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RANDALL PEFFER: "Seahawk Burning" (Andover)

Randall PefferThis final volume in the Raphael Semmes trilogy of Civil War naval thrillers follows the real-life adventures of Confederate Captain Raphael Semmes and his ship, the C.S.S. Alabama, on the final legs of their reign of terror on the high seas. The novel chronicles Semmes’s rise to mythic stature as he becomes Lincoln’s public enemy number one, seizing and burning scores of Yankee ships in the Caribbean Sea, the south Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and the South China Sea before heading to France for sanctuary . . . all the while dodging scores of federal Navy ships pursuing him.

Enemy vessels, spy games, mutinies, storms, and loneliness stalk Semmes’s cruise during 1863–64. Meanwhile, back in the Lincoln White House, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles tries to marshal his warships to catch Semmes and simultaneously protect his president from spies and assassins, one of whom is Semmes’s mistress. In addition to the main characters, the cast of Seahawk Burning includes historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and John Wilkes Booth. All of the threads in this saga come together in a final showdown off Cherbourg, France, when Semmes decides to take the Alabama into battle against the U.S.S. Kearsarge, captained by his old friend John A. Winslow. It is one of the greatest naval battles in history.

Randall Peffer is the author of six crime novels, a trilogy of Civl War Naval thrillers, eight nonfiction travel books/memoirs and over 300 travel-lifestyle features for magazines like National Geographic and Smithsonian. He teaches writing at Phillips Academy, Andover.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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$27.45
ISBN: 9781440533167
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gallery Books - April 15th, 2012

A Novel of the Civil War at Sea


KATHY GUNST: "Notes from a Maine Kitchen: Seasonally Inspired Recipes" (Andover)

Kathy-Gunst_x210There’s nothing better than settling into a nice, warm, home-cooked meal at the kitchen table. In Notes from a Maine Kitchen, Kathy Gunst takes us into her own kitchen, introducing us to the flavors of fresh, seasonal Maine ingredients prepared in simple and inspiring ways. With essays conveying the mood of each month, Gunst gives readers a sense of Maine food and life. She follows each essay with a handful of recipes incorporating the seasonal ingredient or theme.

We’ll be sampling some of these recipes, as prepared by our talented bookstore staff, so bring your appetite!

Kathy Gunst lives in South Berwick, Maine. She is the author of thirteen cookbooks, several of which have received IACP award nominations. She is also the Resident Chef for WBUR’s award-winning show "Here and Now" and has received two James Beard award nominations for her radio work. Gunst writes for many publications, including Bon Appetit, New York Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She has appeared on radio and television shows nationwide, including "All Things Considered," "Live with Regis and Kelly," "CBS Early Show," and "Real Simple TV," and she teaches cooking and food writing at cooking schools and universities around the country. You can learn more about Kathy and her many projects at www.kathygunst.com.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:00pm
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$30.75
ISBN: 9780892729173
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Down East Books - September 16th, 2011

There's nothing better than settling into a nice, warm, home-cooked meal at the kitchen table. Kathy Gunst takes us into her own kitchen, introducing us to the flavors of fresh, seasonal Maine ingredients prepared in simple and inspiring ways. With essays conveying the mood of each month, Gunst gives readers a sense of Maine food and life.


A Kids' Authors Extravaganza! (Andover)

Jennifer Richard Jacobson will read from Small as an Elephant, winner of the Gold Fiction Award from Parents’ Choice

Jennifer-Jacobson_x166Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and "spinning" wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself — starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties — and his trust that he may be part of a larger herd after all.

Jennifer Richard Jacobson received her master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught preschool through sixth grade and has served as Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Studies or Language Arts Specialist in several New England schools. As a continuing author-in-residence and educational consultant, Jennifer has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators to help students reach their highest potential.

Gregory Mone will read from Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic

Gregory-Mone_x160A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history. The great ocean liner Titanic is preparing to cross the Atlantic. On board is a sinister thief bent on stealing a rare book that may be the key to unlocking infinite treasure, a wealthy academic traveling home to America with his rare book collection, and Patrick Waters, a twelve-year-old Irish boy who is certain that his job as a steward on the unsinkable ship will be the adventure of a lifetime. Disguises, capers, and danger abound as the ship makes its way toward that fateful iceberg where Patrick will have to summon all his wits in order to survive.

