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“It is often said that you can’t judge a book by its cover,” a reviewer in the Wall Street Journal wrote recently. “But in the case of The Socratic Method , you can. Written by Ward Farnsworth, a classics scholar and dean of the University of Texas School of Law, and published by Godine, a Boston-based company known for both its editorial judgment and its artisan bookmaking, The Socratic Method is a beautiful object, with a costly sewn binding, an elegant font—and, more to the point, a jacket illustration that is richly suggestive of what is inside.” As a small book publisher, paddling against the current in challenging times, it is gratifying when people notice the work we’ve dedicated our lives to doing. This catalog is our latest collection, and we believe you’ll find a lot to love on these pages. From the history of people going back to the land in Margot Anne Kelley’s Foodtopia to the latest Bookshop Diary from Shaun Bythell, Remainders of the Day (and much else in between), here are wonderful reading pleasures for autumnal and hibernal days and nights. Speaking of challenges, shortages and delays are impacting every aspect of book- making. Please, to ensure delivery for Christmas, place your order by December  th . This catalog was delayed at the printer due to circumstances beyond our control. From all of us here at Godine—Joshua Bodwell, Celia Johnson, Tammy Ackerman, Virginia Downes, and all the people who’ll make sure your order is handled with care: Linda Johnson, Leisa Perrotta, Caroline Perrotta, and Dylan Gray—happy reading! Welcome to Our Reader’s Catalog for Fall & Winter!

Seeing Like an Artist: What Artists Perceive in the Art of Others by Lincoln Perry “Conversational . . . expansive . . . a masterclass.” — Publishers Weekly Learn to see art as an artist does. As the mysteries of techniques and styles are revealed, viewing paintings and sculptures becomes a more powerfully enriching experience that will stay in your mind long after you’ve left a museum. Perry is a disarmingly charming tour guide to museums large or small and artists from Bruegal to Pollock. In sixteen essays—each framed around a specific theme— Lincoln Perry provides new ways of seeing and appreciating art.

Along the way, he weaves in personal stories from his own artistic journey, including the nights he slept in his beaten-up VW Bus in the Louvre’s parking lot. Drawing heavily on examples from the European tradition of art, the author aims to overturn assumptions and cause the reader to rethink artistic prejudices while rebuilding new preferences. As Lincoln Perry writes, “I’ll try to evoke what I’ve come to love not because I believe it’s what you should love, but, rather, because I hope my enthusiasm might inspire you to find what you love.” This is a must-read to gain a deeper experience as a viewer of art. James Gleick, author of Time Travel: A History, said “So much writing about art seems like useless noise—abstract, pretentious, gassy. This is not that. Lincoln Perry takes us on a journey, showing us what he sees and how he sees, and it’s wonderful. There is revelation on every page.” NEW · 256 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $28.95

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New Nonfiction

Last of the Hill Farms: Echoes of Vermont’s Past by Richard W. Brown

Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food by Margot Anne Kelley “Insightful . . . a topic that will have a substantial impact on our future.” — Booklist

“A striking book . . . an arresting, wistful portrait of an all- but-gone way of life.” — Boston Globe

In 1968, the photographer Rich- ard Brown moved to the North- east Kingdom, a remote corner of Vermont just barely entering the twentieth century. There he encountered a way of life—as it had been lived for generations— that was fast disappearing. A time when a farmer could make a living with a herd of thirty

Ever wonder if there’s a bet- ter way to live, work, and eat? You’re not alone. Here is the story of five back-to-the-land movements, from 1840 to pres- ent day, when large numbers of utopian-minded people in the United States took action to establish small-scale farm- ing as an alternative to main- stream agriculture. Then and now, it’s the story of people striving to live freely and fight injustice, to make the food on their table a little healthier, and to leave the planet less scarred than they found it. Throughout America’s history as an industrial nation, sizable countercultural movements have chosen to forgo modern comforts in pursuit of a simpler life. In this illuminating alternative American history, Margot Anne Kelley details the evolution of food-centric utopian movements that were fueled by deep yearnings for unpolluted water and air, for racial and gender equality, for peace, for a less consumerist lifestyle, for a sense of authenticity, for simplicity, for a healthy diet, and for a sustaining connection to the natural world. Today, food is no longer just about what we eat, but about how our food is raised and who profits along the way. Kelley looks closely at the efforts of young farmers now grow- ing heirloom pigs, culturally appropriate foods, and newly bred vegetables, along with others working in coalitions, advocacy groups, and educational programs to extend the reach of this era’s Good Food Movement. Foodtopia is for anyone interested in how we all might lead much better—and well-fed—lives. NEW · 344 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $28.95

cows with a little sugaring or lumbering on the side. Over the years that followed, Brown did record it, with an 8" × 10" large plate view camera. Not only the hauntingly beautiful landscape but also the people—grave, strong, resolute—who stayed and worked the stubborn hills and “did so with great but fierce attachment.” The images still speak to our own need for attachment, simplicity, and a connection to the land. BACK IN PRINT · 136 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $40.00

