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.

To read our bookstore poetry blog please click here


We wish you all a joyous Holiday season. Please come visit!
For Gulf of Maine Books
Beth, Gary, Margaret, Stephen and Jeff




Sunday, June 29, 2014

summer events at Gulf of Maine

Summer events at Gulf of Maine Books

Thursday, July 10, 7 PM -
a Three Rooms Press reading
an evening of provocative poetry and prose readings by authors from Three Rooms Press including
Lisa Panepinto, Michael Fournier, Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. Check out their website here.

Friday, July 11, 6-7 PM
Brunswick Art Walk evening
a book signing and singing with author, musician, and Brunswick optometrist Brian Daniels for his new collection "Thoughts of an Average Joe", as well as his novel "Luke's Dream". "Thoughts of an average Joe" is a collection of humorous columns expressing the concerns of "Smalltown, New England's Joe Wright, an ordinary middle-aged man struggling to understand and cope with life in the 21st century."

Friday, August 8, 6-7 PM
Brunswick Art Walk Evening
book signing by C B Anderson with her new book of stories "River Talk" (17 stories set in the mill towns and river valleys of western Maine) and Hannah Fox Trowbridge, with her new memoir "Funny, You Don't Look The Type"

Saturday, August 9, 4 PM
Ellen Cooney reading and signing her new novel "The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances"
"a story about second chances for all living creatures"
"The Sanctuary. High up on the Mountain, the Sanctuary is a place of refuge. It is a place where humans save dogs who, in turn, save the humans."
Read more here

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information please call Gulf of Maine Books, 729-5083

Saturday, June 28, 2014

new titles - late June

Some new titles as we head into the summer season here at Gulf of Maine Books:

from Maine Authors:
Orion Rising - the collected poems of Maine poet, educator, veteran and founding member of Veterans for Peace - with a cover painting of Doug by Robert Shetterly, from his Americans Who Tell The Truth series -
River Talk - a collection of short stories from the mill towns, hills and river valleys of western Maine by Maine author and educator C B Anderson. She will be signing books as a part of the August Brunswick Art Walk, August 8, 6-7 PM.
The House With Sixteen Handmade Doors - A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftmanship - by Henry Petroski, with photos by Catherine Petroski. "An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets of a had built home" in Arrowsic.
Of Sea and Cloud - a novel of lobstering families and community by Jon Kellar, who has spent the last two decades in eastern Maine, lobstering, digging clams, and writing.
A Wolf Called Romeo - Maine native/Colby grad Nick Jans tells the true story of a six year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska see a trailer for the book here
from elsewhere:
I Am The Beggar of the World - Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan - a collection of contemporary 2 line poems from the women of Pakistan and Afghanistan, collected and translated by Eliza Griswold. se a video here
Dark. Sweet. New and Selected Poems by Linda Hogan.
Men Explain Things to Me - Rebecca Solnit
Geoff Dyer's new non-fiction title - Another Great Day At Sea - Life aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush
New in paperback:
Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Trans Atlantic by Colum McCann
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson
One Summer by Bill Bryson

Saturday, May 10, 2014

new books at gulf of maine - early May











Hello Friends,
we are going to put up lists of new arrivals of interest here at Gulf of Maine Books every 2 weeks or so, just for fun, If this is of interest, please check back once in awhile, or subscribe -
Thanks!

New arrivals in paperback:
Dave Eggers' novel The Circle
Susan Conley's Paris Was The Place
Michael Paterniti's The Telling Room - a tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and the world's greatest piece of cheese
Michael Pollan's Cooked
Two new books for kids by Brunswick author Kate Egan, with Magician Mike Lane - The Vanishing Coin, and The Incredible Twisting Arm
And a new book by Brunswick native Maddy Butcher Gray, "A Rider's Reader - Exploring horse sense, science and sentiment" Gary blurbed the book on the back cover -
"Anyone interested in horses - living with them, caring for them, trying to understand them, or riding them, will come away informed and entertained by A Rider's Reader"

