Archive for June, 2009


Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Finally, the last of the order lists.  To make it more intriguing, look for fat biographies, detailed memoirs, journals, logs, or diaries of adventurers in places doing things we know too little about, at least four works with (sometimes remote) ties to Tenants Harbor, more beach, shore, or sea-going works–some with romance or suspense added, books mentioned in earlier blogs,  more Maine books, and, for Roseledge Books Regulars, some re-orders which suggest Roseledge Books may have the beginnings of a canon.

Fig. #55.  This is Roseledge Books if you come downhill.  The only sign is hanging from the front porch bench which means you'll only know you're here if you look up the front walk or if you recognize a good time from an earlier visit.  Come soon, get happy, and bring sunshine into this rainy June.

Fig. #55. This is Roseledge Books if you come downhill. The only sign is hanging from the front porch bench behind the rose bush which means you'll only know you're here if you look up the front walk or if you recognize a good time from an earlier visit or from this post. Come soon, get happy, and bring sunshine into this rainy June.

Erdrich, Louise.  The Plague of Doves
Fowler, Karen Joy.  Wit’s End

Galchen, Rivka.  Atmospheric Disturbances

Green, Jane.  The Beach House

Obama, Barak.  Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Patterson, James.  Sail

Pearl, Matthew.  The Dante Club

Penny, Louise.  The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

Penny, Louise.  A Fatal Grace

Perry, Thomas.  Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield)

Perry, Thomas.  Vanishing Act (Jane Whitefield)
Petterson, Per.  Out Stealing Horses

Philbrick, Nathaniel.  Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Pollan, Michael.   In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Price, Richard.  Lush Life

Reich, Christopher.  Rules of Deception

Rosen, Jonathan.  The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature

de Rosnay, Tatiana.  Sarah’s Key

Ruberstine, Lorne.  A Season In Dornoch: Golf and Life in the Scottish Highlands

Sayers, Dorothy ?l.  Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery)
Shorto, Russell.  The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
Siddons, Anne River.  Colony
Smith, Diane.  Letters from Yellowstone

Spencer-Fleming, Julia.  In the Bleak Midwinter
Spencer-Fleming, Julia.  A Fountain Filled With Blood

Spencer-Fleming, Julia.  I Shall Not Want

Stott, Rebecca.  Ghostwalk

Strout, Elizabeth.  Olive Kitteridge

Taylor, Jill Bolte.  My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
Tey, Josephine.  The Daughter of Time

Theroux, Paul.  The Elephanta Suite: Three Novellas

Toobin, Jeffrey.  The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

Upson, Niccola.  Expert in Murder: A Josephine Tey Mystery
Woods, Sherryl.  Flowers on Main

Woods, Sherryl.  Harbor Lights
Woods, Stuart.  Hot Mahogany

Finally, the lists are done.  Now the fun is in discovering paperback treasures already on the shelves and getting cheaper and yellower and harder to find each year they go  unpurchased.  It’s also fun to find the elusive tie to Tenants Harbor.  I  may start with a biography of Teddy Roosevelt to see if he loves North Dakota as I do (possible if tenuous tie) or if he visited with my late neighbor Harry when he visited his aunt who, Harry said, lived next to TR.  So many puzzles, so little time.


Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Rain and more rain. The good about yet another wet day is that this book order WILL get done as long as the raindrops fall stirringly on my (uninsulated) rooftop. So, carrying on, the list continues.

Cooney, Barbara.  Miss Rumphius

Darwi, Charles.  The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches (Penguin Classics)
Fossum, Karin.  The Indian Bride (Inspector Sejer Mysteries)

Franklin, Ariana.  The Serpent’s Tale
Gibbins, David.  The Lost Tomb

Goldman, Francisco.  The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

Goldman, Francisco.  The Ordinary Seaman

Groopman, Jerome.  How Doctors Think

Hall, Parnell.  Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery
Hammond, William.  A Matter of Honor: A Novel
Hart, John.  Down River
Hart, John.  The King of Lies

Hay, Elizabeth.  Late Nights on Air: A Novel

Holm, Bill.  The Windows of Brimnes: An American in Iceland

Horwitz, Tony.  A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America

Hubka, TQhomas.  Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England

Johnson, Craig.  Another Man’s Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

Johnson, Craig.  Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire Mysteries)

Johnson, Denis.  Tree of Smoke: A Novel

Jiust, Ward.  Echo House
Kilmer, Nicholas.  A Place in Normandy

Kilmer, Nicholas.  Madonna of the Apes

Kilmer, Nicholas.  Lazarus Arises

King, Stephen.  Duma Key: A Novel

Lent, Jeffrey.  In the Fall: A Novel

Luttrell, Marcus.  Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Mahfouz, Naguib.  Morning and Evening Talk

Marche, Stephen.  Shining at the Bottom of the Sea

Meacham, Jon.  American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Mezrich, Ben.  Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
Miles.  Jonathan.  The Wreck of the Medusa: The Most Famous Sea Disaster of the Nineteenth Century

Mosse, Kate.  Sepulchre

Mowat, Claire.  The Outport People

The list is long because I have been saving up titles of must-have books all winter.  It takes a long time to submit the order because I am linking each title to so that you all can click on the blue listing and order any of these books easily.  Then Roseledge Books gets six percent.  This is my current solution and my thank you to those of you who have wanted to support Roseledge Books with an order from away.

