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Bill and Katharine Dalton, "Legendary Locals of Andover" (Andover)

When Samuel F. Smith wrote the lyrics to America in 1832, he said he was inspired by Andovers beauty, which is reflected in his second stanza: I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills. Conservationists such as Alice Buck and Harold Rafton have kept Andover beautiful, and innumerable others made Andover a unique and extraordinary town. From Martha Carrier, defying her accusers to the moment of execution, to all the townspeople who fought in our nations wars, Andoverians have never lacked for courage. Former slaves such as Salem Poor, a hero of Bunker Hill, made many contributions. Teachers such as the Stack sisters and Ted Boudreau kept Andovers standards high. Philanthropists like Sarah Abbot, Benjamin Punchard, and Yvon Cormier contributed to Andovers youth. Literary talent such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mary McGarry Morris make life poignant and interesting. Jay Leno keeps America amused. Businesspeople like Samuel Phillips Jr. and William Wood created wealth and jobs, and smaller businesses through the years added to local lore and traditions. These pages are filled with the stories of people who created the admirable, complex tapestry that is Andover.

 

 

Bill Dalton is a former town moderator and selectman, and he is a longtime columnist for the Andover Townsman.

Katharine Dalton is a grant writer and former executive director of the Autism Foundation of Georgia.

Event date: 
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 7:00pm
Legendary Locals of Andover, Massachusetts Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467100977
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Legendary Locals - November 18th, 2013

When Samuel F. Smith wrote the lyrics to America in 1832, he said he was inspired by Andover's beauty, which is reflected in his second stanza: I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills. Conservationists such as Alice Buck and Harold Rafton have kept Andover beautiful, and innumerable others made Andover a unique and extraordinary town.


Michael LaFosse & Richard Alexander, "LaFosse & Alexander's Dollar Origami" (Andover)

These days, a dollar won't get you very far, but—in the right hands—a dollar bill can become a work of art.

In Michael LaFosse's Dollar Origami, the world-renowned origami artist and co-founder of the eminent Origamido Studio shares twenty incredible creations specifically designed to be made out of dollar bills. Folded money models are wonderful gifts and conversation pieces, and LaFosse makes it easy for you to get started with projects ranging from "very simple" to "challenging". In addition to his unique and exclusive collection of twenty paper folding projects, LaFosse includes:

·                         Step-by-step instructions

·                        Origami diagrams

·                         48 tear-out practice "dollar bills" with quick-start folding lines for the first five projects

·                         An instructional DVD with more than three hours of lessons, detailing each project in the book


It's no wonder that more and more people are realizing how fun dollar bill origami can be. Printed currency is easy to fold, remarkably durable, intricately patterned, and readily available. Whether you're making The Windmill Pillow, Prosperity Bamboo, The George Washington Knot, or Drahcir the Dragon, you—and your friends—will be delighted with the results!

 

Origami master Michael G. LaFosse is co-founder of the Origamido Studio, a learning center and design studio dedicated to the art of origami, and the only place in the world specializing in hand papermaking for the origami artist. LaFosse was prominently featured in the recent Peabody Award-winning documentary, Between the Folds.

Richard L. Alexander co-founded the Origamido Studio, where he is the chief papermaker. Together, Alexander and LaFosse have created dozens of origami exhibitions, and more than seventy books, kits, and videos about paper and paper arts. 

Event date: 
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 12:00pm

Create fun and intricate money origami using your Washingtons, Franklins, and Lincolns.


Ben Bradlee Jr., "The Kid" (Andover)

Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him--and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America--and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.

 

Ben Bradlee, Jr., spent 25 years at the Boston Globe as a reporter and editor, overseeing as deputy managing editor, among many critically acclaimed stories, theGlobe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Event date: 
Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 12:00pm
The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316614351
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 3rd, 2013

From acclaimed journalist Ben Bradlee Jr., comes the epic biography of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams that baseball fans have been waiting for.


Kirsti Call, "The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall" (Andover)

The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall is a story for young readers based on the idea that changing your thought patterns can change the outcome of events in your life. The main character, Plink, is unable to fall from her cloud until she changes the way she thinks about falling and starts to believe in her abilities. The book is peppered with fun facts about the water cycle, cloud formation, and the science of rainbows, offering an age-appropriate introduction to science. 

Kirsti Call lives in Andover, MA with her husband and five children.  She loves reading, writing, and singing.  On sunny days you will find her on the tire swing in her backyard and on rainy days you will find her dancing with her umbrella. 

