We are looking for volunteers with an interest in history and a willingness to learn about whaling ships. The library has the digital files of 48 handwritten ship logbooks that are part of the Falmouth Historical Society’s collection. The logs date back from 1806 to 1879. “We are ready to embark on an exciting project to transcribe these documents so they can be made available on the library website,” says library Director, Linda Collins. She has been working on one to see what the experience will be like for volunteers. “It is a challenge at first, but you do get to know the handwriting and become familiar with the language of sailing and whaling. The more you work with the document, the easier it gets.” The logs are as short as 8 pages and as long as 392, with most being between 100 and 200 pages. Volunteers will be given a thumb drive with their ship’s log and a document describing the process. Occasional meetings of the volunteers will be scheduled to share tips and encouragement. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project, please contact Linda Collins at email@example.com
Author: Jill Erickson
This morning Mindy and Jill were joined by Dennis Minsky, naturalist and a big reader! It is always fun for us when Dennis is able to find time to drive from Provincetown to Woods Hole to join us. We have previously talked with Dennis about nature books, maritime books, whaling books, and bird books. When we are done with the show, our books to read list is always longer than it was before we began, and we hope yours are as well! Dennis and I had both brought so many titles that we didn’t have time for, that we are making an extra long list today of both books we mentioned and books that we did not have time to mention, but are terrific. Miss the show? You can listen online!
I want to particularly thank our caller who suggested I read Trees in a Winter Landscape by Alice Smith, and to let her know that I was able to request a copy of the book from off Cape, so I should be seeing a copy soon! (And thus she won’t have to drive to Falmouth to deliver me a copy, but thanks so much for the offer!)
After we went off the air, I got an e-mail from a listener who wrote:
“I kicked myself for not remembering my decades old theory that looking at the sunset through winter trees was the inspiration for church stained glass.” What a grand theory!
“Lost” a poem by David Wagoner
Thoreau and the Language of Trees by Richard Higgins
Essays: a fully annotated edition by Henry David Thoreau, specifically the essays: “Wild Apples,” “Walking,” “Autumnal Tints” and “The Succession of Forest Trees”
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Barkskins, a novel by Annie Proulx
American Canopy: trees, forests, and the making of a nation by Erick Rutkow
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Cape Cod Shore Whaling: America’s first whalemen by John Braginton-Smith and Duncan Oliver
Not Enough Time For:
Remarkable Trees Of The World by Thomas Parkenham
Trees, Woodlands, and Western Civilization by Richard Hayman
A Natural History Of Trees by Donald Culross Peattie
The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford
From the Forest: a search for the hidden roots of our fairy tales by Sara Maitland
Nature Writings by John Muir (Particularly his essay The American Forests.)
Trees by W. S. Merwin (and lots more tree poems can be found in Collected Poems, 1952-1993.) You also need to watch Even Though the Whole World is Burning, a documentary on W. S. Merwin and the trees he is trying to save.
The Tree by John Fowles
Novels in which trees play a role:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (and notice the tree on the book jacket!)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
And, of course, Shakespeare!
Not enough time for:
The Book of Trees: visualizing branches of knowledge by Manuel Lima
Arboreal: a collection of new woodland writing edited by Adrian Cooper (Includes essays, photos, and stories by, among others Andy Goldworthy, Ali Smith, Philip Hoare, and Germaine Greer.)
Oak: the frame of civilization by William Bryant Logan
Be in a Treehouse by Pete Nelson (Includes the Hidden Hollow Treehouse at the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich)
The Songs of Trees: stories from nature’s great connectors by David George Haskell
Maple on Tap: making your own maple syrup by Rich Finzer
Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky with photographs by Christopher G. Knight
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Poetrees by Douglas Florian
The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
American Canopy: trees, forests and the making of a nation by Eric Rutlow
Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wolfe
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wolfe
Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Trees in a Winter Landscape by Alice Smith
This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we discussed books that make us laugh. Joining Mindy were Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Adult Services at FPL and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich. We hope you’ll now be able to start your new year with a chuckle! Below are our lists, as well as listener picks.
Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: understanding philosophy through jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: understanding political doublespeak through philosophy and jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Craig Kingsbury Talkin’ by Kristen Kingsbury Henshaw
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
One Man’s Meat by E. B. White
Theft by Finding Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
The Inevitable Guest by Marcia Monbleau
Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance by Bill McKibben
Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Complete Peanuts 1950 – 1952 by Charles M. Schulz
The Complete Peanuts 1963 – 1964 by Charles M. Schulz
Home Cooking: a writer in the kitchen by Laurie Colwin
Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse
Vacationland: true stories from painful beaches by John Hodgman
The 50 Funniest American Writers edited by Andy Borowitz
How Not to Do Things by Susan Blood
Himself by Jess Kidd
Today’s show was pre-recorded, due to the WCAI pledge drive, which means that the morning show was abbreviated, but the 7:00 PM show will be the complete show. So if you see books on this list that you didn’t actually hear about when you were listening, that would be the reason! You can also listen online at WCAI. Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop joined Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson to talk about books to give and books that inspire you to make, bake, and decorate for the holidays.
Here is the Harry Potter quotation, read on the show, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling:
“Sir — Professor Dumbledore? Can I ask you something?”
“Obviously, you’ve just done so,” Dumbledore smiled. “You may ask me one more thing, however,”
“What do you see when you look in the mirror?”
I? I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks.”
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”
And here is a link to the poem Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda.
And here is the recipe for snow filling for cake, as written in the Girls Friendly Cook Book:
“Scrape 1 apple in a large bowl, add 1 cup sugar; pour over the unbeaten whites of 2 eggs; then beat about twenty minutes. At first it looks brown, but when done it will be like snow. This may be used for cake or for coffee jelly.”
Beautiful Gift Books
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
The Message of the Birds by Kate Westerlund (picture book with the true Christmas story)
Gratitude: A Book of Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes by Susan Branch
For the History Buff
The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U. Bacon. Boston Red Cross and the Massachusetts Public Safety Committee provided immediately after the Halifax Explosion of 1917
The Mayflower: The Families, The Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser. Winslow family
Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
For the Nature Lover
The Outer Beach: A Thousand Mile Walk on Cape Cod’s Atlantic Shore by Robert Finch.
365 Cape Cod Ponds Day by Day by Susan Anarino
Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti
For the Adventurous
Ruthless River: Love & Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Fitzgerald
For the Cook
America the Cookbook: A Culinary Road Trip Through the 50 States by Gabrielle Langholtz
For the Music Lover
The Greatest Album Covers of All Time by Barry Miles, Grant Scott and Johnny Morgan
For the Sports Lover
For the Boater
Unsinkable: The History of Boston Whaler by Matthew Plunkett
Books to Inspire
God: 48 Famous and Fascinating Minds Talk about God compiled by Jennifer Berne
The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace by Patrizia Collard
Just for Fun
Shakespeare Box Set (Running Press Miniature Books)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. National Book Award for Fiction 2017
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Ages 10+)
Max and Charlie Help a Hero: Never Too Young to Give Back by Kim Rodriques and K. M. Ginter (ages 6 and up)
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Ages 9-12) – A Christmas story
Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Set – a journal for any Harry Potter fan!
Picture Books for Children
The Mermaid by Jan Brett
Bookshops: a reader’s history by Jorge Carrión
Unpacking My Library: artists and their books edited by Jo Steffens and Matthias Neumann
The New Christmas Tree by Carrie Brown
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes (The image on this page is from this book.)
