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Paul's picks

Paul, a bookseller at Gibson's Bookstore  Booklover ever since my mother read "Fox in Socks" to me every night as a child. Yes, her tongue was, eventually, numb. Left graduate school just to work in a bookstore. Managed Borders stores in Braintree & Concord when the chain was still "a collection of fine stores" & strived to make them a wonderful place to both work & shop. When not selling books, I'm often reading them: mostly experimental fiction, avant-garde poetry, and nature books. Sometimes graphic novels. Sometimes memoirs. And, with the help of my oldest daughter, I have a good handle on what young adult novels are "so so good!"
ISBN-13: 9780307962492
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf, 5/2013

Paul's January 2014 pick

Correspondences by Anne Michaels & Bernice Eisenstein

This accordion-style book combines the mesmerizing wordplay of Anne Michael's long poem chronicling both the historical & personal experience of life in the 20th-century with the haunting portraits of Bernice Eisenstein of that same century's seminal thinkers. At once poignant & reassuring, humbling & uplifting, this book transcends making connections to reflect the interconnectedness of lived experience, both of individuals & cultures. The unfolding of the volume also allows for a changed perspective on the reading process itself. It allows us a rare glimpse into the immutable,

"the moment one life

becomes another"

and the whole world changes and few notice it.

ISBN-13: 9781551525143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press, 9/2013

Paul's November 2013 pick

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
A mesmerizing tale of love lost & found & lost again, full of tenderness and the throbbing tumult of being young & besotted, in this case with another woman with blue hair. The artwork compliments the story perfectly. And makes you want to meet these characters out in the real world!


Wave (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307962690
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Published: Knopf, 3/2013
Paul's August 2013 pick
This memoir recounts the terrifying moments of the 2004 Tsunami, and its long harrowing aftermath. In prose both brittle & searing, broken & luminous, transformative & disturbing, Deraniyagala pieces together a brutally honest account of the furious & wretched days and months and years she struggled to come to terms with what happened to her & her world on the day after Christmas in 2004. She careens from ceaselessly trying to erase memories of her happy life before the tidal wave, to relentlessly trying to remember every last thing that occurred before it. This book is so mesmerizing, equally difficult to pick up its painful shards as it is to put them down again.

Sky Ward (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780819573575
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Published: Wesleyan, 2/2013

Paul's March 2013 pick

Sky Ward by Kazim Ali
A linguistic soaring collection of new poems from Ali, this collection explores desperation and desire and grace through word- and space-play, but remain grounded in the most daily human experiences. The candor and unease riffling the surface of these poems makes their beauty all the more startling.


ISBN-13: 9781611800166
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Published: Shambhala, 11/2012

Paul's December 2012 pick

Hunger Mountain by David Hinton
A series of walks up the mountain outside his back door provides Hinton with an opportunity to examine how the study of Chinese landscape painting, poetry, and his own family life have shaped his own world view. Both poetic and down-to-earth, this small book offers vast rewards, from ruminations on the origins of the cosmos to the transient beauty of a falling snowflake.


ISBN-13: 9780670025114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Adult, 10/2012
Paul's November 2012 pick

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane

Throughout this mesmerizing book, Macfarlane chronicles numerous journeys, most on foot, a few by boat, following the old ways, the trails & pathways used down through the centuries to take people from place to place a back again. It is a book haunted by the landscapes & seascapes of the past, but always look forward to what we will learn from them in the unknowable future. An Odyssey for the post-modern world.

Mother and Child (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781582438184
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Published: Counterpoint, 6/2012

Paul's July 2012 pick 

A meditation on the mystery & beauty contained within a simple human life, Maso's new novel chronicles the wanderings of a mother & child through untamed & wonderous landscapes, both of the mind & of the earth.

It is an awesome book! Read it soon!

