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JANUARY 2023

Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America (Non Fiction)


A prize-winning scholar rewrites 400 years of American history from Indigenous perspectives,
overturning the dominant origin story of the United States.
There is an old, deeply rooted story about America that goes like this: Columbus “discovers” a
strange continent and brings back tales of untold riches. The Euro
pean empires rush over, eager to
stake out as much of this astonishing “New World” as possible. Though Indigenous peoples fight
back, they cannot stop the onslaught. White imperialists are destined to rule the continent, and
history is an irreversible march toward Indigenous destruction.
Yet as with other long-accepted origin stories, this one, too, turns out to be based in myth and
distortion. In Indigenous Continent, acclaimed historian Pekka Hämäläinen presents a sweeping
counternarrative that shatters the most basic assumptions about American history. Shifting our
perspective away from Jamestown, Plymouth Rock, the Revolution, and other well-trodden episodes
on the conventional timeline, he depicts a sovereign world of Native nations whose members, far
from helpless victims of colonial violence, dominated the continent for centuries after the first
European arrivals. From the Iroquois in the Northeast to the Comanches on the Plains, and from the
Pueblos in the Southwest to the Cherokees in the Southeast, Native nations frequently decimated
white newcomers in battle. Even as the white population exploded and colonists’ land greed grew
more extravagant, Indigenous peoples flourished due to sophisticated diplomacy and leadership
structures.
By 1776, various colonial powers claimed nearly all of the continent, but Indigenous peoples still
controlled it―as Hämäläinen points out, the maps in modern textbooks that paint much of North
America in neat, color-coded blocks confuse outlandish imperial boasts for actual holdings. In fact,
Native power peaked in the late nineteenth century, with the Lakota victory in 1876 at Little Big Horn,
which was not an American blunder, but an all-too-expected outcome.
Hämäläinen ultimately contends that the very notion of “colonial America” is misleading, and that we
should speak instead of an “Indigenous America” that was only slowly and unevenly becoming
colonial. The evidence of Indigenous defiance is apparent today in the hundreds of Native nations
that still dot the United States and Canada. Necessary reading for anyone who cares about
America’s past, present, and future, Indigenous Continent restores Native peoples to their rightful
place at the very fulcrum of American history.
42 black-and-white images and 10 maps

 


Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting by Mary Gauthier
(Part memoir , part philosophy) ( Non Fiction)


Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught
herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook. Music offered her a window to a world where
others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day.
Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to
songwriting faded. It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize
that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a decorated musical
artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination.
In Saved by a Song, Mary Gauthier pulls the curtain back on the artistry of songwriting. Part memoir,

                                    part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of
                                   song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together..

 

 


Slow Horses (Slough House Book 1) by Mick Herron Fiction


London, England: Slough House is where washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left
of their failed careers. The “slow horses,” as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in
some way to get relegated there. Maybe they botched an Op so badly they can’t be trusted
anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out
from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle—not unusual in this line of
work. One thing they have in common, though, is they want to be back in the action. And
most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one
another.
When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live
on the Internet, the slow horses see an opportunity to redeem themselves. But is the victim
really who he appears to be?

FEBRUARY 2023


Twelve Thousand Years, American Indians in Maine Non Fiction

Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine documents the generations of Native peoples
who for twelve millennia have moved through and eventually settled along the rocky coast, rivers,
lakes, valleys, and mountains of a region now known as Maine. Arriving first to this area were Paleo-
Indian peoples, followed by maritime hunters, more immigrants, then a revival of maritime cultures.
Beginning in the sixteenth century, Native peoples in northern New England became tangled in the
far-reaching affairs of European explorers and colonists. Twelve Thousand Years reveals how
Penobscots, Abenakis, Passamaquoddies, Maliseets, Micmacs, and other Native communities both
strategically accommodated and overtly resisted European and American encroachments. Since that

time, Native communities in Maine have endured, adapted when necessary, and experienced a
political and cultural revitalization in recent decades.