New hardcover fiction includes
Peter Matthiessen's In Paradise (we also have in stock This Way For the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, by Tadeusz Borowski, to which Matthiessen refers frequently in his novel)
Bowdoin grad Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See
Maine novelist Lily King's Euphoria (a novel of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson)
and Jo Nesbo's The Son

also received :
Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century
Two books for the microbial world inside you:
Missing Microbes - How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues, by Martin Blaser
Honor Thy Symbionts by Jeff Leach

Poetry from around the world:
Galician poet Chuz Pato's new Secession (with Canadian translator Erin Moure's responses)
Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail's Iraqi Nights
and The Tatters by Brenda Coultas
and the selected correspondence of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

also Roz Chast's graphic memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant
and Caravaggio's Pitiful Relics - from Yale University, a study by Todd Olson of paintings that "placed particular importance on sacred relics and the glorification of martyred saints"
Just a taste of what is new and interesting this week!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gulf of Maine Chainsaw Massacre

 



Gulf of Maine Books will celebrate Halloween a little late this year, with a Saturday, Nov 2, 3 PM booksigning with author and actor Gunnar Hansen signing his new book "Chain Saw Confidential - How we made the world's most notorious horror movie". Gunnar starred as Leatherface in the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre.To watch a trailer for the book please click
here
For more information please call the bookstore 729-5083

Common Ground Fair bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers from our booth at this year's Common Ground Fair:

#1 - Art of Fermentation - Sandor Katz
#2 Wild Fermentation - Sandor Katz
#3 Wild Plants of Maine - Tom Seymour
#4 Four Seasons Farm Cookbook - Damrosch and Coleman
#5 Balance - poems by Russell Libby
#6 How to Move like a Gardener - Deb Soule
#7 Taste, Memory
#8 WeMoon Engagement Calendar
#9 This Life Is In Your Hands - Melissa Coleman
#10 Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

gulf of maine in the new york times

In the March 31, 2013 edition of the New York Times Book Review, novelist Elizabeth Strout, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning "Olive Kitteridge" and  now "The Burgess Boys", was asked in a By The Book interview "Where do you get your books> Do you have a favorite bookstore or library?"
Her answer; "When I want a book, I usually want it right away, so if I'm in New York I'll go into the first bookstore I pass by. When I'm in Maine I go to our local bookstore, Gulf of Maine Books, and if they don't have it, they order it for me and it comes in a couple of days."
Thank you Elizabeth!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Gulf of Maine Birthday

Common Ground Fair photo by Roger Leisner, The Maine Paparazzi


Beth Leonard and Gary Lawless opened Gulf of Maine Books in February, 1979. We are still here, and we want to celebrate. This year our birthday weekend will be Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23. Because the bookstore is now in its 30s, we will be giving 30% off all book sales on both days. We will have a birthday party on Saturday the 23, at 3 PM, with food and drink, door prizes, 30% off, and a reading by Brunswick author Maria Padian to celebrate the publishing of her new book "Out of Nowhere". We are very excited about Maria's new book - it is a cultural education, a healing book, a community building book. We think every person in Maine should read it, and yes, beyond that, that everyone should read it. It is a young adult title, but it is a book that should be read by adults as well. It deals with French Canadian and Somali teenagers in Lewiston, the high school soccer team, and the actual history of the coming of the Somalis to Lewiston. As the characters of the book struggle to learn how to get along, how to behave respectfully and intelligently, we the readers learn as well. This is a very important book. (If you can't make it to the birthday party, there will be a publishing event for the book the week before, Feb. 16, 7-9 PM at Curtis Library in Brunswick)
Those of you who came to our 30th birthday party will remember Simon Pettet, the poet who read at the party. He has just spent a two month poetry residency in Venice, and compiled an online anthology of poems by poets he met there, available here.
We hope that you will join us in celebrating independent bookselling and the survival of Gulf of Maine Books on this anniversary.
For more information please call the store at 729-5083.