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May 20th     from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
We are pleased to welcome author Peter Dow Bachelder
     Author of 14 historical books set in Maine

 Peter Dow Bachelder is a Maine native and a graduate of the University of Maine Orono. He devoted his professional career to service within Maine’s tourism industry spending 30 years as Director of Information Services at the Maine Publicity Bureau—in Portland & Hallowell.  

 For much of his life, Bachelder has savored an intense fondness for the state of Maine. Growing up in Cape Elizabeth, he developed an early fascination for the ocean, which soon fostered a desire to learn about the state’s unique maritime heritage. For several years he wrote a column about shipwrecks and lighthouses for The Portland Evening Express

Bachelder has since authored (now out-of-print) books on these subjects: Shipwrecks and Maritime Disasters of the Maine Coast and The Lighthouses & Lightships of Casco Bay. He wrote the well-regarded volume Four Short Blasts: The Gale of November 1898 and the Loss of the Steamer Portland. He also created the text for a series of highly popular lighthouse maps and guides for Hartnett House Map Publishers. 

 During the course of his work in tourism, Bachelder traveled more than two million miles within the state, visiting and coming to know its wide-ranging length and breadth. This “grand tour” has given him a vast body of knowledge from which to draw, in connection with his extensive writings on various Maine-related topics. 

 To that end, he wrote a book called The Great Steel Pier, an illustrated history of the Old Orchard Ocean Pier—the long-standing attraction that drew millions of enthusiastic visitors to this popular southern Maine beachfront community during the early and middle years of the twentieth century. A more recent work is entitled Steam to the Summit, which recounts the little known tale of the Green Mountain Railway, an 1880s cog railroad that for eight seasons operated to the summit of today’s Cadillac Mountain at Bar Harbor.



Amanda Pray Seaglass make charming mementos

New Watercolors by Jeanne Lafferty

Vintage cards by Christina Siravo

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

Lovely Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn

We have lots of new books, journals, puzzles and stationary.



Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: a novel, by Gail Moneyman
Eleanor is completely original and the right kind of weird. Her life and her past, combined with such kindhearted characters, made for a compulsively readable, heartwarming story. Highly recommended!

Beartown, a novel by Fredrik Backman
After a family tragedy, former NHL player Peter Andersson moves his family back to Beartown, where he's gotten a job as general manager for the hockey club. On the cusp of victory, news breaks of a crime that shakes the community to its core. When the worst happens do you stand by your team?  Your town? Your family?  Backman shows us again, that humans are anything but predictable.

Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore
A harrowing true story that is the compelling portrayal of a dark, insidious mystery and the women who revealed it. They specialized in painting watch faces and instrument dials with flow-in-the-dark wonder element radiu. As the women fall ill, they seek answers and relief from the companies that deny them.

Last Things: a graphic Memoir About Love and Loss, by Marissa Moss
      Moss describes the seven months between her husband's ALS diagnosis and his death. Forced to balance his increasingly complex medical issues and the needs of their three young sons, Moss struggles to maintain normalcy for her family. Powerful, heartbreaking and hopeful, this story challenges readers with its unflinching look at love and loss.

Anything Is Possible: a novel, by Elizabeth Strout
     A collection of small town stories of war, abuse, poverty, illness. Events that can make us or break us, and how we respond with decency or cruelty.

The Leavers: a novel, by Lisa Ko.
Deming's first six years were spent with his immigrant mother in New York, then in China with his grandfather, and back to America again. When his mother disappears he is adopted by two professors in an all-white suburb. He feels different and isolated. But Deming and his mother come back together with resilience of spirit in a poignant story that will remain with you for a long time.

The Baker's Secret: a novel by Stephen P. Kiernan
  "Emma is an apprentice baker in a small Normandy village during the Nazi occupation. Forced to bake ten loaves of bread for the Kommandant each day, she stretches supplies to make extra bread to help feed the starving villagers. Emma smuggles gasoline and medicine as well as food to them on her daily bicycle run to the army site, all the while believing the Americans will never come to save the French people.  An amazing story - highly recommended."  - Karen

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
After the Osage Indian Nation strikes oil, its members become vastly rich, only to encounter a murderous conspiracy that will leave 60 people dead. Grann reconstructs the murders and investigations with astonishing care and reveals a conspiracy stretching from Oklahoma to Washington DC - a horrific chapter in American history.


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We know you don't look or feel 60 but if you have passed this milestone, come in Tuesdays
to get your 15% discount on all in-store purchases.   




