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Greatest Mountain: Katahdin's Wilderness- Percival Proctor Baxter, Constance Baxter Marlow A Death on the Barrens - George Grinnell Black Spruce Journals - Stewart Coffin
A Death on the Barrens - George Grinnell
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Percival Proctor Baxter's descriptions of Katahdin and the region are paired with photographs (mostly in color) rendered by his granddaughter, Connie Baxter Marlow. A nice selection of prose and its relevance to the natural wildness. Now out of print. Warmly inscribed by the author.
Tilbury House, 1999. Paperback, 104 pp.
In 1955, author George James Grinnell was one of five young men who set off with 36-year-old Art Moffatt on a canoe trip through Canada's Arctic. The group was unprepared for the cold. They ran out of food, and winter closed in. Then the group inadvertently went over a waterfall, and Art, their leader, died of hypothermia. Grinnell's first-hand exploration of this three-month canoe trip provides profound insights within the structure of this powerful and unique narrative.
Heron Dance Press and Art Studio, 2006. Revised edition. Paperback, 180 pp.
Join the author on a journey over ancient trails dating back to fur trade days as you paddle and portage your way into remote headwaters. When the trail peters out in tangles of Labrador tea, follow a compass bearing onward through unbroken wilderness to an unnamed lake. You can imagine you are exploring new country in this land of the bear and moose. Yet you know in your heart that sometime in the dim and distant past, your lost lake has seen paddles dipped into its water, snowshoe tracks made upon its frozen surface, or moccasin footprints pressed softly into caribou moss along its shores. As these ancient trails gradualy disappear, a bit of history vanishes along with them. Herein lies the story of at least a few of them, as traveled and photographed by Coffin. Now out of print.
Heron Dance Press and Art Studio, 2007. Paperback. 183 pp.
Woodsburner: A Novel - John Pipkin (Hardcover) Transcendentalism Glass Mug or Stein Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck
Woodsburner: A Novel - John Pipkin (Hardcover)
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Transcendentalism Glass Mug or Stein
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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck
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This novel by John Pipkin centers around the episode in 1844 when 26-year-old Henry Thoreau accidentally burned 300 acres of Walden Woods. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 268, Fall 2009, p. 10.
Doubleday, 2009. Hardcover, 365 pp. May also be available in paperback.
Large Glass (15 oz) mug with handle. Imprinted on the glass is the definition of "Transcendentalism:" 1."A philosophy based on the idea that divinity pervades all of nature and humanity, asserting the existence of an ideal spiritual reality that transcends the empirical and scientific and is knowable through intuition." 2. "A literary and philosophical movement of the 19th century, which developed around Concord, Mass., associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, A. Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and others." Perfect for the beverage of your choice. Cheers!
Shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset -- those who believe that abilities are fixed -- are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset -- those who believe that abilities can be developed. This book reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster oustanding accomplishment.
Ballantine, 2016. Paperback - 5 x 9 inch format. 300 pp.
Concord: A Veritable Treasure Hunt - Stuart Sinclair Weeks Nature: A Thoreau Country - Henry David Thoreau, Esther Howe Wheeler The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Birds, An Ancient Crab & An Epic Journey - Deborah Cramer
Concord: A Veritable Treasure Hunt - Stuart Sinclair Weeks
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Nature: A Thoreau Country - Henry David Thoreau, Esther Howe Wheeler
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Takes the visitor to 46 sites in the Concord area in order to explore its history and its people. Issued in celebration of Concord's 375th anniversary.
Center for American Studies, 2001. Paperback, 117 pp.
A photographic slide lecture come into print, presented by Esther Howe Wheeler. Color photographs are paired with quotes from Henry David Thoreau.
Paperback, 168 pp.
Accompanying red knots on their extraordinary migration from the tip of South America to the icy arctic, the author discovers how the fate of these amazing birds is inextricably intertwined with that of ancient horseshoe crabs whose blue blood safeguards human health -- and with our own. An inspiring story of loss and renewal, resilience, courage, and compassion.
Yale University Press, 2015. Paperback, 293 pp.
Interpreting America: Russian and Soviet Studies of the History of American Thought - John Ryder Stirring the Nation's Heart: Eighteen Stories of Prophetic Unitarians and Universalists of the Nineteenth Century - Polly Peterson The End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist - Thomas Rain Crowe, Robert Johnson
Makes available for the first time to English-speaking readers Russian views of the full range of American philosophical thought: from seventeenth-century Puritanism through the colonial and revolutionary periods, nineteenth-century ideam, pragmatism, naturalism, and other twentieth-century movements and figures. Constructs a chain of core ideas, emphasizes the most essential concepts of each writer's work, and gives a multidimensional reconstruction of the arguments of each author. With a foreword by Nikita Pokrovsky.
Vanderbilt University Press, 1999. Hardcover, 326 pp.
