Publisher: Levellers Press
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joanna Lillian Brown
Local first-time author Joanna Lillian Brown marshaled her own experiences to create this caring resource.
“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.
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 […]
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.
Straw Dog Writers Guild
Jane Yolen, editor
This is a book about a place. A book of poems about a place.
That place is the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, once a prehistoric lake later dubbed Lake Hitchcock. Where the Connecticut River now meanders. A place where dinosaurs once roamed in the shale. Where Native American tribal people once lived, and white incomers clashed with them.
Where farmers and trappers, and then mills became the norm. Where escaped slaves found freedom. Where the first witchcraft accusation was hurled in the New World and the first book was banned. Where a university grew out of an agricultural school, and a number of colleges (several of them of them just for women) were established. Plus stores, museums, music halls. A place where artists and artisans discovered inspiration. Where writers made a living. And poets. A whole lot of poets. Hundreds of them over the years.
So, in the tradition of those poets, who sang about this place, and the other poets who hang around this place, we offer a book of 62 contemporary Valley poets and over a hundred new poems. Use it as a map to take you to the compass points of our Valley. Enjoy the poetry and the scenery together. Explore the Valley’s lyrical history. Past and present.
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.
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.
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 […]
“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.
James H. Barnhill
International entrepreneur Pat Culliney flew high as the wealthy owner of Universe Electronics. Then, teen lovers found Pat drowned in his Jaguar coupe, submerged in a lake at the end of a secluded dirt road in the woods. The medical examiner said suicide, but a receipt for dry ice let attorney Shawn O’Donovan realize that Pat was murdered. Just after impoverished Torch Walsh quit his dead-end job to manage a company Pat left him, Pat’s unscrupulous successor began a vicious attempt to steal Torch’s business using a lawsuit, perjury, false arrest of Torch’s mother, extortion, and murder. Shawn fights overwhelming odds to protect Torch and his mother, threatened at every turn.
Themes of inequality, corruption, and Shawn’s struggle with alcohol twist into a fast-paced who-and-how-done-it, concluding at the menacing end of the Dirt Road to Death.
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.
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.
Collected poems and readings
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.
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.
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.
In chronicling the physical and spiritual steps she took to reclaim her life and peel away the layers of damage done by incest, Jenson has written a powerful narrative of one person’s healing journey. And though the subject matter is deeply serious, Jenson writes with her sense of humor firmly intact, reminding us that joy is possible in the face of great pain.
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.
“Jillian Hensley’s account of the 1704 raid on Deerfield, which is central to her story, feels authentic and fully imagined.” —Frances Kidder
“Which movie star do I look like?” fourteen-year-old Danielle wondered as she looked at her reflection in the mirror. Travel with her on her odyssey of discovery as she becomes an adult, launches a career, meets the love of her life, learns about her parents, her grandparents, her great grandparents. What truths will she pass […]
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.
“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.”
“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
Christopher Clark and Kerry W. Buckley
Thanks to the generosity of UMass Press and Historic Northampton, Levellers Press is pleased to be able to issue this foundational work in an affordable paperback edition. In 1842, a group of radical abolitionists and social reformers established the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, a utopian community in western Massachusetts organized around a collectively […]
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.
Foreword by Tom Manley, President, Antioch College
It was 1968. Promises of freedom were being crushed by the reality of overflowing, grungy jail cells, and Utopian visions of America were being gunned down in the jungles of Vietnam. The country was at war with itself.
In that same year Bill Newman, who now has been an ACLU lawyer for many decades and is the author and voice of the Civil Liberties Minute podcast, a newspaper columnist, and a talk radio show host, entered Antioch College, which is famous for its work-study program known as cooperative education (or co-ops).
Newman’s life on a co-op plan began because his college guidance counselor said to him, “a place like Antioch might want you.” Bill thought any number of colleges probably would accept him. It hadn�t occurred to him that any affirmatively would want him. Antioch did.
And the political activism and the principles that animated the college and its students changed his life.
The book begins, “in September 1968 I learned that I hated seeing people locked up in cages. I still do.” That sentence summarizes Bill’s experience at his first co-op job from Antioch—working in the New York City criminal courts for an experimental diversion and rehabilitation program of the Vera Institute of Justice. Other equally meaningful Antioch co-ops would follow.
After graduating Antioch and spending three more years on another co-op plan—at Northeastern University School of Law—Bill went on to represent clients on death row and in the Guantanamo Bay prison. He was counsel for the mom in the first gay custody case to go before any state’s highest court. He has defended the Bill of Rights for over forty years. Those stories fill these pages.
