March 2012 Newsletter
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA
Google ebooks are now available through www.titcombsbookshop.com.
It is easy to find an ebook in the newsletter. Click on the word "ebook" next to the book you want to read and it will take you to the Google ebook page for that book.
Want to buy the "real" book? Click on the book's picture and the link will bring you the book page on our website.
Have any questions? Please feel free to call and we will help you.
Positively Popping with Puzzles!
Looking for a way to cure the winter blues? We have loads of wonderful puzzles! There is everything from kid's puzzles, ocean themed puzzles to a globe shaped puzzle that looks like a lot of fun. Prices begin at $6.99.
Titcomb's Bookshop's Your Place for the Latest Fashion!!!
(Banned Book Bracelets and Pins)
Did you know The Color Purple by Alice Walker and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee were once banned books? These colorful and amusing bracelets and pins exclaim with pride "I read banned books." With titles such as Blubber by Judy Blume Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, I think we've all read banned books...and good for us!
Prices begin at $12.99
It's not time to dig in your garden just yet but we have some wonderful old garden books for you to peruse.
An Illustrated Guide to Flowering Plants of the MidAtlantic and New England States by George T. Stevens
Published in 1910.
With more than 1800 illustrations from drawings by the author. $25.00
Tips for Carefree Landscapes by Marianne Binetti
Over 500 sure fire ways to beautify your yard and garden. $3.00
Let it Rot: The Gardner's Guide to Composting by Stu Campbell $3.00
Gardening on Sandy Soil in North Temperature Areas by Christine Kelway $4.00
Summer Garden Glory by Adrian Bloom How to make the most of your garden from Spring thur Autumn. $4.50
In addition to gardening books we also have some BEAUTIFUL "new" art books in our used book section.
Matisse in Tahiti by Paule Laudon $10.00
Samuel F.B. Morse by William Kloss $12.00
Paintings in the Hermitage by Colin Eisler $30.00
Michelangelo by Frederick Hartt $8.00
The Hunger Games
We know our Hunger Games fans have been waiting for this!!!
The New York Times bestselling Hunger Games has been made into a major motion picture by Lionsgate. There will be a midnight showing at the Sandwich Heritage Theaters on March 23rd. Click here for more information.
The Sandwich Public Library will also be holding a special Hunger Games event. Sunday, March 18th 2-4pm at the Library. To find out more information please click here.
Titcomb's also has a great book selection to go along with the movie. Of course we have the original series (Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay). We also have several companion books to help you learn more about the Hunger Games, a cookbook and the characters as well as a movie companion. Priced at $7.99 and up.
Want to keep up to date with Titcomb's Bookshop? We have so much fun posting on Facebook and would hate for you to miss all the fun. Look for book suggestions, fun pictures, happenings at the store and so much more. Check us out on Facebook!!!
Time to Get Out
and Do Something!!!
It is hard to complain about winter and welcome spring when it has been so beautiful lately. We hate to jinx our good fortune of having so many wonderful sunny days. But we know that spring is soon upon us. I'll be very happy to welcome day light savings time, hear the peepers peeping and spying the daffodils and crocuses (or is it croci) popping up out of the ground.
There are so many wonderful things to do in the spring time on Cape Cod. Check out all of our upcoming events below. Also, if you are in Sandwich for March and April we want you to know about the many events happening nearby. We've listed some websites of our favorite places around town.
Greenbriar Nature Center
Sandwich Public Library
Heritage Museum and Gardens
Sandwich Chamber of Commerce
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air!"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Monday, March 5nd 1-3pm
Bring your favorite project and enjoy some great company while you work. No Registration. All are welcome! Knitting club takes place the first Monday each month.
Knitting Club Highlighted Book
Take-Along Knitting: 20+ Easy Portable Projects from Your Favorite Authors $17.99
Are you a take-along knitter? Are you tempted to break out the needles in the library, on the bus, or even at the supermarket? Then "Take-Along Knitting" is for you! North Light editors have selected the best portable projects from their superstar authors, including Stefanie Japel, Jane Davis, Hannah Fettig and more, all gathered in one place. With easy-to-follow patterns that celebrate the joys of knitting everywhere you go, you'll be ready to take your knitting around the world! $17.99
Men's Book Club Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Thursday, March 8th 9:30am
Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years--as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues--Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. List Price: $35.00 Our Price: $28.00 ebook: $14.99
No Registration. Men's Book Club is the second Thursday each month.
Book Club Faith by Jennifer Haigh List
Tuesday, March 20th 7pm
It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns. Jennifer will be calling to discuss this incredibly suspenseful novel about one woman's search for the truth after scandal rocks her family.