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A Life in Books

New Nonfiction

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Remainders of the Day: A Bookshop Diary by Shaun Bythell “Sure to prove irresistible to

“A full, appealing world populated with colorful characters . . . an endearing and thoughtful book.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

fellow bibliophiles.” — Publishers Weekly

One cozy, funny year with a bookseller, Shaun Bythell, as he stays afloat while managing staff, customers, and life in the village of Wigtown, Scotland. Shaun drives to distant houses to buy private libraries, meditates on the nature of inde- pendent bookstores (“There really does seem to be a serendipity about bookshops, not just with finding books you never knew existed, or that you’ve been searching for, but with people too.”), and, of course, finds books for himself because he’s a reader, too. Shaun manages the shop’s daily ups and downs with a sharp eye and even sharper wit—his account of one year behind the counter is something no booklover should miss. NEW · 324 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $17.95 · HARDCOVER · $25.95

The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland is a book lover’s paradise, with thou- sands of books across nearly a mile of shelves, a real log fire, and Captain, the portly bookshop cat. You’d think that after twenty years, owner Shaun Bythell would be used to his quirky customers by now. Don’t get him wrong, there are some good ones among the antiquar- ian porn-hunters, die-hard train book lovers, people who confuse bookshops for libraries, and the toddlers just look- ing for a nice cozy corner in which to wee. He’s sure there are some good ones. There must be . . .

Through diaries of daily life, Shaun Bythell has created an endearing and cozy world for booklovers, a warm and welcome memoir series. Remainders of the Day is filled with the pernickety warmth and humor that has touched readers around the world, and it is stuffed with literary treasures, hidden gems, and incunabula. If you’re new to Shaun Bythell’s bestselling series, this is a great place to start. If you’re one of Bythell’s many fans, welcome back to The Bookshop. NEW · 376 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $27.95 Available by December 5th

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops by Shaun Bythell A very funny view of books and the people who love them. It does take all kinds. And from the “Person Who Doesn’t Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover)” to the “Parents Secretly After Free Childcare,” Shaun knows them all. Inspired by Linnaean taxonomic groups, Shaun catalogs each variety. There’s the Expert (divided into subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), the Not- So-Silent Traveler (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hum- mer, Farter, and Tutter), and many more. Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer—all add up to one of the funniest

Also available: The Guynd: Love & Other Repairs in Rural Scotland by Belinda Rathbone “Rathbone writes so beautifully of the house and of rural Scotland that our lives are enriched.” — Chicago Tribune A New England woman falls for a charming Scottish landowner only to discover she’s also in a complex relationship with his family’s 400-year-old ancestral estate, The Guynd. Funny and heartwarming, the story of a house, a place, and a marriage. 296 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $19.95

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Recently Published

Recently Published

How Baseball Happened: Outrageous Lies Exposed! The True Story Revealed by Thomas W. Gilbert, introduction by John Thorn

One True Sentence: Writers & Readers on Hemingway’s Art edited by Mark Cirino and Michael Von Cannon, introduction by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick “Valuable. . . . highlighting how good work stands the test of time.” — Kirkus Reviews A selection of the greatest sentences by the master, Ernest Hemingway. Sentences that can take a reader’s breath away and are not easily forgotten. Each sentence has been selected and examined by authors such as Elizabeth Strout, Sherman Alexie, Paula McLain, and

Winner of the Casey Award: Best Baseball Book of the Year

Baseball’s true founders don’t have plaques in Cooperstown. The founders were the hundreds of uncredited amateurs— ordinary people—who played without gloves, facemasks, or performance incentives in the middle decades of the 19th century. Unlike today’s pro athletes, they lived full lives out- side of sports. They worked, built businesses, and fought against the South in the Civil War.

Russell Banks; filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick; Seán Hemingway, A. Scott Berg, and many others in this celebration and conversation between Hemingway and some of his most perceptive and interesting readers. “All you have to do is write one true sentence,” Hemingway wrote in his memoir, A Moveable Feast . “Write the truest sentence that you know.” If that is the secret to Hemingway’s endur- ing power, what sentences continue to live in readers’ minds? And why are they resonant? NEW · 200 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $26.95

