Spirit of '76 Events

RON TANNER: "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story" (Spirit/Abbot)

Ron and Jill — his girlfriend of six months — discovered the house of their dreams in 2000: a landmark Baltimore brownstone that had belonged to a notorious fraternity. It was condemned property, had sat abandoned for nearly a year, and was such a wreck that no one would buy it. But Jill wanted the house and Ron wanted Jill. So he bought the 4500-square-foot ruin. Neither he nor Jill knew anything about house repair or renovation. The bank gave them six months to get the house up to code.

As soon as Ron and Jill started working on the house, they were at odds every day and it became clear to them both that the project would very likely ruin them financially and emotionally. Panicked, flirting with bankruptcy, and barreling through disasters, they had to learn how to live, love, and work together—and succeed against seemingly insurmountable odds. A book for lovers, dreamers, do-it-yourselfers, and fans of old houses, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story recounts Ron and Jill’s adventure, offering inspiration, insight, and hilarity as they hammer away at the American Dream of home ownership and true love.

Ron TannerRon Tanner has published stories and essays in such magazines as The Iowa Review, the Massachusetts Review, the Literary Review, Story Quarterly, and West Branch. His work has been anthologized in Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prizes, and acknowledged as "notable" by Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. He is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship from the Copernicus Society, first prize in the New Letters national fiction competition, a gold medal in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society national competition for short fiction, and others. He is the author of the illustrated novel Kiss Me, Stranger and the short-story collection A Bed of Nails, which won the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize and the Towson Prize for Literature.

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ISBN: 9780897336246
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Chicago Review Press - February 14th, 2012

Ten years ago, Ron and his then-girlfriend, Jill, did the impossible. They bought condemned property—a big Baltimore Victorian brownstone ­and vowed to bring it back to its original glory. The house had been home to Baltimore's most notorious fraternity for a decade and now, wrecked and abandoned, it was filled with garbage.


Special YA Sci-Fi Event & Reading (Marblehead)

Young adults will be reading sci fi excerpts from Futuredaze at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore in Marblehead! A reception and book signing with Matblehead resident Erin Underwood, the anthology'ss co-editor and publisher will follow.

Students aged 12 to 18 are encouraged to drop off in advance or write a one-paragraph essay at the event on why they like to read science fiction to be entered in a drawing for two signed copies of Futuredaze.

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Futuredaze includes pieces by Jack McDevitt, Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, Lavie Tidhar, Sandra McDonald, Brittany Warman, Stephen Covey, E. Kristin Anderson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Jenny Blackford, and many more! Reflecting many of the ideals first set forth by science fiction icons such as Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, Futuredaze challenges the imagination with young adult fiction that includes far-flung futures, dystopian alternate worlds, life among the stars, and a host of startling stories that embrace the idea of "What if?" that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century. Now, it's time to give voice to the next generation of science fiction readers and to those of us still young at heart.
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By Erin Underwood (Editor), Hannah Strom-Martin (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780985893408
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Underwords - February 12th, 2013

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Futuredaze includes pieces by Jack McDevitt, Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, Lavie Tidhar, Sandra McDonald, Brittany Warman, Stephen Covey, E.


Katherine Pryor, "Sylvia's Spinach" (Marblehead)

Sylvia Spivens hates spinach. "No spinach in my egg! No spinach in my soup! No spinach! Ever!" But one day Sylvia's teacher gives her a packet of spinach seeds to plant for a school garden. What to do? Overcoming her reluctance and enduring a long wait, Sylvia discovers the joy of growing food from the ground up and finds the pleasure of tasting something new. Parents will identify with the challenge of feeding healthy food to a picky eater, and educators will understand the magic and rewards of school gardens. Best of all, young readers will celebrate Sylvia's strong will, curiosity, and, maybe, her love of spinach.

Katherine Pryor loves eating spinach sautéed, stir-fried, steamed, or straight from the garden. In addition to writing, Katherine manages a program to bring local and healthy food to Washington State hospitals. She is the co-founder of South Park Fresh Starts, which grows vegetable starts for a food bank in Seattle. This is her first children’s book.
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By Katherine Pryor, Anna Raff (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780983661511
Availability: Special Order
Published: Readers to Eaters - October 16th, 2012

Sylvia Spivens always says no to spinach. But one day Sylvia's teacher gives her a packet of spinach seeds to plant for the school garden. Overcoming her initial reluctance and giving the seeds a little love and patience, Sylvia discovers the joy of growing food and the pleasure of tasting something new.


