Publisher: Levellers Press

A Heart Book

A Heart Book

Jennifer Hakkarainen

A Heart Book contains greater detail than is typically provided in resources given patients by their doctors. In my experience, patients will only ask about and talk about their heart when they are afraid.

Published on October 5, 2016.

A Tale of Two Cabins

A Tale of Two Cabins

John Irving Clapp

“For brief, but profound moments, John Clapp and Henry David Thoreau look upon the world side by side.” — Pamela Stewart, author of The Red Window, Ghost Farm, and Just Visiting.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

Vincent Cleary

As the tide of world events seem to dwarf the importance of what happens here at home, “local history” as a genre has fallen into disuse. But now comes Vincent Cleary’s reflections on the last thirty years of Amherst history.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Bad Atmosphere

Bad Atmosphere

Don Ogden

Bad Atmosphere is the culmination of decades worth of writing by Don Ogden focusing on aspects of climate change that moved him to put into words, feelings and thoughts evoked by “the greatest crisis of our time”.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Better Together

Better Together

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 5 minutes to play and discuss a song.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Bird of a Thousand Eyes

Bird of a Thousand Eyes

Janet E. Aalfs

Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts (2003-2005), weaves poetry and martial arts dance in performing, teaching, and social justice activism locally, nationally and internationally.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Building Cooperative Power

Building Cooperative Power

Janelle Cornwell, Michael Johnson and Adam Trott with Julie Graham

Building Co-operative Power explores strategies from the Connecticut River Valley as a guide and inspiration for developing a regional co-operative economy based on a vibrant and engaged worker co-op sector.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Called To Serve

Called To Serve

Tom Weiner

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Caring For Dying Loved Ones

Caring For Dying Loved Ones

Joanna Lillian Brown

Local first-time author Joanna Lillian Brown marshaled her own experiences to create this caring resource.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Clearing the Bases, baseball player

Clearing the Bases, A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime

Jim Kaplan

“Just when you think there’s nothing new to be said about baseball, along comes Jim Kaplan’s latest ‘takes’ on the game.” — John S. Bowman, baseball historian, co-author of Diamonds in the Rough: The Untold History of Baseball.

Published on October 6, 2016.

columns of Fred Contrada

The Columns of Fred Contrada

Fred Contrada

From the introduction: Back when I wrote a weekly column, people would surprise me by asking, “What’s it about?” I was dumbfounded. Some columnists write about people; some about their pets or parents; some about themselves. I had trouble answering the question because I wanted to write about whatever I wanted to write about. No […]

Published on April 3, 2017.

Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Holistic Approach

Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Holistic Approach

Tom Osborn

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 and more.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Coriander

Coriander

Gia Bernini

Coriander is a collection of honest and heartfelt essays that reveal an identity that requires straddling two worlds. Without hesitation, Bernini’s thoughts about belonging (or not) immediately pull us into life in a North American middle class suburb adjoining life as a Latino immigrant.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Danger at the Gates

Danger at the Gates

Dusty Miller

Alice Ott, cyber sleuth, veteran activist, and Raging Granny, returns to sound the alarm in highly suspicious murder case. When the body of a woman is found at the front gates of an aging nuclear power plant, Homeland Security is called in.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Danger Under Ground cover

Danger Under Ground

Dusty J. Miller

Alice Ott is on the move again as she investigates a highly charged kidnapping. Her oldest friend Felicia, her dashing French lover Gerard, and their young tattooed friends Warp and RubyStarr, help Alice to expose the politically-motivated crime. The victim is the wife of Frank Hastings, a retired doctor who is leading the fight to […]

Published on May 24, 2017.

Daniel Shays' Legacy?

Daniel Shays’ Legacy?

Amy Stevens

“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing,” Thomas Jefferson wrote to his good friend James Madison in 1787, upon hearing the news of the Shays’ Rebellion. This is the story of how that little rebellion, largely centered in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, became part of the cultural legacy Marshall Bloom inherited when he founded the Montague Farm in 1968.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Durante la Tregua

Durante la Tregua

Oonagh C. Doherty

Colombia is home to the longest running guerilla war in the Western Hemisphere. During the Truce is a memoir of Bogota in 1985, a time when the M19 and FARC guerillas were in truce with the Colombian government. Doherty takes the reader to luxurious military compounds, guerilla camps, and tar paper slums.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Earth Matters

Earth Matters

Michael Dover

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Enough Of A Little to Know the All

Enough Of A Little to Know the All

Richard Ballon

Collected poems and readings

Published on October 5, 2016.

