Wednesday, July 08, 2020

summer hours

As of July 6, Gulf of Maine will be open six days a week, 10-3, for curbside business (closed Sundays). We are not yet allowing browsing, although we wish we could. A bookstore really can't make it without browsers, and we have been closed to browsers since mid-March. You can email us an order - gulfofmainebooks@gmail.com - or call us at 729-5083, or come by and ask. Thank you for your understnding!

Friday, April 10, 2020

more sequestered reading lists

more reading lists from our sequestered customers:

Maura Zerella
The Tranquillitate Animi - Seneca
Commedia - Dante
South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography - Roland Barthes
The Dhammapada


Ellen Cooney
Lonesome Bodybuilder - Yukiko Mototoya
Ten Loves of Nishino - Hiromi Kawakami
Breasts and Eggs - Mieko Kawakami
The Book of Anna - Carmen Boullosa
Roxy - Esther Gerritsen


Agnes Bushell
The Corner That Held Them - Sylvia Townsend Warner
Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
A Sentimental Education - Gustave Flaubert
On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
The Peripheral - William Gibson


Ellen Pyle
Little Red Chairs - Edna O'Brien

Kara Douglas
Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee
Welcoming the Unwelcome - Pema Chodron
On Writing - Stephen King
Ashes - Laurie Halse Anderson


Anna Turner
Ulysses - James Joyce
Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
Dwellers in the House of the Lord - Wesley McNair


Peter Simmons
Fiction - Abigail - Magda Szabo
Little Gods - Ming Jin
Under the Rainbow - Celia Laskey
How to Build A Heart - Maria Padian

Non-fiction - Becoming Nicole - Amy Ellis Nutt
The Reason I Jump -Naoki Higashida
Our Native Bees - Paige Embry
Settled in the Wild - Susan Hand Shetterly

Poetry - Cold Mountain - Han Shan
Map - Wislawa Szymborska
Canvas - Adam Zagajewski
A Coast of Trees - A R Ammons


Charlotte Agell
Abigail - Magda Szabo
The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
Under the Rainbow - Celia Laskey
Maybe A Mermaid - Josephine Cameron

Al Miller
poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye
Apeirogon by Colm McCann
Overstory - Richard Powers
The Mercies - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Tyll - Daniel Kehlman
Erosion - Terry Tempest Williams


Maureen Block
One Long River of Song - Brian Doyle
African Textiles: Color and Creativity Across a Continent - John Gillow
Posters by Maurice Sendak
The Attentive Heart - Stephanie Kaza

Mary Anne Libby
Mercy - Lucille Clifton
The Book of Delights - Ross Gay
Here For It - R Eric Thomas
This Tender Land - William Kent Krueger
Love Letter to the Earth - Thich Nhat Hanh


Susan Weems
Before You Know Kindness - Chris Bohjalian
Disgrace - J M Coetzee


Liz Craig-Olins
Leadership In Turbulent Times - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Margaret Fuller - biography - by Meghan Marshall
A Gentleman In Moscow - Amor Towles
Walden - Thoreau
Collected Poems of Michael Longley


Rosalie Paul
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
Olive, Again - Elizabeth Strout
Saturday - Ian McEwen
Machines Like Me - Ian McEwen


Susan Maffei
Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari
The In-Betweens - Mira Ptacin
On Trails - Robert Moor
Olive Again - Elizabeth Strout
Ulysses - James Joyce

Peter Gabbe
The Master Plan - Chris Wilson
Killers of the Flower Moon - David Gann
Surveillance Capitalism - Shoshona Zuboff
Photo Art - Joe Sartore
The Challenging Years - autobiography of Stephen Wise


John Howard
Afterglow - Eileen Myles
Imaginary Life - David Malouf
Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming - Laslo Krasnahorkai
Lost City Radio - Daniel Alarcon
Empty and Full - the language of Chinese painting - Francois Cheng
Thus Were Their Faces - Silvina Ocampo
Twelve Stories - Guy Davenport
Illocality - poems, Joseph Massey
The Ghosts of Birds - Eliot Weinberger
Rashomon and Other Stories - Ryunosuki Akutagawa


Thursday, April 09, 2020

sequestered reading

Sequestered reading lists
where we ask our readers what they are reading during sequestration :

Gary Lawless
here is the pile I have at hand right now,
the bookstore closed temporarily -:

