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Statue update! – with pictures! The statue has been taken to Titcomb Brothers Manufacturing in Westport where Ted Titcomb (the original creator of the statue) will repair him. The process has begun. Victor, at Titcomb Brothers, has finished sandblasting all of the paint off of the statue.
I expected to take an action packed video of this event, thinking that it would be great fun to show the paint flying off the statue. Sort of like a big gust of wind blowing all the snow off your car. Well….I didn’t know much about sandblasting. It works more like a fine point eraser than a car wash or a gust of wind. This was a slower and more careful process than I thought and isn’t very interesting to show you in a video. Just plain pictures are much better in this case.
He actually looks beautiful in his natural state. He is all grey with little sparkly silver flecks. It’s like he’s had a facial! The next step is making the actual repairs to the gash in his leg. More pictures when we have them!
Promises To Keep by Jane Green ($25.95, our price $20.76). Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in upstate New York. She adores her two daughters, has great friends, and actually doesn’t mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night-that is, when he’s not traveling six months out of the year.Callie’s younger sister, Steff, on the other hand, has never grown up. She’s a free spirit, living in downtown Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. And then there are Callie and Steff’s parents, Walter Cutler and Honor Pitman. Divorced for thirty years, they rarely speak to each other.The lives of these colorful characters intersect when they each receive a shocking note that summons them together for one extraordinary summer in Maine and changes their lives forever. This novel is about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents’ child long after you’ve grown up, and about the enduring nature of love.
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst ($25.95, our price $20.76) From the bestselling author of “The Dogs of Babel” comes a literary mystery about the lengths to which some people will go to rewrite their past.
Bestselling novelist Octavia Frost has just completed her latest book–a revolutionary novel in which she has rewritten the last chapters of all her previous books, removing clues about her personal life concealed within, especially a horrific tragedy that befell her family years ago.On her way to deliver the manuscript to her editor, Octavia reads a news crawl in Times Square and learns that her rock-star son, Milo, has been arrested for murder. Though she and Milo haven’t spoken in years–an estrangement stemming from that tragic day–she drops everything to go to him.The “last chapters” of Octavia’s novel are layered throughout “The Nobodies Album”–the scattered puzzle pieces to her and Milo’s dark and troubled past. Did she drive her son to murder? Did Milo murder anyone at all? And what exactly happened all those years ago? As the novel builds to a stunning reveal, Octavia must consider how “this” story will come to a close.Universally praised for her candid explorations of the human psyche, Parkhurst delivers an emotionally gripping and resonant mystery about a mother and her son, and about the possibility that one can never truly know another person.
Frankenstein: Lost Souls by Dean Koontz ($27.00, our price $21.60) The work of creation has begun again. Only now things will be different. Victor Leben, once Frankenstein, has not only seen the future–he’s ready to populate it. Using stem cells, “organic” silicon circuitry, and nanotechnology, he will engender a race of superhumans–the perfect melding of flesh and machine. With a powerful, enigmatic backer eager to see his dream come to fruition and a secret location where the enemies of progress can’t find him, Victor is certain that this time, nothing and no one can stop him.It is up to five people to prove him wrong. In their hands rests nothing less than the survival of humanity itself.They are drawn together in different ways, by omens sinister and wondrous, to the same shattering conclusion: Two years after they saw him die, the man they knew as Victor Helios lives on. Detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison; Victor’s engineered wife, Erika 5, and her companion Jocko; and the original Victor’s first creation, the tormented Deucalion, have all arrived at a small Montana town where their old alliance will be renewed–and tested–by forces from within and without, and where the dangers they face will eclipse any they have yet encountered. Yet in the midst of their peril, love will blossom, and joy, and they will discover sources of strength and perseverance they could not have imagined.
Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ($14.99, released in paperback today) Syd, a breathtakingly beautiful supermodel on a photo shoot in Hawaii, disappears. Fearing the worst, her parents travel to Hawaii to investigate for themselves, never expecting the horror that awaits them.
“LA Times “reporter Ben Hawkins is conducting his own research into the case, hoping to help the victim and get an idea for his next bestseller.
With no leads and no closer to uncovering the kidnapper’s identity than when he stepped off the plane, Ben gets a shocking visit that pushes him into an impossible-to-resist deal with the devil.
