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Night With Its Owl
by Anne Love Woodhull
Tuned to the instruments of dark… the gods in pieces around her, Anne Love Woodhull has given us a book to embrace when our own hours become uncertain. These poems pierce. Woodhull desires conflagration, not ceremony, wants more than reflection, an exploration of the interior dark, of how challenge is lived, of where fear fits. A moth walks along a neck. Locusts chew leaves into skeletons. What is unknown is as important as what is known. Whether summoning the memory of a newborn calf in a freezing barn, ghosts, or burning boats, caught in the unbearable in between, Woodhull is unblinking and brave. These poems allow us to be brave with her.
The Physicist's Cat
by Enid Keil Sichel
The title of this book takes its name from a thought experiment conducted by physicist Erwin Schrödinger. He was thinking about quantum states, represented by a live cat and a dead cat, and illustrating how the act of measuring a quantum state affects the outcome of an experiment. The titles of the stories are topics in physics that, to a physicist, are jokes about the subjects of the stories.
by Nadine Gallo
Nadine Gallo brings us to the countryside of Ireland in 1917. Nora, Gallo’s feisty, romantic protagonist, plunges us into the atmospheric intrigue that was Ireland during the years preceding the Irish War of Independence. The homespun dress she wore seemed the color of a distant hill. She was shoeless as usual. The colors woven into her dress were like a rainbow trout’s. When they all blended together they were like mist over a lake. Through this fifteen-year old adventurer, we see the misty hills of Eire, hear the brogues and turns of phrase and explore the politics of the times.
Earth Matters: Essays on the Nature of the Pioneer Valley
Edited by Michael Dover, Caroline Hanna and Rebecca Reid
First Levellers title of 2013! In March 2009, the Hitchcock Center launched a biweekly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette called ”Earth Matters: Notes on the Nature of the Valley.” From the outset, we decided that a diversity of voices was needed to provide a full picture of the diversity of topics that our subject demanded. Hitchcock Center staff, board members, program presenters and friends have stepped forward to create a series that Larry Parnass, editor of the Gazette, describes as ”topical, well-researched, close to home, meaningful, enlightening.”
Better Together: Caring and Including Instead of Bullying
by Sarah Pirtle
This resource includes a two CD set of 40 songs. Teachers and parents can use these time-tested activities in classrooms, families, camps, houses of worship and community programs. Combine with reading and writing skills, Learn how to talk-it-out, or take 5 minutes to play and discuss a song.
Murmur & Crush
by Maya Janson
Like photogravures, the images of Murmur & Crush etch memory and landscape into indelible emotional content. The road, once, the fields, now, a boy, an afternoon, wings, horses, orchards, and ladders appear and disappear, woven into reoccurring motifs, always unexpected and elemental. These poems implicate the world broadly but depict it intimately. They exist in the past and present at once. Here, Janson writes, “Truth’s got a murky taste.” As poet Carol Potter says of this collection, “The joy we find… is an earned joy; rapture ‘in spite of the demise of everything.’ “We’re all/ pilgrims,” Janson writes, “Sometimes we’re incandescent.”
The Curse: Big-time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town—A Novel
by Robert H. Steele
During the 1990s, two Connecticut Indian tribes opened the world’s two biggest gambling casinos in the southeastern corner of the state, resulting in what has been termed a “gambling Chernobyl” The Curse is a novel based on those events. It begins in 1637 with the massacre of the Pequot Indians and a curse delivered by a Pequot sachem to the young English soldier who is about to kill him. The story then jumps 350 years as the soldier’s thirteenth-generation descendant, Josh Williams, becomes embroiled in a battle to stop a newly-minted Indian tribe from building a third casino that threatens his town and ancestral home.
The Wealth of the Commons:
A World Beyond Market & State
Edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich
We are poised between an old world that no longer works and a new one struggling to be born. Surrounded by centralized hierarchies on the one hand and predatory markets on the other, people around the world are searching for alternatives. The Wealth of the Commons explains how millions of commoners have organized to defend their forests and fisheries, reinvent local food systems, organize productive online communities, reclaim public spaces, improve environmental stewardship and re-imagine the very meaning of “progress” and governance. In short, how they’ve built their commons.
The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools
by Susan Naimark
Soon after enrolling her older son in a Boston public elementary school, Susan Naimark began to see that opportunities offered to her kids were often unavailable to their classmates of color. In The Education of a White Parent Naimark candidly describes her sometimes faltering efforts to create change in the school system, tracing what turns out to be the gradual transformation of a dismayed parent into a parent leader, school board member, and advocate for equal opportunities for all students.
Valley Vegetables: Recipes for Forty of the Pioneer Valley’s Vegetables
by Claire Hopley
Everybody loves the Valley’s vivid vegetables, but when harvests are at their brimming height, everybody needs a stash of new recipes for using them. Claire Hopley, author of several books on food and food history, has collected recipes from near and far for asparagus, peas, corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash and the myriad other vegetables now beckoning from fields and farmers’ markets.