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 AUTHOR SIGNING FRIDAY MAY 25TH 3:00 - 6:00 pm


 
Maggie wrote the beautiful children's book
        From Nana's Window

She will read and sign her book here at Letterpress Books
on Friday afternoon.  Bring the kids to meet her!

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NON-FICTION

   

Milk: a 10,000 Year Food Fracas, by Mark Kurlansky

This is the first global food history since the bestselling Cod and Salt, the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy with recipes throughout.

According to the Greek creation myth, we are so much spilt milk; a splatter of the breast milk of the goddess which became our galaxy, the Milky Way. But while breast milk may be the essence of nourishment, it is the milk of other mammals that humans have cultivated ever since the domestication of animals, originally as a source of cheese, yogurt, kefir, and all edible innovations that rendered lactose digestible, but when genetic mutation made some of us lactose-tolerant, milk itself.

Before the industrial revolution it was common for families to keep dairy cows. But during the 19th century mass production and urbanization made milk safety an issue, with milk-borne illnesses a common cause of death. Pasteurization slowly became a legislative matter and today milk is a test case in the most pressing issues in food politics, from industrial farming and animal rights to GMOs, the locavore movement, and advocates for raw milk who reject pasteurization.

Milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and this historian is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the diverse history of milk from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.

Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, by Simon Winchester

Read this fascinating history of the men who pushed forward technology to where we are now. This is the biography of a concept: how "precision" came to shape and define the West from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age.

It starts with five engineers in 18th century England and moves to Jefferson importing their ideas about precision, laying the basis for America to become a manufacturing juggernaut. Also illustrates how the East and West value precision differently (the artisanal vs. the precise), questions whether the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, and how we will grapple with its dehumanizing aspects. (The robots are coming....)

 

Soul of America: the Battle for our Better Angels, by Jon Meacham

Meacham explores contentious periods and how presidents & citizens came together to defeat the forces of anger, intolerance, and extremism. Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and here the author shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the better angels of our nature, have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes, and civil rights pioneers, and Eleanor Roosevelt, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life has been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear, a struggle that continues even now. While the American story has not always been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, the good news is that we have come through such darkness before.

 

FICTION

 

Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje  author of The English Patient

A mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself, we read the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945 they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced & less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem determined to protect and educate Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he did not understand in that time, and it is this journey, through facts, recollection, and imagination, that he narrates in this masterwork.

 

The World of All Souls: the Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life , by Deborah Harkness

A fully illustrated guide to the All Souls trilogy, an irresistible, wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy.

A Discovery of Witches
introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Shadow of Night and The Book of Life carried Deborah Harkness’s series to its spellbinding conclusion.

In The World of All Souls, Harkness shares the rich sources of inspiration behind her bewitching novels. She draws together synopses, character bios, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic, and alchemy, all with her signature historian touch. Bursting with fascinating facts and dazzling artwork, this essential handbook is a must-have for longtime fans and eager newcomers alike.



Love and Ruin, a novel by Paula McLain

Read this fine story of Martha Gellhorn who was not just Hemingway 3rdwife, by a long shot. She was a bestselling author of many novels, but most importantly Gellhorn was a talented, fearless wartime journalist well into her eighties. She was the only journalist (male or female) at the Normandy invasion when she got there by impersonating a hospital ship medic.

Her writing skill is only increasing. I found it hard to stop reading this evolving tale of the risks Gellhorn took to get the scoop for Colliers magazine, even when her famous husband stood in her way. We get a very intimate view of what Hemingway must have been like and how drinking destroyed his glow & their marriage.

He, a novel by John Connolly

Connolly's tender double portrait of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is a story about the astoundingly loyal friendship between these two quiet, immensely talented yet equally troubled men as they navigated the corrupt studio system, their failed marriages, the invasive press, and their own demons. The golden age of Hollywood is vividly, authentically drawn, with asides about the gossip, bed-hopping, drug use, untimely deaths, and subsequent obituaries that began with the phrase, Formerly in Pictures. This dazzling and wonderful book sets a new standard for the biographical historical novel.

The Mars Room, a novel by Rachel Kushner

Kushner, author of Flamethrowers, weaves incisive social commentary with compassionate, deeply funny portrayals of the off-kilter relationships formed between the women incarcerated together, and the result is a brilliant, beautiful novel with a keen sense of moral urgency. It has equal parts searing and big-hearted, about a woman who comes of age in San Francisco in the 90s and ends up in a state prison in California with a life sentence.

 

   

Neighbor, a novel by Joseph Souza     Maine Author

Before launching his writing career, Joseph Souzaworked as an intelligence analyst for the Drug Enforcement Agency (Organized Crime Unit) in Washington, D.C. His award-winning short fiction has been published in literary journals throughout the country. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two children.This deliciously sinister thriller is a total original. You'll get hooked early on to this addictive page-turner and find yourself reading The Neighborwith the doors double locked & shades drawn.

Noir, a novel by Christopher Moore

A standalone novel set on the mean streets of San Francisco in the aftermath of World War II with dizzy dames and shadowy gangsters. Sammy, Moore's comic revision of Sam Spade, will take you on a silly-thrilly ride through late-1940s San Francisco, and you'll be laughing all the way.The master of satire is back with a fun parody of detective fiction that has everything Christopher Moore fans have come to love and expect from his work: humor, fantasy, absurdity, and a cast of outrageous characters you won't soon forget.


A Dog’s Way Home, a novel by Bruce Cameron

Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Lucas cannot resist taking Bella home, though dogs are not allowed. Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she does not understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas sneaks Bella into the VA where he works. There she brings joy & comfort where it is needed most.

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home. But distraught Bella does not plan to wait. With 400 miles of Colorado wilderness between her and her person, she sets off on a seemingly impossible adventure home. A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, this charming tale explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets.

NON-FICTION

    

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk W. Johnson

This extraordinary book exposes an international underground that traffics in rare and precious natural resources - feathers, yet was previously unknown to all but a few. A page-turning read you won't soon forget,The Feather Thief tells us as much about our cultural priorities as it does about the true crimes themselves. There's never been anything like it.

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table, biography by Rick Bragg

Presents a food memoir, cookbook, and tribute to the author's mother, sharing classic family recipes, many of them pre-dating the Civil War, and preparation secrets for such traditional fare as short ribs, biscuits, and mashed potatoes.  A beautifully written memoir... For readers who crave soul with their recipes this is a fitting tribute to foodways that are fast escaping. You will learn about Bragg's mother's kitchen, of course, but also about what makes food good, and what role food can play in a family and in a culture. Just thinking about this book is making us hungry.

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, by Ronan Farrow

A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. At a time when steely and patient diplomacy is needed more than ever, this scoop-laden book is essential reading for those of us who yearn for peace and American moral leadership on a fractious planet. 

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New Maine Made earrings from Baubles & Beads:



Lovely Tile Coasters by Katie Tuzmen make perfect remembrance gifts.                                                                                                       
                          
                                       

Amanda Pray Seaglass Frames are charming mementos


Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

 

 Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn


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