A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert ($15.00, released in paperback) “A Short History of Women” chronicles five generations of women from the close of the nineteenth century through the early years of the twenty-first. Beginning in 1914 at the deathbed of Dorothy Trevor Townsend, a suffragette who starves herself for the cause, the novel traces the echoes of her choice in the stories of her descendants–a brilliant daughter who tries to escape the burden of her mother’s infamy; a granddaughter who chooses a conventional path, only to find herself disillusioned; a great-granddaughter who wryly articulates the free-floating anxiety of post-9/11 Manhattan. In a kaleidoscope of characters and with a richness of imagery, emotion, and wit, “A Short History of Women” is a thought-provoking and vividly original narrative that crisscrosses a century–a book for “any woman who has ever struggled to find her own voice; to make sense of being a mother, wife, daughter, and lover” (Associated Press)
New video from my boys…..they have really enjoyed The Book Of Potentially Catastrophic Science by Sean Connolly and created this video to show on of the fun experiments in the book.
Beginning of the month…..busy day for books! Here is an overview of books that were released for sale today.
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke by Sally Gunning ($24.99, our price $19.99). Jane Clarke leads a simple yet rich life in the small village of Satucket on Cape Cod. Her days are full attending to her father’s needs, minding her younger siblings, working with the local midwife. Someday, perhaps soon, she will be expected to move out of her father’s home and start a household of her own. Yet some things–including the bitter feud between her father and a fellow miller named Winslow–appear likely to remain the same. When the dispute erupts into a shocking act of violence, Jane’s lifelong trust in her father is shaken. Adding to her unease is Phinnie Paine, the young man Jane’s father has picked out as son-in-law as well as business partner. When Jane defies her father and refuses to accept Phinnie’s marriage proposal, she is sent away to Boston to make her living as she can.Arriving in this strange, bustling city awash with red coats and rebellious fervor, Jane plunges into new conflicts and carries with her old ones she’d hoped to leave behind. But when Jane witnesses British soldiers killing five colonists on a cold March evening in 1770, an event now dubbed “the Boston Massacre,” she must question seeming truths and face one of the most difficult choices of her life, alone except for the two people who continue to stand by her–her grandparents Lyddie and Eben Freeman. Grippingly rendered, filled with some of the lesser known but most influential figures of America’s struggle for independence–John and Samuel Adams, Henry Knox, James Otis–”The Rebellion of Jane Clarke” is a compelling story of one woman’s struggle to find her own place and leave her own mark on a new country as it is born. (Join us for a wine and cheese book signing with Sally Gunning on Friday June 4th from 5-7pm.)
Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns To The Sea by Linda Greenlaw ($25.95). Linda Greenlaw hadn’t been bluewater fishing for ten years- not since the events chronicled in the books “The Perfect Storm” and “The Hungry Ocean”-but when her lobster traps aren’t paying off, her truck is on its last gasp, and the bills are piling up, she decides to take a friend up on his offer and captain a boat for a season of swordfishing.A decade older, and with family responsibilities, she’s a different person heading out to sea, but any reluctance is quickly tempered by the magnetic lure of adventure. (Remember….Linda Greenlaw is coming to talk about the book on July 8th at 7pm at the East Sandwich Grange Hall. Tickets are $5 per person available at the Bookshop and we will have some treats from her cookbook Recipes from A Very Small Island.)
Summer House by Nancy Thayer ($15.00–just released in paperback). Thirty-year-old Charlotte Wheelwright seems to have at last found her niche, running an organic gardening business on the island of Nantucket, thanks in large part to her spry grandmother Nona, who donated a portion of land on the family’s seaside compound to get Charlotte started. Though Charlotte’s skill with plants is bringing her success, cultivating something deeper with people–particularly her handsome neighbor Coop–might be more of a challenge. Now the entire Wheelwright clan is making its annual summer pilgrimage to the homestead, including Charlotte’s mother, Helen, who brings a heavy heart as she confronts a betrayal that threatens her sense of place and her sense of self. Bringing together three generations of strong-willed women, each wrestling with life-changing decisions, Nancy Thayer’s luminous novel shows that no matter where life’s path may lead, love always finds a way back home.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender ($25.95, our price $20.76). On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother–her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother–tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose. The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden–her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.
Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry ($15.00, just released in paperback) In this poignant and striking final chapter in the Duane Moore story, which began in 1966 with “The Last Picture Show,” Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning author Larry McMurtry takes readers on one last unforgettable journey to Thalia, Texas, a town that continues to change at a breakneck pace even as Duane feels himself slowing down. Returning home to recover from a near-fatal heart attack, Duane discovers that he has a new neighbor: the statuesque K. K. Slater, a quirky billionairess who’s come to Thalia to open the Rhino Ranch, dedicated to the preservation of the endangered black rhinoceros. Despite their obvious differences, Duane can’t help but find himself charmed by K.K.’s stubborn toughness and lively spirit, and the two embark on a flirtation that rapidly veers toward the sexual — but the return of Honor Carmichael complicates Duane’s romantic intentions considerably. As Duane reflects on all that he and Thalia have been through, he feels adrift in a world where love and betrayal walk hand in hand and a stalwart Texas oil town can become home to a nature preserve.