Gregory Mone is a novelist, magazine writer, science journalist, and speaker. He has written articles for many magazines, including Popular Science and National Geographic, and his books for adults include The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve and the novel The Wages of Genius. He is the author of the middle-reader novel Fish, which received the Carol Otis Hurst prize for the best children’s writing in New England. Gregory lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

Ben H. Winters will read from The Mystery of the Missing Everything

Ben-Winters_x189Bethesda Fielding and her sort-of sidekick Tenny Boyer are back! There’s been a shocking crime at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School, and only Bethesda can solve it. If she can. But she’s having trouble. Plus, everyone is sort of mad at her. Also, there’s a whole subplot about a video where a kid dressed in a bear suit falls down some stairs. This sequel to The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman is full of puzzles, thrills, and laughs.
 
Ben H. Winters is the author of a whole bunch of books, including the Edgar Award-nominated middle-grade novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman. He also wrote two parody novels, the New York Times bestseller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (with Jane Austen) and Android Karenina (with Leo Tolstoy). Ben’s work for the theater includes the children’s musicals The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, A (Tooth) Fairy Tale, and Uncle Pirate, all published in acting editions from Samuel French. Ben has additionally worked over the years as a bass player, an ice-cream scooper, a creative-writing teacher, a transcriptionist, and (disastrously) as a cat-sitter. These days Ben lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his family.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 12:00pm
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780763641559
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2011

Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?
(Ages 10-14)


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ISBN: 9781596436732
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 13th, 2012

A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history.


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061965449
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HarperCollins - September 20th, 2011

There has been a shocking crime at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School.

In a glass case in the front hall, a trophy—the trophy, the first trophy ever won in the school’s lackluster competitive history—has been stolen.


HOWARD FRANK MOSHER: "The Great Northern Express: A Writer's Journey Home" (Andover)

Howard-Frank-MosherFrom bestselling, nationally-celebrated author Howard Frank Mosher, a wildly funny and deeply personal account of his three-month, 20,000-mile sojourn to discover what he loved enough to live for. Several months before Mosher turned sixty-five, he learned that he had prostate cancer. Following forty-six intensive radiation treatments, he set out alone in his twenty-year-old Chevy Celebrity on a monumental road trip and book tour across twenty-first-century America. From a chance meeting with an angry moose in northern New England to late-night walks on the wildest sides of America’s largest cities, The Great Northern Express chronicles Mosher’s escapades with an astonishing array of erudite bibliophiles, homeless hitchhikers, country crooners and strippers, and aspiring writers of all circumstances. Full of high and low comedy and rollicking adventures, this is part travel memoir, part autobiography, and pure, anarchic fun. From coast to coast and border to border, this unforgettable adventure of a top-notch American writer demonstrates that, sometimes, in order to know who we truly are, we must turn the wheel towards home.

Howard Frank Mosher is the author of ten novels and a travel memoir. Born in the Catskill Mountains in 1942, Mosher has lived in Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom since 1964. He has won many awards for his fiction, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the American Civil Liberties Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the New England Book Award and, most recently, the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Association’s President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

We are thrilled to welcome Howard Frank Mosher back to the Andover Bookstore with a reading from this remarkable book, a favorite of staff members Karen and Mairead!

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780307450692
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown - March 6th, 2012

From bestselling, nationally celebrated author Howard Frank Mosher, a wildly funny and deeply personal account of his three-month, 20,000-mile sojourn to discover what he loved enough to live for.
 


MARGOT LIVESEY: "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" (Andover)

Margot LiveseyThe Flight of Gemma Hardy is a captivating tale, set in Scotland in the early 1960s, that is both an homage to and a modern variation on the enduring classic Jane Eyre. Fate has not been kind to Gemma Hardy. Orphaned by the age of ten, neglected by a bitter and cruel aunt, sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student, young Gemma seems destined for a life of hardship and loneliness. Yet her bright spirit burns strong. Fiercely intelligent, singularly determined, Gemma overcomes each challenge and setback, growing stronger and more certain of her path. Now an independent young woman with dreams of the future, she accepts a position as an au pair on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands. But Gemma’s biggest trial is about to begin . . . a journey of passion and betrayal, secrets and lies, redemption and discovery, that will lead her to a life she’s never dreamed of.

Margot Livesey grew up in a boys’ private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her most recent novels include Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street.

We are delighted to have Margot back at the Andover Bookstore, and excited to hear her read from the book Amy Bloom has called "a garden of pleasures: precision here, lyricism there, wit and compassionate insight throughout." Join us!

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 7:00pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062064226
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harper - January 24th, 2012

The resonant story of a young woman’s struggle to take charge of her own future, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a modern take on a classic story—Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre—that will fascinate readers of the Gothic original and fans of modern literary fiction alike, with its lyrical prose, robust characters, and abundant compassion.


Celebration of Stories at the Andover Bookstore!

Friday, December 9th from 7–8:30pm

Join us for a family concert of folktales & narratives that celebrate traditions, holidays, triumphs and joys.

