Night With Its Owl
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.
Anne Love Woodhull has co-authored three children’s books and is the author of This Is What We Have (March Street Press, 2001,) a poetry chapbook. Working with children and adults, she is a therapist and teacher. For the last thirty years, she and her husband, Gordon Thorne, have provided an open working space for the development of creative work on Main Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. They also preserve open land in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts to encourage the collaboration of organic farming, creative exploration and community.
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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.
Enid Sichel is a physicist who has worked in industry, government, and academia. She is an alumna of Smith College, B.A., and Rutgers University, Ph.D. She is the author of numerous technical publications and holds seven U.S. patents. In addition to physics, her interests include botany and hiking. She lives in Woods Hole and Hadley, MA and has never had a cat.
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In time for St. Patrick’s Day!
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. Nora is steeped in the twists and turns of Michael Collins and DeValera, in the conflicted Irish participation in WWI, and her heart is full with Tim Keane, the local lad going off to the slaughtering fields of France: Nora loved his stories, his poems made up on the spur of the moment. She knew that he loved her for her sudden changes of mind, her devilment, as her father said. Not a girl to sit and wait, Nora visits a cave and hears the voice of an oracle: Faint harp music could be heard in the distance and then a voice spoke like water pouring over rocks. Throughout the book, Gallo’s prose is the voice in the cave, lyrical, irreverent, prophetic and alluring. She delivers Fitzgerald and Kennedy clan lore, curses and blessings in this brilliant telling of a brave and clever girl who sees ghosts in the gorse bushes and can sell her own hand spun, hand-knitted shawl for a pounds worth of salmon and eggs. This is a spell worth succumbing to.
Nadine Gallo was born in Astoria, Queens in 1936. Her parents were immigrants. Mother Nora told stories of rebels, ghosts and fairies while her father Stephen told sea stories from Liverpool to New York. Later they went to Brosna, Kerry where the stories came alive.
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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.”
This book is a collection of the first three and a half years of the column. In it, 34 authors have contributed more than 90 columns about local flora and fauna, waterfalls, geology and prehistory, agriculture, even great places for a nap. They take readers on scientific explorations through an author’s yard and casual walks along woodland paths. Along the way, readers also learn about cougars in Patagonia and world-wide views on global warming, smart growth and home-grown energy production, ecovillages and the Transition movement. With this book, says editor Parnass, ”local environmental education takes a bold step forward.”
Illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs by Hitchcock Center photographer Rebecca Reid and others, along with drawings by contributing author and illustrator Elizabeth Farnsworth, the book divides the essays among eight subject areas:
—Teaching and learning about the environment
—The world is green: Plants around us
—Bugs, beetles and other small beasties
—Four-leggers great and small
—Birds and more birds: The endless fascination of the avian world
—As You Sow: Local food and agriculture
—Sustainability, Life choices and other big ideas
—Being here: In and around the Valley
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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 five minutes to play and discuss a song.
“If you want to hear some of the best songs out there today for children, listen to Sarah Pirtle.”
- Sarah Pirtle is the author of Linking Up: Using Music, Movement, and Language Arts to promote Caring, Cooperation, and Communication and three other books.
- She taught the first graduate course for teachers in New England on how to foster cooperation and conflict resolution skills.
- Sarah received the Magic Penny Award for life-time achievement in children’s music and has ten other recordings, sharing over 150 original songs.
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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.”
Maya Janson’s poetry has appeared widely in journals including Harvard Review, Lyric, Alaska Quarterly Review, Jubilat, and Rattle, and has been included in Best American Poetry. She received her BA from Smith College, her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and has been a recipient of an artist fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Florence, MA and is employed as a community health nurse and a lecturer in poetry at Smith College.
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There’s a Princess in My Livingroom
Written by Joan Robb
Illustrated by Susan Weizman
In search of a break from her royal routine, Princess Andorra pops out of a storybook and, into a young friend’s living room for an afternoon of fun! Enjoy their unconventional “Princess” escapades.
Author Joan Robb has been writing and performing for children for over 20 years. She was an integral part of touring musical group, Caribbean for Kids, and Director of countless theater programs targeted for youths of all ages.
Susan Weizman is a Graphic Artist and Illustrator who has worked for national magazines such as Glamour, House & Garden and Self. She has published illustrations in Lifestyle Ventures magazines.
