Sunday, November 26, 2017

Holiday Newsletter, 2017

Hello Friends of Gulf of Maine Books,

We have returned after a month in Venice, and now we are filling the store with books for the Holiday shopping season. We will be open seven days a week from now until Christmas Eve, Monday thru Saturday 930-600, and Sundays 1100-400. We will be glad to special order titles for you, but we need to have those orders by Dec. 11 if you want them here for Christmas. We have a selection of advent calendars, wall and engagement calendars (including a Spindleworks calendar!) and boxed Christmas and Holiday cards. To carry all of these items we also have a new Gulf of Maine Books canvas bag.
We will be doing the book sales for a publishing event for June Vail's new book The Passion of Perfection - Gertrude Hitz Burton's Modern Victorian Life, at the Curtis Library (Brunswick) on Sunday, Dec.3, 130-300.
We have a number of other new biographies and memoirs, including biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Ulysses S. Grant, Toscanini, Elaine de Kooning, Thoreau, Martin Luther, Marchesa Casati, Joni Mitchell, and Eileen Myles' dog, as well as a Sherman Alexie memoir called You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, and David Sedaris' diaries.
Other new non-fiction titles include: John McPhee's Draft #4, astronaut Scott Kelly's Endurance, Bob Dylan's Nobel Lecture, The Origins of Creativity by E O Wilson, Hope Jahren's Lab Girl, Toni Morrison's The Origin of Others, Jane Mayer's Dark Money, Daniel Mendelsohn's An Odyssey, Joe Biden's Promise Me, Dad, Mark Bowden's Hue 1968, We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Book of Joy by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, Daring to Drive - A Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal al Sharif, Killers of the Flower Moon - Osage Murders and The Birth Of The FBI, The Unfinished Palazzo - Life, Love and Art in Venice, Suzy Hansen's Notes On A Foreign Country - An American Abroad In A Post-Modern World, The RBG Workout - How She Stays Strong (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Collusion - Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How the Russians Helped Donald Trump Win, This Is an Uprising - How Non-violent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century, and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder.

Our nonfiction nature recommendations start with The Naturalist's Notebook - by Nat Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich, Wendell Berry's Art of Loading Brush, a new edition of Thoreau's Walking essay from Tilbury House, Sy Montgomery's Tame and Untamed, Tristan Gooley's How To Read Nature,, Bill Nye's Everything All at Once, The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson, The Hidden Life of Trees, and two books by Robin Wall Kimmerer - Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss.

A few Maine related titles: Kate Furbish's Wildflowers of Maine, The Enchanted by Elizabeth Coatsworth (with illustrations by Stephen Petroff), John Hodgeman's Vacationland, Baskets of Time - Portraits of Maine Indian Basketmakers, The Smell of War - 3 Americans in the Trenches of World War One (one of the three is Henry Beston) and two new mystery novels by Portland author Richard Cass: In Solo Time and Solo

We start our hardcover fiction list with a novel by Bill McKibben - Radio Free Vermont - A Fable of Resistance (the monkey wrench gang comes to the Northeast, with micro-brews) and from Maine we have Elizabeth Strout's Anything Is Possible, Christina Baker Kline's A Piece of the World, and Richard Russo's story collection Trajectory. We have Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach, Jessamyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing, Louise Erdrich's Future Home of the Living God, Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, Mark Helprin's Paris In The Present Tense, Isabel Allende's In the Midst of Winter, and Paul Auster's 4321. We have two new titles by Frederic Backman: Bear Town, and The Deal of a Lifetime (a Christmas novella), as well as Amor Towles' Gentleman in Moscow, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Quantum Spy by David Ignatius, and, yes, Rooster Bar by John Grisham.

In paperback fiction we recommend Monica Wood's Once In A Million Boy, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Faith Fox by Jane Gardam,Exit West by Mohsin Hamid,The Girls by Emma Cline, Northwater by Ian McGuire,,Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey, Miss Garnet's Angel (set in Venice...) by Salley Vickers, Best American Short Stories edited by Meg Wolitzer, and the four Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante.

In the poetry section we have Robert Gibbons' Animated Landscape (Gary's favorite poetry book this year), Devotions - the selected poems of Mary Oliver, a new translation of The Odyssey by Emily Wilson, a new translation of The Aeneid by David Ferry, Nikki Giovanni's A Good Cry - What We Learn From Tears and Laughter, Whereas by Layli LongSoldier, The Essential W S Merwin, Joanne Kyger - There You Are - Interviews, Journals and Ephemera, Theodore Enslin's To An Unknown Shore, Taking Flight by Diane Schetky, Pessoa's Book of Disquiet, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Greatest Poems, the Collected Poems of Galway Kinnell, and The Three Nations Anthology - Native, Canadian, and New England Writers, edited by Valerie Lawson.

New titles in the cooking section include Brunswick author Christine Burns Rudalevige's Green Plate Special, Erin French's Lost Kitchen, American Seafood by Barton Seaver, Ottolenghi's new Sweet, and a newly-revised edition of Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything Vegetarian.

In our kids section we are recommending: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, I Dissent - Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, She Persisted -13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton, and Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. We have two books for kids about E B White: Some Writer - The Story Of E B White by Melissa Sweet and A Boy, A Mouse, and A Spider - The Story Of E B White by Barbara Herkert. Also from Maine we have Jo Schuman's Toad and the Boy, Maria Padian's Wrecked, Sharon Creech's Moo (she discovers Belted Galloways), Charlie on the MTA - Did He Ever Return - by Julia O'Brien Merrill, Hattie and Hudson by Chris Van Dusen, Rattled Bones -( a Malaga Island related novel) by S M Parker, and Gary Schmidt's novel about Malaga Island - Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. We also have Mark Twain's Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, Wonder by R Palacio, and Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.

This is just a small sample of what we have in store for you, so please do come visit Gulf of Maine Books.
We wish you a Happy Holiday Season, and we hope to see you soon!
Beth Leonard, Gary Lawless


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