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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.


 

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: a Semi-Serious A to Z Archive   by Robert Mankoff

A two-volume, slip-cased collection including 10 decades worth of New Yorker cartoons selected and organized by subject with insightful commentary, and a foreword by cartoon editor, David Remnick.

The is the most ingenious collection of New Yorker cartoons published in book form - a prodigious 1,600-page A-to-Z curation of cartoons from the magazine from 1924 to the present. Mankoff organizes 3,000 cartoons into categories of recurring New Yorker themes, including cartoons on banana peels, meeting St. Peter, being stranded on a desert island, snowmen, lion tamers, Adam & Eve, the Grim Reaper, and dogs, of course. The result is hilarious and his commentary throughout adds both depth and whimsy.
  This is a stunning gift for New Yorker readers and for anyone looking for some humor in the evolution of social commentary.

 

 

      

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Tough., by Brené Brown

 

Leadership is not about title, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who holds themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and has the courage to develop that potential.
When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture that’s defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. What can we do better than machines? Empathy, connection, and courage for a start. 

 

River of Consciousness, by Oliver Sacks -  Paperback

 

Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories in which he explored many familiar disorders—autism, Tourette syndrome, face blindness. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable experiences that shaped him. Dr. Sacks takes on many aspects of science & the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes: Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions in his training. Their questions — the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness — lie at the heart of this book. Sacks has unparalleled ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge. This is his unceasing, timeless endeavor to understand what makes us human.

 

Presidents of War, by Michael Beschloss
Ever since our nation’s founding, after a nearly decade-long struggle with Great Britain, America has found itself almost continuously at war. And at the forefront of every struggle—large or small, foreign or domestic—has been the president, who as commander-in-chief of the armed forces has to make the impossible choice of when to hazard American lives.

Michael Beschloss is a lauded historian and one of the keenest observers of the White House. He offers an authoritative portrait of our major wartime presidents in action, from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War. Whether examining Lincoln’s controversial military leadership, Wilson’s idealistic authoritarian approach to World War I, or LBJ sinking into the quagmire of Vietnam, Beschloss employs deep research and unsurpassed storytelling to bring these presidents to life in moments of public oratory and private doubt. He also charts their relationships with the public, fame or infamy, and with Congress, which has continually struggled to define and redefine the president’s wartime powers. 

 

 

 

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. 



  

    

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.
 


    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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