Patricia Goodwin, "Dreamwater" (Marblehead)

What if the truth is more dangerous than the dream? When Ned Low dreamed of going to sea, he couldn’t have imagined what horrors awaited him. When his mother, Rosie Low, visited the old seer, Ed Dimond, she never dreamed she would be arrested for witchcraft. Dreamwater, the sequel to When Two Women Die, is the terrifying journey of 11-year-old pirate Ned Low in 1692, as he makes his way from the Jamaicas back to Marblehead, each day facing new terrors of his own, to rescue his mother and the girl he loves from the witch hysteria that has gripped his home. In 1995 Marblehead, Peter Treadwell is trying to come to terms with his young wife’s murder, while his daughter sees and speaks to her mother’s ghost; his son Pete wants to study ghost hunting, but finds himself caught up in internet dangers; Jo Simmons just wants to enjoy her new business and her new husband, but she is being stalked; Cassandra is working very hard to understand reality as well as she understands her psychic visions. Full of beauty and violence, magic and the paranormal, Dreamwater is a thrilling tale of Marblehead characters, past and modern, trying to achieve their dreams against the often horrifying adversities of real life.

 

 

Patricia Goodwin grew up in an Italian-American neighborhood outside of Boston. “A Child's Christmas in Revere,” a chapter from her novel, Holy Days was published in the anthology, Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press, 2004). Her poetry has been published in Marblehead Magazine, IndeArts, Runes, nthposition.com, Pemmican Press, Radius: Poetry from the Center to the Edge and The Potomac, among others. Her poetry books include: Marblehead Moon (Plum Press, 1993), Java Love (Plum Press, 1997) and Atlantis (Plum Press, 2006). Dreamwater is the sequel to her novella, When Two Women Die (Plum Press, 2012). Patricia lives with her husband and daughter in a historic seacoast town in Massachusetts. For more information about the author, including new work, events, and videos, please visit patriciagoodwin.com.

Bethe Lee & Priscilla Moulton, "Molly Waldo!" (Marblehead)

Imagine leaving home at the age of 16 to earn your living in the cold North Atlantic. Imagine living on a 60-foot sailboat with 6 men. After sailing to Newfoundland, you must go out each morning in a dory (a small rowboat) to fish . . . and fish . . . and fish. No engine, no electricity, no GPS, no cell phone. You must depend upon the captain, your shipmates and yourself to survive. Many fishermen from your town have never returned. Will you be swept overboard? Lost in the fog? Run down by a steamship? Drowned in a storm like your grandfather? This is no imaginary life. This was the reality of men and boys from New England seaports in the 1800s. 

Molly Waldo! was inspired by the storytelling art of J.O.J. Frost, who went to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in 1868, at the age of 16. When he was 70, he painted his memories on odd pieces of wood. The Frost paintings featured in this book are in The Marblehead Museum and Historical Society (along with logs, letters, and newspaper clippings that preserve the experiences of Marblehead fishermen). The experiences of those seamen are adapted in this tale of a young man s first voyage to the Grand Banks. Molly Waldo was the joyful shout exchanged when vessels from Marblehead met on the fishing grounds. Townsmen rowed over in their dories to see familiar faces, swap yarns and share messages from home. Now readers have a chance to join those courageous men who were the bedrock of early American seaports.

 

PRISCILLA L. MOULTON championed the authors and illustrators of children s books throughout her professional career: developing school libraries, organizing events to promote children s books, reviewing for the Horn Book Magazine, and publishing Phaedrus (an international journal on children s literature). In leadership positions in the American Library Association, Priscilla participated in selecting several Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners. In 1959, as a new resident of Marblehead (MA), Priscilla first saw the paintings of J.O.J. Frost hanging in the historical society s Lee Mansion. Struck by their storytelling power, she began to imagine a book about Marblehead s history as a fishing community. Her research for that purpose became the foundation for Molly Waldo! This book for all ages pays tribute to an American historian and artist, as well as to the place that became home for the Moulton family.

BETHE LEE MOULTON shares her mother s love for Marblehead. Learning to sail in the harbor, taking piano lessons next to General Glover s home and visiting Old Burial Hill are a few of the experiences that shaped the author of Molly Waldo! Like Bethe s first novel, Until Brazil, this work of historical fiction explores the theme -- Journeys Afar for Discoveries Within. After a career as an international business consultant, Bethe founded The Glide Press. The Glide is a graceful black yawl that was once a familiar sight in Marblehead Harbor. Sailing aboard the Glide, Bethe developed a deep respect for the sea and the skippers who make it home. In that spirit, she offers Molly Waldo! to its readers. 

Ben Strohecker, "The Day the Ocean Changed to Chocolate" (Marblehead)


A fun adventure for "children" of all ages written and beautifully illustrated by our founder, Ben Strohecker. The Day the Ocean Changed to Chocolate is a story about magic lightning, a snaggletoothed sawfish, two curious children, and a possum with a PhD . . . . . . but mostly about chocolate.
 