Night Watchman - Louise Erdrich
the innocents - a novel of Newfoundland - Michael Crummey
One Last Lie - Paul Doiron
Just Us - Claudia Rankine
Pompeii - Robert Harris
bad indian - poems by J C Mehta
Rolling in the Ditches With Shamans (Jaime de Angulo) by Wendy Leeds Hurwitz
Timefulness - how thinking like a geologist can help save the world - Marcia Bjornerud
Mast Year - poems by Katherine Hagopian Berry
At Ease with Images of Art - poems by John Tagliabue
Carrara - photographs by William Wylie


Kathreen Harrison
I Wonder as I Wander - Langston Hughes
A Map Is Only One Story - 20 writers on immigration - ed. Nicole Chung


Doug Rawlings
In Pharoah's Army - Tobias Wolff
No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
A Flag for Sunrise - Robert Stone
A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry
biography of Benjamin Franklin


John Dunn
Three by Hilary Mantel : Wolf Hall
Bring Up the Bodies
The Mirror and the Light
Extreme Economics - Robert Davis
Desert, Steppe, and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia - Brian Sutcliffe


Jay Levine
Me - Elton John
Apropos of Nothing - Woody Allen
Spy of the First Person - Sam Shepard
Tear of the Monkey - Patti Smith
Aliens - The world's leading scientists on the search for extraterrestrial life - edited Jim al Khalili


Liz Ernst
Barrel Fever - David Sedaris
40 short stories - portable anthology - Beverly Lawn
Lost City of Z - David Grann
Hare with the Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms - Richard Fortey


Pete Galle
Soldier of the Great War - Mark Helprin
Janet Galle
Mrs. Moreau's Warbler - Stephen Moss
Paris in the Present Tense - Mark Helprin
anything in the Longmire series


Jocelyn Hubbell
Ravenmaster - Christopher Skaife
Who Murdered Chaucer - Terry Jones
Two Gardeners - a friendship in letters - ed. by Emily Herring Wilson
Felicity - Mary Oliver
An Intimate Look at the Night Sky - Chet Raymo

Karen Schneider
Light Between the Oceans - M L Steadman
When Things Fall Apart - Pema Chodron
Treasury of American Poetry
The Girl on the Train
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child - Bob Spitz


James McCarthy
Selected Poems of Tu Fu - translated by David Hinton
Falter - has the human game begun too play itself out - Bill McKibben
One Wild Bird at a Time - Bernd Heinrich
Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South - Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
10 years of DoubleTake magazine


Sasha Nyary
The River - Peter Heller
The Mirror and the Light - Hilary Mantel
Falling Upward - Richard Rohr


Giuseppe Moretti
Paleolithic Turn - Matteo Meschiari (in Italian)
Esiste un mondo a venire - Deborah Danowski
Tales from Rore - Stefan Hyner
Rete, oppio dei popoli - Enrico Manicardi
Metamorfosi - Ovidio
Thoreau - una vita disobbediente - A Dan/Le Roy
Headed Into The Wind - Jack Loeffler
Primitivismo e storia - Miquel Amoros
Danger on Peaks - Gary Snyder
Myths and Text - Gary Snyder

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Holiday Letter 2019

Terry Tempest Williams at Gulf of Maine Books, Nov. 15, 2019


Hello Friends!
Gulf of Maine Books has been open now for 40 years, and we are still excited to offer you a wide selection for Holiday shopping. Once again we have advent calendars, boxed Christmas and holiday cards, wall and engagement calendars, gift certificates and even "Bye Bye Susan" magnetic bumper stickers. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, we will be open every day until Christmas. We encourage special orders for the Holiday season, but ask that we receive your requests by December 15 to give us time to get the books in for you.
We will be having one in-store author event before Christmas. Scott Hanson (of Topsham) will be at the store on Sunday, Dec.22, 4 PM, presenting his terrific new book "Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners".
We are also excited about two events coming up during the winter: On Jan. 18, at 4 PM, we will have two authors - Cynthia Anderson and her new book "Home Now - how 6000 refugees transformed an American Town" (Lewiston), and Abdi Nor Iftin - with his new book "Call Me American". On March 24, 7 PM at the Curtis Library we will co-sponsor a reading and talk by Emtithal Mahmoud, originally from Darfur and now an International Poetry Slam Champion and UNHCR spokesperson - her new book of poems is "Sisters' Entrance", check out her video "Bird Watching on Lesvos Island" here!

