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Journey to the World’s Most Mysterious Places   

 

The Atlas Obscura Explorer Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kids is a thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 weird-but-true places on earth. And just as compelling is the way the book is structured—hopscotching from country to country not by location but by type of attraction.

 The team behind the #1 bestselling Atlas Obscura presents a kids illustrated guide to 100 of the world's most mesmerizing and mysterious wonders, both natural and manmade, in 47 countries and on every continent on earth. Travel the world through common points of interest. 

 

 

     

 

Times Convert, a novel by Deborah Harkness

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor, the young employee at Sotheby whom Marcus has fallen for, is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. The couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both...forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

 

Harrys Trees, a novel by Jon Cohen 

Harry is a middle-aged govt office worker who lost his wife in a freak accident. He is an arborist and after winning a huge settlement he travels to a forest in the Endless Mountains where he meets an ER nurse whose husband died, and her daughter, creating a magical world to deal with missing her father. This is a tale of love and loss.  It’s funny, spiritual and thoroughly enchanting. Just what we need in these turbulent times.

 Compare to Storied Life of AJ Fikry and A Man Called Ove.   


Washington Black, a novel by Esi Edugyan 

High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean. One of the most unconventional escapes from slavery ever chronicled, Edugyan displays as much ingenuity and resourcefulness as her main characters in spinning this yarn, and the reader expectations are upended almost as often as her hero. A thoughtful, boldly imagined ripsnorter that broadens inventive possibilities for the antebellum novel. —Kirkus Reviews

George Washington Black, or Wash, an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. 

A story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?


 

Meg, Joe, Beth,Amy: The story of Little Women and why it still matters, by Anne Boyd Rioux

Little Women is 150 years old! It was the first book of its time ​to show girls moving into adulthood.

This is a book that gives you all you'd be interested in knowing on how and why Louisa May Alcott wrote a book for children after having written romance thrillers and literary works for grown-ups, why she used her own sisters and self as the basis for the characters, and why she resisted marrying the character Jo, the writerly, spunky sister, to the adorable young man next door as her readers wanted. She describes how huge a bestseller it was and that it was not only read by children, but adults of both sexes. It ultimately became a book for young girls and one of the few that looked at how girls move into adulthood and the choices they have before them. It also broke from moralistic tradition, with Amy who wants to be an artist and Jo aspiring to be a writer, not caring a bit about marriage. As Ursula LeGuin describes it, Jo March was the original image of women writing, an image that Alcott made accessible to ordinary girls. I don't know where else my generation or my mother's, were to find this model, this validation.

    

NON-FICTION

   

 

In Pieces, a memoir by Sally Field

In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words, about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.

  

One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that captivated the nation for 50 years, beginning with her first TV role at 17. From Gidgets sweet-faced girl next door to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the ferocity & depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy, anxious little girl within.

  

With raw honesty and fresh prose, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for the highs & lows of her early career in Hollywood, deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her mother. Powerful and unforgettable.

    

Leadership in Turbulent Times, history by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.
Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, to show how they discovered the value of leadership in their lives, how they committed to it, and what it cost them personally and politically.


This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In this polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a renewed urgency. 


These Truths: a History of the United States, by Jill Lepore

In the most ambitious American history in decades, Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history. Lepores chronicle is filled with a rogues’ gallery of political mischief makers and the leaders of protest movements. Written in elegiac prose, her investigation places truth itself, a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence, at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas: political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?

These Truths tells this uniquely American story asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth-century party machine, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News.

 


AMAZING MAINE NON-FICTION

      

Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town, by Susan Hand Shetterly 

Whether we live in cities, suburbs, or villages, we are encroaching on nature, and it in one way or another perseveres. Naturalist Susan Shetterly looks at how animals, humans, and plants share the land, observing her own neighborhood in rural Maine. She tells tales of the locals (humans, yes, but also snowshoe hares, raccoons, bobcats, turtles, salmon, ravens, hummingbirds, cormorants, sandpipers, and spring peepers). She expertly shows us how they all make their way in an ever-changing habitat.

