcome to the 2016 Gulf of Maine Books Holiday newsletter.
First, we have a few events to let you know about:
Weds. Nov 16, 7 PM - reading and booksigning with Colin Sargent, from his new novel "The Boston Castrato".
Sunday, Dec. 4 - 3 PM - reading and booksigning with Richard Wile (his new novel Requiem in Stone - A Novel of Grief and Grace) and John Manderino with his "True Meaning of Myrrh - A Christmas Day"
Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 PM - Carl and David Little with their "Art of Acadia" and Peter McDonald Blachly with "The Stone from Halfway Rock - A Boy's Adventure on the Coast of Maine".
Yes, the bookstore will be open Sundays from now until Christmas, 11-4.
We have put out a large variety of wall and engagement calendars, advent calendars, and boxed Christmas cards (and we suggest a Gulf of Maine gift certificate as a perfect Holiday gift), an array of coloring books (including Amazing Grace - A Coloring Book by Spindleworks artist Kim Christensen) and the Spindleworks DVD I Dream The Colors, by William Kunitz.
We recently hosted an evening of Armenian women writers, featuring the work of the Ottoman writer and activist Zabel Yessayan. We carry three of her titles in translation: her novel "My Soul In Exile", her memoir "Gardens of Silihdar" and "In the Ruins - The 1909 Massacres of Armenians in Adana, Turkey". Also at the event was Dana Walwrath, who read from "Like Water On Stone", her novel in verse about the Armenian Holocaust of 1915.
New in our Maine section we recommend "Salt in Their Veins - Conversations with Coastal Mainers" by Charlie Wing, "Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs- The Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard, Bath, Maine" by Frederic Hill, "Hearts in Suspension" - Stephen King in Orono, Maine edited by Jim Bishop, "Maine Photography - A History - 1840-2015", and also "Maine on Glass" - Early 20th Century Glass Plate Photography, "A Wretched and Precarious Situation" - Peary and Macmillan in the Arctic, "The Art of Katahdin", "Maine's Remarkable Women - Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers Who Shaped History" by Kate Kennedy, and "Flipping Point" - a memoir by Barry Norman, owner of Brunswick's Eveningstar Cinema.
New in non-fiction we recommend "The Oregon Trail" by Rinker Buck, Congressman John Lewis' three volume graphic memoir "March", Susan Faludi's "In the Darkroom", "This Old Man" by Roger Angell, "Frantumaglia - A Writer's Journey" by Elena Ferrante, "Motherlines" - Love, Longing, Education" - a memoir by Patricia Reis, "The Givenness of Things" - essays by Marilynne Robinson, "The Road to Little Dribbling" - Adventures of An American in Britain by Bill Bryson, "The War I Survived was Vietnam" by Michael Uhl, "Peacock and Vine - On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny" by A S Byatt, "SPQR" a history of ancient Rome by Mary Beard, "The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu", "By Women Possessed" - A Life of Eugene O'Neill, and three music autobiographies - "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen, "Testimony" by Robbie Robertson, and "Over The Top and Back" by Tom Jones, as well as biographies, poetry and prose from Leonard Cohen.
Recommendations in our fiction sections include the new paperback edition of "My Name is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout, Man Booker winner Paul Beatty's "The Sell Out", Annie Proulx's "Barkskins", "Hag-Seed" - Margaret Atwood's re-working of "The Tempest", Colson Whitehead's National Book Award Winner "Underground Railroad", Monica Wood's "One In A Million Boy", T C Boyle's "Terranauts", Nell Zink's "Nicotine", Ann Patchett's "Commonwealth" , Mairtin O Cadhain's "Dirty Dust", Ian McEwen's "Nutshell", Zadie Smith's "Swing Time", Michael Chabon's Moonglow and "The State We're In - Maine Stories" by Ann Beattie.
In our nature section we are suggesting "Orion on The Dunes" a biography of Henry Beston by Daniel Payne, "The Hidden Life of Trees - What They Feel, How They Communicate", Ralph Pope's "Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts of the Northeast", "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell, "The Plants of Baxter State Park", "The Plants of Acadia", "Modified - GMOs and The Threat To Our Food, Our Land, Our Future" by Caitlin Shetterly, two by James Rebank - "The Shepherd's Life" and "The Shepherd's View","Crocodiles and Ice" by Jon Turk,"An Electronic Silent Spring" by Katie Singer, "Being A Dog - Following the Dog Into A World of Smell" by Alexandra Horowitz, "Being a Beast - Adventures Across the Species Divide", "The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt's New World" by Andrea Wulf, Walter Alvarez's "Most Improbable Journey - A Big History of Our PLanet and Ourselves", "I Contain Multitudes - The Microbes Within Us" by Ed Young, "Fracture - An Anthology of Poems, Fiction, and Essays on Fracking", Terry Tempest Williams' "The Hour of Land", and "I Am Coyote" by Geri Vistein.
New in the poetry section we have two titles by Mary Oliver : "Upstream - Selected Essays" and "Blue Horses" new in paperback. We have Eavan Boland's "Dublin Poems", W S Merwin's "Garden Time - new poems", Warsan Shire's " Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth", "Only the Road" - eight decades of Cuban poetry, edited by Margaret Randall, Anne Carson's "Float", Lee Sharkey's "Walking Backwards", "Violet Energy Ingots" by Hoa Nguyen, "You Must Change Your Life - The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin, Joseph Coleman's "45 Degrees North Latitude", "Dead Still Dream" by Kifah Abdullah, Susan Howe's new essays "The Quarry", "Dooby Lane" - with text by Gary Snyder and photos by Peter Goin, Bruce Holsapple's "Birth of the Imagination - William Carlos Williams on Form", Johnny Cash's "Forever Words - The Unknown Poems" edited by Paul Muldoon, and Irish poet Dave Lordan's "Lost Tribe of the Wicklow Mountains".
New spirituality titles include "At Home in the World " - an autobiography by Thich Nhat Hanh, "Bartholomew - Apostle and Visionary" by John Chryssavgis, and "New World Dharma - Interviews and Encounters with Buddhist Teachers, Writers and Leaders" by Trevor Carolan (including interviews with Gary Snyder, Red Pine, Nanao Sakaki, Joanne Kyger, Robert Aitken and more...). And from the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu we have The Book of Joy.
New cooking titles include "Appetites" a new cookbook by Anthony Bourdain, Mark Bittman's "How to Bake Everything", Ina Garten's "Cooking for Jeffrey" and the "Lucky Peach Power Vegetables" book.
Many new titles in the children's area include Maria Padian's "Wrecked", Melissa Sweet's "Some Writer - the story of E B White", Jo Miles Schuman's "Toad and the Boy", "Moo" (Sharon Creech discovers Belted Galloways in Maine), "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson, now in paper, Lynn Plourde's "Maxi's Secret - Or What You Can Learn From a Dog", "Women in Science - 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World", "I Dissent - Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark", and an assortment of Jan Brett Christmas titles.
We hope to see you at the bookstore!
Beth and Gary