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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 lure of easy money drives everyone from the tribe’s fraudulent chief to a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians, and Providence mobsters, while a small, quintessential New England town must choose between preserving its character or accepting an extraordinary proposal that will change it forever. As the battle over the casino reaches a climax, Josh discovers startling truths about his family’s past including centuries-old events that appear to be impacting the present with devastating effect.
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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.
In 73 timely essays by a remarkable international roster of activists, academics and project leaders, this book chronicles ongoing struggles against the private commoditization of shared resources – often known as market enclosures – while documenting the immense generative power of the commons. The Wealth of the Commons is about history, political change, public policy and cultural transformation on a global scale – but most of all, it’s about individual commoners taking charge of their lives and their endangered resources.
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Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Holistic Approach
Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Holistic Approach is a book for:
…therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors and others interested in a more effective, more holistic approach to PTSD.
…Aikido senseis, practitioners and dojos wanting to offer a valuable contribution to veterans with combat-related PTSD.
…veterans support programs open to expanding their options to include the kinesthetic therapeutic learning inherent in the practice of Aikido.
…veterans looking for a martial art that will enable them to redirect the energy of their anger and fear to constructive use.
The book presents an analysis of the disorder, an indication of what the statistics imply, a description of the power of Aikido as a kinesthetic therapy, and a one-year case history.
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The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools
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. She acknowledges that the problem of racial privilege is overwhelmingly complex and freighted with awkwardness and frustration, but she asserts with humble confidence that it is not intractable.
Alongside compelling stories about her experiences, Naimark discusses numerous national studies, identifying the pattern of inequities in public schools and some signs of progress. In a clear, conversational tone, Naimark shares what she has learned about navigating school bureaucracies, collaborating across race, and achieving results that benefit all kids.
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Valley Vegetables: Recipes for Forty of the Pioneer Valley’s Vegetables
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.
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Poemas Para Marisa/Poems for Marisa
Angel Nieto Romero
Teacher and poet Angel Nieto Romero (Abu to his grandchildren) is a native of Cuenca, Spain, where he spent his childhood and later studied to be a teacher. As a young adult, he hitchhiked to France, England, and Germany and then settled in Madrid where he studied tourism and worked at Iberia Airlines.
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The Dangers of Passion: The Transcendental Friendship of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Margaret Fuller
The 1840s were the 1960s of the nineteenth century: new technologies were creating a new prosperity for the new American nation, and self-reliant individuals thought that they could create a new world by following their hearts. Henry David Thoreau famously tried to invent the economics of self-reliance at Walden Pond, and when Margaret Fuller met Ralph Waldo Emerson, the guru of self-reliance, she thought she might reinvent marriage as well. Emerson was newly married to his second wife, but Fuller saw herself as Emerson’s ideal companion nonetheless, and she fought for a place in his heart and in his life.
The relationship that followed was never consummated, but it caused both Emerson and Fuller to question the value of marriage for self-reliant individuals. In their journals and in their writings, in their letters to each other and in their own marriages, Emerson and Fuller both strove to find peace between the long-term commitment of marriage and the relationships their hearts and minds suggested might be possible.
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“Here everything is lit with the sensual.” As in Caravaggio’s paintings, the light in these poems burns with a cold blue intensity, catching—in nuanced language that invites us into his mind and world—this strange amalgam of sexuality and remove, violence and delicacy, ugliness and beauty. With an incandescent clarity and a compassionate composure, Boutelle’s historical imagination—sophisticated, informed, free of judgment—opens us to possession by this seductive art and its defiant maker.
See author bio and more on
the Hedgerow Books page of this site.
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Nuked: A G. I. Memoir
“What an extraordinary accomplishment
Bob Ellis has in Nuked: A G.I. Memoir.
I am blown away by the expanse and detail
of Bob’s memory, by his facility with
language, both concrete descriptive detail
and more abstract, meditative lyricism.