Noam Chomsky calls this book “enlightening, inspiring, and often shocking.” ACLU President Susan Herman describes it as “nothing less than an expertly guided tour of recent American history and timeless American values.” The founder of The Massachusetts Review, Jules Chametzsky, says, “what distinguishes this book is its literary grace [and] love of language…”
Ultimately, the stories and reflections in this book, poignant and often funny (especially the parts about raising two daughters) lead back to the ethos instilled by and lessons learned at that unique small college in southwestern Ohio—Antioch—whose first president, Horace Mann, put it succinctly: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” Bill Newman has done his part, and this book may well inspire future generations to do theirs.
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.
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
“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
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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?
Tom Weiner with Bill Streeter
One of the untold yet essential stories of World War II is that of the two billion microfilmed letters that boosted morale at home and on the Front lines while freeing up much needed space for soldiers and supplies to be flown to the far corners of the world. From the remarkable process that took […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“I Teached Him to Talk”: Stories of Children with Autism chronicles two years in an innovative program for children with autism spectrum disorder. The author, an experienced teacher, presents intimate portraits of preschoolers who confront enormous challenges as they struggle to learn skills that come easily to most children. Although their progress is slow and sometimes arduous, this book also captures the wonderful and often humorous moments when a child succeeds at something they have never done before. This book is a resource for parents, teachers and therapists who are looking for answers to the question, “Where do we begin and how do we reach children who learn in such different ways?” Most of all, this book offers hope and reassurance to families and teachers that their efforts and creativity can help children move from isolation to interaction.
“Marion VanArsdell captures us as readers and educators with her vivid descriptions of classroom student interactions that come alive on the page and in our hearts. She translates these classroom situations into learning experiences for educators and offers practical, insightful, realistic advice on how to guide students to promote their development. These poignant situations coupled with the sage advice of Ms. VanArsdell based on her years of classroom experience is a must read for teachers.”
Dorothy Molnar, Ed. D.
Professor of Education, Elms College
“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
“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.
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.
In a set of eleven stories, the critically acclaimed novelist Zane Kotker pulls readers into the lives of characters caught in apparently inescapable situations.
– Cast off by her lover, a woman seeks to thwart her loneliness with a trip to Central America.
– A Moroccan with a green card sets out to prove his father wrong.
– Two pregnant women—one Iraqi and one American—have reason to fear for the lives they carry within.
– An escapee from Manhattan spends her days teaching second grade on Connecticut’s Gold Coast and her nights with a fellow renter across the hall.
– The wife of a disabled man comes to understand the Declaration of Independence in a new way: “It’s only the pursuit we’re guaranteed, not the happiness.”
– Caught up in the deaths of their mothers, two old friends face the darkness of a summer night together.
Of these stories the novelist Rosellen Brown says, “So smart, so rich with knowledge and full of feeling.”
The Breathless Present tells several intersecting stories in a variety of voices that mirror music’s power to transmute memory and affirm life.
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.
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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson—that ever-relevant grandfather-philosopher of American letters—raises important questions about marriage and freedom, commitment and self-fulfillment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dinah R. Mack
The year is 1942, and thirteen-year-old Sebastian Jaeger has escaped from a Hitler Youth camp and returned to the city of Cologne. Five years earlier, his father, a Communist leader, was imprisoned, leaving Sebastian alone to care for his grandmother. Attracted by the possibility of true friendship, Sebastian joins a group of street kids called […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Six weeks of exploring aging with a group at the Senior Center in Amherst, Massachusetts leads to seven years of discoveries.
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.
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.
“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.
Eric Chester’s The Wobblies in their Heydey and Yours For Industrial Freedom available together for $30.
“Using sources that had been previously unavailable owing to federal government document classifications policies, Eric Chester proves beyond doubt that President Wilson and his Justice Department—assisted by the U.S. military and its intelligence services—worked assiduously to put the IWW out of business. Chester’s description of the anti-subversive crusade by federal authorities during World War I and their linking of domestic radicals with violence or terrorism proves yet again how government uses its legal authority to crush and punish dissenters and mavericks.”
—Melvyn Dubofsky, Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology Emeritus, Binghamton University, SUNY
“Chester has established a new watermark for historical understanding of the IWW.”
—Staughton Lynd, Author and Activist
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.
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?
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…
Eric Thomas Chester
In the fall of 1917, the Bureau of Intelligence, later renamed the FBI, raided halls run by the Industrial Workers of the World, hauling away a vast array of documents. Some of those documents, mostly correspondence, were later presented as evidence in the Chicago conspiracy trial of IWW leaders. The documents were excised from the […]