Baseball was originally supposed to be played, not watched. This changed when crowds began to show up at games in Brooklyn in the late 1850s. We fans weren’t invited to the party; we crashed it. Professionalism wasn’t part of the plan either, but when an 1858 Brooklyn versus New York City series accidentally proved that people would pay to see a game, the writing was on the outfield wall. When the first professional league was formed in 1871, baseball was already a fully formed modern sport with championships, media coverage, and famous stars. Thomas W. Gilbert’s history is for baseball fans and anyone fascinated

by history, American culture, and how great things began. 384 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $18.95 · HARDCOVER · $28.95 In the Founders’ Footsteps: Landmarks of the American Revolution preface by Nathaniel Philbrick “Beautifully alive.”— Wall Street Journal A tour through the original thirteen colonies in search of historical sites and their stories in America’s founding. Obscure, well-known, off-the-beaten path, and on busy city streets, here are taverns, meeting houses, battlefields, forts, monuments, and homes, which all combine to define our country—the places where daring people forged a revolution. There are thirty-seven landmarks included, with fifteen

Ghost of the Hardy Boys: The Writer Behind the World’s Most Famous Boy Detectives by Leslie McFarlane “An elegant book, full of charm and pathos and whimsy.”— Washington Post As millions devoured the early adventures of the Hardy Boys, little did readers and aspiring sleuths know: the series’ author was not Franklin W. Dixon, as the cover trumpeted. It was Leslie McFarlane, a nearly penniless scribbler, who hammered out the first adventures while living in a remote cabin without electricity or running water in northern Ontario. This, at last, is his story—as much fun as the stories he wrote: full-fledged classics filled with perilous scrapes, loyal chums, and breakneck races to solve the mystery.

additional locations noted in brief. From the Bunker Hill Monument in Massachusetts to the Camden Battlefield Site in South Carolina, this is a tour of an American cultural land- scape with a curious, perceptive, and insightful guide. For armchair travelers and anyone fascinated by Americana, Van Doren has created an unforgettable journey through history. We see the Founders—both their stunning achievements and chilling moral failures—where they lived, fought, and agreed on a common purpose to create a nation whose future—and legacy—is continually evolving. 256 PAGES · HARDCOVER · ILLUSTRATED · $38.00

Ghost of the Hardy Boys is a captivating, funny, and always charming look back at a vanished era of journalism, writing, and book publishing. It is for anyone who loves a great story and who’s curious about solving the mystery of the fascinating man behind one of the most widely read and enduring children’s book series in history. 304 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $25.95



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Ward Farnsworth

Ward Farnsworth

Farnsworth’s Classical English Style “An original and absorbing guide to English style. Get it if you can.” — Wall Street Journal Say it with style—on paper or in person. This book explains why the best writing sounds that way, with hundreds of examples that have stood the test of time from masters of the language. Farnsworth shows how small choices about types of words and sentence structure puts force into writ- ing and speech. 168 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $27.95

The Socratic Method: A Practitioner’s Handbook A thinking person’s guide to a better life. About 2,500 years ago, Plato wrote a set of dialogues that depict Socrates in conversa- tion. The way Socrates asks questions, and the reasons why, amount to a whole way of thinking. This is the Socratic method— one of humanity’s great achievements. More than a technique, the method is an ethic of patience, inquiry, humility, and doubt. It is an aid to better thinking, and a remedy for bad habits of mind. Easy to grasp yet challenging to master, the method will change the way you think about life’s big questions. As Farnsworth achieved with The Practicing Stoic and the Farnsworth’s Classical English series, ideas

Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric “Heightens one’s appreciation of the craft of great writers and speakers.” — Wall Street Journal Farnsworth is your guide to patterns known as rhetorical figures that can make your words more emphatic, mem- orable, and effective. Drawing on examples from masters of prose, all apply to the composition of a simple sentence or paragraph—repetition and variety, suspense and relief, concealment and surprise, the creation of expectations. 256 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $18.95

of old are made new and vital again. This book is for those coming to philosophy the way Socrates did—as the everyday activity of making sense out of life and how to live it. 264 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $27.95

The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual “A book that will provide perspective and consolation at times of heartbreak or calamity.” — Washington Post See more clearly, live more wisely, and bear the burdens of this life with greater ease— here are the greatest insights of the Stoics, in their own words, presented in twelve lessons. Ward Farnsworth systematically presents the heart of Stoic philosophy accompanied by commentary that is clear and concise. Here is the most valuable wisdom about living a good life from ages past and now made available for our time. 256 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $27.95

Farnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor “A book to dip in and savor.” — Boston Globe

Make your writing and speech shine like the sun! Here’s the most entertaining and instructive book about enliv- ening and clarifying communication by comparing one thing to another. Using hundreds of examples, Farnsworth demonstrates all the different stylistic ways that points can be unforgettably made—along with commentary on how they bring power to words.