We want to give you some idea of the range of new titles about which we are excited, and happy to share with you!
In the Maine section, that would include "All Is Calm, All Is Bright" - an anthology of Maine Christmas Stories, "Infinite Hope" - an autobiography by Ashley Bryan, "Home Now" by Cynthia Anderson, "Roughhouse Friday" by Jaed Coffin, "Hermit - the mysterious life of Jim Whyte" by Jeffrey Ryan, "Call Me American" by Abdi Nor Iftin, "Silence" by Jane Brox, "Eyes of the Moose" - a novel by Phippsburg's David Johnson, Maine humor "State of Maine, State of Mind" by Theodore Perry, David Vermette's "Distinct Alien Race" - much of which is about the Franco-American population of Brunswick, Mira Ptacin's "The In-Betweens - The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna, Maine", Susan Kaplan's "Peary's Arctic Quest - untold stories from Robert Peary's North Pole Expedition", "Baseball's First Indian - The Story of Penobscot Legend Louis Sockalexis", John Cole's "In Maine", Tilly Laskey's "Precious and Adored - the love letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple", and David Pope's "Geology of the Pemaquid Region - Mid-Coast Maine".

Suggestions in the non-fiction sections include "The Body" by Bill Bryson, "Dumpty" by John Lithgow, "Educated" by Tara Westover, "Tough Love" by Susan Rice,"The Yellow House" by Sarah Broom, "Upheaval" by Jared Diamond, "Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell, Rachel Maddow's "Blowout", two by Jill Lepore (who will speak at Bowdoin on Dec. 5) "This America" and "These Truths", Eric Foner's "The Second Founding", Rick Atkinson's "The British Are Coming - The War for America from Lexington to Princeton", and "If You Give A Pig The White House" as well as biographies of Susan Sontag, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Marie Colvin, Claude Debussey, Booker T. Jones, Alma Mahler, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bishop, and Frederick Douglass.

Some hardcover fiction suggestions include: Elizabeth Strout's new "Olive Again", Margaret Atwood's "Testaments", Edna O'Brien's "Girl", Ann Patchett's "Dutch House", Polish Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk"s "Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead", John Le Carre's "Agent Running in the Field", Stephen King's "Institute", Jeanette Winterson's "Frankisstein", Ta Nehisi Coates' "Water Dancer", Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous", Ben Lerner's "Topeka School", "Exhalation: Stories" by Ted Chiang, and "The Starless Sea" by Erin Morgenstern.

Paperback fiction suggestions include "Overstory" by Richard Powers, "Unsheltered" by Barbara Kingsolver, "Flights" by Olga Tokarczuk, "There There" by Tommy Orange, "The Silence of the Girls" by Pat Barker, "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan, "Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants" by Mathias Enard, two novels by Vasily Grossman - "Stalingrad" and "Life and Fate", and "The Listing Ship" by Anxo Anqueira - translated by Brunswick's Kathleen March. Some mysteries to go with that - Richard Cass' new "Last Call at the Esposito", two recent Paul Doiron titles "Almost Midnight" in hardcover and "Stay Hidden" in paperback, and two recent Louise Penny titles - "A Better Man" in hardcover and "Kingdom of the Blind" in paperback.

In the Nature/Environmental area, our suggestions include " Terry Tempest Williams:"Erosions - essays of undoing", two books by Robert MacFarlane "Underland" and "Lost Words", Naomi Klein's "On Fire - the burning case for a green new deal", "Our Wild Calling - how connecting with animals can transform our lives and save theirs" by Richard Louv, Maine Apple expert John Bunker's new "Apples and the Art of Detection", "Running with Sherman" by Christopher McDougall, two by Robin Kimmerer - "Braiding Sweetgrass" and "Gathering Moss", "Horizon" by Barry Lopez, "Falter" by Bill McKibben, "Some Stories" by Yvon Chouinard, John McPhee's "Patch", "America's Most Alarming Writer - essays on Charles Bowden", and the new anthology "A Dangerous New World - Maine voices on the Climate Crisis" with 65 poets, 27 artists, and an introduction by Governor Janet Mills.