Of course I would rather have you be here (and the very nifty new Roseledge Books T-shirts are only available to those who come), but the real problem is that, even with my very red scooter, “dropping and shipping” books is hard to do.  Okay, very hard to do as slower and awkwarder take over my world.  But think how much fun running into a fellow Roseledge Books Regular in a t-shirt would be!  Isn’t it worth thinking about a by-trip on your way from there to here?

Part 3 of  FIRST THINGS FIRST and more photos are coming up.  Then, even though lists are fun, we can get on with things that are even more fun, like currently available, bite-sized produce for unexpected guests or matters that matter to retirees. Yum.


Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Maybe the rain came to prevent more dawdling, maybe not; but there must be a reason behind the continuing wet. Rain dampens, so to speak, any enthusiasm for morning coffee on the deck, so with thermos I’ve moved inside to ready Roseledge Book’s overdue, first summer book order.

Fig. #55.  I'm looking out the side/front windows as you walk up the Sea Street hill to Roseledge Books.  Hurry up.

Fig. #55. I'm looking out the side/front windows as you walk up the Sea Street hill to Roseledge Books. Hurry up.

I love browsing lists and drawing, often wrong, conclusions.  Based on the following list, what do you think is the purpose of Roseledge Books?
Aczel, Amir.  The Jesuit and the Skull

Atkinson, Kate.  One Good Turn: A Novel

Barbery, Muriel.  The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Barcott, Bruce.  The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird

Gill, Bartholomew.  The Death of A Joyce Scholar
Bennett, Alan.  The Uncommon Reader: A Novella

Berenson, Alex.  The Ghost War

Black, Cara.  Murder in Belleville

Black, Cara.  Murder in the Sentier

Box, C.J.  Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)

Box, C.J.  Blood Trail (A Joe Pickett Novel)

Braestrup, Kate.  Here If You Need Me: A True Story

Brenner, Marie.  Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found

Brooks, Geraldine.  People of the Book: A Novel

Burleigh, Nina.  Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt

Chercover, Sean.  Big City, Bad Blood

Childs, Craig.  House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest
Childs, Laura.  Eggs in Purgatory: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Cackleberry Club Mysteries)
Clarke, Brock.  An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England

Collins, James.  Beginner’s Greek: A Novel

Connelly, Michael.  The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch)
Crowley, Roger.  Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World

Disher, Garry.  Chain of Evidence

Disher, Garry.  Kittyhawk Down

Disher, Garry.  Snapshot (Inspector Hal Challis)

Dodd, Christina.  Danger in a Red Dress

Drabble, Margaret.  The Sea Lady

Thus ends First Order, Part 1, A-D.   New mystery series to try, another look at an old college hero (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin), seafaring tales, Maine books,  explorations or discoveries, authors or books that sounded interesting in reviews or interviews — all sound good to me.  But to what Roseledge Books purpose?

First Order, Part 2 coming soon.

Webcam is on.


Monday, June 1st, 2009

I missed friend Dave’s Memorial Service last week because I was on my way to Maine to open Roseledge Books.  He was a man of many talents, but I wanted the world to know him as the student and fellow book-person that I knew.  Friend Millie read the following remarks to an audience of folks who do not know me and who likely wondered what on earth was going on.

Fig. #54.  Good memories abound.

“…I remember Dave’s wonderful singing voice which may have been the only reason we neighborhood Christmas Carolers were ever offered goodies once the front doors were opened.

But Dave also had a learned and ever-learning voice, and mostly I remember trying to recommend just the right book to both satisfy his perpetual quest for more about Thomas the Apostle in India and in so doing, extend the conversation we could have because of it.

He already knew about Thomas, so I was sure he would love books by people who walked the land, even if they weren’t Thomas and the land they walked was Afghanistan* or the shores of the Mediterranean** and not India.  He was always pleased.  Besides, William Dalrymple, who walked the Mediterranen to check on the monasteries checked earlier by monks in the 6th Century, next wrote two books about India.***  So Dave was twice pleased and I was encouraged.

Dave was a wonderful human being and there are just too few of them.  I will remember him many times and in many ways but never more vividly than when I am in the middle of a good book reading a section that I know he would appreciate with me.  Most recently that book was Travels With Herodotus in which young reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski sets out from Poland to visit places unknown, including India, with Herodotus as his guide.  I loved the parts where Xerxes was figuring out where he was and who was who, long before there were maps, and then the author was applying those same tactics to deepest Africa of 40 years ago.  I can see in my mind’s eye Dave trying out the same tactics in the North Woods before adding them to Thomas’s repertoire of travel tools.

I will miss you, Dave, but I will keep on suggesting perfect book tidbits.  And when occasionally a perfect, funny insight then just pops into my head, I will know you are there with me.  Say hello to Thomas, by the way.”


*The Places In Between

**Dalrymple, William.  From The Holy Mountain
***Dalrymple, William. The Last Mughal and The City of Djinns


Books may not make friendships, or maybe they do, but they certainly do enrich them.  I know this from years of knowing Dave and summers of talking books with my Roseledge Books Regulars who I expect to see any day now.  Treasures await.

And so does the webcam.  Check the better than ever view with chairs.