Extra! Extra! Valley Vegetables

Claire Hopley

There’s enticing recipes for every meal in every season. For upcoming winter suppers there’s Parsnip and Mushroom Gratin and Golden Roast Cauliflower. For holiday parties there’s Roasted Peppers with Honey and Almonds Spicy and Beet and Pomegranate Salad with Pistachios. They are dessert and breakfast recipes, too, and lots of soups, salads, side dishes.

Published on November 24, 2016.

Garry Brown's Greatest Hits

Garry Brown’s Greatest Hits

Garry Brown

Garry Brown joined The Spring­field Union’s sports department in May of 1950, and went on to a 59-year sportswriting career, all of it as an employee of The Springfield Newspapers.

Published on October 6, 2016.

Girls Got Kicks

Girls Got Kicks

Lori Lobenstine

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Impetuous Heart

Impetuous Heart

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

In This Strange Soil

In This Strange Soil

Jillian Hensley

“Jillian Hensley’s account of the 1704 raid on Deerfield, which is central to her story, feels authentic and fully imagined.” —Frances Kidder

Published on October 5, 2016.

Johnny Pail Face

Johnny Pail Face

John Jarvis

A biography that spans almost a century, the book is the story of 97-year-old Johnny Pail Face, a Native American born on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. His life’s journey began in the Old West and led him to soldier in three wars and to not one but two brushes with genocide in a single lifetime.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Kissability

Kissability

Katherine Duke

“I feel my disability walks ten feet in front of me, which is good and bad, depending on the person who is walking the other way.”

Published on October 5, 2016.

Learning In Mrs Towne’s House

Learning In Mrs Towne’s House

Tzivia Gover

“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.” — Lesléa Newman, Poet Laureate, Northampton, MA 2008-2010

Published on October 5, 2016.

Letters from Erastus

Letters from Erastus

Anne D. Emerson

Letters from Erastus: Field Notes on Grace, written by Erastus Hopkins’ great-great granddaughter Anne D. Emerson of Boston, is woven around twenty-two letters written by Hopkins to his daughters in the 1850s and 60s in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Local Delectables

Local Delectables

Andrea Davis

With the Connecticut River flowing through its middle, the Massachusetts Pioneer Valley contains some of the most fertile soil in the world. This farmland allows a huge variety of foods to be grown and produced in this region.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Massachusetts Memories—UMass Amherst History

Massachusetts Memories—UMass Amherst History

David L. Adams & Lynne E. Adams

“David and Lynne Adams have brought together under one cover, Massachusetts Memories – UMass Amherst History, twenty-one highly informative narratives; each chapter richly describes some of our Amherst campus history through archival documentation, personal anecdotes, and photographs.” —Mike Milewski ’77, Senior Archives Assistant Special Collections and University Archives UMass Amherst

Published on October 5, 2016.

My Friend Bill

My Friend Bill

Paul Schratter

“For a long time, many of us have been encouraging Bill to write a memoir of his remarkable life. This gem of a book, written by Bill’s dear late friend Paul Schratter, fulfills that need.” — From the Preface by Stephanie Pasternak

Published on October 5, 2016.

Nat Turner's Insurrection by Greg Oates

Nat Turner’s Insurrection

Greg Oates

This screenplay transports the reader to antebellum Virginia. Scene by scene, from Nat’s birth to execution, the tension mounts as the characters live under the lash, fight back, and die.

Published on October 18, 2016.

No Bosses Here

No Bosses Here

Vocations for Social Change

33th anniversary reprint of the first edition of this timeless classic. Somebody had to keep it in print! Illustrator Randy Elliott gave us his blessing and Vocations for Social Change is no longer with us.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Noah's Song

Noah’s Song

Tom Pelissier

Written by Tom Pelissier and beautifully illustrated by Nancy Haver, this lovely, rhyming childrens’ book takes the reader on a wonderful journey down a country road where a young boy and his “Poppi” meet all sorts of friendly creatures – wild and tame. A gift to treasure for children of all ages.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Nuked: A G.I. Memoir

Nuked: A G.I. Memoir

Bob Ellis

“This is the combat narrative of a young man who never saw action overseas. Ellis signs up for special military duty early in the Cold War and finds himself in a secret world of nuclear weapons research and development.” —Christopher Queen, Harvard University

Published on October 5, 2016.

