Spirit of '76 Events

FRANCES GROTE signs copies of "Fire in the Henhouse" (Spirit)

Frances GroteWhat is going on in Dooleysburg, PA? Step inside Fire in the Henhouse for a rollercoaster ride full of local celebrities like the town mascot, a cross-dressing car dealer and the police chief who had to get his own juvenile record expunged. When widowed Maggie Rifkin returns here with her fourteen-year-old son and her New York attitude, she only wants to leave her past behind. But even a town where friendships ignore racial boundaries and sexual eccentricities are a family business isn’t safe from fate. When sudden tragedy strikes, the thread of destruction might well unravel all the way back to Maggie’s childhood secret.

Frances Grote is the author of award-winning memoir, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She supports her writing habit with a day job for a company that is trying to cure cancer. She and her husband Richard, who live in Marblehead, founded Rule Bender Press in 2010 as the opportunity to create a forum for works that fall outside easy classification.

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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.

The 17th annual Jewish Book Month, October 26 - November 30

The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore is proud to the official bookseller for the JCCNS
for the 8th consecutive year! Scroll to the bottom to order the books for these events.

The List by Martin Fletcher

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 PM · cocktail reception ($20)
8 PM presentation ($20)
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945

Spend the evening with NBC Special Correspondent Martin Fletcher, who uses meticulous research and his own family’s history in his stunning new novel The List. Fletcher won a Jewish National Book Award for his previous book, Walking Israel.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

Getting Your Best Healthcare: Real-World Stories for Patient Empowerment by Ken Farbstein

Monday, November 7, noon
Grosvenor Park, Salem, MA 01970 · Tickets $10; limited seating.

Ken Farbstein‘s illuminating guidebook teaches us to have a more collegial, patient-focused and safer relationship with the healthcare system and professionals within it. Enjoy this luncheon and meet Ken Farbstein, MMP, the founder of Patient Advocare.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler

Thursday, November 10, 7 PM
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 · Tickets $10; refreshments to follow.

Bold new writer Stuart Nadler discusses his collection of stories about Jewish men and women dealing with their sins and failings, infidelities, grief, missed opportunities at love and ultimately, their hopes for redemption.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman

Sunday, November 13, 10 AM
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945. Tickets $20.

Share a brunch sponsored by City Grill with author Nadia Kalman as she takes themes about Russian-Jewish immigrants and transforms them into a warm and entertaining story. Kalman’s comic debut tells the story of the Molochniks, Russian-Jewish immigrants in suburban Connecticut. Daughters wed, houses flood, cultures clash. and the past has a way of emerging at the most inconvenient moments!

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

Girls Night Out at the Kernwood Country Club!

Thursday, November 17, 6 PM
The Kernwood Country Club, Salem, MA 01970. Tickets $75.

So You Think You Can Write! Enjoy shopping boutiques, dinner and a live presentation with local authors Ellen Frankel, Wendy Polins and Dale Stanten as they talk about the trials and triumphs of writing. Moderated by author Phyllis Karas.

Please call us with the following information: Choice of entrée (salmon, scrod or vegetarian) and with whom you’d like to be seated or the names of the people at your table.

Boutiques open at 6 PM; valet parking is available.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder and the Search for Truth in the Arab World by Joseph Braude

Sunday, November 20, 10 AM
The JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 · Tickets $20. Brunch served.

Set in the teeming underworld of Casablanca, this is both an intricate nonfiction murder mystery and a penetrating, street-level exploration of Muslim-Jewish relations in an Islamic metropolis. Come meet Joseph Braude, a young American journalist with Iraqi Jewish roots.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

The Double Life of Alfred Buber by David Schmahmann

Wednesday, November 30, 7 PM
The JCC,4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 · Tickets $20. Dessert to follow.

Spend the evening with author David Schmahmann and hear about his brilliant new novel that explores the inner life of a man distanced from himself and reality by secrets and shameful desires.

For more information, visit http://www.jccns.org/jewish-book-month-2011.

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ISBN: 9780312606923
Availability: Special Order
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - October 11th, 2011

Martin Fletcher has captivated television audiences for thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent for NBC News. Now, Fletcher combines his own family’s history with meticulous research in this gripping story of a young Jewish family struggling to stay afloat after World War II.