Event date: 
Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 1:00pm

Chris Nilan, "Fighting Back" (Andover)

Chris Nilan, who grew up in the tough and gritty Irish enclave in Boston, was a feared enforcer for the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins, and the New York Rangers and a Stanley Cup champion never afraid to go into the corners or take off his gloves. He was a valued teammate whose very presence on the ice affected the way the game was played. As an enforcer and as a teammate, Nilan ranks among the greatest of all time; when the cheering stopped, however, Chris Nilan did not do well. The same qualities—his aggressiveness and high-emotion style—that proved so valuable on the ice did not serve him well when his career ended. Nilan turned to drugs and alcohol to dull his pain and nearly died from an overdose. His story is a fascinating and troubling exposé of the booze, bills, and drugs that destroy so many athletes after their careers are over. But it’s also a story of triumph, as Nilan has been the victor in his fight against his demons.

 

Chris Nilan played right wing in 688 NHL regular season games for the Monstreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins, an the New York Rangers. He racked up more than 3,000 penalty minutes during his pro career and was the subject of the documentary "The Last Gladiator". He lives in Montreal. 

Event date: 
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
89 R Main Street
Andover
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Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story Cover Image
$28.55
ISBN: 9781600789670
Availability: Special Order
Published: Triumph Books - November 15th, 2013

Chris Nilan, who grew up in the tough and gritty Irish enclave in Boston, was a feared enforcer for the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins, and the New York Rangers and a Stanley Cup champion never afraid to go into the corners or take off his gloves. He was a valued teammate whose very presence on the ice affected the way the game was played.


Neil Swidey, "Trapped Under the Sea" (Andover)

A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America. The city had been dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of “black mayonnaise.” Fisheries collapsed, wildlife fled, and locals referred to floating tampon applicators as “beach whistles.”
 
In the 1990s, work began on a state-of-the-art treatment plant and a 10-mile-long tunnel—its endpoint stretching farther from civilization than the earth’s deepest ocean trench—to carry waste out of the harbor. With this impressive feat of engineering, Boston was poised to show the country how to rebound from environmental ruin. But when bad decisions and clashing corporations endangered the project, a team of commercial divers was sent on a perilous mission to rescue the stymied cleanup effort. Five divers went in; not all of them came out alive. 
 
Drawing on hundreds of interviews and thousands of documents collected over five years of reporting, award-winning writer Neil Swidey takes us deep into the lives of the divers, engineers, politicians, lawyers, and investigators involved in the tragedy and its aftermath, creating a taut, action-packed narrative. The climax comes just after the hard-partying DJ Gillis and his friend Billy Juse trade assignments as they head into the tunnel, sentencing one of them to death. 
 
An intimate portrait of the wreckage left in the wake of lives lost, the book is also a morality tale. What is the true cost of these large-scale construction projects, as designers and builders, emboldened by new technology and pressured to address a growing population’s rapacious needs, push the limits of the possible? This is a story about human risk—how it is calculated, discounted, and transferred—and the institutional failures that can lead to catastrophe.
 
Suspenseful yet humane, Trapped Under the Sea reminds us that behind every bridge, tower, and tunnel—behind the infrastructure that makes modern life possible—lies unsung bravery and extraordinary sacrifice.  

Neil Swidey is the author of "Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness" (Crown 2014), which has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. He is also author of "The Assist," a Boston Globe bestseller and one of The Washington Post's best books of the year, and a co-author of the New York Times bestselling "Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy." A staff writer for The Boston Globe Magazine, Swidey teaches journalism at Tufts University and has been a contributing analyst for NBC News. He has twice won the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society for Professional Journalists and has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award. His work has been featured in "The Best American Science Writing," "The Best American Crime Writing," and "The Best American Political Writing." He lives outside Boston with his wife and three daughters. 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
89 R Main Street
Andover
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Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness Cover Image
$28.60
ISBN: 9780307886729
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown - February 18th, 2014

The harrowing story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel, hundreds of feet below the ocean, to do a nearly impossible job—with deadly results
 


David Christopher, "The Holy Universe" (Andover)

 

Taking an unflinchingly realistic look at the global crises we face, yet offering empowerment and hope instead of grim despair, this powerful new narrative transforms the cold, scientific facts of the Universe into a soulful story of creation that is reminiscent of humanity's stories of the ages. Told through a dialogue between a Seeker and his Sage, the worldview developed here transcends dogma and belief, giving readers a new way to reconnect with the cosmos. Human history is grounded into the larger history of the universe, revealing a context for understanding how humanity has created these global crises and what we can do about them. Through the dialogue, the seeker realizes his importance in the larger story and finds his path in the midst of the turbulence of our times.

