Anti-Black Racism in America - Joanne Pope Melish
Traces the history of anti-black racism -- with a special focus on Concord and Massachusetts -- from the early 1800s through the May 2020 death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Includes a special sidebar defining how the words "race" and "racism" have been used and interpreted, throughout the years. Published by our friends at the Robbins House.
Blake Hill Jalapeno Lime Spicy Chili Jam (1.5 oz.)
First aid for dull food, as they say, and specifically created for the chili lover. This jam is made from fresh jalapeno chilis, cucumbers, limes, and fruit pectin. Wow! From
our friends at Blake Hill Preserves in Vermont.
"Live Deliberately" Thoreau Quote Cloth Wristband
A constant reminder to "live deliberately." This cloth wristband is made of soft eco-friendly and biodegradable bamboo fabric. It has a bamboo barrel lock made from 50%
less plastic than a standard barrel lock. Be as careful as you are deliberate, though -- because this wristband cannot be removed once the lock is fastened, unless you cut it off your wrist. Recommended for adults only.
Cape Cod (Best of Thoreau) - Henry David Thoreau
A classic edition of one of Henry David Thoreau's classic works. Contains all ten essays written about Thoreau's first three excursions to Cape Cod in southeastern Massachusetts. This is a quality reprint of the Thomas Crowell edition published in 1908. Includes illustrations by photographer, artist, and writer Clifton Johnson (1865-1940), who also supplied an introduction.
Sea Wolf Press, 2020. Paperback, 207 pp.
"Simplify" Stone Coaster
A stone coaster that carries the Thoreau advice to "Simplify." Measures 4 x
4 inches and has a cork backing.
Walden Pond Stone Coaster
A stone coaster from "Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts." Measures 4 x
4 inches and has a cork backing.
A John Brown Reader - John Brown, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, et al.
A collection of writings by and about strident antislavery leader John Brown (1800-1859). Contents: A lengthy selection of letters written by Brown ; "Letter to the Editor" / Victor Hugo ; "With a Rose" / Louisa May Alcott ; "The Portent" / Herman Melville ; "John Brown" / Ralph Waldo Emerson ; "The Last Days of John Brown" / Henry David Thoreau ; "John Brown" / Frederick Douglass ; "Osawatomie" / Carl Sandburg ; "John Brown's Prayer" / Stephen Vincent Benet ; "The Blow," "The Riddle of the Sphinx," and "The Legacy of John Brown," by W. E. B. DuBois.
Dover Publications, 2021. Paperback, 246 pp.
Blake Hill Naked Blueberry Spread (9.6 oz.)
A blueberry spread made of pure fruit and no added sugar. Tart, luscious wild blueberries are cooked in their own juice to create this deliciously fresh no-sugar jam. Perfect served over cheesecake or in fruit crumble. This 9.6 ounce jar contains 17 servings of one tablespoon each (35 calories each). From our friends at Blake Hill Preserves in Vermont.
Blake Hill Botanical Jam: Gooseberry with Elderflower (10 oz.)
Quintessential gooseberry jam infused with aromatic elderflowers. A super-fruity jam decadent in syllabub or over lemon sorbet. This 10 ounce
jar contains 14 servings of one tablespoon each (45 calories each). From
our friends at Blake Hill Preserves in Vermont.
General Maxims of Teaching - A. Bronson Alcott
Transcendentalist philosopher and educator Amos Bronson Alcott first penned his 58 Maxims for Teaching, By Which to Regulate the Instructor's Practice in Instruction in 1826. These collected words of wisdom and counsel guided his own
educational techniques and later informed his teaching practices at
Boston's Temple School. Includes a brief biography. A terrific gift for a teacher.
Applewood Books, 2020. Small hardback, 20 pp.