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ISBN: 9780316126472
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 2011

Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to renew their bond over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son.

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ISBN: 9781604890679
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Published: Livingston Press (AL) - December 2010

"This ... comic debut tells the story of the Molochniks, Russian-Jewish immigrants in suburban Connecticut. Daughters wed, houses flood, cultures clash--and the past has a way of emerging at the most inconvenient moments"--Jacket flap.

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ISBN: 9780385527033
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 14th, 2011

The Arab Islamic world is known for religious extremism, ethnic conflicts, and, now, the overthrow of seemingly unshakable regimes—but if anything has become clear, it’s that our understanding of the region remains shrouded and incomplete.

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ISBN: 9781579622183
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Published: The Permanent Press - June 2011

The Double Life of Alfred Buber is a memoir about an illicit love affair that one gradually begins to realize is rather different than the author confesses. Alfred Buber is a pillar of his community, a respected man with a secret, and a secret life, until one day the two cross over and even he can no longer tell which is real and which is not.

Jewish Book Month Opening Night! (Spirit/JCC)

Wednesday, October 26, 7pm cocktails, 8pm presentation

Phyllis KarasGet the inside scoop on local mob legend Whitey Bulger from co-authors Phyllis Karas and Kevin Weeks, as they discuss their new book, Where’s Whitey? Karas, a long-time JBM friend, has been the go-to media source since Whitey’s capture. Join us for a lively discussion and find out what it’s been like for Karas and Weeks since Whitey was arrested.

Seating is limited, so please call the JCCNS to reserve your ticket: 781-631-8330

CLAUDIA NEWCORN: "Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree" (Spirit)

Claudia Newcorn signs her books on Saturday, November 5th, 3–6 PM

Claudia NewcornIn this suspenseful new fantasy fiction adventure, Claudia Newcorn skillfully weaves an unexpectedly contemporary and complex saga where fairies struggle through nine increasingly dangerous rites to earn their wings, even as the shadows of a forgotten prophecy gather to change their world.

Claudia Newcorn, who lives in California, has recently begun work on Scroll 3, the third book in her Krisalys series. She collects antique fairy tale books, attempts to garden, is taking courses in herbology and aromatherapy, and is passionate about hiking, animals, and the environment. Her published short stories include "A Cat’s Gift of Faith," in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul, and "The Christmas Tree Nobody Wanted" in Stanislaus Magazine. An experienced public speaker, Claudia writes regularly for a variety of publications, is a magazine editor for two regional magazines, and is a popular newspaper community columnist for The Modesto Bee.

Dark Fire: Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree: Scroll 2 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781432746421
Availability: Special Order
Published: Outskirts Press - December 3rd, 2009

Crossover: Krislys Chronicles of Fyree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781432707798
Availability: Special Order
Published: Outskirts Press - June 20th, 2007

Dana is determined to get her wings. Although she may die trying. Unless her best friend can seduce her into another dimension first.
Every spryte must survive the nine Rites to earn their wings and become full-fledged fyree.

A reading, signing and sing-along for DAISY NELL's "The Stowaway Mouse"! (Spirit)

Saturday, October 15 from 12:30–3:30

Daisy NellIn the shipbuilding town of Essex, Massachusetts, a mouse sneaks onboard a new schooner being launched at Harold Burnham’s boatyard. Leaving the safety of his home at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, he experiences the thrill of the open ocean — and some unexpected close calls.

The Stowaway Mouse is an illustrated children’s book by local musician and maritime historian Daisy Nell. The book is the result of an annual folk music and songwriting project in the Essex, MA elementary school second grade. The two classes worked with Daisy to learn about traditional folk music and instruments. The Stoway MouseMeanwhile, throughout the winter of 2011, a new schooner, Ardelle, was being built, which Daisy decided would be a good basis for a song. The Stowaway Mouse is a ballad which Daisy decided to self-publish as a book, now wonderfully illustrated by Marblehead’s own George Ulrich.

The musical part of the afternoon will be the singing of "The Stowaway Mouse" song. Daisy will play other songs related to New England’s maritime traditions, adapted for who might be in the store while we are there. For more information on Daisy, visit www.daisynell.com.


The Spirit of ’76 is proud to be the official bookseller for Salem Lit Fest, September 23–25!