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Unforgettable Fiction

Simon Van Booy

Life Sentences by Billy O’Callaghan “Poignant . . . powerful.” — New York Times

The Presence of Absence by Simon Van Booy “A moving, brilliant book.” —Ann Beattie

One Irish family’s fight for survival makes for an unforgettable tale of love, abandonment, and redemption. At just 16, Nancy Martin leaves the small island of Cape Clear for the mainland, the only member of her family to survive the effects of the Great Famine. Find- ing work in a grand house on the edge of Cork City, she is irrepressibly drawn to the charis- matic gardener Michael Egan, sparking a love affair and a devastating chain of events that continues to unfold over three generations. Billy O’Callaghan weaves together the journey of an Irish family determined against all odds to be free. Based on stories told by the author’s

As a writer lies dying, he has one last story to tell: a tale of faith and devotion, a meditation on what lies beyond this life, and a prayer of gratitude that may lead to rebirth. This is Simon Van Booy at his visionary best. “Language is a map leading to a place not on the map,” announces a young writer lying in a hospi- tal bed. As he contemplates his impending phys- ical disappearance and the impact on his beloved wife, he realizes, “Life doesn’t start when you’re born . . . it begins when you commit yourself to the eventual devastating loss that results from connecting to another person.”

Infused with poetic clarity and graced with humor, Simon Van Booy’s innovative novella asks the reader to find beauty—even gratitude—in the cycle of birth and death. Simon Van Booy is not only a master storyteller but a writer whose fiction is rich with philosophical insights into things both mapped and undiscovered. The Presence of Absence parts the darkness to reveal what has been just out of sight all along. NEW · 184 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $24.95

parents and grandparents, the novel is so rich in life and empathy it is impossible to let go of his characters. This novel confirms O’Callaghan as one of the finest living Irish writers. 200 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $24.95

Beneficence by Meredith Hall “Electrifying beauty and grace.” — Boston Globe

Night Came with Many Stars by Simon Van Booy “It is a heartbreaking book, a gorgeous book.”—NPR In Kentucky, back in 1933, Carol’s daddy lost his 13-year-old daughter in a game of cards. This spellbinding novel spans decades as incidents intersect and lives unexpectedly change course in a masterfully interwoven story of chance and choice that leads home again to a night blessed with light. NEW in Paperback · 248 PAGES

When they meet in the 1930s, Doris and Tup’s love is immediate. They marry quickly, and Doris commits to the only life Tup ever wanted: working the Senter family farm. But even as they’re blessed with chil- dren, Doris is uneasy, and she confesses, “We can’t ever know what will come.” When an unimaginable tragedy occurs, everything the Senters held faith in is shattered. The family is consumed by a dark shadow of grief and guilt. Slowly, the surviving Senters must find their way to forgiveness—of themselves and of each other. New York Times bestselling author Meredith Hall’s

radiant debut novel is a study of love—both its gifts and its obligations—that will stay with readers long after the last page. With a rare tenderness and compassion, Beneficence

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illuminates the heart’s enduring covenants and compromises. NEW · 288 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $16.95 · HARDCOVER · $25.95



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Unforgettable Fiction


Late Wonders: New and Selected Poems by Wesley McNair “One of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”—Philip Levine Wesley McNair’s poems have long celebrated eccen- trics and misfits, the hopeful and the lost, with a tenderness that transcends the everyday. This career-spanning collection brings together his very best poems from the past four decades alongside new work. Since the publication of his first book in the early 1980s, McNair has earned a reputation as a poet of place, an intimate observer of the speech and character of New England. In fact, McNair’s “place” is unlimited, as he proves in the lucid, far-ranging poems of this volume. Late Wonders includes “The

Bear by Marian Engel “A strange and wonderful book, plausible but shapely as a folktale, and with the same disturbing resonance.”—Margaret Atwood A librarian is called to a remote Canadian island to inventory the estate of a secretive colonel whose most surprising secret is a bear. Even more surprising is the passion—shocking passion—that develops between the woman and the large, powerful animal. 128 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95 (contains adult content)

Life: A User’s Manual by Georges Perec “One of the great novels of the century.” — Boston Globe This spellbinding puzzle takes place in an apartment block where, chapter by chapter, room by room, a rich cast of characters is revealed. The observations become a manual for life, portraying the mixed marriages of fortunes, passions and despairs, and betrayals and bereavements of lives around the world. 680 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $24.95

Long Dream of Home” and the complete trilogy of McNair’s masterful, long narrative poems written over the last thirty years: “My Brother Running,” “Fire,” and “Dwellers in the House of the Lord.” This is a collection for anyone who believes mixing a little sorrow and little comedy makes for poetry that moves the heart. NEW · 296 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $29.95 A limited number of signed copies will ship to the first customers to order.