A Piece of the World: a novel by Christina Baker Kline 

A beautifully rendered novel about Christina Olson, the inspiration for the famous Andrew Wyeth painting. It covers her childhood and long-term friendship with Wyeth during her middle years, capturing the struggles of a young woman living with a debilitating disease in rural Maine.  The author does a masterful job of detailing a fiercely independent woman who has created a fulfilling life and inspired those around her with her strength.

The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve

October 1947, fires break out along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery, racing out of control. Grace Holland is five months pregnant and left along to protect her toddlers when her husband joins the volunteer firefighters. Grace and her best friend, Rosie, watch helplessly as their houses burn to the ground. The women are forced into the ocean where they spend the night frantically protecting their children. Morning finds them homeless, penniless and awaiting news of their husbands' fate as well as an uncertain future. But Grace discovers new freedoms, joys and triumphs she never expected. When the unthinkable happens, Grace is tested as never before.

 Setting Free the Kites, a novel by Alex George

This heartfelt, compelling story of friendship, loss and how we deal with grief illustrates how a single relationship can change us forever.  It takes place in blustery seaside Maine in the 1970s, mainly in the amusement park owned by a longtime Maine family. You will laugh, cry and grieve, but you will not be disappointed.

Stolen Beauty, by Laurie Lico Albanese

In the dazzling glitter of 1900 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer, young, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewish, meets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimt's renegade genius as they awaken to erotic possibilities on canvas and beyond.  Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the facade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adele's coffee house and cultural salons. Nearly forty years later, Adele's niece, Maria, is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria. Overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her legacy if she is to survive and keep her family and their history alive.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel

There are three types of hermits in the world, according to Finkel: protesters, pilgrims, and pursuers. But Christopher Knight doesn't seem to fit any of these categories. So why, at the age of 20, did he drive into a forest in Maine and disappear for 27 years, his only human interaction a single 'hi' with a passing hiker? This book uses the incredible but true story of Knight, 'the last true hermit,' to explore themes of solitude, introversion and the meaning of life.



Celine: a novel by Peter Heller

Celine is a hard-nosed, Glock-carrying though aged private investigator with a stellar reputation. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Her father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. When she undertakes finding the missing father, Celine and her husband Pete, overcome her health (and lifestyle) to track him down. These characters are unique, family ties are strong, and you will want to follow Celine on more adventures!

The Gentleman of Moscow, by Amor Towles        

War and Peace meets Eloise in this absolutely delightful novel. Written with charm and grace, the story of Count Rostov's post-Revolutionary life under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel, gives us a fascinating view of Russian life, both large and small. As old regimes give way to new, how much do we fight to hold on to our mores and ideals?  Towles brings a light touch to a deep subject, making this a novel you do not want to miss.  - Katherine 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti   

The incredible tale of Samuel Hawley and his inventive daughter, Loo, traveling back & forth across the US. With more lives than a cat, he survives 12 bullets and the loss of his beloved wife, as he struggles to create a "normal" homelife for Loo, despite their closet full of guns used to fend off men from his past who want Hawley to help with their criminal escapades.

News of the World, a novel by Paulette Jiles

Jiles captures the flavor of the post-Civil War American West perfectly in this tale built around two strong characters. Captain Kidd brings news to isolated Texans by giving paid readings drawn from the East Coast and European news articles. The elderly widower accepts the task of returning a ten-year-old girl to her faraway relatives. She had earlier been captured by the Kiowa and adapted to their Indian ways. Now her crafty intelligence & surprising skill helps to save them both from attack.   I do love westerns and recommend this page-turner highly! - Karen

The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck

An insightful story of Marianne, an upper class woman whose husband orchestrated the failed plot to assassinate Hitler. She made promises to him and to her dear friend that she would care for the wives and children of those men in the group, and she did! Three war widows and their children help each other survive at the end of WWII in this engaging novel filled with rich period detail. The rules for love and loyalty are very different during wartime. We enjoy the detail of how those women survived, raising their children and carrying on with little food, medicine, clothing or supplies. Very readable.

The Alchemist's Daughter, by Mary Lawrence

The first in her mystery series set in Tudor times. In the mid sixteenth century, Henry VIII sits on the throne, and Bianca Goddard tends to the sick and suffering in the slums of London, where disease can take a life as quickly as murder.  Exquisite research brings the period to life with fascinating characters and unpredictable twists to the story.                                                                              


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We appreciate your helpfulness so much.         - Katherine, Karen & John Paul



"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."   George R.R. Martin

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