Visit http://www.salemlitfest.com to check out the blockbuster list of authors that will be attending this weekend’s festival! Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader), Julia Glass (The Three Junes), Jenna Blum (Those Who Save Us), Hank Phillippi Ryan (Prime Time), Julia Fox Garrison (Don’t Leave Me This Way), Robert Booth (Death of an Empire), Laurie Faria Stolarz (The Blue is for Nightmares series) . . . and MANY more!

A $5 button gets you into all events (save for the opening night reception and the Saturday night dinner). Buttons are on sale at The Spirit of ’76, The Andover Bookstore and The Book Rack Bookstore.

GEORGE DAUGHAN: Discussing and signing "1812: The Navy's War" (Spirit/Abbot)

This discussion and book signing will take place at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead.

George C. DaughanIn 1812: The Navy’s War, award-winning naval historian George C. Daughan tells the astounding story of the War of 1812, when a tiny, battletested team of American commanders, seamen, and privateers took on the haughty skippers of the mighty Royal Navy, defeated them time and again, and played a key role in winning the conflict that cemented America’s newly won independence.

When war broke out in 1812, America’s prospects looked dismal. With the young republic’s merchantmen facing increasing harassment from the British navy on the high seas, it was clear that the ocean would be the war’s primary battlefield — but America’s navy, only twenty ships strong, faced a practiced British fleet of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, a handful of heroic captains — men like Oliver Hazard Perry, Stephen Decatur, John Rodgers, and Isaac Hull — and their stalwart crews managed to take the fight to the British, turning the tide of the war: on the Great Lakes, in the Atlantic, and even in the eastern Pacific.

Drawing on a wealth of archival research, Daughan thrillingly details the pitched naval battles that shaped the war, and shows how American naval efforts dovetailed with — and often salvaged — the U.S. Army’s troubled campaigns ashore. By the war’s end in 1815, no American could question the navy’s vital role in preserving the nation’s independence and safeguarding its interests, both at home and across the globe.

A stunning contribution to military and national history, 1812: The Navy’s War is the first complete account in more than a century of how the U.S. Navy rescued the fledgling nation and secured America’s future.

George C. Daughan holds a Ph.D. in American History and Government from Harvard University and is a recipient of the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for his previous book, If By Sea. Daughan spent three years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, and was an instructor at the Air Force Academy and director of the MA program in international affairs there. Subsequently, he taught at the University of Colorado, the University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University, and Connecticut College. He resides in Portland, Maine.

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ISBN: 9780465020461
Availability: Special Order
Published: Basic Books - November 2011

At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America’s prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean—but America’s war fleet, only twenty ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war.

KATHLEEN KENT: Reading and signing "The Traitor's Wife" (Spirit)

(This novel was originally published under the title The Wolves of Andover.)

In the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin’s household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. Thomas Carrier labors for the family and is known both for his immense strength and size and his mysterious past. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of the role he played in the English Civil War. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether it be from the assassins sent from London to kill the executioner of Charles I or the wolves-in many forms-who hunt for blood. At once a love story and a tale of courage, The Traitor’s Wife confirms Kathleen Kent’s ability to craft powerful stories from the dramatic background of America’s earliest days.

Kathleen KentKathleen Kent first learned about the Carrier family history from her mother and maternal grandmother when she was a child growing up in Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, with a major in history, before moving to New York in 1978, where she worked first in commodities and then for a US company doing defense conversion work in the former Soviet Union. After moving with her family back to Dallas, she resigned as chief operating officer of her company to write the story of Martha Carrier’s trial and execution. She spent five years exhaustively researching the Salem witch trials and Early Colonial history, traveling to Massachusetts and visiting old family homesteads and historical buildings, for her debut novel The Heretic’s Daughter, a national best seller. Kathleen Kent is the recipient of the awarded the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.