Paradise Found

Paradise Found

Tom Clark

What is it about Northampton that inspires poets and artists? Is it the pastoral beauty of Nonotuck? Maybe it is the long tradition of culture and education here, or the impressive history of progressive thought that continues to this day.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Patterns/Wealth Commons Combo

Patterns/Wealth Commons Combo

David Bollier

Two essential anthologies on the Commons movement for one low price. What accounts for the persistence and spread of “commoning,” the irrepressible desire of people to collaborate and share to meet everyday needs? How are the more successful projects governed?

Published on October 5, 2016.

Poemas para Marisa

Poemas para 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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Positively Center Street

Positively Center Street

Jordi Herold with David Sokol

With its five colleges and population of the progressive, cultured, and curious, the Pioneer Valley, and Northampton in particular, was an ideal spot for a new coffeehouse and music listening room in 1979. Not that there weren’t plenty of clubs, concert halls, and boogie bars in the area… there were.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor

Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor

Peter I. Rose

Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor describes the lucky journey of Peter Rose, an octogenarian sociologist, ethnographer, writer, teacher and world traveler. In the pages of this colorful memoir, the author comments on six decades of academic life in the U.S. and abroad, his work as researcher, editor and consultant, his excursions as a travel journalist, and some intimate portraits of those he met along the way.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Reflections on the Roots of U.S. Involvement in Korea

Reflections on the Roots of U.S. Involvement in Korea

Chang Soon

Managing an overextended empire has not been an easy enterprise for those who have tried over the past centuries. America has yet to experience the full range of “blowback” from its overextended empire. But it is coming.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Silent Screams of Sardinia

Silent Screams of Sardinia

Richard Anderson

Imagine a Mediterranean island forgotten by time. It’s called Sardinia. Imagine a town hidden high in one of the island’s isolated mountains. It’s called Orgosolo. It’s been there since 1300 B.C.E. There aren’t five hundred homes in Orgosolo, but the facades of more than half are emblazoned with murals. The murals highlight the history of the town and its people.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Slavery In the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

book cover - before the vote after

Before The Vote After

Jane Yolen

“Keep this book by your side and next to your heart. We all will need it for the struggles that lie ahead.” —?Attorney Bill Newman, author of When the War Came Home

“Jane Yolen digs deep into her heart and comes up with poems that offer hope, inspire us to action, and remind us that we are not alone. This slim volume, at once steeped in history and a reflection on the present moment, is exactly what we need during these troubled and troubling times.” —?Lesléa Newman, author of October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard

“Leave it to Jane Yolen, consummate storyteller, to show through these courageous poems the arc connecting historic votes that changed the world with news of the presidential election so hotly contemporary, it’s still burning. Most especially, Yolen’s poems remind us that we rise through connection and care for each other and the natural, living world of which we are a part.” —?Patricia Lee Lewis, poet, teacher, and author of High Lonesome

Published on January 3, 2017.

Taking Sides

Taking Sides

Philip Green

“Philip Green delivers the years of his Jewish boyhood and young manhood from Greenwich Village to stolen freight train rides, from life in the peacetime army to the thrills of his first Paris—all in a tumble of brilliant, funny, leaping language.” —Ann Snitow, Director of Gender Studies, The New School. Co-editor of Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality and The Feminist Memoir Project.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Tall Trees and Wild Bees

Tall Trees and Wild Bees

Stewart Coffin

Stewart Coffin grew up at his old family homestead in North Amherst, Massachusetts, around which these stories are centered. The Comins family roots on his mother’s side go back to the late 1700s in the Amherst Area.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Breathless Present

The Breathless Present

Carl Vigeland

The Breathless Present tells several intersecting stories in a variety of voices that mirror music’s power to transmute memory and affirm life.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Constant Heart

The Constant Heart

Mara Bright

The Constant Heart explores a woman’s relationship to the men she partners with, as she learns to be more truly herself. Throughout her life she’s a pioneer, seeking adventure and testing herself again and again in the wild, paddling the Allagash, capturing wild goats on an island in the Aegean, fasting in the New Mexico desert, wandering the streets of Istanbul alone, and connecting with Spirit through nature and the elements.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Curse

The Curse

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Dangers Of Passion

The Dangers Of Passion

Daniel Bullen

Ralph Waldo Emerson—that ever-relevant grandfather-philosopher of American letters—raises important questions about marriage and freedom, commitment and self-fulfillment.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Education of a White Parent

The Education of a White Parent

Susan Naimark

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The French Canadians of Hadley Massachusetts

The French Canadians of Hadley Massachusetts

Tom Pelissier

An estimated 900,000 French Canadians immigrated to the United States between 1840 and 1930. In the spirit of Hadley’s 350th anniversary, author Tom Pelissier compiled this short history of Hadley’s French Canadian population, drawn in large part from research into his own family’s history and roots here. With illustrations by Nancy Haver.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Great Romance