Love, an Index (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781936365791
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Published: McSweeney's, 3/2012

Paul's June 2012 pick

Love, an Index by Rebecca Lindenberg

A multifarious collection of serial poems linked by sadness & joy & longing, as well as the details of the poet's relationship with another poet, who disappears while hiking a volcano. Lindenberg's voice both sings of & matter-of-factly recounts their love, her loss, and one way to go on living even though haunted.

ISBN-13: 9780307592736
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Published: Knopf, 3/2012

Paul's April 2012 pick

A fascinating chronicle of a woman coming to terms with her life on the pacific crest trail, learning the true meaning of "putting one foot in front of the other" as a guide to living.

ISBN-13: 9780393340730
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 2/2012

Paul's February 2012 pick

A fascinating meditation on the fraught territory between fact and fiction, truth and accuracy, knowledge and entertainment, this slim book chronicles the development of an essay written by D'Agata through the questioning & clarifying feedback provided by Fingal. Wonderfully insightful, it's also beautifully arranged on the page.

ISBN-13: 9780872865150
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Published: City Lights Publishers, 5/2011

Paul's January 2012 pick

A beautiful ink-washed graphic novel set in San Francisco, with many of the geographical landmarks of the bay area making an appearance, the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, the Mission District, in which the collaboration between image & text is fraught with provisional meaning. All the panels are devoid of people, but never of life. Moving in a slow uncertain tender way.

ISBN-13: 9780670022700
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Published: Viking Adult, 10/2011

Paul's November 2011 pick

A fascinating approach to the telling of history, using objects left behind by ordinary men & women to chronicle the passing of the world's civilizations. Kaleidoscopic & endlessly surprising. The photographs of the objects are as illuminating as the stories themselves.

New books, new trailers

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 7 PM, join us for a very special book club as New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian leads the Gibson's Book Club discussion of his novel The Sandcastle Girls! Fear not, you need not have read this novel to join in the discussion, or enjoy Chris's presentation on his research in to the Armenian Genocide. Chris will be happy to take questions on all of his novels! All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged.

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Visiting superstars: Blanco, Korn, Greenlaw, Bohjalian, Chiasson. April 15th, 2014

Richard Blanco

Meet Richard Blanco!
The marvelous poet who was chosen to read at President Obama's 2012 inauguration will be in Concord on Wed., April 16, at 7 PM, at the Concord Public Library. We'll be there selling his books, including his memoir, For All of Us, One Today, and his many volumes of poetry, like
Boston Strong: The Poem to Benefit the One Fund Boston.

Why We Make Things
Meet Peter Korn!
One of the most interesting books of this or any season, Why We Make Things is both a memoir and a meditation on the nature of creativity.  The book itself was sumptuously produced by one of the last true craftsmen in publishing, David Godine. Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 PM, to hear the author and to ask him questions--and maybe to pick up an early Father's Day present.
Chris Bohjalian
A rare local appearance by Chris Bohjalian!
Wed., May 7, at 7 PM
When Chris learned that our in-store book group had chosen his novel The Sandcastle Girls for May, he required little convincing to agree to come talk about it. Armenian history is very important to him. You don't have to have read the novel to attend. Come hear Chris talk about this important topic, and about his many other novels as well. Open to all fans of Chris Bohjalian and students of history!
Chris Bohjalian's excellent new novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, will be on our shelves on July 8. Reserve your copy today!
Dan Chiasson
Mark Your Calendars!
One of  America's most interesting poets and essayists, Dan Chiasson, joins us at the bookstore on Thurs., April 24, at 7 PM, to read and sign his new collection of verse, Bicentennial. Dan's work appears often in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.

Linda Greenlaw
Mark Your Calendars!
Linda Greenlaw, the swordfish boat captain who first came to fame in The Perfect Storm, and who has written many fabulous memoirs and novels about life at sea, now faces her greatest battle with nature—a newly adopted teenage daughter. Meet Linda on Monday, April 28, at 7 PM, here in the bookstore.



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