 

Ben Strohecker has been drawing and painting ever since he can remember. He became serious about it twenty years ago when he started studying with internationally respected artists. These included Robert Wade of Australia and Paul George of Gloucester.

Recently, Ben had solo shows in Cambridge, Concord, Marblehead, and other venues. An exhibit in Salem prompted this comment by James Chisholm in his column “The Art of Salem”: “I highly recommend this show. Benneville Strohecker’s art demonstrates a generosity of spirit, an upbeat and fresh approach to the watercolor painting medium, both on a technical level and on a level of personal creativity. His paintings are a joy to behold.”

Perhaps he am best known as the founder of Harbor Sweets, the internationally popular gift chocolate company. 

Lauren Fogle Boyd, "Altarpiece" (Marblehead)

In the suffocating atmosphere of the Third Reich, art becomes a political issue. When the renowned modern artist Dietrich Junger is condemned by Hitler's puritanical artistic purge, his daughter Anke finds herself abandoned by the two men she loved most. One is dead; one has fled. An expert on the object of Nazi obsession, the medieval Ghent Altarpiece, Anke is threatened by those desperate to loot Europe's great treasures. She must walk a tightrope between her desire to rebel and her instinct to survive. 

Erik Brossler, a young Jewish art historian, is the man who fled, emigrating to America with his parents just in time. Erik is haunted by the loss of Anke and the imminent danger for Europe's priceless art. When America enters the war, Erik's new journey takes him right into the heart of the inferno, brings him to the breaking point, and returns to him the great love of his life. From historian and author Lauren Fogle Boyd comes a harrowing and heartwarming story about love, art, and humanity-in a Europe devastated by war and atrocity. 

 

Lauren Fogle Boyd is a medievalist who teaches history at The University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The Altarpiece is her first novel. 

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$19.54
ISBN: 9781939051318
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lucky Bat Books - July 23rd, 2013

In the suffocating atmosphere of the Third Reich, art becomes a political issue. When the renowned modern artist Dietrich Junger is condemned by Hitler's puritanical artistic purge, his daughter Anke finds herself abandoned by the two men she loved most. One is dead; one has fled.


In-Store Book Fair to benefit MCCPS Theatre's "The Little Mermaid Jr."! (Marblehead)

On Wednesday, January 15th, the Spirit of ‘76 will be partnering with the Marblehead Community Charter Public School Theatre Program for fundraising event. 

From 6:00pm- 8:00pm 20% of all sales will go to benefit the MCCPS Theatre Program’s upcoming production of "The Little Mermaid Jr!."

Make sure to get here early as members of the cast will be performing some beloved songs from the show including "Under the Sea!"  

The in-store performance starts at 6:30pm but you can see MCCPS's full production of "The Little Mermaid JR" on Friday 1/24, Saturday 1/25, and Sunday 1/26.

You can find more information at http://marbleheadcharter.org/

 

Lisa Sugarman, "Life: It is What it is" (Marblehead)

We expend massive amounts of energy in pursuit of perfection. If only we could never make mistakes or encounter unpleasant obstacles, oh, wouldn't life be just perfect? Maybe, but it would also be static, unfulfilling, and really, really boring.

Humorist Lisa Sugarman knows that life is a work in progress. She knows what we all suspect—life is at its best when it's fluid, unpredictable, and gloriously imperfect. And if this means life sometimes turns ugly and unpleasant, it only makes the good times that much sweeter.

Author of opinion column It Is What It Is, Lisa embraces reality, not perfection. We're supposed to be imperfect. We're meant to screw up, make bad decisions, and lose our way. We can't control everything that life throws at us, but we can control how we react to it.

With the right attitude and a little guidance from Lisa, anyone can be happy and fulfilled most of the time. Her collection of funny, inspiring, and sometimes poignant columns reminds us that life is not a straight line, even on the best of days, and it's the twists in the road which make the journey so beautiful.

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$16.49
ISBN: 9781494798130
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 13th, 2014

We expend massive amounts of energy in pursuit of perfection. If only we could never make mistakes or encounter unpleasant obstacles, oh, wouldn't life be just perfect? Maybe, but it would also be static, unfulfilling, and really, really boring.


Laurie Faria Stolarz, "Welcome to the Dark House" (Marblehead)

What's your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it's the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it's bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it's their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake's latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn't even like scary movies, but she's ready to face her real-world fears. Parker's sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It's bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group-the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; "Mister Sensitive"; and the one who's too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.
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$18.69
ISBN: 9781423181729
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 22nd, 2014

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