The Great Romance

Carl Vigeland

At once a portrait of a singular man and the story of a unique place, The Great Romance recounts the extraordinary life of Lee Elman, a lawyer turned real estate investor, longtime patron of the arts, public servant, bon vivant, expert horseman, accomplished mountain climber, polyglot, devoted father, and lover of all things—and people—beautiful.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Inner Sea

The Inner Sea

A globalizing Rome has taken nations and tribes by force, and the loss of national and tribal identity leaves people adrift in an indifferent empire. To whom does one belong? Family? Gods? The State? What’s a person to do? An aging widow sends her former slave across the sea to fetch her granddaughter.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Physicist's Cat

The Physicist’s Cat

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Place

The Place

Alice Scheffey

Both the scientist and the mystic are explorers of space. With deepening exploration they come to see that the way we experience space is an indicator of our states of consciousness. Our views of reality influence the questions we ask about how we are living on the earth.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Psychology of Abandon

The Psychology of Abandon

Kirby Farrell

When behavior becomes a cultural style, berserk abandon is terrifying yet also alluring. It promises access to extraordinary resources by overthrowing inhibitions. Berserk style has shaped many areas of contemporary American culture, from warfare to politics and intimate life.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Taking

The Taking

Helen R. Haddad

The largely untold story of life in the towns flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir is presented as a backdrop to Josiah’s story, as is a picture of traditional New England farming through the seasons.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Wealth of the Commons

The Wealth of the Commons

David Bollier

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

The Wobblies in their Heyday

The Wobblies in Their Heyday

Eric Thomas Chester

Based on extensive archival research, the IWW in Its Heyday looks at the union during the World War I era when it was able to organize militant strikes that drastically curtailed production in key industries, copper mining and lumber.

Published on October 5, 2016.

There's a Princess in My Livingroom

There’s a Princess in My Livingroom

Joan Robb

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. Illustrated by Susan Weizman.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Tipcart Tales

Tipcart Tales

Stewart Coffin

This is the author’s second motley collection of anecdotes and memorabilia, this time centered around the Coffin family farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts. It is a sequel to Tall Trees and Wild Bees, which chronicled his life and times growing up in North Amherst, Massachusetts.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Trees of New England

Trees of New England

Dan Ogrydziak

The main body of Trees of New England consists of 19 ink drawings of trees common to the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire. My motivation came from the lack of leaf images with sufficient quality to do key driven tree identification.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Valley Vegetables

Valley Vegetables

Claire Hopley

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.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Vital Aging

Vital Aging

Sarah Wolff

Six weeks of exploring aging with a group at the Senior Center in Amherst, Massachusetts leads to seven years of discoveries.

Published on October 5, 2016.

We Called Him Bunny

We Called Him Bunny

Richard Andersen

It’s 1934. You’re fifteen years old. Your baseball team is competing in a national championship series in North Carolina. No sooner do you step off the train in Gastonia than the band stops playing. The bus waiting for you pulls away from the curb.

Published on October 5, 2016.

What Tap Dancing is All About

What Tap Dancing is All About

Nancy Haver

This picture book celebrates the inspiring life of tap dance legend Dr. Jeni LeGon (1916-2012), the first African-American woman to sign a contract with a major Hollywood studio, and one of the first black women to become a tap soloist.

Published on October 5, 2016.

When the War Came Home

When the War Came Home

Bill Newman

“Bring the War Home,” which had been a rallying cry of the anti-Vietnam-War movement, was transformed on May 4, 1970 into a macabre irony when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student anti-war protesters at Kent State, killing four and wounding nine.

Published on October 5, 2016.

Women of Clark House by Jeanette Miller

Women of Clark House

Jeanette Miller

Jeanette Miller, herself a resident of Amherst’s Clark House, is dedicated to the permanent dismantling of the myths, stereotypes, and false information directed toward women over the age of sixty.

Published on October 18, 2016.

You Come Too

You Come Too

Susan Claire Schroder

Anger, fear, and uncertainty power the first day this horse and woman meet. The horse, six-months old, the woman, barely out of her teens, are to bond for life. But how is this going to happen?

Published on October 5, 2016.

You'll like it here.

You’ll like it here.

Ed Orzechowski

Abandoned by his unwed mother during World War II, Donald Vitkus becomes a ward of the Commonwealth of Mass­achusetts. He is 27 days old. Six years later as “Patient #3394,” he is committed to Belchertown State School…

Published on November 1, 2016.