In writing about a displaced garter snake, witnessing the paving of a beloved dirt road, trapping a cricket with her young son, rescuing a fledgling raven, or the town's joy at the return of the alewife migration, Shetterly issues warnings even as she pays tribute to the resilience that abounds.
 

Seaweed Chronicles:  A World at the Waters Edge , by Susan Hand Shetterly 

 Seaweed is ancient and basic, a testament to the tenacious beginnings of life on earth,” writes Susan Hand Shetterly in this elegant, fascinating book. Why would not seaweeds be a protean life source for the lives that have evolved since? On a planet facing environmental change and diminishing natural resources, seaweed is increasingly important as a source of food and as a fundamental part of our global ecosystem. She takes readers deep into the world of this essential organism by providing an immersive look at life on the rugged shores of her beloved Gulf of Maine, where the growth & harvesting of seaweed is becoming a major industry.

Shetterly is an acclaimed nature writer from Maine, and this is her newest book on one of the most important plants in the world, seaweed! She introduces us to the men and women who farm it, and the increasingly difficult task of protecting this critical natural resource against forces both natural and man‑made.

Traveling Feast: On the road and at the table with my heroes, by Rick Bass

Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this rich smorgasbord of a memoir - a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute. Bass strikes out on a journey of thanksgiving. His aim: to make a memorable meal for each of his mentors, to express his gratitude for the way they have shaped not only his writing but his life. 


NEW MAINE FICTION

    


Rattled Bones, by Maine author, Shannon M. Parker   - paperback

Unearthing years of buried secrets, Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this electrifying tale of the sea, grief, and memory. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying.

Then Rilla meets Sam, a USM archeology student excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. He is looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly 100 years ago. They have a history no locals talk about, due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the many secrets of the island, her visions grow until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years.

Woman in the Woods, a thriller by John Connolly

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker, is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child - someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

Stay Hidden by Paul Doiron 

Warden Mike Bowditch is investigating a hunting incident without backup when heavy fog enshrouds the small island off the coast of Maine. The isolated setting is beautiful but troubled by too much alcohol, drugs, starving deer and two neo-Nazi brothers.  Doiron develops this array of characters making each one unique in this fascinating mystery with an unpredictable ending.

Bimini Twist, by Linda Greenlaw 

Jane Bunker returns in another thrilling, small-town mystery set in Down East Maine It seems like everyone in Green Haven knows that Jane has scored an invite to the ultra-exclusive Summer Solstice Soiree and they all assume she'll be in attendance, as one of the few eligible single women in town. Of course, that's the last place Jane would like to be; hobnobbing and making small talk with the upper crust isn't her bag. She prefers working as an insurance investigator and as the deputy sheriff. When she gets to work one morning, the sheriff asks her to take a break on her personal war on drugs; it seems that she's been so successful catching dealers she's called too much attention to just how bad it's gotten, and the community is worried that all the attention on the drug trade will deter the summer tourists that they so badly needs to keep the economy going. Instead, Jane takes on a missing person case and is plunged into the underbelly of the resort town, and must find the woman before the worst happens.


 

  

NEW PAPERBACK FICTION

     

 

Light It Up, a mystery by Nick Petrie

Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding Oregon hiking trails to help his good friend Henry, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. His son-in-law and the company operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving the daughter and her company vulnerable.

When Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he is guarding comes under attack and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the assaults escalate, Peter has to wonder: for criminals this sophisticated, is it really about the cash?  Finding himself on the defensive for too long, Peter marshals his resources and digs for the truth in a scheme that is bigger and far more lucrative than he had ever anticipated. With so much on the line, his enemy will not give up quietly, and now he has Peter directly in his sights. Very realistic, with a timely topic, strong characters and a surprise ending!

The Child Finder, a novel by Rene Denfield

This imaginative but realistic thriller has a fairytale quality. A true page-turner with enticing descriptions of the Oregon forest in winter that pulls us into the scene.