Old Poets: Reminiscences and Opinions by Donald Hall “Old Poets is an indispensable jewel.” — Washington Post

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Donald Hall’s essays are once both intimate por- traits and learned treatises. He takes us on a pub crawl through the Welsh countryside with the word-mad Dylan Thomas; to the Faber & Faber office of T. S. Eliot, who had discovered more hap- piness in age than in youth; to a reading where Robert Frost’s public persona hid the truth; to Brooklyn for lunch with the enigmatic Marianne Moore; and to Italy and for a visit with the noto- rious Ezra Pound. For lovers of literature, this is a gorgeous remembrance. As Hall writes, “Their presences have been emblems in my life, and I remember these poets as if I kept them carved in stone.” 304 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $27.95

“One of the strongest stories of supernatural horror. . . . Bursts into life and does not flag until the end.”— Washington Post Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, has come north from London to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare. 144 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · HARDCOVER · $19.95



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Recent Nonfiction

Lives Well Lived

Diary of a Pint-Sized Farmer: A Year of Keeping Sheep, Raising Kids, and Staying Sane by Sally Urwin “With her humor and candid descriptions, it’s hard not to fall in love with Sally.” — Countryman’s Weekly Even though Sally’s feet don’t quite reach the tractor ped- als, this city-girl-turned-shepherd found happiness and love on a Northumbrian farm. Filled with grit and humor, eccentric animals and local characters, this is the perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to pack up and find a new life on the other side of the fence. 256 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $25.95

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat “. . . endowed with humor, plentiful and warm.” — Kirkus Reviews Growing up in on the frontier of Saskatoon, Canada, the legendary adventurer and naturalist Farley Mowat received a gift from his mom: a dog she bought for four cents. Farley quickly named him “Mutt.” Funny and poignant, these are the uproarious true adventures of a dog who doesn’t understand that he’s a dog—and the boy who loved him. 224 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $16.95

Also by Farley Mowat: The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float 224 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95 Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez, introduction by Phillip Lopate “Superb.”— New York Times The fortieth anniversary edition of an American classic: a “minority student” pays the cost of social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation from his past, his parents, his culture. Exquisitely written, poignant, powerful, and controversial, Hunger of Memory is both a profound study of the importance of language and an intimate portrait of a Mexican-American boy struggling to become a man. NEW · 216 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $24.95

The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana by Bob Keyes “Reads like a mystery.”— PBS News Hour A rare inside look into the life of an artist as well as the often unscrupulous world of high-end art. When artist Robert Indiana died in 2018, he left behind an estate embroiled in lawsuits and facing accusations of fraud. Here, for the first time, are all the pieces to the bizarre true story of the artist’s final days and the inner workings of art as very big business. 248 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $21.95

The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship by Chaney Kwak “Beautifully written and astutely observed. This is a marvelous book.”— Washington Post In March 2019, the Viking Sky cruise ship was struck by a bomb cyclone in the North Atlantic. Rocked by 50-foot swells and 40-knot gales, the ship lost power and began to drift straight toward the notoriously dangerous Norwegian coast. This is the suspenseful, harrowing, funny, touching story by one passenger who contemplated death aboard that ship. 160 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $18.95

Why We Make Things & Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman by Peter Korn “Invites us to understand craftsmanship as an activity that connects us to others, and affirms what is best in ourselves.”—Matthew Crawford Woodworking, handicrafts, shaping and making—how does the making of objects shape our identities? How does creative work enrich our communities and society? What does the process of making things reveal to us about ourselves? Peter Korn poignantly provides answers in this book that is for the artist, artisan, crafter, do-it-yourselfer inside us all. 176 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $19.95



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Feast Here Tonight

Children’s Books

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett illustrated by Graham Rust A beautiful and timeless portrayal of friendship, mystery, and renewal. Beloved by generations of young readers, this is the story of two unhappy but courageous children who become determined to make their lives, and the lives of others around them, more joyful. Orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to live in her uncle’s house on the Yorkshire moors, and the house is an unhappy one. And full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. At night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. The gardens sur- rounding the large property are Mary’s only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, tangled with overgrowth, sur- rounded by walls, and locked with a missing key. With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary discovers a way in—and becomes determined to bring the garden back to life. AGES 8–12 · 192 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $18.95

La Bonne Table by Ludwig Bemelmans A feast of reading on the art of dining well.