And I am struck by the courage of his
undertaking, a journey of moral suffering
and extraordinary courage that should
inspire all who live under the nuclear
cloud. A riveting and unforgettable
Pilgrim’s Progress for our own time —
both in its conception and the persistence to see it through to the
—Margo Culley, Professor of English Emerita, UMass
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The Breathless Present:
A Memoir in Four Movements
At once a writer’s autobiography and a road book, with vivid portraits of an unusual group of people—ranging from an early mentor and one-time neighbor, the late poet Archibald MacLeish, to world renowned jazz great Wynton Marsalis (with whose bands Carl Vigeland traveled for many years) and the author’s charismatic, tormented father, also a musician—The Breathless Present tells several intersecting stories in a variety of voices that mirror music’s power to transmute memory and affirm life.
“If I were going to read a story,” Vigeland’s daughter Maren says as they walk their dog Jack in an early scene in the book, “I wouldn’t want to read it if you could explain the story in a couple of sentences. I would only want to read a story if you had to read all of it to understand it.”
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This Road Will
Take Us Closer to the Moon
Linda McCullough Moore
This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon is a life in stories, the life of Margaret Mackenzie, a woman whom the reader comes to love. Weaving back and forth across the years, these stories invite us in, they tell us secrets, whisper mysteries, allowing us to know and feel deep joy, distinct sorrow, the silliness and rich meaning, in the living of one precious lifetime.
“Like Raymond Carver, these linked stories attend unerringly to ordinary moments in ordinary lives. A life revealed in episodes, with breathless flights of imagination…..quiet, insistent, closely focused fiction.”
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Girls Got Kicks
Girls Got Kicks… the first ever photo documentary of the badass females, told from a unique angle: their passion for sneakers. From celebrities like WNBA Rookie-of-the Year Tina Charls, legendary b girl Rokafella, and “Downtown’s Sweetheart” Vashtie Kola, to extraordinary young women famous only for their obsessive love of sneaker, Girls Got Kicks celebrates the beauty and diversity of female sneaker fiends the world over. Whether they’re running home in the rain barefoot to save their precious kicks or tearing them up at the skate park, whether they’re matching them to their wedding dress or their basketball uniform, Girls Got Kicks documents how these sneaker lovers push beyond stereotypes, using kicks to be both athletic and sexy, hip and tomboyish, grown and youthful, as they define who they are—and who women can be—on their own terms.
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Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House
“Tzivia Gover tells us that according to the educator, Paulo Freire, ‘It is impossible to teach without the courage to love.’ In this beautifully written memoir, Gover musters up the courage to love her students despite the often difficult differences between them. By having the pregnant and parenting teens in her classroom learn to read, write, and recite poetry, Gover exposes her students to a whole new world. Upon reading their poetry, Gover is exposed to a whole new world as well. Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House is a testimony to the power of poetry. Reading it will enrich your life.”
—Lesléa Newman Poet Laureate, Northampton, MA 2008-2010
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Patricia Lee Lewis
High Lonesome is a pasture on a West Texas ranch, a state of being, an affecting personal mythology. Poet Patricia Lee Lewis writes, “Think how brambles catch her petticoats, hold them ‘til they tear, feed on blood….Say the old woman can find her way, can feel the thorns of walls,” and ”From her kneeling place between two great stones, she sends her voice.” These are poems of landscape and family, heart and perspective. “High Lonesome pulls you into the momentum of its sounds with urgency, shock, serenity and arrival. The language of Patricia Lee Lewis is devoted to noticing. Her poems digest the howling, look at what comforts, what invades to do harm, what remains.”
—Anne Love Woodhull
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Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible
D M Gordon
Weaving the “Fourth World” of snails, ravens, and sloths with imagined worlds of our human fragility, our power to destroy and to love, D M Gordon’s poems bring us face to face with the divine. Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible is often allegorical, language-rich, and always illuminating.
“In these sensuous, tough-minded and sophisticated poems, the possible extends its range to the clairvoyant. Like nature’s slow transformation of gleam to a rich patina of green brocade, the work of time and decay turns rich and strange in these poems of an original mind and an irrepressible spirit.”
D M Gordon’s poems and stories have been published widely. Prizes include The Betsy Colquitt Award from descant, The Editor’s Choice Award from the Beacon Street Review, and First Prize for a short story from Glimmer Train. Phi Beta Kappa, Masters in Music from Boston University, she’s the recipient of a 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in fiction, having been a finalist in poetry in 2004. She currently works as an editor and facilitates a weekly public discussion of contemporary poetry for Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Fourth World (Adastra Press, 2010,) and is at work on a novel set in the Gulf Islands.
