New Titles Publishing This Week!

Are you a history buff looking to dive into the rich tapestry of your local area? This week, several new local history books are set to hit the shelves, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past. Let's explore what these new releases have in store for eager readers.

Stephen King's Maine by Sharon Kitchens

Much of Western Maine reads like a Stephen King novel. The dense dark woods and backcountry ponds. The century-old houses with gravel driveways and immense flower gardens, acres of farmland miles from a highway. Serpentine country roads dotted with farmstands, and picturesque main streets lined with battered pickups. Places where-especially during the dark and rainy days of October and November--things can get downright spooky. Author Sharon Kitchens identifies the locations that serve as the basis for King's fictional towns of Castle Rock, Jerusalem's Lot, Derry, and Haven. Drawing on historical materials and conversations with locals and people who know King, the author sheds light on daily life in places that would become the settings for Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, Cujo , IT , and 11/22/63 .


Historic Storms of Cape Cod by Don Wilding

Cape Cod has always been in the path of deadly hurricanes and ferocious storms. Unwelcome summer visitors include the "Long Island Express" Hurricane of 1938, the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, the twin Hurricanes Carol and Edna in 1954, and Hurricane Bob in 1991. These storms destroyed countless homes and left several coastal communities under several feet of water. Surging tides carried away houses with residents inside who didn't survive and sank the Coast Guard lightship Vineyard in Buzzards Bay, killing all 12 crew members. Fall and winter brought the benchmark Blizzard of 1978, the nor'easter of January 1987, and the infamous "Perfect Storm" of October 1991 which delivered some of the highest tides ever seen on the Outer Cape. Local author Don Wilding revisits the Cape's most severe weather events and their devastating impact.
Hidden History of Lake Champlain by Jason Barney and Christine Eldred
Lake Champlain is one of America's most historic waterways, but much of its history has remained hidden. With the arrival of Europeans, the lake became a vital route between the English in New England and the French in Quebec. Its isolated beauty contrasted sharply with the bloody military campaigns that unfolded there. While enormous forts were erected, colonial villages blossomed, and 18 th century naturalist Peter Kalm spread the word of its bucolic charm. William Miller attracted large audiences as he preached that the world would end in the 1840s. Valcour Island developed its own commune, and when Prohibition took effect, the towns near the Canadian border became a hotbed of bootlegging. From presidential visits to shipwrecks, local authors Jason Barney and Christine Eldred chronicle some of the lake's lesser-known contributions to American history.
Blair Hill and Highlands on Moosehead Lake by Sean D. Billings and Johanna S. Billings
Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maine, covering nearly 75,000 acres in the Highlands Region. Greenville, located on its southern shore, became the gateway to the lake early on because of its location and by being the last village to get supplies before the North Woods. The area of Blair Hill in Greenville was at first the farm of early settler Edmund Scammon and his family, but it soon became famous for its view of Moosehead Lake. Successful business leaders like Victor Macfarlane and Andrew Jackson Sloper built summer homes on Blair Hill to enjoy the climate and scenery. The Highlands area on the southern side of Blair Hill was developed for vacationers and contained small affordable cabins as well as the famous Moosehead Coffee House. From stately mansions to simple cabins, the retreats constructed here were as varied as the people who built them. Local authors Sean and Johanna Billings explore the fascinating history of this area and its people.
On a bitter November night in 1945, a widow shot her young boarder, a WWII veteran, and left him to die on the floor of his room. Helen Clark tossed the gun under the neighbor's porch and then took a taxi to join her teen daughters at a movie in Bristol. When the body was found, after several conflicting statements, she settled on the claim that he shot himself-four times, twice in the back. The Commonwealth of Virginia called it murder in a jealous rage. The trial enthralled the nation. Local author Greg Lilly uses newspaper coverage of the murder, the investigation and the trial to reveal the facts of the Abingdon boardinghouse murder.
Amidst the chaos and uncertainty of World War II, one soldier found solace and strength in letters from home.
An Army Air Corps serviceman from a prominent Madison family, Bob Gay paints a vivid picture of a young man's journey through a tumultuous era, revealing the profound love he held for his family. As Gay fulfills his duty on the frontlines, his mother's unwavering support shines through her involvement with the Red Cross, while his father's dedication as a ration board member and air raid warden mirrors a nation's collective sacrifice.
