Three years after losing his wife and daughter to a tragic car accident, Stan Carter abandons his life and retreats to his cabin in northern Michigan. But no sooner than he discovers life again, the real world intrudes on his seclusion, forcing him to return to human society. Thus Stan's odyssey begins. Part cosmic vision quest, part farcical return to high school social dating, Stan's story will touch anyone who's shaken his head in disgust or dismay at the modern world. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.March Street Press, 2006. Paperback, 161 pp.
Hawthorne's famous novel. In the final years of the seventeenth century in a small New England town, the venerable Colonel Pyncheon decides to erect a ponderously oak-framed and spacious family mansion. It occupies the spot where Matthew Maule, "an obscure man," had lived in a log hut until his execution for witchcraft. From the scafford, Maule points his finger at the Colonel and cries, "God will give him blood to drink!" The Colonel's fate exerts a heavy influence on his descendants in the crumbling mansion for the next century and a half.Oxford World's Classics, 2009. Paperback, 319 pp.
Originally published in 1873. Bronson Alcott -- along with his wife and four daughters, and an odd assortment of friends who knew more about philosophy than they did about farming -- set out to make a utopian dream come true. Would their experiment at Fruitlands last through the hard New England winter? Louisa May Alcott's classic satire on her father's Transcendental commune is for readers of all ages who love Alcott, history, or just a good story told with huor and sensitivity.Applewood Books, 1981. Paperback, 92 pp.
This classic of twentieth-century literature chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha -- a spiritual journey that has inspired generations of readers. Here is a fresh translation from Sherab Chodzin Kohn, a gifted translator and longtime student of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Kohn's flowing, poetic translation conveys the philosophical and spiritual nuances of Hesse's text, paying special attention to the qualities of meditative experience. This edition also includes an introduction exploring Hesse's own spiritual journey as evidenced in his journals and personal letters.Shambala, 2000. Paperback, 119 pp.
Brings to life the writers of Concord's literary past. The author's story is also told. She is a writer with a psychic sensibility who sets out to record the impressions that she has while living in Concord. What results is a weave of ficton and fact that includes extraordinary moments from her own life, as well as poignant images that she draws from Concord's literary past, like that of Thoreau in his final days struggling to complete his essay, "Walking;" Hawthorne "drifting into the sea of infinity" as he writes; and Martha Hunt's act of "purification" in the waters of the Concord River. It is through this mix of reality and imagination that we see the link that exists between the present and the past, and we are reminded of the presence of spirit in our lives. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.AuthorHouse, 2008. Paperback, 219 pp.
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.
A novel for teen-age readers. Seventeen-year-old 'Hank,' who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away.Albert Whitman and Company, 2013. Hardcover, 304 pp. 5 x 8 inch format
Selections from the 1846 book of short stories. Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne lived at the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, from 1842-1845, during the first years of their marriage. These 17 stories were written during their Old Manse time. Applewood Books, 2012. Paperback, 385 pp.
A representative selection of writings from the work of a great American artist.
Edited by William C. Spengemann
Includes the complete "The Scarlet Letter", excepts from his three subsequently published romances, as well as passages from his European Journals and a sampling of his last unfinished works.
Penguin 2005. Paperback, 5 x 8 inch format, 432 pp.
This lavish four-color edition of Louisa May Alcott's classic family novel features more than 220 illustrations, as well as Alcott scholar John Matteson's annotations and expertise in approach. His introductory essays examine Little Women's pivotal place in children's literature and tell the story of Louisa herself -- a tale every bit as captivating as her fiction.W. W. Norton and Company, 2016. Hardcover, 652.
Three of Stowe's books in one handy volume: Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Minister's Wooing, and Oldtown Folks. Includes chronology.Library of America, 1982. Hardcover, 1478 pp.