List Price: $14.99 Our Price: $11.99 ebook: $9.99
Book Talk and Signing with Deborah Scroggins, author of Wanted Women
Wednesday, March 21st 7pm
Cape Cod Community College
Tilden Arts Center Main Theater
The book follows the lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born thinker and neoconservative, and Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who, in 2010, was sentenced to 86 years in prison for her assault on American personnel in Afghanistan. She is known as Al Qaeda's highest-ranking female associate. Scroggins' presentation will explore Islam and the West through two very different perspectives.
About Deborah Scroggins:
Deborah Scroggins is an accomplished journalist with over twenty years of reporting experience. She is the author of Emma's War, which was translated into ten languages and won the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. She has written for Vogue, Granta, the Nation, the Sunday Times Magazine, and other publications, and has won two Overseas Press Club awards, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award as a foreign correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and was named Georgia Author of the Year by the Georgia Writer's Association.
About Wanted Women: The rarely explored issue of Muslim women and the War on Terror is at the heart of award-winning journalist Deborah Scroggins's extraordinary new book, WANTED WOMEN: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui. This provocative, meticulously researched book tells the story of polar opposites in the War on Terror through the dual biographies of two not dissimilar women who chose disparate paths: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born author of the international bestselling Infidel, who faced down death threats as she spoke out against the subjugation of Islamic women; and Aafia Siddiqui, the American-educated Pakistani scientist with alleged links to al-Qaeda. Through the prism of these two women's lives, Scoggins, author of the internationally acclaimed Emma's War, delves into questions about what brought each to the ideological choices they have made, and what those choices tell us about the bigger issues of women and women's rights in the Islamic world, and what these verities do and do not have to do with the War on Terror. List Price: $27.99 Our Price: $22.39
Book Talk and Signing with Jeff Flocken author of Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They Are Committed to Saving Animal Guy,
Saturday, March 24th 2-3:30
About Jeff Flocken:
Jeff Flocken is DC Office Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, where he leads the organization's policy experts advocating for animals such as polar bears, lions, whales, tigers, and elephants. Flocken has worked for the US government doing international species conservation; has been a consultant on movies, books, and television shows addressing wildlife issues; and is the confounder of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders initiative, providing training for up-and-coming wildlife leaders.
About Wildlife Heroes:
Wildlife Heroes provides a visual and written window into the world of 40 conservationists, the fascinating species they work to save and the issues that threaten their future. The book's stunning photos capture the beauty of the animals and the magnetism of the heroes as they work in the often grueling conditions where the animals live. Contributors to the book include some of the world's top photographers, TV Host Jack Hanna, as well as a backcover endorsement by Dr. Jane Goodall. Wildlife Heroes will appeal to both avid animal enthusiasts and casual readers wishing to learn more about our planet and the people working to protect it. $20.00
Food and a Book Series
Wednesday, March 28th 6:30pm
The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof
The Bee-Hive Tavern
406 Route 6A, East Sandwich
Take a culinary journey through the Caribbean. Titcomb's Bookshop and The Bee-Hive Tavern will host an evening of Caribbean food tasting, cooking demonstration and book discussion. We will sample scrumptious dishes like Caribbean lobster corn fritters with lime mango aioli, callalo, lime tarts, homemade banana bread with molasses, nutmeg and chocolate...and so much more! This evening will surely transport us from our winter blues to basking in the beautiful Caribbean sea. Come and dream with us!!!
Reservations are $35.00 and seating is limited. Call or stop by Titcomb's Bookshop today!
About The Spice Necklace:
Ann Vanderhoof and her husband leave Canada to set sail around the Caribbean. They discover their love of Caribbean spices and local food at each island stop along their way including enjoying some moonshine straight out of hidden back-country stills. This story envelopes you in the warmth of the sun and the smell of the foods prepared in their sailboat's galley.
Book Talk and Signing with Jane Roy Brown author of One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place
Friday, April 13th 1pm
Heritage Museum and Gardens
$8.00 admission fee.
Words can never be enough to describe the beauty of the book, One Writer's Garden. When Jane Roy Brown agreed to speak at this event we were jumping with joy. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear Ms. Brown speak about Eudora Welty's beautiful restored home gardens. This gorgeously illustrated book is more than a coffee table book, it deserves to be read! Packed with interesting and humorous accounts of Welty's life and times it is a must read for anyone who loves gardening and the writings of Eudora Welty.
As a special treat Heritage Museum and Gardens is graciously opening their museum grounds to us one day before their season openings. Plan some time to stroll the gardens after Jane's talk.
About Jane Roy Brown:
Jane Roy Brown is a landsape historian. She is an award winning travel and garden writer who focuses on historic gardens and landscapes.