In the poetry section, some suggestions include current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's new "An American Sunrise", Emtithal Mahmoud's "Sisters' Entrance", Bob Kaufman's collected poems, The Illuminated Hafiz, Carolyn Forche's memoir "What You Have Heard Is True", "Awakened Cosmos - the Mind of Classical Chinese Poetry" by David Hinton, "Milk Black Carbon" by Inupiaq poet Joan Naviyuk Kane, "Eyes Bottle Dark With A Mouthful of Flowers" by Jake Skeets, "Black Mountain Poems - an Anthology", two new books by Brunswick poets - "Near Stars" by Pam Smith and "Undertow" by Robert Breen, and several broadsides: a signed Tony Hoagland, a William Stafford, and a signed Robert Breen.
Close by in the music section we recommend Patti Smith's "Year of the Monkey", Ringo Starr's "Another Day in the Life", Ken Burns' "Country Music", Booker T Jones' "Time Is Tight", and "Trips - rock life in the sixties" by Belfast poet/author Ellen Sander.

A few suggestions in the spirituality area include Penobscot author Sherri Mitchell's "Sacred Instructions - Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change", "Creation As Sacrament_ Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality" by John Chryssavgis, "Why Religion" by Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong's "The Lost Art of Scripture", Sister Helen Prejean's "River of Fire", Pema Chodron's new "Welcoming the Unwelcome", and Norman Fischer's "The Worl Could Be Otherwise - Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path".
A few cooking suggestions include a new edition of Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" a new edition of "Joy of Cooking", Barton Seaver's "Joy of seafood", Maine's "The Lost Kitchen", and the new "Essential Ottolenghi" set.

In the kids' area we are featuring: Peter Wohlleben's "Can You Hear The Trees Talking?". Jan Brett's "Tale of the Tiger Slipper", Susan Cooper's "The Shortest Day",Tonya Shevenell's "Maine Birthday Book", Kate Allen's "Line Tender", Chris Van Dusen's "If I Built A School", Margaret Wise Brown's "A Home in the Barn", Philip Pullman's "Book of Dust, books from local authors Charlotte Agell, Maria Padian, Josephine Cameron, Cynthia Lord, Wendy Ulmer, Diane Magras (and of course Dahlov Ipcar), and the new "Dog Man - Fetch 22"

We look forward to seeing you in the bookstore, and hope that you have Happy Holidays!
Beth Leonard and Gary Lawless

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Hummus and Poetry Night


Gulf of Maine Books will host our 4th annual "Hummus and Poetry" night on Saturday, June 29, at 4PM.The event will celebrate the publishing of the anthology "Making Mirrors - Writing/Righting by and for Refugees". Our featured readers will be Sharif Elmusa and Becky Thompson. Becky Thompson is the co-editor of "Making Mirrors". She is a poet, a teacher, a scholar, and since 2015 she has been teaching poetry workshops in "camps" in Greece, meeting rafts, documenting human rights violations, and creating spaces for writers to share their work. Sharif Elmusa is a Palestinian poet,teacher, and scholar now living in Maine. He has recently published :"Flawed Landscape - selected poems" and has poems in the "Making Mirrors" anthology. Another "Hummus and Poetry" regular, Zeina Azzam, has poems in "Making Mirrors" but cannot be with us, so we hope that her brother Fateh will read her poems, and perhaps play the oud. The event is free, and open to the public, with refreshments, poetry, and good company.
Here is a poem from the "Making Mirrors" anthology:

Heartsong

Only they saw the waves
Only they saw the wind
as the houses collapsed
Only they dreamt of dreams
There were no birds
There were no trees
No hands to cover their eyes
No rain to record their footsteps
Only they saw their photos fading
into the walls
Only they saw their stories
hidden in the sounds of strangers
Only they
they stayed to tell us
they were never gone
they lay in their shadows
guarding their origin
their heart in every note
of every song
they stayed to tell us
there will always be
a heart in the sea
with our names

Nathalie Handal

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Poetry reading with Elizabeth Tibbetts and Pam Burr Smith

cover painting by Jon Muench

cover painting by Katherine Bradford

Gulf of Maine Books will host a reading/publishing party for two new books of poetry by Maine poets Elizabeth Tibbetts and Pam Burr Smith on Saturday, June 1, at 4pm.
Elizabeth Tibbetts' new book is "Say What You Can" - a collection of poems published by Deerbrook Editions, of Cumberland, Maine.
Pam Burr Smith's new book is "Near Stars - New and Selected Poems", published by Blackberry Books of Nobleboro, Maine.
The event is free, and open to the public.
For more information please call the bookstore at 729-5083.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

local author power trio

photo by Beth Leonard

Local author power trio at Gulf of Maine Books!
Cynthia Lord, Maria Padian, Josephine Cameron