The Andover Storytelling Guild presents a tribute to our beloved colleague, the Storyteller and Music Maker, Magdalen Cantwell who moved back to Ireland this summer.

Co-Hosts: Susan Lenoe & Nicolette Nordin Heavey

Tellers: Jack Apfelbaum, Jane Gossard, Sandy Hitchens, Jane LaChance and Lani Peterson

Musical Interludes, Lite Refreshments Children 7 & up are welcome.

Event date: 
Friday, December 9, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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BRUCE IRVING: "New England Icons" (Andover)

We tend to think of icons as simple, graphic, stone or wooden objects without much depth or life, left overs from bygone eras. But Bruce Irving, former producer of the popular PBS show This Old House, will have none of that. In a collection of short essays, Irving taps into our collective consciousness by extolling the comforting sense of place we associate with such common and not-so-common New England sights as stone walls, village greens, lobster boats, classic ski runs, and garden cemeteries, to name but a few-symbols of enduring importance that are also still full of life and character. Curl up in your favorite chair, relax, and take a tour of our common heritage — or take this insightful cultural guide with you as you travel New England’s highways and byways. It’s sure to shed new light on the old stalwart landscape features you see every day.

Bruce will be in Andover discussing this beautiful new book! It is a fascinating look at things we see everyday!

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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New England Icons: Shaker Villages, Saltboxes, Stone Walls, and Steeples Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780881509274
Availability: Special Order
Published: Countryman Press - September 19th, 2011


Curl up in your favorite chair, relax, and take a tour of our common heritage--or take this insightful cultural guide with you as you travel New England's highways and byways. It's sure to shed new light on the old stalwart landscape features you see every day.


MELISSA ANN GOODWIN: "The Christmas Village" (Andover)

The-Christmas-VillageWhen Jamie Reynolds comes to his grandparents’ Vermont home for Christmas, he just wants things to go back to the way they were before his dad disappeared. Time and again he is drawn to Grandma’s miniature Christmas village, where he imagines that life is perfect. Late one night, the village comes to life before Jamie’s eyes, and his fantasy of escaping into it becomes very real indeed. He discovers that the village is called Canterbury, where the year is 1932. Jamie becomes fast friends with Kelly and Christopher Pennysworth, and is taken in by Ida, who runs the local boarding house. But he also makes a dangerous enemy of the mysterious and menacing Jim Gordon, whose return to town is nothing but trouble. As Jamie desperately races against time to find his way back home, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying choice: to go ahead with his plan to leave, or to stay and help his friends, at the risk of never going home again.

The Christmas Village is a holiday adventure the whole family will love, filled with suspense, secrets and surprises to the very last page.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Strea
Andover
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$13.79
ISBN: 9781463646257
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 1st, 2011

The Christmas Village is a 2015 INKSPOKES Select Book Award Winner and the winner of the 2013 Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Award for children's action/adventure literature.When Jamie Reynolds visits his grandparents' Vermont home for Christmas, he just wishes things would go back to the way they were before his dad disappeared.


BOOK FAIR to benefit the New England Classical Singers (Andover)

NE-Classical-SingersWe pride ourselves on supporting the communities in which we operate and we are pleased to host a Book Fair to benefit the New England Classical Singers.

We will donate 20% of all sales between 6 and 8 pm to this local group.

Stop by and show your support for this group and help us help them make it a successful season.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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LEAH HAGER COHEN: "The Grief of Others" (Andover)

Is keeping a secret from a spouse always an act of infidelity? And what cost does such a secret exact on a family?

The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. Struggling to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and for their two older children, they find themselves pretending not only that little has changed, but that their marriage, their family, have always been intact. Yet in the aftermath of the baby’s death, long-suppressed uncertainties about their relationship come roiling to the surface. A dreadful secret emerges with reverberations that reach far into their past and threaten their future.

The couple’s children, ten-year-old Biscuit and thirteen-year-old Paul, responding to the unnamed tensions around them, begin to act out in exquisitely — perhaps courageously — idiosyncratic ways. But as the four family members scatter into private, isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives, and they all find themselves growing more alert to the sadness and burdens of others-to the grief that is part of every human life but that also carries within it the power to draw us together.

Moving, psychologically acute, and gorgeously written, The Grief of Others asks how we balance personal autonomy with the intimacy of relationships, how we balance private decisions with the obligations of belonging to a family, and how we take measure of our own sorrows in a world rife with suffering. This novel shows how one family, by finally allowing itself to experience the shared quality of grief, is able to rekindle tenderness and hope.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Andover
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781594488054
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Hardcover - September 15th, 2011

Is keeping a secret from a spouse always an act of infidelity? And what cost does such a secret exact on a family?

The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives.


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