About One Writer's Garden:
Even in her earliest short stories, the writer Eudora Welty (1909-2001) wove images of southern flora and gardens into her writing, yet few outside her personal circle knew that they originated in her own passionate connection to the home garden in Jackson, Mississippi, designed by her mother. Near the end of her life, Welty recounted her memories of the lost garden to Susan Haltom, a local garden designer, who helped bring it back. When Welty died, in 2001, a restoration of the garden was well underway-and with it, the untold story of the garden's place in the writer's artistic life. Woven throughout this fascinating story are passages from Welty's unpublished writing as well as excerpts from her personal letters. $35.00
Book Talk and Signing with Joan Harrison, author of Hydrangeas: Cape Cod and the Islands.
Thursday, May 17th 3:30pm
Sandwich Public Library
How do you grow beautiful hydrangeas? Why do they grow so well on Cape Cod? How do you dry hydrangeas? Joan Harrison will be at the Sandwich Library to answer all your questions about these beautiful blooms! $24.99
From Rita: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott A young woman, Tess, is an aspiring seamstress who is hired by a famous designer to be her personal maid on the doomed voyage of the Titanic. Tess catches the eye of two very different men on the ship, one a sailor and the other a wealthy man from Chicago. This proves to generate problems for Tess throughout the book. Once the disaster is over and those who survive are on land, the rumors start on how the rescue was handled. Tess's employer is the main subject in the government hearings that follow the sinking. The behavoir of the designer and her husband are questioned throughout the hearings.
The timing of the release of The Dressmaker could not be more perfect as this is the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It is a page turning account of the aftermath of its sinking. I now feel a differently about the Titanic and the manner in which those who survived handled themselves. List Price: $25.95 Our Price: $20.76 ebook: $12.99
From Elizabeth: Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich This well researched historical novel unfolds through alternating chapters set in Venice and the island of Malta in the 16th century. Hannah Levi is a respected midwife in the Jewish ghetto of Venice. Her husband, Isaac, gambled with fate when he borrowed heavily to buy silk he would sell in Constantinople where he planned to buy spices he would resell in Venice. En route his ship was fired upon and he was imprisoned on Malta. The gates to the Ghetto were locked at night but a wealthy Christian count managed to enter, desperate to reach the young Jewish midwife who had a reputation for being able to help at difficult births. In need of ransom money to save her husband, Hannah defies her Rabbi and accepts the count's generous monetary offer. She is quickly caught up in a complicated and devious family inheritance plot. This story will hold your interest to the very last page and you will be happy to know there is a sequel in the works! $15.00 ebook: $9.99
From Karen: Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison
This latest gem from best-selling author Harrison is like peering into a Faberge egg. Our narrator is the daughter of the infamous Rasputin, confidant and suspected puppet-master of the Tsarina and her family, supposedly influencing the history of Russia. When the 'un-killable' Rasputin is finally murdered, his two daughters are sent to the Romanovs as the Tsarina believes that his daughter Masha has inherited his healing powers and hopes that she may heal hemophiliac Alexei. Masha and Alexei develop a very close relationship during their shared exile in Tsarskoe Selo. This historical literary novel is a fascinating look into the world of the Romanovs and Rasputins, though of course tragic. Did know Rasputin's daughter was a horseback trick rider in her adult life? I didn't! List Price: $27.00 Our Price: $21.60 ebook: $12.99
From Elisa: How It All Began by Penelope Lively This is my first Penelope Lively book but I can assure you it won't be my last. When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this book especially the wise and sharp, Charlotte, who I will assume is Ms. Lively's alter ego. This story maneuvers like a well oiled machine through twists and (not so sharp) turns as each character's life is changed. I especially loved this quote near the end of the book: "An ending is an artificial defice; we like endings, they are satisfying, convenient, and a point has been made. But time does not end, and stories march in step with time. These stories do not end, but they spin away from one another, each on its own course." So if your in the mood for a breezy yet engrossing novel...this is just the ticket! List Price: $26.95 Our Price: $21.56 ebook: $12.99
From Vicky: Wonder by R. J. Palacio This is a brilliant gem of a novel! Remember how tough it can be to feel different in middle school? Imagine what it would be like to really be different - to have a face so deformed that people turn from you in shock. Brilliant, funny and heartbreaking. Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman, the boy behind such a face, as he enters school for the first time in 5th grade. The first part of the book is told by Auggie and we put ourselves in his shoes as he makes friends and deals with the inevitable reactions of those around him. The second part of the book is told, in turn, by his sister and classmates, and we put ourselves in their places as well. You can't read this book without wondering how you would react to someone who is different. Would you be a friend? Would you walk away - or make fun of him? This is a book you just have to talk about! $15.99 ebook: $10.99
From Elisa: The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure DK Publishing Want the perfect book for father and son (and daughter for that matter)? From planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you're in the great outdoors. Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food. And if there's an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even how to get yourself found. In the usually beautiful style of DK books, the illustrations in this book jump out at you. Adults and children will be fascinated with the skills taught in the book as well as learn how to survive! $17.95
Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren by Gretchen Woelfle; illustrated by Alexandra Wallner What a treat to read this beautifully written and fascinating new picture book about Mercy Otis Warren, a brave and independent young woman who played a role in and wrote a history about the American Revolution. Mercy was born in West Barnstable and lived in Plymouth. She wrote plays and political poems and served as her husband's secretary when he joined George Washington's army as paymaster general. Throughout the book are quotes by Mercy, her husband and father, as well as a timeline of her life and list of additional resources at the back. Ages 7-10. $16.95
New and Recommended
The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever. When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn't know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn't know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself . . .
More Than Words Can Say by Robert Barclay $14.99 Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grandmother's lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks--a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother's WWII diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected . . . and they have the power to turn her own life upside down.
$14.99 ebook: $9.99
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Andy Barber has been an assistant DA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
List Price: $26.00 Our Price: $20.80 ebook: $12.99
Restoration by Olaf Olafsson A blend of The Paris Wife and The English Patient--a sweeping story of love tested by the terrors and tragedies of war, set in the breathtaking landscape of Tuscany in the 1940s, from the critically acclaimed author of The Journey Home. $14.99 ebook: $9.99
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Twenty-four-year-old Edward Warren, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: his dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism or revenge?
List Price: $28.00 Our Price: $22.40 ebook: $14.99
Hard Knocks by Howie Carr
Following the lead of Boston crime-thriller writers like Dennis Lehane and Chuck Hogan, New York Times bestselling author and radio sensation Carr delivers a hard-hitting tale of survival, betrayal, deceit, and murder . . . in other words, a fictional odyssey through the last 30 years of crime in Boston.
List Price: $24.99 Our Price: $19.99 ebook: $11.99
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo List Price: $27.00 Our Price:
Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter--Annawadi's "most-everything girl"--will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call "the full enjoy."
With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers "carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.
List Price: $27.00 Our Price: $22.39 ebook: $12.99
Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi by Dean Faulkner Wells William Faulkner's youngest brother, Dean, died in a plane crash in 1935, four months before his daughter and namesake was born. The novelist, who had given his brother the plane, took it upon himself to help raise and support his niece. In this memoir, she presents a lively history of the Faulkner clan in Oxford, Mississippi, through the unrest of the 1960s. While Wells recounts his caring relationships with his wife, Estelle, and his daughter, Jill, she does not shrink from commenting on Faulkner's legendary drinking bouts and extramarital affairs. The portrait of Faulkner that emerges is of a humane, decent, loving family man who struggled to satisfy the emotional as well as financial needs of his extended family.
$15.00 ebook: $11.99
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools
by Donovan Hohn
Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duck is a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity.
$16.00 ebook: $9.99
Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs by Fern Richardson
Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the blog "Life on the Balcony," is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space -- even when your budget is just as small.
This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. You'll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them. From design basics to essential plant picks, Small-Space Container Gardens proves you don't need a yard to have a garden. For anyone who wants more green in their life, it's time to get out there and start growing. $19.95
Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens by Barbara Pleasant Pleasant has turned her gift for language and her green thumb into an excellent recourse for the home vegetable gardener. Her No-Fail garden plans, including buying lists, suggested garden layouts, and recommendations for seasonal crop rotations, gently guide the reader. The plans progress through a three-year expansion that easily builds each year's garden off the previous one. Beyond the garden plans, Pleasant introduces necessary topics, such as mulch, watering, insects, and diseases, without intimidating the reluctant gardener. The result for gardeners, who will grow in knowledge and experience as their crops flourish, will be productive, low-maintenance, attractive vegetable gardens. The captivating pictures, detailed diagrams, and excellent appendix and glossary are all bonuses. $19.95
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver The follow-up to Delirium. After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters.
$17.99 ebook: $9.99
Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
Lizzie and Karl's mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don't run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family. $16.99 ebook: $9.99
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick $17.99
Sometimes, the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field. Meet Peter Friedman, high school freshman. Talented photographer. Former baseball star. When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter has some major things to figure out. Is there life after sports? $17.99 ebook: $9.99
Children's Picture Books
Giraffe's Can't Dance written by Andreae, Giles and Illustrated by Parker-Rees, Guy The bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance is now a board book! Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend. With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness. $6.99
Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it is a "good" song, a really "wonderful" song . . . and Penny wants more than anything to sing it.
What do you think will happen? $12.99