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   Meet & Greet with Lois Anne Stailing

Author of Nearaway Places: Driving to a Meal in Maine

Saturday July 21st   10:00 am - Noon  

Introducing some of Maine's most beautiful scenic and historical places to enjoy a meal.

Lois is a Maine native whose love of history and travel led her to seek out unique destinations

and to write this book. She earned a BA in history from the University of Maine.




Last Cruise, a novel by Maine author, Kate Christensen

Christine Thorne, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, is central to this entertaining story of the chefs, musicians, officers & passengers all partying on a vintage cruiseship well past her prime.  The food writing is excellent, the character studies are great, and the foreboding builds with subtle clues on the status of the ship.

Down in the main galley, Mick Szabo, a weary Hungarian executive sous-chef, watches escalating tensions among the crew.  We have a recipe for disaster when the retro style cruise is hideously interrupted; half of the staff walks off the job and an engine fire causes electrical shutdown of the AC, lighting, kitchen equipment and the plumbing!

NORTHLAND: The story of America's forgotten border, by Porter Fox

Our northern border with Canada is 4,000 miles. It's also a compelling case for how this most neglected part of our country is shaping America's future. The writer Porter Fox is the son of a boat-builder and raised in Maine. This is his account of the two years he spent journeying the border from coast-to-coast by canoe, motorcycle, sloop, freighter, and truck. Like classic works of travel-history, it's both a fascinating work of American history seen from a fresh angle and a memorable account of the adventurous author's travels plus the colorful characters he meets along the way. 

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.



The Lido, by Lilly Page

Kate is a 26-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in London, covering forgettable small stories. When she's 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.

Spymaster, by Brad Thor

Across Europe a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for war. Now counter terrorism operative Scot Harvath must take on the leading role he has spent his career avoiding. But, as with everything else he does, he intends to rewrite the rules, all of them. This thriller is more cunning, more dangerous, and deadlier than ever before.

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.

Safe Houses, by Dan Fesperman  

Both a spy thriller & a murder mystery, blending two irresistible storylines: one set against the secrecy and surveillance of the Cold War in which an overheard conversation leads to unintended consequences, and the other an inexplicable multiple murder that sends a small town reeling. The stars of the novel are a mother and a daughter, one a CIA agent, who collaborate across decades to bring down a symbol of oppression and patriarchy. The progressive themes underpinning a riveting plot will resonate with a broad audience and will be especially topical in the current political moment.




Cold Earth, by Ann Cleeves

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road, sweeping down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. He becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Perez knows he must find out who she was and how she died. 

Artemis, by Andy Weir

   Jasmine Bashara is a criminal - sort of. Life on Artemis, the first dome city on our moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a lucrative reward. But this is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself and that her only chance of survival lies in a very risky theft.

Right Side, by Spencer Quinn

A great suspense novel, and so much more. You will not forget the heroic LeAnne Hogan, and the same goes for her dog! In this riveting new novel by author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone. 

Wired, by Julie Garwood

Allison Trent does not look like a hacker. When she is not working on her college degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers; her real love is writing and hacking code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he cannot use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only one problem is, she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat. What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she does not want the FBI to uncover, things that could put both of their futures on the line.


Multicultural family? We have new greeting cards from Cathryn Falwell.

Pond Babies, by Cathryn Falwell

I Am Birch, written & illustrated by Maine author, Scott Kelley

As dark rumors swirl through the woods in this tale inspired by Wabanaki legends, a birch tree uses wisdom and humor to put the animals fears to rest and emerges as the unlikely champion and protector of the forest in this picture book. 

Maine Play Book, by Jennifer Hazard

This carefully curated guidebook gives parents an insider perspective of the state through the eyes of her mother. Organized by season, each section features family friendly lakes, local farms, nature preserves, and parks, as well as events and activities for families, from the rugged coast to the northernmost reaches of the state, with smart travel tips and color photos along the way.  A great gift for local residents, adventurous families, and anyone who loves the state of Maine and is looking for fun and adventure.




A Senator's Eye: Celebrating Maine, Washington and the Joys of Scraping the Windshield, by Angus S. King Jr.