Giants of The Dawnland: Ancient Wabanaki Tales by Alice Mead and Arnold Neptune
Non Fiction


Native people arrived in Maine at the end of the last Ice Age, around 13,000 years ago. They came
in small family groups and survived unimaginably cold winters and animals such as the giant beaver

and cave bear. Fortunately, they had their great god, Gluskape, who slowly melted the ice and rid
the woods of terrifying serpents. But he was also a liar and a big tease! It was a time when people,
animals, and stones were equal; when Gluskape could be as large as a mountain or as small as a

mouse, when the Star People traveled to the treetops. Slowly, things started to change. The tribes
squabbled and Gluskape hated jealousy. It was m'teouin that people and animals needed-inner
strength. The stories instruct people in the ways of hunting, the lore of plants, and the skills they
needed every day. There is still much for us to learn about Maine as the next great climate change
approaches. Will we hurt the land with our jealousy and greed? Or will we learn to be alone and
appreciate the magic of every stone? The Native storytellers who still remembered these tales 12
centuries later included Tomah Joseph, Marie Saksis, Louis Mitchell, and Noel Neptune. By then,
few Wabanakis remained and efforts began to preserve the language and write down fragments,
mostly from the Fundy area in Nova Scotia.



Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki by Kerry Hardy Non Fiction

Anyone interested in Native American lifeways will want to pore over Notes on a Lost Flute. Hardy
brings together his expertise in forestry, horticulture, and environmental science to tell us about New
England when its primary inhabitants were the native Wabanaki tribes. With experience in teaching

adults and children, Hardy has written this book in an entertaining and accessible style, making it of
interest and useful to adults and students alike..




Indians in Eden: Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine's Mt. Desert Island by
Bunny McBride Non Fiction


When the Wabanaki were moved to reservations, they proved their resourcefulness by catering to
the burgeoning tourist market during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Bar Harbor was called
Eden. This engaging, richly illustrated, and meticulously researched book chronic
les the intersecting
lives of the Wabanaki and wealthy summer rusticators on Mount Desert Island. While the rich built
sumptuous summer homes, the Wabanaki sold them Native crafts, offered guide services, and
produced Indian shows.




Women who Run with Wolves  Clarissa Pinkola Estés Non Fiction

Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and
ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she
is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s
attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls.
In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths,
fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect
with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and
commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman,
and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.
Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a
psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.




Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Biography

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the
most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for
understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of
“race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and
men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and
murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it?
And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his
adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth

about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to
Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living
rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from
personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World
and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision
for a way forward.
Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s
racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national
political conversation about race” (Rolling Stone)


 

MARCH 2023

 

Demon Copperhead (Barbara Kingsolver) Fiction


Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a
teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and
copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice,
Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction,
disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular
culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.
Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of
institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in
ours. Dickens is
not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In
transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists
Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good
story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful,
cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

 

 


Fairy Tale (Stephen King) Fiction


Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he
carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was seven, and grief drove
his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen,
he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the
top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.
Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he
leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept

secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

 

                             King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted
                            against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.
                            Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: “What could you write that would make you happy?”
                           “As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted
                           city—deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying
                          overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn’t know, but I eventually found out). I saw
                          a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released
                          the story I wanted to tell.”

Dead Lions by Mick Herron Fiction


The disgruntled agents of Slough House, the MI5 branch where washed-up spies are sent to
finish their failed careers on desk duty, are called into action to protect a visiting Russian
oligarch whom MI5 hopes to recruit to British intelligence. While two agents are dispatched
on that babysitting job, though, an old Cold War-era spy named Dickie Bow is found dead,
ostensibly of a heart attack, on a bus outside of Oxford, far from his usual haunts. 
But the head of Slough House, the irascible Jackson Lamb, is convinced Dickie Bow was
murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a
shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named
Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world.
How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

APRIL 2023

Beaverland by Leila Phillips (Non fiction)

      A masterful work of narrative science writing, a book that highlights, though history and contemporary storytelling,

     how this weird rodent plays an oversized role in American history and its future. She follows fur trappers who lead

     her through waist high water, fur traders and fur auctioneers, as well as wildlife managers, PETA activists,

     Native American environmental vigilantes, scientists, engineers, and the colorful group of activists known as

     beaver believers.

      Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Leila Philip traces the beaver’s profound influence

      on our nation’s early economy and feverish western expansion, its first corporations and multi-millionaires. In her

      pursuit of this weird and wonderful animal, she introduces us to people whose lives are devoted to the

      beaver, including a Harvard scientist from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, who uses drones to create 3-

     dimensional images of beaver dams; and an environmental restoration consultant in the Chesapeake whose

     nickname is the “beaver whisperer”.

 

     What emerges is a poignant personal narrative, a startling portrait of the secretive world of the contemporary fur

     trade, and an engrossing ecological and historical investigation of these heroic animals who, once trapped to the

     point of extinction, have returned to the landscape as one of the greatest conservation stories of the 20th century.

     Beautifully written and impeccably researched, BEAVERLAND reveals the profound ways in which one odd creature

     and the trade surrounding it has shaped history, culture, and our environment.

 

Women Talking by Miriam Toews ( Fiction)

     This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid’s

     Tale.” —Margaret Atwood, “a wry, freewheeling novel of ideas that touches on the nature of evil, questions of free

     will, collective responsibility, cultural determinism, and, above all, forgiveness” —New York Times Book Review,

     Editors’ Choice

     One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting.  For the past two years,

     each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night

     by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged 

     and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their

     daughters from future harm.

     While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring

     them home, these women—all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable

     even to speak the language of the country they live in—have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in

     the only world they’ve ever known or should they dare to escape? 

     Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all-female symposium, Toews’s masterful

     novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

 

Mainers on the Titanic by Mac Smith ( Non Fiction)

     Meticulously researched, this book reveals the agonizing day-to-day wait of Mainers for news of what really

     happened on the Titanic, and tells the stories of Maine passengers from their boarding to the sinking and rescue;

     and, for those who survived, of their coming ashore in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s a fascinating addition to the Titanic

     story.

JUNE 2023

Storm Watch by C J Box              Fiction   

        

 When a prominent University of Wyoming professor goes missing, authorities are stumped. That is, until Joe Pickett makes two surprising discoveries while hunting down a wounded elk on his district as an epic spring storm descends upon him. First, he finds the professor’s vehicle parked on a remote mountainside. Then Joe finds the professor’s frozen and mutilated body. When he attempts to learn more, his investigation is obstructed by federal agents, extremists, and Governor Colter Allen.

   Nate Romanowski is rebuilding his falconry company—and financing this through crypto mining with the assistance of Geronimo Jones. He’s then approached by a shadowy group of local militant activists that is gaining in power and influence, and demanding that Wyoming join other western states and secede from the union—by force, if necessary. They ask Nate to throw in with them, but he’s wary. Should he trust them, or is he being set up?

   As a storm of peril gathers around them, Joe and Nate confront it in different ways—and maybe, for the first time, on opposite sides.

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult    Fiction    

 

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.
 
Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start. 
 
And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet she wonders if she can trust him completely. . . .
 
Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in Ash, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.
 
Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.

 

 

Someone Else’s Shoes by JoJo Moyes 

“Very few authors have the power to make you laugh on one page and cry on the next. Moyes is one of them.” —The New York Times

A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances, this is the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and The Giver of Stars

Who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else’s shoes?

Nisha Cantor lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope--she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.

That’s because Sam Kemp – in the bleakest point of her life – has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag. But Sam hardly has time to worry about a lost gym bag--she’s struggling to keep herself and her family afloat. When she tries on Nisha’s six-inch high Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes, the resulting jolt of confidence that makes her realize something must change—and that thing is herself.

Full of Jojo Moyes’ signature humor, brilliant storytelling, and warmth, Someone Else’s Shoes is a story about how just one little thing can suddenly change everything.

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