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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.
In History's Embrace: Past and Present in Concord, Massachusetts - Leslie Perrin Wilson Woodsburner: A Novel - John Pipkin (Hardcover) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck
Woodsburner: A Novel - John Pipkin (Hardcover)
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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck
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In this collection of 20 essays, In History's Embrace showcases less recognized people and events that have made the town what it is today, and highlights ways in which famous episodes and citizens have contributed to the fabric of its day-today life and evolution. Collectively, these stories reveal a town perpetually poised between respect for history and deep-rooted values on the one hand, and the persistent pressure of change on the other. The vibrant Concord portrayed in this book repeatedly bursts forth from the confining straight-jacket of image. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin #260, Fall 2007, on p. 6.
Hollis Publishing, 2007. 125 pp. Hardcover.
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.
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 Heaven is Under our Feet - Don Henley and Dave Marsh, editors
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.
An informative and entertaining collection of personal narratives about environmental issues by people who have committed their time and efforts to aid the fight to preserve Walden Woods. Includes chapters from Ed Begley, Jr., Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Carter, E.L. Doctorow, Michael Dorris, Louise Erdrich, Arun Gandhi, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Jim Harrison, Don Henley, Jesse Jackson, Sen. Edward Kennedy, James Michener, Robert Redford, Sting, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others.
Longmeadow Press, 1991. Hardcover, 291 pp.
The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Birds, An Ancient Crab & An Epic Journey - Deborah Cramer 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
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.
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 End of Eden: Writings of an Environmental Activist - Thomas Rain Crowe, Robert Johnson Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening - Gaylon Ferguson Thoreau's Backyard: Musings from a Small Town - Glenn Rifkin
Thoreau's Backyard: Musings from a Small Town - Glenn Rifkin
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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.
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.
Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers - Lawrence Millman Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods - Thomas Rain Crowe What We're Fighting for Now is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice -  Wen Stephenson
Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers - Lawrence Millman
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Zoro's Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods - Thomas Rain Crowe
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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.
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.

Offers an up-close, on-the-ground look at some of the remarkable and courageous people who have laid everything on the line to build and inspire the fast-growing movement for climate justice in America. Argues that the movement must b less like environmentalism as we know it and more like the great human-rights and social-justice struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from abolitionism to civil rights -- a struggle for human solidarity.
Beacon Press, 2015. Paperback, 239 pp.
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 The Lion's Eye: Seeing in the Wild - Joanna Greenfield
The Lion's Eye: Seeing in the Wild - Joanna Greenfield
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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.
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.
The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race - John Stauffer Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard (DVD) Baxter State Park and Katahdin (Images of America) - John W. Neff, Howard R. Whitcomb
Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard (DVD)
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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.
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.
The Rangeley and Its Region: The Famous Boat and Lakes of Western Maine - Stephen A. Cole 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
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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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.
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 "Tolerable Planet" (AG 2018) T-shirt with Thoreau quote 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.
Our t-shirt for The Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2018 has now become one of standard offerings. 100% cotton. Carries the Thoreau quote that served as the theme of the conference: "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" Thoreau wrote these words to friend H.G.O. Blake in 1860 ... and they are still relevant to us today. The back carries the TTS logo. 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.