Has there ever been a more generous ingredient than the bean? Down-home, yet haute, soul-satisfyingly hearty, valued, versatile deeply delectable, healthful, and inexpensive to boot, there’s nothing a bean can’t do — and nothing that Crescent Dragonwagon can’t do with beans. From old friends like chickpeas and pintos to rediscovered heirloom beans like rattlesnake beans and teparies, from green beans and fresh shell beans to peanuts, lentils, and peas, Bean by Bean is the definitive cookbook on beans. It’s a 200-plus recipe cornucopia overflowing with information, kitchen wisdom, lore, anecdotes, and a zest for good food and good times.
We’ll be sampling some of Crescent’s delicious recipes, so bring your appetite!
Crescent Dragonwagon is the author of the James Beard Award-winning Passionate Vegetarian, The Cornbread Gospels, Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, many children’s books, and two novels. She has the distinction of having prepared beans and cornbread for a president (Bill Clinton), titled royalty (Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia), a world-renowned feminist (Betty Friedan) and Marilyn Monroe’s first biographer (Maurice Zolotow). She has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, TVFN, and CNN. For 18 years she was the chef and co-owner of Dairy Hollow House, an acclaimed country inn in Arkansas, but she has lived in Westminster West, Vermont since 2002.
Has there ever been a more generous ingredient than the bean? Down-home, yet haute, soul-satisfyingly hearty, valued, versatile deeply delectable, healthful, and inexpensive to boot, there’s nothing a bean can’t do—and nothing that Crescent Dragonwagon can’t do with beans.
In this mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two characters, each searching for meaning against long odds. In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest, launching a doomed — and potentially lethal — dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison is on an improbable quest of her own. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father had written to the young Aleksandr Bezetov — asking how one proceeds in a lost cause — she decides to travel to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself. Spanning two continents and thirty years, and with uncommon perception and wit, A Partial History of Lost Causes explores the possibilities of courage, the endurance of memory, and the stubbornness and splendor of human will.
Jennifer duBois was born in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1983. She earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Tufts University and an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She recently completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, where she is currently the Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Playboy, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, The Florida Review, The Northwest Review, Narrative, and elsewhere.
This 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.
There’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.
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.
Jennifer Richard Jacobson will read from Small as an Elephant, winner of the Gold Fiction Award from Parents’ Choice
Ever 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
A 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
Bethesda 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.
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?
A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history.
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.
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. 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!
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.
The 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!
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.
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.
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!
Connect with the original New England.
When 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.
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.