All Honest Pilgrims: A Novel - Maria Valente (SIGNED)
Takes the reader on several journeys to Concord,
Massachusetts, specifically Walden Pond, with several characters all
interrelated but very different. Lucy is a chocolatier from New Jersey
who always tries to do the right thing and to see the good in people even
if it hurts her in the long run. Billy, her smart but complicated
lawyer husband, despises her optimism and is hell bent on making her as
miserable as he is. Rico, a biker, doesn’t look like a romantic, but
truly is one, as is evident by his relationship to Diana, whom he
literally brings back to life. Through her divorced years, Lucy
encounters Ted, who lost his soul, and Chris, a country
singer/songwriter from Lubbock, Texas, who comes to the pond searching
for something missing in his life.
Spanning the early 1980s through
9/11, to the 2020 pandemic, the threads follow these “pilgrims” who are united by
their love of Henry David Thoreau. His quotes guide and motivate the characters throughout their journey.
Lucia Nelson Publishing, 2020. Paperback, 225 pp.
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country - Amanda Gorman
On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem is presented here in a special edition, with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey.
Viking Press, 2021. Hardcover, 32 pp.
Transcendentalism Beverage Mug
A 16-ounce glass 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." Stands six inches tall. Perfect for the beverage of your choice. Cheers!
Little Women: Featuring Photos from the Film - Louisa May Alcott
published in 1868. This classic has remained enduringly popular,
becoming the inspiration for a whole genre of family stories. It tells
of the March family: Marmee, who looks after her four daughters while
her husband serves in the Civil War; and the girls Meg, Jo, Beth, and
Amy who experience domestic trails and triumphs as they attempt to
supplement the family's small income. In the second part of the book
(sometimes known as Good Wives), the girls grow up and fall in love. Highly autobiographical! This edition is interspersed with black-and-white photos from the 2019 movie.
Abrams, 2019. Hardcover, 468 pp.
"This Is the Life:" The Diary of Jennie McLeod - Leslie Perrin Wilson, ed. (SIGNED)
Paints a vivid picture of the life and times of
Jennie McLeod, a 20th-century college girl from the mill town of
Clinton, Massachusetts. Author Leslie Perrin Wilson presents Jennie and
her world through careful research, contextual narrative, and a richly
annotated transcription of her 1914-1918 diary. Jennie's distinctive
personality, her family, friends, studies, and aspirations, along with
the presence of larger events in the background -- world war and woman's
suffrage, in particular -- all come to life on these pages. SIGNED BY THE EDITOR.
Moonglade Press, 2020. Paperback, 310 pp.
Echoes from Walden: Poems Inspired by Thoreau's Life and Work - David K. Leff, ed.
Henry David Thoreau has probably generated more poems about him than any other secular individual. Beginning with his contemporaries and continuing today, they illustrate our changing views of the man in a passionate form of expression rich in emotion and meaning. Features two of Thoreau's poems, followed by 51 verses penned by others.
Homebound Publications, 2021. Paperback, 142 pp.
I Begin with Spring: The Life and Seasons of Henry David Thoreau - Julie Dunlap, Megan Elizabeth Baratta (SIGNED)
This colorful book for young readers weaves natural history around Henry Thoreau's life and times in a richly
illustrated field notebook format that can be opened anywhere, inviting browsing on every page. Each season begins with quotes from
Thoreau's schoolboy essay about the changing seasons. As we follow him through the fields and woods of Concord, we learn about his joys and
challenges of growing up, as well as his experiment with simple living at Walden. For middle grade readers and up, through adults. Written by Julie Dunlap, illustrated by Megan Elizabeth Baratta. SIGNED BY BOTH on a label on the front flyleaf.
Tilbury House Publishers, 2022. Hardcover, 96 pp.
All Good Things Are Wild & Free (Thoreau Quote) - 1000-Piece Puzzle
This 1000-piece puzzle features an exclusive illustration by Dutch artist Valesca van Waveren and is inspired by Henry Thoreau's line from "Walking:" "All good things are wild and free." As you complete the puzzle, piece by piece, you may be reminded of the simple joys of being in nature. Notice the little things! Completed puzzle size is a little more than 26 x 18 inches.
Flow / Workman, 2020. 1000 pieces. Not suitable for children under 3 years of age.