Spirit of '76 Events

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.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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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!

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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FRANCES GROTE: "Fire in the Henhouse" reading and signing! (Spirit at Abbot Public Library)

With razor-sharp wit and an unflinching eye for the little insanities of those who believe they are in charge, Fire in the Henhouse takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride. Dooleysburg, PA, chock full of local celebrities like the cross-dressing car dealer who doubles as the town mascot and a police chief who had to get his own juvenile record expunged, prides itself on being progressive and tolerant, a great place to raise a family. Widowed Maggie Rifkin returns here with her fourteen-year-old son and her New York attitude, naively imagining she can leave her past behind. But this town where friendships ignore racial boundaries and sexual eccentricities are a family business has been tempting the Fates. When sudden tragedy strikes, the thread of destruction might well unravel all the way back to Maggie’s childhood secret. Grote is a master at building small everyday coincidences into the superstructure of events that ensnares her characters — and the reader.

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Abbot Public Library
Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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Fire in the Henhouse Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780983334101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rule Bender Press - February 2011

With razor-sharp wit and an unflinching eye for the little insanities of those who believe they are in charge, Fire in the Henhouse takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride.


A BIG HAIR event with KATE HOSFORD, author of the brand-new picture book, "Big Bouffant"! (Spirit)

Join us in welcoming Kate Hosford, author of the brand-new picture book Big Bouffant!

Young Annabelle is distraught. There are so many boring, uniform hairstyles on the first day of school! With inspiration from her grandma and some help from her mom, Annabelle finds the perfect hairdo to help her stand out: a big, giant, enormous bouffant. As the week unfolds, her gigantic hair brings giggles, admiration, and eventually . . . a whole classroom of copycats. This will not do. Annabelle must find a new way to be original. What will she concoct this time?

Kate will be reading Big Bouffant, answering questions (about fun hairstyles or about being a children’s book writer!) and afterwards, she will do bouffants on every young audience member! If your hair isn’t quite long enough for a bouffant, we will create another fun ’do — and boys are welcome to this event, too, as Kate is an expert at mohawks!

For more information about Kate, visit her website: http://khosford.com/

Event date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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Big Bouffant Cover Image
By Kate Hosford, Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator)
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780761354093
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Carolrhoda Books - January 2011

"Ponytails and braids Ponytails and braids I don't see anything but ponytails and braids This class needs some fashion. This class needs some fun. I'll find a hairdo to impress everyone."


KEVIN WEEKS and PHYLLIS KARAS: "Where's Whitey?" book launch dinner (Spirit/Prince Pizzeria)

The North Suburban Jewish Community Center (NSJCC) in West Peabody invites the public to the U.S. launch of the much-anticipated Where’s Whitey?, the hot-off-the-press book by Kevin Weeks and Phyllis Karas, the New York Times bestselling authors of Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob.

Kevin WeeksWeeks and Karas will speak at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus about their new novel, an explosive fictional account of life inside the South Boston Irish mob.

Registration will open at 6 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30, a lecture at 7 pm and a book signing. The Spirit of ’76 will be selling copies of both Where’s Whitey? and Brutal at the event.

Tickets are $20/person, including dinner and program. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Suburban Jewish Community Center. Space is limited, so advanced reservations are recommended. RSVP online at http://www.nsjcc.org/ to be entered into a raffle to receive a free book, or call (978) 535-2968 to reserve your ticket.

Event date: 
Monday, June 20, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Prince Pizzeria
517 Broadway (Route 1 South)
Saugus
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JODI R.R. SMITH: THE ETIQUETTE BOOK: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners (Spirit/Abbot)

A discussion, Q&A and signing
with Jodi R.R. Smith, author of the brand-new
The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners
Tuesday, July 26th, 7pm · Abbot Public Library, Marblehead

When it comes to desired behavior, there really is a time and place for almost everything. Now the well-respected etiquette expert and coach, Jodi R. R. Smith, presents The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners. This witty and wise book provides us with timely tools we all can use to make our personal and professional encounters as smooth and pleasant as possible.