 

David Christopher became intrigued with the "new story" that integrates the science of the 20th and 21st centuries with a spiritual sensibility toward the creation of the Universe. But as he dove deeper into this new worldview, this new story, he felt something was missing.
He missed the poetry. He missed the lyricism of the liturgy and the scriptures. He wanted more. He wanted a story that also felt like the story given to him in his youth. This led him to write The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul and Spirit.

Today, David travels around the United States teaching about the importance of telling our collective story. He appears before a variety of audiences, including Unity and Unitarian Universalist congregations.
David did his undergraduate work at USC Film School, where he received his BA in Cinema Production. He received his Master of Arts in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for California State University, Los Angeles.

David lives in Northern California and likes to hike and catch up on his reading and research (as well as his rest) when not speaking around the country on The Holy Universe. 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
89 R Main Street
Andover
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The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul, and Spirit Cover Image
$19.75
ISBN: 9780985933906
Availability: Special Order
Published: New Story Press - September 23rd, 2013

Taking an unflinchingly realistic look at the global crises we face, yet offering empowerment and hope instead of grim despair, this powerful new narrative transforms the cold, scientific facts of the universe into a soulful story of creation that is reminiscent of humanity's stories of the ages.


Gayle Suzanne, "It's in the Little Things" (Andover)

Do you have a voice deep down inside that you
are not good enough? Do you believe a happy life is meant for others but not
for you? Are you ready to shift energy and improve your life? Obstacles can
bring us down but after we dust off and pick ourselves up, those obstacles can
be valuable lessons in disguise. Through commitment and action, you can turn
your life around for the better! With nearly 50 humorous or emotional stories
from her personal experiences, Gayle Suzanne shares ideas and lessons that have
had the most transforming impact on her life. Most stories have messages of how
to appreciate seemingly insignificant events and how to take minor steps to
improve your own circumstances. Sometimes in our lives people may have said
negative things to us that might have left a damaging scar on our hearts. We
believe those things to be our truth. Unless we dig deep and remove those
negative thoughts, we may carry them with us our whole lives, even though they
are not true. It is up to us to discover our real truth - that we are all
special and unique individuals and we are all worthy of love. Here is a partial
list of topics discussed in this inspirational self-help book for those who
have been abused, rejected, divorced or bullied. · Rejection and
bullying - how to look at rejection in a different way · Discover your gifts and talents · Do yourself a favor and let it go · Eliminate limiting beliefs · Have some fun · Sure fire way to make a good decision · Learn to receive the good stuff · Serve others · Just be · Ideas to show yourself love. Gayle Suzanne is a Certified Professional
Coach, a member of the International Coaching Federation, a speaker, and
workshop leader. She has a desire to help others press through past hurts and
move forward to fulfilling lives. Her humorous and practical messages are
packed with lessons and hope for others. Gayle is a wife, mom, and step-mother
who resides with her family in Massachusetts. 

Event date: 
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 12:00pm
It's In The Little Things Cover Image
$17.24
ISBN: 9781493647699
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 1st, 2013

"Do you have a voice deep down inside that you are not good enough? Do you believe a happy life is meant for others but not for you? Are you ready to shift energy and improve your life? Obstacles can bring us down but after we dust off and pick ourselves up, those obstacles can be valuable lessons in disguise.


Doug Most, "The Race Underground" (Andover)

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America’s place in the world.

The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from brilliant engineers to the countless "sandhogs" who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their way into the earth’s crust, sometimes losing their lives in the construction of the tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at the centuries of fears people overcame about traveling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

 

Doug Most is the deputy managing editor for features at The Boston Globe. He is the author of Always in Our Hearts: The Story of Amy Gossberg, Brian Peterson, The Pregnancy They Hid and the Child they Killed. He has written for Sports Illustrated, Runner's World and Parents and his stories have appeared in Best American Crime Writing and Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Needham, MA.

 

 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:00pm
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780312591328
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 4th, 2014

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found.


Nick Trout, "Dog Gone, Back Soon" (Andover)

When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy. 

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a wild and delightful ride through one jam- packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.

 

Nick Trout graduated from veterinary school at the University of Cambridge in 1989. He is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and is a staff surgeon at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Where It Hurts, Love is the Best Medicine, Ever By My Side, and The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs; and has been a contributing columnist for The Bark and Prevention magazines. Nick considers himself a runner (though his marathon days are behind him), an avid reader, and a passionate advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He frequently blogs on his website www.drnicktrout.com. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Kathy, and their adopted Labradoodle, Thai.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Dog Gone, Back Soon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781401310899
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - April 8th, 2014

When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary.


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