Spirit of '76 Events

PAJAMA SALE! (Spirit)

Saturday, November 19, 7–10 am

Our most popular event of the year is back!

Come by between 7–10 am in your pajamas and receive 20% off of your entire purchase! Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served. And we’re thrilled that at least five other Marblehead stores will be joining us for the PJ Sale this year!

No PJs, no service.

In-Store Fundraiser to benefit the Marblehead Animal Shelter! (Spirit)

Between 6–8 pm, we will be donating 20% of all sales to the Friends of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animals (FOMAA)! Books, cards, candy-summer reading list books! — a portion of everything you buy goes to help our town’s homeless animals! And if you need any of your purchases gift-wrapped, the FOMAA volunteers will be offering their complimentary gift-wrapping services!

In-Store Fundraiser to benefit the Marblehead Animal Shelter! (Spirit)

Between 6–8 pm, we will be donating 20% of all sales to the Friends of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animals (FOMAA)! This is a great time to get a jump on your holiday shopping! Books, cards, candy — a portion of everything you buy goes to help our town’s homeless animals! And if you need any of your purchases gift-wrapped, the FOMAA volunteers will be offering their complimentary gift-wrapping services!

SHEILA ISENBERG discusses "Muriel's War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance" (Spirit/Abbot Public Library)

Lecture followed by Q&A and a book signing at Abbot Public Library

Sheila Isenberg

She saved hundreds from the Nazis, inspiring Lillian Hellman’s “Julia.” Who was Muriel Gardiner?

Muriel’s War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance is a new biography of Muriel Gardiner who gave up a life of great wealth and privilege for a world of danger and international espionage. During her lifetime, as a courier and agent for the Austrian underground, she rescued men and women from the Nazis, befriended Anna Freud, then Einstein, and was the inspiration for Lillian Hellman’s golden girl “Julia.”

Born into a wealthy meatpacking dynasty in Chicago, Muriel Gardiner renounced her family’s materialistic values (but not her trust fund) and left for Europe. In Vienna, Muriel underwent psychoanalysis just as Hitler’s war clouds moved across the continent. She had many love affairs, married twice, had a daughter and finally fell deeply in love with a leader of the Austrian underground. In medical school to become an analyst herself, Muriel continued as an operative in the resistance against the fascists.

After the Anschluss in 1938, Muriel risked her life to help Jews and anti-fascists flee. After World War II began, she used her wealth and network of connections rescued many still trapped behind enemy lines. Eventually becoming an eminent psychoanalyst, she was a confidante of Einstein, a close friend of Anna Freud’s, a founder of the International Rescue Committee, and the inspiration for three of Lillian Hellman’s characters.

Sheila Isenberg is the author of A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry and Women Who Love Men Who Kill and the coauthor of My Life As a Radical Lawyer. An adjunct professor of English at Marist College, Sheila has appeared nationally and internationally in documentaries and on multiple media platforms, including NPR, CNN, “20/20,” “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning America.” She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Visit her at http://www.sheilaisenberg.com.

Muriel's War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance Cover Image
$30.80
ISBN: 9780230615656
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Palgrave MacMillan - December 7th, 2010

An American heiress turned resistance hero, Muriel Gardiner was an electrifying woman who impressed everyone she met with her beauty, intelligence, and powerful personality. Her adventurous life led her from Chicago’s high society to a Viennese medical school, from Sigmund Freud’s inner circle to the Austrian underground.


2011 MASSACHUSETTS POETRY FESTIVAL (Spirit / Salem)

The 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival is happening in Salem, Massachusetts, May 12th, 13th, and 14th.

The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore is proud to be the official bookseller of the 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival! Festival buttons are for sale at the bookstore for $10 each (cash only).

The 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, a three-day poetry extravaganza, is taking over Salem, Massachusetts the weekend of May 12th, 13th, and 14th. Festival programming includes more than 70 events: readings, workshops, panel discussions, talks, musical performances, and a small press fair with over fifty presenters. This year we will have 100 plus participating poets, artists, scholars, and musicians representing the creative legacy of Massachusetts and beyond!