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo ($15.00, just released in paperback) For Griffin, all paths, all memories, converge at Cape Cod. The Cape is where he took his childhood summer vacations, where he and his wife, Joy, honeymooned, where they decided he’d leave his LA screenwriting job to become a college professor, and where they celebrated the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. But when their beloved Laura’s wedding takes place a year later, Griffin is caught between chauffeuring his mother’s and father’s ashes in two urns and contending with Joy and her large, unruly family. Both he and she have also brought dates along. How in the world could this have happened?
The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman ($15.00, just out in paperback) The Story Sisters, charts the lives of three sisters-Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart’s desire, and a demon who will not let go. What does a mother do when one of her children goes astray? How does she save one daughter without sacrificing the others? How deep can love go, and how far can it take you?
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson ($27.95, our price $22.36) The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy.Lisbeth Salander–the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels–lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge–against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham ($16.99) follows a 13-year-old with an affinity for law who becomes an integral part of a murder trial. In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth. The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served. Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning. (For ages 9-12)
Blockade Billy by Stephen King ($14.99) From “New York Times” bestselling author Stephen King comes the haunting story of “Blockade Billy,” the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game. Even the most die-hard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first–and only–player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game’s history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse… and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.
Hearts on A String by Kris Radish ($15.00) When the weather strands five women in an airport, a spur-of-the-moment decision to wait it out in a luxury suite leads to fast friendship, unexpected connections, and unforgettable fun. Holly Blandeen has always cherished the story her grandmother told her about the thread that connects all women, tying them forever in sisterhood. It’s a beautiful idea, but with all the curveballs life has thrown her way, Holly has often felt isolated, different from other women. That starts to change when she meets four strangers in an airport and they agree to share a luxury hotel suite because a powerful spring storm is barreling across the country, stranding travelers from California to Florida. What begins as a spur-of-the-moment decision becomes an unlikely, unexpected, and sometimes reluctant exercise in female bonding, as these five exceptional women–each at a crossroads–swap stories, share secrets, and seek answers to the questions they’ve been asking about life, love, and the path to true happiness. A storm may have grounded them for the moment, but after this wild adventure in which anything can and does happen, they’ll never have to fly solo again.
Beautiful Yetta by Daniel Pinkwater ($16.99) Inspired by real events, this story told in English, Spanish, and Yiddish is a witty, warm, and beautiful tale about an escaped chicken who finds adventure and love in Brooklyn.
Back of the book description: An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.
Paul Harding has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at Harvard. He lives in Georgetown, Massachusetts.
The Titcomb’s Bookshop Book Club is open to all. There is no registration, simply come join the discussion whenever you can. We would love to see you! We will discuss Tinkers at the Bookshop on Tuesday June 15th at 7:00pm.
(From Roving Reviewer Gilbert Merritt!)
John Sanford’s “Storm Prey”, is the latest in the series of Lucas Davenport mysteries. We first met Lucas in “Rules of Prey”, published in 1989 where he was engaged in solving a murder in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. In the ensuing 20 books we’ve gotten to know Lucas’ strengths and weaknesses, his friends and coworkers.
All the usual “Prey” characters are involved including Marcy, Virgil, Del, Shrake and Jenkins but never have they had a situation as tense and full of danger as in “Storm Prey”. Lucas is now happily married to a world class plastic surgeon, Weather, who is on the staff of Hennepin General Hospital. On the way into the hospital she has unwittingly seen two of a gang of robbers who killed a staff member during the robbery of the hospital pharmacy. When the leader of the gang, a hospital physician with an overwhelming drug habit, realizes that there is a witness he hires a professional killer to cover their tracks. As Lucas and pals are tracking the robbers, the robbers are trying to identify and eliminate the witness and Weather is engaged in a life and death struggle to separate and save a pair of conjoined twins.
The suspense has never been better.
Eric Wight, author and illustrator of the Frankie Pickle adventure series for 7-10 year olds, is coming to Titcomb’s on Wednesday May 12th from 4-5pm. He will talk to kids about the series and give a drawing demonstration. His books are a combination of chapter books and graphic novels so his drawing demonstration should be very interesting. Great new series for imaginative boys who are perhaps reluctant to sit down and read!
This video gives the story behind the books! Who hasn’t pretended to be a world-class tap dancer in first grade?
For some reason, all of the publishers seem to have decided that May 4th sounded like a great day to release new books! Lots of good books coming our today!