An illustrated celebration of a lifetime love affair with dining by the creator of the classic Madeline series. Here is Bemelmans’ best on the subject he loved most: the good table. Entrancing memories and charming pictures transport the reader behind the scenes of the great hotels and restaurants of Europe and America. Memorable dishes, the eccentric geniuses of the kitchens who created them, the opulent and often astonishing patrons who ordered them, and the legendary wines and the occasions they toasted are all evoked in rich and piquant flavor. Bemelmans was trained as a boy for a career

as a restauranteur, and La Bonne Table is in effect his gastonomical autobiography. The high—and sometimes riotous low—points of his life with food, from Austrian cafes to the late, lamented Ritz of New York, are narrated with delight and zest as he celebrates beer and sausages, pressed duck and caviar, and the chefs who prepared it all. 446 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $22.95 The Kitchen Book & The Cook Book by Nicolas Freeling “Absolutely delightful to read.”— London Times

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett illustrated by Graham Rust

Rags to riches—and kindness rewarded. Young Sara Crewe lives a life of luxury until a tragedy strikes. The adored only child of a rich, indulgent father, she arrived at Miss Minchin’s Seminary for Young Ladies in a flurry of silks and satins. The envy of the pupils, who spitefully call her “the little princess,” she lives a life of lux- ury—until her father dies and the unscrupulous and spiteful Miss Minchin relegates the poor girl to the seminary’s attic. Thrown back on her own resources, and especially her powerful imagination, Sara displays the nobility of a real princess until, as if by magic, her fortunes change again. AGES 8–12 · 192 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $18.95

Nicolas Freeling, best known for producing some of the finest modern crime fiction, began his working life as an apprentice cook in a large French hotel. He continued cooking profession- ally for many years, and his enthusiasm for, and interest in, gas- tronomy in its broadest sense is at least equal to his passion for crime. Here, reprinted in a single volume, are his two splendid

books of gastronomical memoir drawn from those experiences. Each is a delicious blend of the culinary and the literary, and include such recipes as cinnamon lamb stew and bouillabaisse, all charmingly floating about in a consistently entertaining text. The work is illustrated by the witty and winsome pen of John Lawrence, the perfect visual sauce for Freeling’s savouries. Funny, wise, full of inspiration and delight, The Kitchen Book & The Cook Book will find a place close to every cook’s hearth and heart. 360 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $17.95



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Arthur Ransome

Children’s Books

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas illustrated by Edward Ardizzone “The most delicious read-aloud for having words trip off the tongue.” — Publisher’s Weekly This is among the best-known and best-loved holi- day classics for good reason. In richly poetic prose, Dylan Thomas recalls the tree-trimming, the carols, and the games, not of a particular childhood Christ- mas but of them all. AGES 4–8 · 48 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED SOFTCOVER · $10.95 · HARDCOVER · $17.95

Swallows and Amazons Friendship, resourcefulness, and sailing, too! Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series. The book that started it all in 1930 introduces the Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the catboat Swallow , and the two intrepid Amazons: plucky Nancy and Peggy Blackett. AGES 10–14 · 352 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95

I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge, illustrated by Margot Tomes “I absolutely adored it. It had a cracking plot and a perfect tone throughout” —J. K. Rowling Little Polly is sure something special is going to happen this Christmas. When she wakes up that morning, more than one miracle seems to have taken place. A moving and endearing classic celebrating both the magic and the mystery of Christmas. AGES 4–8 · 64 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED SOFTCOVER · $9.95

Swallowdale Follow the Walker family and friends through a shipwreck, a camp on the mainland, a secret valley, and a thrilling mountain hike. AGES 10–14 · 430 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95 Peter Duck The children brave a pirate and his cutthroat crew, sharks, and the ravenous creatures of Crab Island in the search for buried treasure. AGES 10–14 · 394 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95 Winter Holiday The intrepid explorers plan an Arctic expedition. But unforeseen events separate the travelers, and disaster strikes in the exciting climax of their race to the Pole. AGES 10–14 · 335 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95 Coot Club Trouble begins when a coot’s nest is disturbed by holiday boaters. The Coot Club Bird Protection Society springs into action and calamitous boat collisions ensue! AGES 10–14 · 352 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $14.95 Pigeon Post The thrill-seeking adventurers comb the nearby hills for a fabled lost claim. Full of danger—and an irresistible appeal to the explorer in all of us. AGES 10–14 · 382 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95 We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea The Swallows break a promise to their mother and the four young sailors find themselves drifting out to sea—and then sweeping across to Holland in the midst of a full gale! AGES 10–14 · 333 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95 Secret Water On an uncharted island, the Swallows discover mysterious footprints of a very large animal and a dangerous enemy as well—another group of children known as “The Eels.” Thankfully, the Amazons are on their way! AGES 10–14 · 376 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $16.95

Lucy’s Christmas by Donald Hall illustrated by Michael McCurdy A classic New England Christmas.