See the full festival schedule here.

Highlights of the festival include a day of workshops for high school students led by esteemed poets, a showing of the award-winning film Louder Than a Bomb, a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, and a reading of favorite poems by poetry lovers of various walks of life. Headline events, taking place Friday and Saturday nights, will feature special appearances by internationally renowned poet Mark Doty, singer-songwriter Kim Richey, and slam artist Patricia Smith, as well as Enzo Surin, Brian Turner, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jericho Brown, Elisa Gabbert, Tom Sexton, and Ravi Shankar.

You will hear everything from hip-hop to haiku, New Formalism to the new poets on the block. Celebrate Elizabeth Bishop’s 100th birthday with a talk by Bishop scholar and editor, Lloyd Schwartz. Enjoy a coffee and share conversation with book lovers at a reading of poets connected to the Boston Review. Attend a reading, to be held in the Japanese Art Gallery of the beautiful Peabody Essex Museum, by members of Boston’s Haiku Society. Participate in a workshop at the historic House of the Seven Gables. You can even travel to the festival on Saturday by riding one of our MBCR sponsored Poetry Trains, departing North Station at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., with area poets reading on board.

Events will take place at a variety of locations around Salem, but the festival centers around the publishers’ fair at Old Town Hall and the main stage at Salem’s Derby Square, where there will also be vendors selling delicious things to eat and drink.

Many festival happenings can be experienced for free. For others, all-festival admissions buttons can be purchased in advance or on the day of the festival: $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. You can reserve buttons in advance on our website, where you will also be able to sign up for events which require pre-registration. Extra seats for pre-registered events will be given away at the door of individual programs.

E.R. WINSTANLEY: "Pathways to the Zodiac: Decoding Its Origins and History" (Spirit)

A reading, discussion, Q&A and book signing for E.R. Winstanley’s brand-new book

Discover the true meaning and the origins of the zodiac in E.R. Winstanley’s fascinating new book. Offering fresh and captivating information on this popular subject, Pathways to the Zodiac speaks to a very wide audience. Why was the zodiac formed, and by whom? Has the mystery about the architects of Stonehenge and other similar structures been solved? Does the Sphinx still remain an enigma? The deities of the ancient world made an indelible impact upon the lives of the various tribes who wandered throughout Mesopotamia and Europe. Their beliefs and rituals have been handed down through the centuries, from Melchizedek, the Lord of the Zodiac, to the Knights Templar and the Freemasons, to the current era. Indeed, the creation of the zodiac has linked together all of humankind.

Pathways to the Zodiac: Decoding Its Origins and History Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781609765569
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LL - March 20th, 2011

Discover the true meaning and the origins of the zodiac in E.R. Winstanley's new book, Pathways to the Zodiac. Why was it formed and by whom? Has the mystery about the architects of Stonehenge and other similar structures been solved? Does the Sphinx still remain an enigma?


In-Store Fundraiser for the Marblehead High School (Spirit)

Between 6–8 pm, we will be donating 20% of all sales to the MHS! Stock up on graduation cards and gifts, presents for your favorite teachers, books for dad for Father’s Day. 20% of everything you spend goes back to the High School!

Joining us this evening are several members of the MHS music department, who will be doing a performance in the store!

We will also have a table of Summer Reading List titles, so this is also a great chance to get a jump-start on your summer reading while also supporting your school!

Author Reading with BRUNONIA BARRY at the Salem Athenaeum

Brunonia Barry

Salem Athenæum member Brunonia Barry will be reading from her novel, The Map of True Places. Barry’s latest novel, reviewed in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, traces the journey of a psychotherapist whose life takes a dramatic turn when she encounters a patient who reminds her of her mother — a bipolar woman who committed suicide. Part of the book is set here in Salem, and the Athenæum is mentioned as well! Come to the reading and learn more about The Map of True Places.

