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JAY ATKINSON: "Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man" (Andover)

Jay AtkinsonIf all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting. In Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man, bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his thirty-five year odyssey in the sport — from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all-star selections, up to his current stint with the freewheeling Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. Jay has played in more than 500 matches, for which he’s suffered three broken ribs, a detached retina, a fractured cheekbone and orbital bone, four deadened teeth, and a dislocated ankle. Written in the style of Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Atkinson’s book explains why it was all worth it — the sum total of his violent adventures, and the valuable insights he has gained from them.

Jay Atkinson is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, investigative journalist, and itinerant amateur athlete from Methuen, Massachusetts. He is the author of two novels, a story collection, and three narrative nonfiction books. His nonfiction book Ice Time was a Publisher’s Weekly notable book of the year in 2001, and Legends of Winter Hill was on the Boston Globe bestseller list for several weeks in 2005. Atkinson’s narrative nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Boston Globe and many other publications. A former two-sport college athlete, Atkinson has competed in rugby for three decades and continues to play in exotic locales with the Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. He teaches journalism at Boston University.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
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The Andover Bookstore
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$25.99
ISBN: 9780312547691
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 24th, 2012

If all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting.


RAINBOW ROWELL: "Attachments" (Andover)

Rainbow RowellBeth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? "Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you." Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

Rainbow Rowell is only very good at two things — reading and writing, in that order. People who are good only at reading and writing, and who also want health insurance, usually study journalism. Rainbow earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever — and first female — columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Attachments is her first book. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park — sort of an East Omaha Romeo & Juliet — comes out in 2012.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780525951988
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Published: Dutton Adult - April 14th, 2011

""Attachments" is so perfectly engaging, so sly, and so funny I read it all in one sitting, then went back and read my favorite scenes a second time...I hope Rowell never stops writing."
-Haven Kimmel


DAVID ELLIOTT: "In the Sea" (Andover)

David ElliottA New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator explore life in the ocean with clever poems and bold, expressive woodcuts. The briny deep is home to an enormous variety of fascinating creatures, from the dainty sea horse to the fearsome shark, from the spiny sea urchin to the majestic blue whale. In striking woodcut illustrations, diverse creatures glide through blue and green waters, while succinct, witty poetry examines their behavior and interactions. In this companion volume to On the Farm and In the Wild, David Elliott and Holly Meade explore the depths of the ocean in a collection of poems sure to thrill budding oceanographers and landlubbers alike.

David Elliott was raised in a small farm town in Ohio. He has worked as a singer in Mexico, an English teacher in Libya, a cucumber-washer in Greece, and a popsicle-stick-maker in Israel. Now he writes for kids and lives in the New Hampshire countryside with his wife, son, a cantankerous Maine coon cat and a three-footed dog. Please join us for a very special story time with this children’s author extraordinaire!

Event date: 
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:00am
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By David Elliott, Holly Meade (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763644987
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 14th, 2012

A New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator explore life in the ocean with clever poems and bold, expressive woodcuts.


DAVID HERLIHY: The Lost Cyclist (Andover)

Tuesday, October 26

In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized "safety-bicycle" with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular. In the spring of 1892 he quit his accounting job and gamely set out west to cover twenty thousand miles over three continents as a correspondent for Outing magazine. Two years later, after having survived countless near disasters and unimaginable hardships, he approached Europe for the final leg. He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz’s trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihy’s gripping narrative captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben’s heroic effort to bring Lenz’s accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.

About the Author

David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History and his work has been featured on National Public Radio and Voice of America and in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Boston, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors.

This event is brought to you courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 7:00pm
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Andover Bookstore
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780547195575
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 1st, 2010

In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized “safety-bicycle” with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular.


CRESCENT DRAGONWAGON: "Bean by Bean" (Andover)

Crescent DragonwagonHas 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.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 7:00pm
Bean by Bean: A Cookbook: More than 175 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans, Even Sweet Beans! Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780761132417
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - January 15th, 2012

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.


JENNIFER DuBOIS: "A Partial History of Lost Causes" (Andover)

Jennifer duBoisIn 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.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 7:00pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781400069774
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Published: The Dial Press - March 20th, 2012

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/HEMINGWAY PRIZE FOR DEBUT FICTION
 


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
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The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
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$27.45
ISBN: 9781440533167
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
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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.
 


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