Welcome to our Holoiday newsletter.As Gulf of Maine Books enters our 32nd Holiday season, we want to let you know about things happening at the store, and about some of the new books about which we are excited this season.
We will be open seven days a week from the day following Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, with a series of readings on Sunday afternoons at 4 PM:
Sunday, Dec. 5, 4 PM - Mushroom Day with Greg Marley - author of Mushrooms for Health: Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi , and Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares:The Love, Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms.
Sunday Dec. 12, 4 PM - a poetry reading with Dennis Camire, Nancy Henry, and Ricardo Zarate Jr.
Sunday, Dec. 19, 5 PM - Phil Hoose will be signing books and singing songs to celebrate the paperback release of his National Book Award winng boook for kids Claudette Colvin - books, food, music and Phil!
We recently went to the Frankfort (Germany) Book Fair, the largest book fair in the world. At the fair Beth ordered some nice German advent calendars, as well as a beautiful line of handmade blank journals from Florence, Italy, which are now on the shelves here.
Margaret Leonard has just put up a new show of over 30 paintings, here in the store, so look up when you come in.
With the idea of buying local in mind, we want to recommend a number of books for children by local authors: Cynthia Lord's Touch Blue, and also Hot Rod Hamster, Janet Bonney's Martha To The Rescue, Charlotte Agell's Accidental Adventures of India McAllister, Chris van Dusen's Circus Ship, and also Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee, Maria Padian's paperback Brett McCarthy:Work in Progress, Phil Hoose's Claudette Colvin in paperback, Robin Hansen's Ice Harbor Mittens, Sandra Dutton's Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth, Calef Brown's Hallowilloween, Katie Clark's Grandma Drove the Snowplow, and seven titles by Dahlov Ipcar. (plus copies of Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown)
In the Maine section we have Stephen Petroff's Artifacts of Ice Age Maine - Tales of Growing Up in Bowdoinham and Beyond, Susie Moran's House at Bunganuc Landing, a new History of Harpswell, Robert P T Coffin's Christmas in Maine,Paul Doiron's novel The Poacher's Son, Crash Barry's new novel Sex, Drugs and Blueberries, The Hard Way Around - a Joshua Slocum biography by Geoffrey Wolff of Bath,Beginner's Grace by Kate Braestrup, Maine Farms at Work - a lovely book from the Maine Farmland Trust with photos by Bridget Besaw, Well Out to Sea - year round on Matinicus Island by Eva Murray, Dis Place - a true history of Malaga Island by Matt Herrick, and a new lovely Geology of Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin.
New in nonfiction we recommend Leslie Silko's memoir Turquoise Ledge, Ian Frazier's Travels in Siberia, Simon Winchester's The Atlantic, Keith Richards' Life (we also have a new Ginger Baker autobiography) Oliver Sacks' The Mind's Eye, Eastern Passage by Farley Mowat, Brilliant by Jane Brox, Bad Girls Go Everywhere - a life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon, the new volume 1 of Mark Twain's Autobiography, Lauren Hillenbrand's Unbroken , My Reading Life by Pat Conroy, Savor - mindful eating, mindful life by Thich Nhat Hanh, Shop Class As Soul Craft, Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt, Patti Smith's Just Kids, Grand Design by Stephen Hawking, The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers, Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, Hero - the Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda, Carol Merrill's Weekends With O'Keefe, Yves the Porvocateur (Yves Klein), In Giacometti's Studio, Kurt Schwitters - Color and Collage, and Journal of an Ordinary Grief -autobiographical essays by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
In the nature section we have James Prosek's wonderful new book Eels (he will be speaking in Brunswick in January for the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay) the Edward Abbey issue of Matter magazine, David Abrams' new Becoming Animal - an Earthly Cosmology, Elizabeth Tova Bailey's Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, the story of Wesley the Owl, Wendell Berry's Imagination in Place (also his book Leavings, and his new story for children: Whitefoot - A Story from the Center of the World) Tom Wessels' Forest Forensics - A field guide to reading the forested landscape, a new Field Guide to Feathers, and A Spicing of Birds - a beautiful book of poems by Emily Dickinson with 19th century bird illustrations.
Neew titles in the poetry section include two by Mary Oliver: Evidence (in paperback) and Swans - poems and prose poems (in hardcover), Gary Snyder's Etiquette of Freedom (which comes with a 2 hour dvd documentary) Nancy Henry's poem collection SARX, Dennis Camire's Stone by Stone - poems about the art of dry stone walling,Maine In Four Seasons - 20 Maine Poets, Dickinson by Helen Vendler, Here by Wislawa Szymborska, Alice Walker's Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, Giacomo Leopardi's Canti, Ice Floe - an anthology of poems from the circumpolar north,The Cubalogues - Beat Writers in Revolutionary Havana (Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti and Amiri Baraka all traveled there) and Sardine Shards by Gary Lawless (!)
In hardcover fiction we have Lily King's new Father of the Rain, Sara Gruen's Ape House (and if she gets you interested in Bonobos we have three non fiction books she recommends: Bonobo Handshake, Kanzi - Ape at the brink of the human mind, and Next of Kin - my conversations with the chimpanzees) also Exley by Brock Clarke (new to the Bowdoin Dept. of English),Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life, Jaimy Gordon's Lords of Misrule, John Casey's Compass Rose, David Mitchell's Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, What Is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman,John le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor, Paul Auster's Sunset Park, Nicole Krauss' Great House, Lydia Davis' new translation of Madame Bovary, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen, Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, Philip Roth's Nemesis, Thomas McGuane's Living on the Rim, Dennis Lahane's Moonlight Mile, and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - animal stories by David Sedaris.
In paperback fiction we have Will Bonsall's Through the Eyes of A Stranger, Debra Spark's Good For the Jews, Eileen Myles' The Inferno, Barbara Kingsolver's Lacuna, Lorrie Moore's Gate at the Stairs, Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, The Zone by Mathias Enard (gary's favorite novel this year!) Chris Abani's Graceland, A S Byatt's Children's Book,Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Paul Harding's Tinkers, Edible Stories by Mark Kurlansky and Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin (We also recommend two other title by him - Zoli and Dancer).
We hope that you will visit the store during the holiday season, and we wish you Happy Holidays, Happy Solstice, and a wonderful New Year!
Beth and Gary
Gulf of Maine Books