Andover Bookstore Events

Michael Levy, "Celebrity and Entertainment Obsession: Understanding our Addiction" (Andover)

Celebrity culture surrounds us. We are inundated with information about actors and actresses, athletes, musicians, and others who have become famous or infamous. Although we never will likely meet or get to know them, our interest in them seems boundless. We are literally obsessed with being entertained as well as with the people who entertain us.

Who our celebrities are has also shifted; in the past, celebrity status was bestowed on men and women of great accomplishment, those who had given the world something to be proud of and to celebrate. Conversely, today’s celebrities are generally people involved in entertainment—from TV newscasters to people who appear on reality television programs, as well as some who are simply famous for being famous. What remains an enigma is why we, as a society, are so infatuated with being entertained, as well as with those who entertain us and appear in the media. This book makes sense of this spectacle by explaining the reasons for this obsession from a psychological, social, and historical perspective. It suggests that we have become addicted in much the same way that a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Finally, the author offers his observations on how to free our minds from this captivation. Anyone interested in understanding more about our need to live vicariously through the rich and famous will find answers in this book.

 

 

Author Michael Levy will be at the Andover Bookstore from 6pm to 8pm to speak with customers and sign copies of his books.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
89 R Main Street
Andover Bookstore
Andover, MA 01810
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ISBN: 9781442243125
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - August 6th, 2015

Celebrity culture surrounds us. We are inundated with information about actors and actresses, athletes, musicians, and others who have become famous or infamous. Although we never will likely meet or get to know them, our interest in them seems boundless. We are literally obsessed with being entertained as well as with the people who entertain us.


Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival (North Andover)

Saturday, October 3rd 1pm - 7:30pm

ACT Theater Company

1632 Osgood Street, North Andover MA

 

Horror and suspense authors from all around the Northeastern U.S., selling and signing books. Panel discussions about New England horror traditions - what is scary, new fears, and childhood terrors. The event concludes with a quintet of authors doing a live reading of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

 

Authors Signing & Speaking Include:

JOE HILL

KELLY LINK

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

BRIAN KEENE

SARAH LANGAN

PAUL TREMBLAY

CAITLIN KITTREDGE

THOMAS SNIEGOSKI

MYKE COLE

LEIGH PERRY

JOHN LANGAN

RIO YOUERS

MAY SANGIOVANNI

DANA CAMERON

GLENN CHADBOURNE

JASON CIARAMELLA

JACK M. HARINGA

AND MANY MANY MORE!!!

 

Free & Open to the public!

Sponsored by: the ACT Theater Company, Andover Bookstore, and Vicious Circle

Please have cash or a check handy to purchase any books at this event,

as we will not be accepting credit card payments.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 1:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
1632 Osgood Street
ACT Theater Company
North Andover, MA 01845

Peter Baldwin Panagore, "Heaven is Beautiful" (Andover/Lowell)

When Peter Baldwin Panagore died on the side of a mountain, his life was forever changed. Decades later, the intense spiritual journey continues, with a story that combines the thrills of a wilderness adventure with the awe-inspiring elements of a paranormal novel.

In March of 1980, college senior Peter Panagore went ice climbing on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Ice Fields Parkway in Alberta, Canada. His climbing partner was an experienced ice climber, but Panagore was a novice. On their descent, they became trapped on the side of the mountain. As the sun set, he was overcome by exhaustion and hypothermia. He died on the side of that mountain. And in those minutes on the other side, he experienced hell, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Heaven was beautiful.

Panagore's death experience changed his life and resulted in an intense spiritual journey that has continued for decades. It impelled him to pursue a master's degree at Yale Divinity School, focusing on systematic theology and Christian mysticism. His educational background coupled with 30 years of meditative practice and 20 years of professional work with the dying and grieving has given him unique insight, language, and perspective on heaven, God, death, life, love, beauty, and hope.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Chris Church United, UCC, in Lowell
180 East Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781571747341
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hampton Roads Publishing - October 1st, 2015

When Peter Baldwin Panagore died on the side of a mountain, his life was forever changed.


