What We’re Reading-January + February
BOOKS-January + February 2011
Illustration by Eric Hou
Newly published from Maine: Recent favorites by local authors
AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
An illustrated book for grown-ups that celebrates the history of the United States. This book will restore your faith in humanity and make you proud to be alive.
Longfellow Books | 1 Monument Way | Portland | 207.772.4045 | [email protected]
THE GEOMRTRY OF PASTA
Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kenedy
Here’s a book for the fan of pasta and the admirer of beautifully designed books. The many, varied shapes of pasta are explained with bits of history and accompanied by graphic designs and tasty recipes.
Rabelais | 86 Middle St. | Portland | 207.774.1044 | [email protected]
GRANDMA DROVE THE SNOWPLOW
Katie Clark, author
Amy Huntington, illustrator
The redoubtable star of Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck is back and raring to go in this rollicking holiday tale. In the winter, Grandma’s garbage company turns into a snowplow service, with her sons doing the driving. But on the day of the biggest celebration in town, there’s a blizzard warning, and, one by one, the young men find themselves unable to drive the snowplow. With her grandson Billy in tow, Grandma heads off to clear the roads and, in the process, winds up helping the celebration become a rousing success.
Maine Coast Book Shop & Cafe | 158 Main St. | Damariscotta | 207.563.3207 | [email protected]
A HOUSEHOLDER’S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE
While offering plenty of useful advice on how to do common household chores sustainably—and helpfully organized in monthly installments according to season—Fasenfest goes deeper to discuss the philosophy of householding in a time when “go local,” “organic food,” and “sustainability” are on the tip of everyone’s tongue. More than just a blueprint for escaping the current economic and environmental logjam, it’s also a readable and pithy analysis of how we got here.
Rock City Books & Coffee | 328 Main St. | Rockland | 207.594.4123 | [email protected]