Explores the nineteenth-century roots of this liberal faith through the stories of some of the people who led the church in new directions at a pivotal time in American history. Featured are: Julia Ward Howe, William Ellery Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Judith Sargent Murray, Bronson Alcott, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Margaret Fuller, Brook Farm, Lydia Maria Child, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Theodore Parker, Robert Gould Shaw, Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell, Susan B. Anthony, Olympia Brown, Joseph Tuckerman, Samuel Gridley Howe, and Dorothea Dix.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 2010. Paperback, 6 x 9 inch format, 195 pp.
The essays of Thomas Rain Crowe combine with the stirring illustrations of Robert Johnson to produce a prophetic vision of the world in which we live -- a vision of what we have and what we stand to lose through our careless disregard for the Earth and its finite resources. A kind of activist's handbook, this is one man's attempt at saving his homeland from mindless hedonism, outside invasion, and outright denial -- writing as if there might be enough universal truth to be of some use to others experiencing similar incursions in their own locales. Now out of print.
Wind Publications, 2008. Paperback, 171 pp.
Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening - Gaylon Ferguson Thoreau's Backyard: Musings from a Small Town - Glenn Rifkin Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers - Lawrence Millman
Thoreau's Backyard: Musings from a Small Town - Glenn Rifkin
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Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers - Lawrence Millman
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Increasingly, we seem to live in a culture of fear, amidst threats of terrorism, violence, environmental disasters, and distrust in our leaders. Fear and groundlessness are pervasive, but according to Buddhist teacher Gaylon Ferguson, it is the very potency of this fear that makes it such a powerful tool for personal and cultural transformationb. This book offers wise and pointed teachings for helping us to look at fear with immediacy and courage, and to engage with it as a path to transform ourselves -- and the world. Walking this path, we learn to cultivate fearlessness and to connect more deeply with others, and with the natural world.
Shambala Books, 2016. Paperback, 252 pp.
An inviting collection of essays about family, relationships, politics and people in small towns, penned by Glenn Rifkin for The Concord Journal. Offers up the personal and intimate feelings of a careful and lyrical observer of life lived by making contact with the people and places that surround him. "Concord never bends. It is in your soul, more than just a town, just south of heaven," is about small towns everywhere.
Windingwood Press, 2004. Paperback, 140 pp.
Here Lawrence Millman follows the trail of a woman who once tried to walk (and row) from New York City to Siberia. He also gets a ride from an apparent ghost in Iceland and attends a feast in Micronesia where the piece de resistance is fruit bat penis. A styish and often very funny collection of 23 essays.
SunnyOutside, 2012. Paperback, 126 pp.
Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods - Thomas Rain Crowe Transforming Scrooge: Dickens' Blueprint for a Spiritual Awakening - Joseph D. Cusumano Governor Baxter's Magnificent Obsession: A Documentary History of Baxter State Park, 1931-2006 - Howard R. Whitcomb
Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods - Thomas Rain Crowe
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After a long absence from his native southern Appalachians, Thomas Rain Crowe returned to live alone deep in the North Carolina woods. This is his chronicle that time when, for four years, he survived by his own hand without electricity, plumbing, modern-day transportation, or regular income.
University of Georgia Press, 2005. 221 pp. paperback.

In the space of one night, Ebenezer Scrooge transformed hismelf from a mean, cold-hearted miser into a loving, spiritually aware individual. What really fueled his life-affirming change? And can we use the same vital principles to live more joyful, fulfilling lives? Joseph D. Cusumano reveals how Scrooge's transformative journey led him -- and can lead you -- to a newfound spiritual awareness and happiness. Like Scrooge, we must face unresolved pain from the past; defuse our defense mechanisms; come to terms with our fundamental aloneness and mortality; and open our compassionate hearts. This book fully describes how to use this process to spark your own spiritual evolution.
Llewellyn Publications, 1996. Paperback, 170 pp.
A one-volume condensed edition of Whitcomb's more extensive work, Percival P. Baxter's Vision for Baxter State Park, published in limited quantities in 2005 and 2008. The compiler combed deeds and other official documents in order to trace Percival Baxter's mission to create Baxter State Park and to preserve the land nearest to Mount Katahdin. Now out of print.
Friends of Baxter State Park, 2008. Paperback, 325 pp.
The Lion's Eye: Seeing in the Wild - Joanna Greenfield The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race - John Stauffer Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard (DVD)
The Lion's Eye: Seeing in the Wild - Joanna Greenfield
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Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard (DVD)
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When Joanna Greenfield was barely in her twenties, she was offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to follow one of the last-known populations of wild chimpanzees in East Africa. Determined to earn her place as a wildlife researcher, she set of from peaceful Kenya into politically hazardous Uganda. From there, a small team of guide led her into the mountains. Here she depicts the contrasting beauty of the savanna and the rain forest, and the determination required to wait for one transcendent encounter in the wild. Eventually she must decide whether it has become too dangerous to stay in the rain forest, even though she knows she may never be allowed to return. This is the true story of one woman's burning mission to connect with animals. It is an adventure story of an against-the-odds quest for a disappearing wilderness few of us have ever glimpsed.
Little, Brown and Company, 2009. Hardback, 310 pp.