A novel of loss, discovery, redemption explores the story of Naomi who works as a detective. She is good at her job of locating lost kids in part because she lost her own youth to something barely remembered. This is a dual narrative story: one of Naomi on the hunt, and the other of the lost girl being sought who lives in a frozen world, reborn as a snow child. It is a disturbing and brilliant tale. 3 years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in the Oregon Skookum National Forest. She would be 8 years old now if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she, too, was a lost girl.

Western Star, a Longmire mystery by Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a young sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Sheriff Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and an Agatha Christie paperback, young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters on the train.

The photo, along with the parole of one of the most dangerous men Walt ever encountered, hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past & present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

Forest Dark, a novel by Nicole Krauss

Jules Epstein, a man whose drive and outsized personality have, for 68 years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents deaths, the end of his 30-year marriage, and retirement from his legal firm, he has felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he meets a charismatic rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied line. He also meets the beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project: a film about the life of David being shot in the desert with life-changing consequences.

But Epstein is not the only seeker. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writers block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock her own perception of life. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she cannot turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.

 

       

 

Double Life, a thriller by Flynn Berry

Claire is a hardworking doctor leading a simple, quiet life in London. She is also secretly the daughter of the most notorious murder suspect in the country. 30 years ago, while Claire and her brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family townhouse. Her fathers car was found near the English Channel with bloodstains on the front seat. Her mother insisted she had seen him in the house that night, but his powerful, privileged friends maintain his innocence. The first Lord accused of murder in more than a century! When the police tell Claire they have found him, her carefully calibrated existence begins to fracture. She does not know if she is the daughter of a murderer or a wronged man, but Claire will soon learn how far she will go to finally find the truth. 

Ghosted, a novel by Rosie Walsh

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. Sarah feels her life has finally begun. And it is mutual, as though Eddie has been waiting for her too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. When Eddie leaves for a long awaited vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he never calls.

Her friends tell her to forget him, but she cannot. She knows something has happened. Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she is right. There is a reason for his disappearance: the one thing they did not share - the truth. 

  

 MORE EXCELLENT NEW FICTION

       

The Lido, by Lilly Page

Kate is 26, riddled with anxiety and panic attacks, who works for a local paper in London covering forgettable small stories. When she is assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an 86-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened when she was a child. When a local developer tries to buy the lido for a posh new apartment complex, Rosemary's fond memories and sense of community are under threat. As Kate delves deeper into the history, with the help of a charming photographer, she pieces together a portrait of the pool, and a of a singular woman.

 

Spinning Silver, a novel by Naomi Novik

A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale:
Miryem is the granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty, until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold! But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will ever be the same. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued.
A rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again.

Clock Dance, a novel by Anne Tyler

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances.Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with the disappearance of her mother. In 1977 she is a college coed considering marriage. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother. Then Willa receives a startling phone call. Without fully understanding why, she flies to Baltimore to look after a girl she never met, her granddaughter who is 9 and her dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory, surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation.

American by Day, by Derek Miller 

Wonderful sequel to Norwegian by Night. The competitive interplay between Chief Inspector Sigrid from Norway, and the New York Sheriff Irving Wylie keeps the story rolling along, funny but intense, as they search for her missing brother, Marcus.

Dear Mrs. Bird, by A. J. Pearce

A charming, irresistible debut set in London during World War II about Emmy Lake, who dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent but fumbles her way into a job as an assistant to a completely ferocious advice columnist instead. The problems readers write to Mrs. Bird about,  and the attitudes towards problems like teenagers kissing, wedding night jitters, and having children out of wedlock, feels authentic for the time period as do the attitudes of Keep Calm and Carry On regarding war and the intensifying Blitz.

 


    NOW EVERY DAY IS SENIOR DISCOUNT DAY!
We know you don't look or feel like a Senior, but if you are over 60 years
we now offer 15% off to seniors on all in-store items every day!

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                         GIFT SUGGESTIONS



These Sea Glass Frames make lovely mementos!
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Lovely Tile Coasters by Katie Tuzmen make perfect remembrance gifts
                                                                                                                      
         

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

 
                                       

 Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn


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