For more information about the Salem Athenaeum, visit www.salemathenaeum.net.

The Map of True Places: A Novel Cover Image
$17.59
ISBN: 9780061624810
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2011

“Masterfully woven…The Map of True Places is a gripping quest for truth that kept me reading at the edge of my seat to the very last page.”
—Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice


MARGERY A. ARMSTRONG: "Marblehead in World War I: At Home and Overseas" (Spirit)

Book signing for the brand-new Marblehead in World War I: At Home and Overseas by Margery A. Armstrong · Saturday, June 4, 12–3 pm

Marblehead in World War I

The small seacoast town of Marblehead, in eastern Massachusetts, was the first to answer the call to arms during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Throughout World War I, Marblehead was affected, and the town influenced the outcome. Boasting of the fifth and final naval militia in history, the Tenth Deck Division, Marblehead’s men stood on the front line as the first shots rang out, aimed at the Germans in 1917. It was a town that pulled together, rallied behind their own family and friends while they fought in the trenches of war and stood shoulder to shoulder in their diligent commitment. Historian Margery A. Armstrong delves into the past through articles and letters from those overseas that were first published in the Marblehead Messenger.

The author will be bringing in a bound copy of the 1918 Marblehead Messenger. She will also be bringing photographs of unidentified Marbleheaders from that time, in hopes that people may recognize a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent!

Margery Gallo Armstrong

Margery Gallo Armstrong is a native Marbleheader, being born and raised there. She has researched her Marblehead family back eleven generations to the early 1600s. Marge has a BS degree from Boston University and recently earned a Certification in Genealogical Research from there. She has been involved in genealogy for the past twelve years and is a member of the Marblehead Historical Society, the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, the New Hampshire Genealogical Society, the National Society of Genealogists and the New England Genealogical Society. This is her first published work.

Marblehead in World War I:: At Home and Overseas (Military) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781609491499
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: History Press - May 16th, 2011

The small seacoast town of Marblehead, in eastern Massachusetts, was the first to answer the call to arms during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Throughout World War I, Marblehead was affected, and the town influenced the outcome.


MICHAEL BRONSKI: Lecture, Q&A and book signing for "Queer History of the United States" co-sponsored by The History Project: Documenting GLBT Boston (Spirit/Abbot)

At the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead

Michael Bronski

This enthralling history spans 500 years of evolving perspectives on sexuality in America — from the European settlers’ violent responses to the more fluid gender roles of Native Americans to how the birth control pill, which separated sex from reproduction, contributed to the cause of LGBT liberation. Bronski, senior lecturer in women’s and gender studies at Dartmouth, argues that a queer history of the U.S. is inextricably tied to the more well-known accounts of migrations, wars (his book describes hundreds of Civil War soldiers who were women disguised as men), economics, and philosophical evolutions. Attitudes to sexuality in the U.S. embody a characteristically American “tension between securing personal freedom for individuals” and “desire to protect people.” In chapters that deftly balance narrative and history, personal stories and trivia gems (Dr. John Harvey Kellogg promoted Corn Flakes as a diet capable of curbing “the pernicious habit of onanism”), he chronicles not only the public and private lives of gays in America but the changing attitudes toward sex and marriage in the mainstream population.

Michael will be introduced by Pat Gozemba, a founding member of The History Project, former co-chair of the North Shore Gay & Straight Alliance, and co-author of Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America’s First Legal Same-Sex Marriages.

Photo of Michael Bronski by Marilyn Humphries

A Queer History of the United States Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807044391
Availability: Special Order
Published: Beacon Press - May 10th, 2011

Winner of a 2012 Stonewall Book Award in nonfiction

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.


Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780807066218
Availability: Special Order
Published: Beacon Press - May 2009

Through engaging storytelling and powerful photographs, Courting Equality takes readers through the volatile public debate following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts-from the court cases to the protests and, finally, the weddings!


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