At a time when slavery was spreading and the country was steeped in racism, two white men and two black men -- Gerrit Smith, Frederick Douglass, James McCune, and John Brown -- overcame social barriers and mistrust to form a unique alliance that sought nothing less than the end of all evil. Drawing on the largest extant biracial correspondence in the Civil War era, John Stauffer braids together these men's struggles to reconcile ideals of justic with the reality of slavery and oppression.
Harvard University Press, 2001. Paperback, 367 pp.
Chronicles the lives of Harlan Hubbard and his wife Anna and their choice to live without the conveniences of modern life in Payne Hollow, Kentucky. Produced by Morgan Atkinson. Features Wendell Berry and Will Oldham.
Duckwords, 2012. DVD, 60 minutes.
Baxter State Park and Katahdin (Images of America) - John W. Neff, Howard R. Whitcomb Shamans, Healers, and Medicine Men - Holger Kalweit The Rangeley and Its Region: The Famous Boat and Lakes of Western Maine - Stephen A. Cole
Shamans, Healers, and Medicine Men - Holger Kalweit
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The character of Baxter State Park and the great mountain at its heart can be powerfully conveyed through two words: forever wild. The mountain known as Ktaadn, or "the greatest mountain," was known by native people, colonial adventurers, naturalists, loggers, and recreational climbers and campers. When calls for preservation went unheeded, former governor Percival P. Baxter purchased some 201,000 acres over a period of 30 years and gifted them to the state. This book draws on rich collections of archival images that date back to the 19th century.
Arcadia Publishing, 2012. Paperback, 127 pp.
Explores the primal healing methods of shamans all over the world. Shows that for these extraordinary men and women, healing is not merely the alleviation of symptoms but entails a transformation of one's relationship to life.
Shambala, 2000. Paperback, 299 pp.
The Rangeley Lakes were the crucible of Maine's nineteenth-century sporting culture, and the Rangeley boat evolved out of this distinctive time and place. As essential to Rangeley as sporting camps, fishing guides, and brook trout, the namesake boat remains a true icon. This book tells how entwined the boat, people, lakes, town, and economy became over a century.
Tilbury House Publishers, 2007. Paperback, 127 pp.
Stoneware Morning Mug / Bowl New Essays on Walden (The American Novel) - Robert F. Sayre, ed. Edwin Way Teale As We Knew Him: A Musical Call to Nature - Millard C. Davis
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New Essays on Walden (The American Novel) - Robert F. Sayre, ed.
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Edwin Way Teale As We Knew Him: A Musical Call to Nature - Millard C. Davis
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This stoneware mug/bowl has a green glaze and handles, and it carries the Thoreau quote: "In Wildness is the preservation of the world," along with Thoreau's fish hawk drawing. It is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. Lead-free, and food-safe for everyday use. stands about 3 inches tall, and the opening is about 3.5 inches wide. Handcrafted in U.S.A. A collection of four essays about Thoreau's Walden, beginning with an introduction by editor Robert F. Sayre. Contains: Henry Thoreau Enters the American Canon / Lawrence Buell; "Fishing in the Sky" / Anne LaBastille; The Crosscurrents of Walden's Pastoral / H. Daniel Peck; Walden and the Politics of Contemporary Literary Theory / Michael R. Fischer.
Cambridge University Press, 1992. Paperback. 117 pp.
The life and work of this great naturalist is told through his own writings, memoirs by his friends and contemporaries, and interviews with those who knew him best. Includes many historical photographs. Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980) was the fourth President of The Thoreau Society, 1957-1958.
Shires Press, 2014. Soft cover, 6 x 9 inch format, 136 pp.
Building Their Own Waldos: Emerson's First Biographers and the Politics of Life-Writing in the Gilded Age - Robert D.Habich Stoneware Chili Mug / Bowl Henry David Thoreau: A Life - Laura Dassow Walls (Hardcover)
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Henry David Thoreau: A Life - Laura Dassow Walls (Hardcover)
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Drawing on never-before-published letters, diaries, drafts, business records, and private documents, Habich explores the making of a cultural hero through the stories of Emerson's first biographers: George Willis Cooke, Alexander Ireland, Moncure D. Conway, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Elliot Cabot, and Edward Emerson.
University of Iowa Press, 2011. Paperback, 9 x 6 inch format, 216 pp.
This stoneware mug/bowl has a green glaze and carries the Thoreau quote: "In Wildness is the preservation of the world," along with Thoreau's fish hawk drawing. It is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.  Lead-free and food-safe for everyday use. Stands about 3.25 inches tall, and the opening is a little more than 5 inches wide. Handcrafted in U.S.A. Two hundred years after his birth, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, Laura Dassow Walls has written a new life of Henry David Thoreau, giving us a Thoreau in all his profound, inspiring complexity.“The Thoreau I sought was not in any book, so I wrote this one,” says Walls. The result is a Thoreau unlike any seen since he walked the streets of Concord, a Thoreau for our time and all time. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 298, Summer 2017, p. 12. Also available in paperback.
University of Chicago Press, 2017. Hardcover, 615 pp.