Christopher Golden, "Dead Ringers", & James A. Moore, "City of Wonders: Seven Forges Book III" (Andover)

DEAD RINGERS by Christopher Golden
 
When Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband Nick on  a Boston sidewalk, she's furious at him for pretending he doesn't know her. She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he's in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick's in New Hampshire...who did she encounter on the street?
Frank Lindbergh's dreams have fallen apart. He wanted to get out of the grim neighborhood where he'd grown up and out of the shadow of his alcoholic father. Now both his parents are dead and he's back in his childhood home, drinking too much himself. As he sets in motion his plans for the future, he's assaulted by an intruder in his living room...an intruder who could be his twin.
In an elegant hotel, Tess will find mystery and terror in her own reflection. Outside a famed mansion on Beacon Hill, people are infected with a diabolical malice...while on the streets, an eyeless man, dressed in rags, searches for a woman who wears Tess's face.
 
 
CITY OF WONDERS: SEVEN FORGES BOOK III by James A. Moore
 
Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is facing a population explosion as refugees  from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa'ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire, armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east, the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon.
In Old Canhoon itself, the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new, as the agents of their enemies begin removing threats to the gods of the Seven Forges and prepare the way for the invading armies of the Seven Kings. In the distant Taalor valley, Andover Lashk continues his quest
and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.
War is here. Blood will flow and bodies will burn.
 
 
Event date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89R Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
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ISBN: 9781250057327
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - November 3rd, 2015

When Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband Nick on a Boston sidewalk, she's furious at him for pretending he doesn't know her. She calls his cell to have it out with him, only to discover that he's in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick's in New Hampshire...who did she encounter on the street?


City of Wonders: Seven Forges Book III Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780857665058
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Angry Robot - November 3rd, 2015

Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is facing a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire, armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital.


Howard Frank Mosher, "God's Kingdom" (Andover)

Howard Frank Mosher is one of America's most acclaimed writers. His fiction, set in the world of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, chronicles the intertwining family histories of the natives, wanderers, outcasts, and fugitives-white, Native American, escaped slaves fleeing north, French Canadians, and others-who settled in this remote and beautiful place.
God's Kingdom explores the Kinneson family through the coming of age of the heir, Jim, and its rich and complicated history. Earnest and innocent, a bright high school student, Jim grows curious about the unspoken "trouble in the family" that haunts his father, a small-town newspaper editor, and his grandfather, a raconteur who keeps the Kinnesons' secrets to himself. Layer by layer, tale by tale, sorting out fact from deliberately obscured legend, Jim explores the Kinnesons' long relationship with others in the Kingdom, culminating in a discovery that forever changes his life and place in that world. Beginning with a magical Thanksgiving Day hunting trip in the autumn mountains, and ending with Jim on the brink of leaving home to find life-and perhaps love-on the other side of the ridge, God's Kingdom unfolds with the patient delight of a master storyteller.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89R Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
God's Kingdom: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250069481
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2015

Howard Frank Mosher is one of America's most acclaimed writers. His fiction, set in the world of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, chronicles the intertwining family histories of the natives, wanderers, outcasts, and fugitives--white, Native American, escaped slaves fleeing north, French Canadians, and others--who settled in this remote and beautiful place.


Bette Freedson, "Soul Mothers' Wisdom & the Psychic Dimension" (Andover)

Social worker and local psychic Bette Freedson will be making a return visit to the Andover Bookstore to read mroe from her book, Soul Mothers' Wisdom, and discuss how the psychic dimension has helped her through single motherhood and other difficult situations. With audience permission, Bette will offer mini psychic readings during this event.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89R Main Street
a, MA 01810

Jay Atkinson, "Massacre on the Merrimack" (Andover)

Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha. A short distance from the village, one of the warriors murdered the squalling infant by dashing her head against a tree. After a forced march of nearly one hundred miles, Duston and two companions were transferred to a smaller band of Abenaki, who camped on a tiny island located at the junction of the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers, several miles north of present day Concord, New Hampshire.

This was the height of King William’s War, both a war of terror and a religious contest, with English Protestantism vying for control of the New World with French Catholicism. After witnessing her infant’s murder, Duston resolved to get even. Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her companions, a fifty-one-year-old woman and a twelve-year-old boy, moved among the sleeping Abenaki with tomahawks and knives, killing two men, two women, and six children. After returning to the bloody scene alone to scalp their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River in a stolen canoe. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and recapture, returning to tell their story and collect a bounty for the scalps.

Was Hannah Duston the prototypical feminist avenger, or the harbinger of the Native American genocide? In this meticulously researched and riveting narrative, bestselling author Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the early struggle for North America.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89R Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
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$30.75
ISBN: 9781493003228
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lyons Press - October 1st, 2015

Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha.


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