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry ($25.99, our price $20.79) The “New York Times” bestselling author of “The Lace Reader,” offers an emotionally compelling novel about finding your true place in the world. Zee Finch has come a long way from a motherless childhood spent stealing boats–a talent that earned her the nickname Trouble. She’s now a respected psychotherapist working with the world-famous Dr. Liz Mattei. She’s also about to marry one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. But the suicide of Zee’s patient Lilly Braedon throws Zee into emotional chaos and takes her back to places she though she’d left behind.
What starts as a brief visit home to Salem after Lilly’s funeral becomes the beginning of a larger journey for Zee. Her father, Finch, long ago diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, has been hiding how sick he really is. His longtime companion, Melville, has moved out, and it now falls to Zee to help her father through this difficult time. Their relationship, marked by half-truths and the untimely death of her mother, is strained and awkward. Overwhelmed by her new role, and uncertain about her future, Zee destroys the existing map of her life and begins a new journey, one that will take her not only into her future but into her past as well.
The Book Of Potential Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments For Daring Young Scientists by Sean Connolly ($13.95) It’s never been more important to engage a child’s scientific curiosity, and Sean Connolly knows just how to do it-with lively, hands-on, seemingly “dangerous” experiments that pop, ooze, crash, and teach! Now, the author of “The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science,” takes it one step further: He leads kids through the history of science, and then creates amazing yet simple experiments that demonstrate key scientific principles.
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and The Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick ($30.00) The National Book Award winning author of In The Heart Of The Sea sheds new light on one of the iconic stories of the American West. Little Bighorn and Custer are names synonymous in the American imagination with unmatched bravery and spectacular defeat. Mythologized as Custer’s Last Stand, the June 1876 battle has been equated with other famous last stands, from the Spartans’ defeat at Thermopylae to Davy Crockett at the Alamo.
In his tightly structured narrative, Nathaniel Philbrick brilliantly sketches the two larger-than-life antagonists: Sitting Bull, whose charisma and political savvy earned him the position of leader of the Plains Indians, and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union’s greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage. Philbrick reminds readers that the Battle of the Little Bighorn was also, even in victory, the last stand for the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian nations. Increasingly outraged by the government’s Indian policies, the Plains tribes allied themselves and held their ground in southern Montana. Within a few years of Little Bighorn, however, all the major tribal leaders would be confined to Indian reservations. Throughout, Philbrick beautifully evokes the history and geography of the Great Plains with his characteristic grace and sense of drama. The Last Stand is a mesmerizing account of the archetypal story of the American West, one that continues to haunt our collective imagination.
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles Book 1) by Rick Riordan ($17.99) A new series starts from the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them–Set–has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe–a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Private Life by Jane Smiley ($26.96, our price $21.56) A riveting new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winner that traverses the intimate landscape of one woman’s life, from the 1880s to World War II. Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven in post-Civil War Missouri when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He’s the most famous man their small town has ever produced: a naval officer and a brilliant astronomer–a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret’s mother calls the match “a piece of luck.”
Margaret is a good girl who has been raised to marry, yet Andrew confounds her expectations from the moment their train leaves for his naval base in faraway California. Soon she comes to understand that his devotion to science leaves precious little room for anything, or anyone, else. When personal tragedies strike and when national crises envelop the country, Margaret stands by her husband. But as World War II approaches, Andrew’s obsessions take a different, darker turn, and Margaret is forced to reconsider the life she has so carefully constructed.
Dead In The Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris ($25.95, our price $20.76) The #1 “New York Times” bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)’s “True Blood”-continues! After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she’s angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he’s under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry…
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Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner ($15.00) Addie Downs and Valerie Adler will be best friends forever. That’s what Addie believes after Valerie moves across the street when they’re both nine years old. But in the wake of betrayal during their teenage years, Val is swept into the popular crowd, while mousy, sullen Addie becomes her school’s scapegoat. Flash-forward fifteen years. Valerie Adler has found a measure of fame and fortune working as the weathergirl at the local TV station. Addie Downs lives alone in her parents’ house in their small hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Illinois, caring for a troubled brother and trying to meet Prince Charming on the Internet. She’s just returned from Bad Date #6 when she opens her door to find her long-gone best friend standing there, a terrified look on her face and blood on the sleeve of her coat. “Something horrible has happened,” Val tells Addie, “and you’re the only one who can help.”
South of Broad by Pat Conroy ($16.00) Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered–and shadowed–by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of high school outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina’s dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters ($16.00) The “New York Times” bestseller and Booker Prize contender that “delivers…a ghost story that creeps up your spine” (“Seattle Times”). “ One post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline. Its owners-mother, son, and daughter-are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.
This Sunday (April 25th, 3:00pm) we are hosting a talk with author Tony Williams about his new book “The Pox and The Covenant: Mather, Franklin, and the Epidemic That Changed America’s Destiny”. This video will give you a little preview. What an interesting event in history that I think few of us know much about.