The leaves have just begun to change, but Lucy is already thinking of Christmas. Finally, the day arrives. Lucy and her family travel to church to exchange gifts, sing carols with the whole town, and perform in the Christmas pageant. AGES 4–8 · 32 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $10.95



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Rotten Island by William Steig “Not since Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has there been such a glorious nightmare of a book.” — People Life is great on Rotten Island—if you’re rotten. But one day the volcanoes settle down, the monsters tire of fighting, and out of the gravel pit a lone, beautiful flower begins to grow. . . .

Saint Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton, illustrated by Ilse Plume A legendary tale about kindness.

A great and ferocious wolf has terrorized the town of Gubbio. From nearby Assisi, Brother Francis comes to the rescue, calling to the wolf, taming him with tenderness, and making him pledge that if the people of Gubbio would care for him, the wolf would do them no harm.

AGES 4–8 · 32 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER · $17.95 SOFTCOVER · $10.95 Heartland by Diane Siebert, illustrated by Wendell Minor A read-aloud picture book, celebrating the heart of our country. Welcome to America’s heartland—a place where golden

AGES 4-8 · 32 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER · $17.95 Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge A fantasy adventure with animals, magic, and danger. The four Linnet children ran away to stay with their Uncle Ambrose, an eccentric retired schoolteacher. He was determined to give them an education including in nature and magic, the power of the past and Pan, and the importance of the bees. They used their knowledge to find the lost Valerians; undo some very wicked, ancient spells; and reunite a divided family.

wheat waves in the breeze, where great rivers flow, and cornfields stretch across the plains in glorious patchwork quilts of greens and yellows and browns. This is the heartland where Nature reigns supreme. 32 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER · $17.95 · SOFTCOVER · $10.95

AGES 9–12 · 256 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $15.95

Cat, What is That? by Tony Johnson, illustrated by Wendell Minor A poetic read-aloud for young cat lovers, with exquisite art and text. Just why are cats so special? This joyous celebration of our feline friends has some answers, “It is the curl-up-in-your-lap. At any time, it is the nap.” Clever verse and minutely observed

A Near Thing for Captain Najork How Tom Beat Captain Najork by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Quentin Blake Two funny stories of a kid who triumphs.

Worry Week by Anne Lindbergh, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Classic chapter book from the award-winning author. Three brave sisters happily live off the land while waiting for their parents to return. For years, rumors have suggested that their fam- ily’s summer cottage contains a hidden treasure. The treasure the girls find is not buried gold but something that binds them closer to their family’s history. 144 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $12.95 Two whimsical tales (sold separately) about Tom, a boy so good at fooling around that he does little else, and the fearsome Captain Najork and his sportsmen as they battle jam-powered frogs and pedal-powered snakes—and each other—in games of wamble, muck, and sneedball. BOTH BOOKS: AGES 4–8 · 32 PAGES ILLUSTRATED SOFTCOVER · $7.95 EACH

paintings provide a panorama of pleasures for the youngest cat lover. 32 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $9.95 My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Glenna Langr Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic poem, vibrantly illustrated.

Illustrator Glenna Lang has created a visual narrative to accom- pany the classic poem as a young girl travels through a dream nightscape with her shadow companion. Beautifully true to the sense and spirit of Steven- son’s work, the illustrations add their own grace and rich atmosphere. 32 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER · $17.95



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Trio by Andrea Wisnewski “One of the Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year” — Kirkus Reviews Trio is a kitten who was born with three legs and lives his life as any other kitten would. A story children will love—and a natural conversation starter with your child about differences. AGES 4–8 · 40 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER · $17.95

Speaking of Dogs doggedly assembled by James Charlton fetchingly illustrated by Arnold Roth “Dogs are better than human beings because they know and do not tell.” —Emily Dickinson

Here are the best dog-lauding quotations from pundits and poets, artists and authors. There’s something new and memorable for everyone. Witty and tender, this book compiles all the best words—from Kafka to Kurt Vonnegut—ever written or spoken about man’s best friend, all complemented by Roth’s amusing artwork.

Sugar on Snow by Nan Parson Rossiter Sap’s rising! A family sets off at dawn to make syrup. Everyone participates in the hard work, hauling buckets full of sap to the steamy sugarhouse. Lovingly illus- trated and infused with the lucid light of early Spring, this is a picture book you’ll love to share. AGES 4–8 · 32 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED SOFTCOVER · $11.95

Christmas at Eagle Pond by Donald Hall, illustrated by Mary Azarian The dream of an old-fashioned family Christmas. In December 1940, twelve-year-old Donald Hall gets on a train from his Connecticut home to fulfill a dream: spend a New England Christmas with his grandparents at their farm on Eagle Pond. He arrives to the usual chores, family dinner, and a snowstorm that brings the old horse, Riley, to the rescue. 104 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED SOFTCOVER WITH FLAPS · $14.95 256 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER WITH FLAPS · $17.95 Also available: SPEAKING OF DOGS GREETING CARDS · $14.95