Maine Sen. Angus S. King Jr., whether hosting a bipartisan BBQ, traveling the country in his RV, riding the back roads of Maine on his Harley, or waxing poetic about his civil war hero Joshua Chamberlain; he prides himself on having an eye & ear for both the historic and the gloriously familiar. In recent years, he has regularly captured his work and daily adventures on his smartphone and shared those pictures on social media to provide a wonderful, rare insider look at the workaday life of a senator, whether he is in D.C. or Maine.

From the formality of the Capitol Rotunda to a glorious sunrise off the coast of Maine, this is a fascinating collection of informal photos, including King's personal insights and captions. 

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.

In Search of Mary Shelley: the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Fiona Sampson

How did a 19 year old manage to write one of the finest pieces of gothic fiction?
We know the facts of the life of Mary Shelley: her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died within days of her birth; growing up with her father in a house full of radical poets, philosophers & writers; her elopement at age 17 with Percy Shelley, and years of European travel. But previous books have ignored the real person - what she actually thought and felt and why she did what she did. Sampson pursues Mary through her turbulent life, much as Victor Frankenstein tracked his monster across the arctic wastes. Sampson has written a book that answers the question of how it was that Mary came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished, and astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later.


 Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North, by Adam Weymouth

Enjoy this thrilling 4-month journey by canoe across Alaska in search of the king salmon. The Yukon River is 2,000 miles, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the US. In this riveting tale of one of the last wild places on earth, Weymouth canoes the river's length, from the Yukon Territory through Alaska to the Bering Sea. The result is a book that shows how even the most remote wilderness is affected by the same forces reshaping our planet.

Every summer, thousands of king salmon migrate the distance of the Yukon to their spawning grounds, where they breed and die, in what is the longest salmon run in the world. For the communities that live along the river, salmon was once the lifeblood of the economy and local culture. But climate change and a globalized economy have altered the balance between man and nature; the health of king salmon is in question, as is the fate of the indigenous people who depend on them. This is extraordinary adventure and nature writing at its most urgent and poetic.


American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

An emotional memoir by Robert F Kennedy, Jr that looks at the defining moments of his life and explores what it has meant to be an American as well as a Kennedy. This is both a look at life in Camelot and the story of a boy who grew up under curse of both his uncle and father being killed while in public service. At the heart of the story is his long struggle with drug abuse and how he came out the other end of it and built a career in environmental activism.




Oprah Book Club Pick

The Sun Does Shine, autobiography by Anthony Ray Hinton

"Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for opposing a racist system in South Africa. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row because a racist system still exists in America. Both emerged from their incarceration with a profound capacity to forgive. “– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. In 1985, Hinton was arrested, charged with 2 counts of murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and set him free. For the next 27 years he was a beacon, transforming his own spirit and those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed just feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. An extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times.

Brief Cases, by Jim Butcher

An all-new Dresden Files story, “Zoo Day”, headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City favorite, Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in Chicago.  It is rife with intrigue and supernatural creatures. You will make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way.From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe.  With 12 stories in all, Brief Cases offers longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into his funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.


Florida, by Lauren Groff

Electric storytelling and intelligence in a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Meet a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character who is a steely conflicted wife and mother.

Florida: its landscape, climate, history and state of mind, with an energy, a mood, as much as a place to live. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. She pinpoints the moments, decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury, the moments that make us alive.

How Hard Can It Be, by Allison Pearson

Kate Reddy had it all: a nice home, two adorable kids, a good husband. Then her kids became teenagers (read: monsters). Her husband, quit his job, taking up bicycling & therapeutic counseling: drinking green potions, dressing head to toe in Lycra, and spending hours and dollars on his own therapy. Since Richard no longer sees a regular income as the path to enlightenment, it is left to Kate to go back to work.

Companies are not keen on hiring 49-year-old mothers, so Kate does what she must: knocks a few years off her age, hires a trainer, joins a Women Returners group, and prepares a new resume that has a shot at the prize for experimental fiction. When Kate secures a job at the very hedge fund she founded, she finds herself in an impossible juggling act: proving herself at work, dealing with teen drama, and trying to look after frail parents as the clock keeps ticking toward her 50th birthday. Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the fund? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

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Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp



 Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn

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