An up-to-date guide for minding your manners, The Etiquette Book includes advice on:


  • The appropriate attire, behavior, and communication (the etiquette A,B,C’s) needed for almost any occasion such as a client dinner or theater outing.
  • How to be a thoughtful and successful host from selecting the date and time of the event correctly to choosing the invitations and seating arrangements.
  • Guidelines to be a gracious guest, whether in a hotel or another friend’s home.
  • What you need to know about planning a memorable wedding including: buying the ring; planning the guest list and sending the invitations; dealing with the in-laws; choosing the menu and finding the dress; organizing the bachelor/bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinner; and writing the thank you notes.
  • How to avoid e-mail, phone, and internet faux pas in a high-tech society.
  • The ins and outs of making enjoyable and comfortable small talk.
  • How to successfully navigate the political scene at work as well as strategies to help conduct yourself professionally and respectably in the office.
  • Different modes and methods of expressing appreciation, from thank-you-notes to end of year tipping.
  • How to make memorable introductions and graceful exits in any type of interaction.
  • And so much more.

In The Etiquette Book, Smith arms readers with the confidence they need to successfully navigate life’s intricacies.

About the Author


President and owner of Mannersmith, Jodi R.R. Smith is an etiquette consultant who creates and leads seminars on personal and professional conduct. Educating in a way that is both instructional and entertaining, Smith has helped her clients increase their confidence levels and achieve success in today’s world. In 2005, Smith was named one of the thirty most extraordinary Bostonians by the Boston Event Guide and has appeared on Top Morning Shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the CBS Early Show. She can also be seen regularly in the greater Boston area on Fox 25 News. In addition, Smith has appeared in an array of National print including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, as well as Women’s Day.

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781402776021
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sterling - May 2011

The ultimate guide to manners in the real world!


From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781402739767
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sterling - April 2006

From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781402739750
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - April 2006

To make a favorable impression in his social and professional circles, a man has to have panache, style, and excellent etiquette. He should know how to dress for a night on the town, how to transform himself into a gracious host and a welcome guest, and how to write an impressive e-mail.


Discussion, Q&A and book signing with JOAN LUISE HILL and KATIE MAHON, authors of "The Miracle Chase: Three Women, Three Miracles, and a Ten Year Journey of Discovery and Friendship" (Spirit/Abbot)

Abbot Public Library, Marblehead

What exactly is a miracle? That’s the question three women try to answer when one of them faces a sudden tragedy. In the process, they transform a simple friendship into a powerful spiritual odyssey. Joan’s son had survived a catastrophic illness. Katie had, perhaps with the aid of Divine intervention, escaped serial killer Ted Bundy. And Meb’s 6-month-old daughter had suffered abuse and was now blind; she coped through the power of prayer and faith. Katie was a skeptic, Meb a believer, and Joan struggled to mediate faith and doubt. The Miracle Chase is a story of how these three friends tried to discover what the voices of history and the traditions of religions around the world have to tell us about miracles, why some people are blessed with miracles when others aren’t, and how anyone could believe in miracles in an age of science. Perhaps all miracles require us to suspend disbelief, if only for a moment; but it is in that moment that we may find the secret of life.

About the Authors
Joan Hill has spent over twenty-five years in the health care industry. For ten years, she was President of the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education. She lives in Pebble Beach, California. Katie Mahon is a three-time past President of the San Francisco Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that she helped take from a grass roots movement

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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The Miracle Chase: Three Women, Three Miracles, and a Ten Year Journey of Discovery and Friendship Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781402777653
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sterling Ethos - November 2010

"What exactly is a miracle?" That's the question three women try to answer when one of them faces a sudden tragedy. In the process, they transform a simple friendship into a powerful spiritual odyssey.


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

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76 Bookstore
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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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!


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.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
Spirit of '76
107 Pleasant Street
Marblehead
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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.


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.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
01970 Salem
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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


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