Praise for Kathleen Kent and The Heretic’s Daughter:

. . .a powerful coming-of-age tale in which tragedy is trumped by an unsinkable faith in human nature.Like ‘The Crucible,’ The Heretic’s Daughter uses the Salem witch hunt to explore larger themes.but at its core, it’s a story about a family. – New York Times Book Review

Kent’s moving story comes straight from her heart as well as the historical record. Kent tells a heart-wrenching story of family love and sacrifice. Its warnings about the dire consequences of intolerance and fundamentalism still have meaning in the modern world. – USA Today

What Kent brings to an inglorious patch of U.S. history is a close look at family and village life. The misery behind bars reflects Kent’s rich imagination. She also shows the fruits of historical research in details that let you glimpse the past as it was lived, in the barn or field, at the inn or church. It goes on like that, wonderfully. I hope Kent does too. – Bloomberg News

The Traitor's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316068642
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 26th, 2011

This novel was originally published under the title The Wolves of Andover.

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ISBN: 9780316024495
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - October 12th, 2009

A woman condemned by the truth. Her daughter saved by a lie.
Salem, 1752. Sarah Carrier Chapman, weak with infirmity, writes a letter to her granddaughter that reveals the secret she has closely guarded for six decades: how she survived the Salem Witch Trials when her mother did not.

JOSHUA C. KENDALL: "The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture" (Spirit/Salem Athenaeum)

Mr. Kendall will be speaking at the Salem Athenaeum. Please note that there is a charge of $10 for Athenaeum members and $15 for non-members. Students are admitted free. You may register for this talk here.

Joshua KendallIn his brand-new book, Joshua C. Kendall tells story of Noah Webster, author of the first dictionary of American English — and a forgotten leader during a turning point in our nation’s history. Webster’s name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but although there is much more to his story than that singular achievement, his rightful place in American history has been forgotten over time. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. He started New York City’s first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton’s New York Post. His "blue-backed speller" for schoolchildren, his first literary effort, sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. He helped found Amherst College and served as a state representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts. But perhaps most importantly, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified — and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

In The Forgotten Founding Father, Joshua Kendall, author of The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus, gives us a well-researched and absorbing look into the life of Webster, another man driven by his obsessions and compulsions to compile and organize words. The result is a treat for word lovers and history buffs alike.

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ISBN: 9780399156991
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Published: Putnam Adult - April 14th, 2011

America's own The Professor and the Madman: the story of Noah Webster, author of the first dictionary of American English-and a forgotten leader during a turning point in our nation's history.

ROBERT BOOTH: "Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest City" (Spirit/Abbot)

This discussion and book signing will take place at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead.

Robert BoothDeath of an Empire is the true story of Salem after 1815, when it was the richest place, per capita, in America, with 200 tall ships and fabulously lucrative trading relationships with the Orient. Among the characters are the young (obscure) Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Lee and Judge Joseph Story (natives of Marblehead), Story’s sisters and their husbands the White brothers, Nathaniel Bowditch, and various merchants, mariners, and denizens of Salem’s underworld. The protagonist is Stephen White, a progressive young merchant and civic leader who sought to transform Salem into a prosperous modern city; his nemesis was Dick Crowninshield, the brilliant but twisted son of the region’s most successful industrialist.

Booth’s book presents the realities of maritime commerce as both a huge money-maker for the owners and an often-fatal calling for the sailors. It shows how Salem’s approach toward overseas peoples — peaceful, respectful, constructive — led to several decades of harmonious relations between Americans and the East, including Islamic peoples. By 1819, in the face of a worldwide depression, Salem merchant shippers were hard-pressed to maintain their global empire, and resorted to trade with new markets and in new products, much longer and more dangerous voyages, and the use of opium as a medium of exchange. Salem’s empire of commerce collapsed at the end of the decade, with murderous double disasters — one in a genocidal attack at Sumatra and one at home as Stephen White and Dick Crowninshield were brought together in the infamous White Murder of April, 1830. Death of an Empire is the first non-witchcraft-related narrative history of Salem to appear in several decades.

Robert Booth is a native and resident of Marblehead, author of the guidebook Boston’s Freedom Trail and a chapter in Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory. He is a co-founder of the online Salem History Society, curator emeritus of the Pickering House of Salem, and the gentleman who has been doing the Marblehead house research and codfish signs for 35 years. He is also a featured author at the Salem Literary Festival in September.

Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312540388
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - August 16th, 2011

Most readers know Salem only for the city's notorious witch trials. But years later it became a very different city, one that produced America's first millionaire (still one of history's 75 wealthiest men) and boasted a maritime trade that made it the country's richest city.


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