World War II Dispatches to Madison is a tribute to a humble and kind soul who never sought the spotlight. In honor of her ancestor Robert Gay, Dannelle's book will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The President Woodrow Wilson House by Elizabeth A Katcher National Trust for Historic Preservation
The timeless home of our 28 th president, perfectly preserved from the 1920s, serves as an unforgettable backdrop for learning about our past as Americans. The trust opened the doors of the museum in 1963 for visitors to explore this significant site with over 8,400 one-of-a-kind historic artifacts. The book boasts a treasure trove of images from the trust museum's archives, offering a visually stunning journey through history. On March 4, 1921, Woodrow and Edith Wilson moved from the White House into their new home - just a mile and a half away - at 2340 S Street, NW in Washington, DC's Kalorma neighborhood. The former president lived here until his death in 1924. Edith called it home until her passing in 1961, at which time she bequeathed the house and its furnishing to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to serve as a monument to President Wilson. A century after Woodrow Wilson left office, his policies and legacy continue to animate our national conversations about American foreign policy, race relations, and the meanings of progressivism and democracy.
The President Woodrow Wilson House's executive director, Elizabeth A. Karcher, presents a meticulously researched and engaging narrative that illuminates the house's evolution from private residence to a dynamic cultural institution. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, nonprofit organization that works to save America's historic places, owns and operates the Woodrow Wilson House.
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve by Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau
A stunning history of the development and preservation of the marble halls deep within the Siskiyou Mountains. In 2014 the designation of the Monument changed to the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve and the footprint was expanded to 4,554 total acres. The Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau have selected the best photographs to visually represent the colorful history of this iconic national treasure.
Around Sisters by Sharon E. Karr
Sharon E. Karr uses rare vintage images from a variety of local sources to celebrate the rich history of Sisters, Oregon.
Located at the foot of the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains is the charming town of Sisters, Oregon, named for the three majestic, snow-covered peaks, North, Middle, and South Sisters, known as Faith, Hope, and Charity. Sisters saw its beginning only a short time after the early central Oregon pioneers settled to the north at Camp Polk. Geographically, Sisters encompassed communities now long gone - Cloverdale, Gist, and Plainview. These small communities depended on Sisters for mail, supplies, groceries, and other services. The development of Black Butte Ranch and the Metolius recreation area contributed to today's tourism hub. By stepping back in time, the reader can explore the past of ranching and irrigation and trace the logging, rodeo, and recreation history of those who came before today's travelers and tourists. Sisters is more than just a place. What sets Sisters apart is the bond of friendship that permeates every facet of this small town. A feeling of community and unity that fosters an unyielding spirit of what is home and creates the extraordinary place it is today. Sharon E. Karr is a retired technology writer and a graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelor of arts in history and a master's degree from Santa Clara University. She brings history alive with the help of longtime residents, research, and local historical societies.
The Eat Fit Cookbook by Molly Kimball RD, LDN, CSSD
Dietitian and food lover Molly Kimball and her Eat Fit team are revolutionizing restaurants throughout the foodie city of New Orleans! The Eat Fit team has collaborated with chefs and restaurateurs across Louisiana to create these flavorful meals, which are designed to fuel your strongest, healthiest life. This revised edition of The Eat Fit Cookbook features more than twenty new recipes, including artful creations from talented chefs such as Meg Bickford of Commander's Palace, Alon Shaya of Saba and Miss River, and our very own Ryan Conn of FUEL Cafe + Market.
It's Raining in Florida by Erin Rovin, Illustrated by Kay Meadows
It's raining in Florida. The sky is dark and grey. It's a perfect time for key lime pie! Florida youngsters can while away a rainy day with this entertaining board book.
It's Sunny in Florida by Erin Rovin, Illustrated by Kay Meadows
It's sunny in Florida. Even the gators think so. It's as bright as a rocket! Young children in the Sunshine State will certainly recognize all the signs of a sunny day in Florida in this exciting board book.
Someone in Louisiana Loves You by Angelle Terrell, Illustrated by Camille Broussard
After her chicks drift off to sleep, Mother Pelican takes flight. From Shreveport to New Orleans, she visits many of the places that make Louisiana special. All the while, she thinks about her babies sleeping peacefully in their nest. Mother Pelican knows that we carry the ones we love in our hearts, no matter where we go.
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