A Farmer’s Alphabet by Mary Azarian “A beautiful gift; a treasure to own.”— Boston Globe Bold and oversized images illustrate the ABCs of rural New England life, from Apple, Barn, and Cow through aX, Yawn, and Zinnia. Including, of course, f armer. ALL AGES · 64 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $15.95

A Shimmer of Joy: One Hundred Children’s Picture Books by Chris Loker A sumptuous celebration! Here are 100 books that amply prove the picture book is an art form, from The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901) to Last Stop on Market Street (2015). Each book is pre- sented with a cover and inside spread as author Chris Loker affirms what we all instinctively know: a picture book is literature, art, and theater all rolled into one, miraculously blended and irresistibly presented. 256 PAGES · HARDCOVER · $35

Mary Azarian Greeting Cards

Each box is packed with twelve cards and matching envelopes. The outside of each card features one of six scenes from A Farmer’s Alphabet (each image is repeated twice). The inside is blank and ready for your message. TWELVE CARDS IN A BOX WITH MATCHING ENVELOPES · $14.95



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The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W. E. Bowman, with an introduction by Bill Bryson “One of the novels everyone must read.”— The Guardian The world’s highest mountain awaits (and the world’s worst mountain- eers are on their way). This classic, laugh-out-loud novel (something like Monty Python climbing the Matterhorn) was first published in 1956 and has never been out of print since.

Crime and Puzzlement: 24 Solve-Them- Yourself Mysteries by Lawrence Treat You are the detective. Who shot Eli P. Harvard? Who stole the Van Bliven necklace? Did Mrs. Falwell really fall out of her twelfth-floor window? Where did Little William go? The clues are in the picture of the scene of the crime. It’s up to you to read the story, ponder the picture, seize pencil in fist, and solve it yourself! 78 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $8.95


How to Do Things Right by L. Rust Hills “Hills is preoccupied primarily with the little things, and he writes about them deliciously.” —Nora Ephron, New York Times

The Baffle Book: 15 Fiendishly Challenging Detective Puzzles by Lassiter Wren and Randle McKay The original puzzle mysteries.

Obsessively detailed, and very funny, instructions on nearly every- thing you might be doing wrong. From how to eat an ice-cream cone to developing “principles” when you have none, Hills’s mission is to elevate—and ennoble—those fleeting instincts we all harbor to get our lives in order. 272 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $17.95

In such puzzle-stories as “The Evidence on the Japanned Box,” “The Toledo Death Threat,” and “The Huppheimer Museum Robbery,” Wren and McKay sparked a craze for “ten-minute mysteries” that spread through the American pulp-detective magazines of the late 1920s. These are the originals—and perhaps the most perfect exam- ples—of this venerable mystery genre to challenge the wits of armchair investigators. 160 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $11.95

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy A very funny view of famous people throughout history by New Yorker humorist Will Cuppy.

The 39 Steps by John Buchan Classic adventure.

The year is 1914. Richard Hannay is buttonholed by a stranger in Lon- don who claims to be in fear for his life. Soon after, Hannay finds the man dead with a knife through his heart. And that is just the beginning of this tale of deception, danger, and international espionage that became the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock film. 114 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $10.95

The Superior Person’s Complete Book of Words by Peter Bowler A perfect blend of humor and practical knowledge for word lovers. First published in 1950, Cuppy transforms luminaries such as Nero, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Lucrezia Borgia, Attila the Hun, Lady Godiva, and Miles Standish into human beings: foolish, fallible, and very much our common ancestors. A classic of American humor. 240 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $16.95

The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers “The first modern thriller.”—Ken Follett

Our heroes here are former Oxford pals Charles Carruthers, a minor official in the British Foreign Office, and Arthur Davies, a yachtsman. Together, the two unravel a subtle and shocking plot against the nation they hold dear. The Riddle of the Sands set the mold for the contem- porary spy novel and remains one of the best in the genre. 248 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $16.95

Build a superior vocabulary with 1,000 unusual words. Includes defi- nitions and practical advice on usage in sample sentences, providing a verbal arsenal potent enough to “confuse, deter, embarrass, humiliate, puzzle, deceive, disconcert, alarm, insult (and occasionally compli- ment) everyone” with relative impunity. 384 PAGES · SOFTCOVER · $24.95



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“A glorious way to celebrate Christmas.”— New York Times These 150 recipes and plans will help cooks enjoy Christmas as much as their guests. The classics are all here: turkey (of course), but also goose stuffings, sauces, mince pies, and Christmas puddings. Also described here are yuletide traditions in England and around the world: a feast for the mind and table. 224 PAGES · ILLUSTRATED · SOFTCOVER · $17.95 $8.95 SAVE 50%

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