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Called to Serve
The men speaking in these pages come from vastly different backgrounds, yet many shared a similar experience: they could plainly see, even at the time, that wealth, race, education and social standing divided all too often those who would go to Vietnam from those who would not, those who might really die from those who need not worry. The telling of such things is hard. The telling of shame, fear, loss, ambivalence, anger (even righteous anger) is hard. Raising old memories to the surface is a mighty work.
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Bird of a Thousand Eyes
Janet E. Aalfs
The author of Bird of a Thousand Eyes does not tease or play games with the poetic toolbox. She is creatively honest, lyric and imagistic, and always gathering ideas and redefining the corners of perception. Readers comfortable with the narrow limitations of linear approaches to “Subject” will have to open and read with all of their senses. This poet mixes Schools. There are many styles and poetic containers here, all governed by the integrity of various ways of breathing––these lines, nearly, pluck themselves. It’s hard to poetically combine wisdom and experience without sounding like the know-it-all master of simile and metaphor, but Aalfs does so in stanzas that stay open long after they break or close. Enjoy the flight above voice and promise to, simply, the Art Spirit.
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Seven Years of Building Community and Enhancing Health
Sara S. Wolff
Six weeks of exploring aging with a group at the Senior Center in Amherst, Massachusetts leads to seven years of discoveries.
“Everyone ages. Some reflect on the process and find ways of retaining vitality in later years. Others are able to use the challenges of aging as a means of building community, thus enhancing their own health and the health of others. Among this last group is the talented psychotherapist, Sara S. Wolff, who led a group of elders through a seven-year journey of exploration and discovery. I highly recommend this book for anyone who cares about the well-being of older people, including, sooner or later, themselves.”
— Faye J. Crosby, Professor of Psychology
University of California, Santa Cruz
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Caring for Dying Loved Ones
Joanna Lillian Brown
Local first-time author Joanna Lillian Brown marshaled her own experiences to create this caring resource.
Caring for Dying Loved Ones: A Helpful Guide for Families and Friends is a useful guide book for persons already caring for chronically ill or dying relatives or friends as well as those who wish to prepare for care giving responsibilities in the future. The first chapter of the book, “Taking Your Own Temperature as a Caregiver” sets the tone for this practical and inspirational guide. Some other chapters in the book include “Financial Considerations,” “Family Dynamics and Conflicts,” and “The Final Days, Hours, and Minutes.”Helpful check lists, forms, and resource lists are interspersed with compelling personal stories from more than a decade of caring for dying relatives and friends. The final chapter on activism calls for a national dialogue about end of life care and proposes new options for providing and financing at-home care that are worthy of consideration.
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Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts
Robert H. Romer
In this first history of slavery in western Massachusetts in colonial times, Robert H. Romer demonstrates that slavery was pervasive in the Pioneer Valley in the 1700s, where many of the ministers and other “important people” owned black slaves. To show the role of slavery in the valley, Professor Romer presents a “snapshot” of slavery, choosing a moment (1752) and a place (the main street of Deerfield) to present detailed information about the slaves who lived in that place at that time – and their owners. Working largely from original sources – wills, probate inventories, church records, and merchants’ account books – he shows that slavery was much more significant than had previously been thought. Some twenty-five slaves belonging to fifteen different owners lived on that mile-long street in 1752. He emphasizes that these were individuals, some born in Africa, some born as slaves in New England, forced to live their lives as property, always subject to being sold away at the whim of an owner.
His work brings out of obscurity the many black slaves who lived in the valley, the invisible men and women of our colonial past.
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enough of a little to know the all
The Final Curtain
I left when I realized
the most expensive
piece of furniture
in our house
was your mother,
and you sat
in her lap
as she pointed
out to me
what needed to be done.
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A Heart Book: Direct Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About the Heart
J. S. Hakkarainen, PA-C
One of my intentions for writing
this book is to answer questions
asked by a typical patient
about the heart. A Heart Book contains greater detail than is
typically provided in the pamphlets
and resources provided by
their medical provider. In my
experience, patients will only
ask about, and talk about their
heart when they are afraid. I believe
that this fear draws them
to the look for and find that
misinformation. I intend to alleviate that fear by providing
direct answers based on real evidence that will help patients
make better decisions. Direct answers should be easy to