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Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

by Joseph J. Ellis

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country. (USE244, $15.95)

The Americans, the Colonial Experience

The Americans, the Colonial Experience

by Daniel Boorstin

  • HISTORY
  • 1964
  • PAPER
  • 434 PAGES

Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions. (USA05, $17.95)

 
Boston Map (Boston Unfolds)

Boston Map (Boston Unfolds)


by VanDam

  • MAP

This convenient map of Boston has a clever "origami" fold to help the traveler refer to any location in the city without having to deal with an unwieldy and large piece of paper. (BOS09, $7.95)

New England Map

New England Map


by Mad Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

A road map of all of New England, at a scale of 1:600,000. (USE270, $10.95)

New England Map

New England Map


by Mad Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

A road map of all of New England, at a scale of 1:600,000. (USE270, $10.95)

Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: An Explorer's Guide

Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: An Explorer's Guide


by Kimberly Grant

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 472 PAGES

A practical guide to the popular tourist destinations of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, compiled by a local photographer and writer. (USE105, $21.95)

Compass Guide New Hampshire

Compass Guide New Hampshire


by Compass American

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Compiled by local writers and photographers, this full-color guide covers the history, culture and character of the state and its attractions. (USE392, $21.95)

Eyewitness Guide Boston

Eyewitness Guide Boston


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

An exceptionally informative, visually entrancing guide to Boston. (BOS10, $20.00)

Eyewitness Guide New England

Eyewitness Guide New England


by Eleanor Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

This superb guide to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the region's attractions. It also devotes a section to Boston. (USE294, $25.00)

Coastal Maine, A Maritime History

Coastal Maine, A Maritime History


by Roger Duncan

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

A 400-year history of Maine, focusing on maritime traditions and seafaring, as well as coastal settlement and development. (USE247, $24.95)

Down East, A Maritime History of Maine

Down East, A Maritime History of Maine


by Lincoln Paine

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

Maine's maritime history, from the coastal travel of Native Americans to the Basque fishing industry to the pleasure boating of today, incorporating ecology, culture and art into its well-researched history. (USE246, $14.95)

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

A seafaring tale of fearsome whales, cannibalism and sturdy 19th-century Nantucketers. The story depicts true events which inspired Melville to write Moby Dick. A fascinating history of 19th-century society in Nantucket. (OCE47, $17.00)

Lexington and Concord, The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution

Lexington and Concord, The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution


by Arthur Bernon Tourtellot

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A popular history of the opening shots of the American Revolution. (BOS16, $18.95)

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War


by Nathaniel Philbrick

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

National Book Award-winner Philbrick brings the 17th-century Plymouth colony to life, in all its gruesome detail, through its most interesting characters and events. He digs for the truths underlying the myths. (USE388, $18.00)

Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647

Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647


by William Bradford

  • HISTORY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

A readable, first-hand account of the early days of Plymouth. (USE291, $14.00)

The Most Beautiful Villages of New England

The Most Beautiful Villages of New England


by Tom Shachtman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

New England's most picturesque towns and villages are presented through 240 full-color photographs. Accompanying descriptions fill in details about each town's history and architecture. (USE42, $40.00)

The Original Vermonters, Native Inhabitants, Past and Present

The Original Vermonters, Native Inhabitants, Past and Present


by William A. Haviland | Marjory W. Power

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 362 PAGES

A highly readable, scholarly history of the native inhabitants and cultures of Vermont, covering the arrival of the Paleoindians, Abenakis and Iriquois. (USE56, $27.95)

The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates


by Sarah Vowell

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Public radio regular Vowell brings her usual wit and flair to these essays on Puritanism in these United States, combining biography with an exploration of their beliefs and ideals, colonial history and anecdote. (USA326, $16.00)

Cape Cod

Cape Cod


by Henry David Thoreau | Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 319 PAGES

Thoreau muses on the ocean and his surroundings, as he combs the beaches of Cape Cod in this compelling portrait of coastal Massachusetts, its human and natural history. (USE65, $16.00)

John Adams

John Adams


by David McCullough

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 751 PAGES

A Pulitzer Prize-winning best-selling biography of the second president. McCullough reveals him as a magnificent figure who helped shaped the nation. (USE201, $20.00)

One Man's Meat

One Man's Meat


by E.B. White

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938. (USE43, $16.95)

Paul Revere and the World He Lived In

Paul Revere and the World He Lived In


by Esther Forbes

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

An engaging, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the much mythologized hero of the American Revolution first published in 1942. (BOS17, $30.95)

The Bostonians

The Bostonians


by Henry James

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Henry James' satirical novel of the battle of the sexes is well worth the read. In it, Basil, a Mississippi lawyer, and Olive, a Boston feminist, compete for the affections of the same woman. Originally published in 1886, it was one of the first American novels to deal with lesbianism. (BOS13, $20.00)

The Dante Club

The Dante Club


by Matthew Pearl

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Rarely has historical fiction, literary reference and murder mystery been fused so effortlessly. Pearl's novel, set in 1865 Boston, tells the gripping tale of a murderer drawing inspiration from Dante's "Divine Comedy." (BOS12, $15.00)

The Maine Reader, The Down East Experience, 1614 to Present

The Maine Reader, The Down East Experience, 1614 to Present


by Charles Shain

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An excellent anthology covering the gamut of the state's culture and history, from early European explorers to the 20th century works of Carolyn Chute, Rachel Carson and John McPhee. (USE57, $20.95)

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

A sparkling extended essay on the cod, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine and history, as well as to Scandinavian, American and Canadian commerce. (OCE10, $16.00)

New England Weather, New England Climate


by Gregory Zielinski | Barry Keim

  • SCIENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

A scholarly overview by the state climatologists of Maine and New Hampshire, with good coverage of the local seasons: ski season, mud season, beach and lake season, and foliage season. (USE311, $19.95)

Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England

Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England


by Tom Wessels | Brian Cohen | Ann Zwinger

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

In this entertaining, informative book, the history of the New England forest unfolds like a mystery novel. Wessels examines the character of the central New England forest through the clues left behind by fires, logging, storms and economic fads. (USE07, $21.95)

The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The Outermost House, A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod


by Henry Beston

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 218 PAGES

The chronicle of a year spent living alone in a remote Cape Cod beach house in 1925. These beloved essays, first published in 1928, capture the essence of the Cape, the sea, weather and animal life. (USE41, $16.99)

A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife

A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife


by Noble S. Proctor | Patrick J. Lynch

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 221 PAGES

A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes. (NAM24, $19.95)

Maine Trees & Wildflowers

Maine Trees & Wildflowers


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER

This plastic card illustrates 140 common species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers. (USE446, $6.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England

National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England


by Brian Cassie | Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites. (USE06, $22.00)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

New England Wildlife

New England Wildlife


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This laminated, fold-out, pocket-size guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. (USE234, $6.95)

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