Christmas for Greta and Gracie by Yasmeen Ismail
Novel Destinations: a travel guide to literary landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt & Joni Rendon
The Cape Cod Cook Book by Suzanne Cary Gruver
A Family Christmas selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy
The Work of Christmas: the twelve days of Christmas with Howard Thurman by Bruce Epperly
Today’s book radio show on The Point with Mindy Todd was all about books that have been translated, primarily translated into English, as well as the challenges for translators of translating one language into another language. Joining Jill Erickson and Mindy was author Peter Abrahams. Below you will find a list of books mentioned, and if you missed the show you can listen online anytime!
The Trial by Franz Kafka, translated from the German by Willa and Edwin Muir
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated from the Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, translated the French by Jacques Le Clercq
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, translated from the Russian by H. T. Willetts
The Original Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: the complete first edition, translated from the German by Jack Zipes
Holy Bible, the King James Version
December Heat By Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza, translated from the Portuguese by Benjamin Moser. Part of the Inspector Espinosa series.
In Translation: translators on their work and what it means, edited by Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, translated from the French by Lydia Davis
Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector, translated from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin. Also try The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector, translated by Katrina Dodson and Why This World: a biography of Clarice Lispector by Benjamin Moser. That’s the cover from Lispector’s complete stories that illustrates this blog.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett or Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky or Rosamund Bartlett or Marian Schwartz. Article about the Anna Karenina translations can be found in The New York Times, written by Masha Gessen.
Bonus book, for which there was no time, but is well worth reading if you are interested in a short book on translation. Why Translation Matters by Edith Grossman. (Includes a list of the author’s picks of important translations.)
Over the years we have often been asked for words or poems that might be read at a funeral. Recently we were asked again, and decided it might be useful to write a blog entry on this topic. We hope the list of books below might be helpful during the difficult time of planning a funeral or a memorial service.
The Book of Eulogies edited with commentary by Phyllis Theroux. This is a collection of memorial tributes, poetry, essays, and letters of condolence. It includes an index, so should you know a specific author that your loved one used to read, you can find all the names of the writers in the index. Perhaps unexpectedly, but helpfully, there is an entire section of tributes devoted to animals who have died.
Funeral and Memorial Service Readings, Poems and Tributes edited by Rachel R. Baum is sorted by the type of tribute you are planning. Thus there are sections, among others, for mothers, fathers, children, friends, soldiers, and pets.
Readings & Poems edited by Jane McMorland Hunter. Included in this volume are sections of readings and poems that would be appropriate for a funeral or a memorial service. The two sections are “a quiet door” and “love and go on” and include poems by Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti, and A. E. Housman among others. One of the loveliest things about this particular book are the illustrations. (One used to illustrate this blog.) In the introduction the author writes: “Death is one of the certainties of life, as is the fact that at some stage each of us will almost certainly have to deal with the loss of someone close. The pieces here deal first with death itself and then with solitude, but the dividing line is deliberately hazy; somehow we have to find a balance between shedding tears and moving on, remembering and being sad or forgetting and smiling.”
Bartlett’s Poems for Occasions edited by Geoffrey O’Brien with a foreword by Billy Collins. There are sections for “death and mortality” and “grief and mourning.”
The Art of Losing: poems of grief & healing edited by Kevin Young. This volume includes “150 devastatingly beautiful contemporary elegies that embrace the pain, heartbreak, and healing stages of mourning.”
The Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series offers two possible volumes. One is Poems of Mourning selected and edited by Peter Washington and the other is Poems of the Sea selected and edited by J. D. McClatchy. Because we live by the sea Poems of the Sea feels appropriate for many an occasion, but for a person who loved the ocean you might just find the perfect poem to read aloud at a funeral or a memorial service.
Joining Mindy today on The Point’s monthly show on books were Sara Hines of Eight Cousins Books and Mary E. Cronin. The topic was books for children and young adults, and below you will find a list of books that were mentioned, as well as listener picks. We know we discovered lots of new titles we want to read! Miss the show? You’ll be able to listen online!
Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Adult Services at FPL, took this month off from the book show, but will return next month with Peter Abrahams who will be joining Mindy and Jill to discuss books in translation.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Dusky Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Martin Sandler books
Journey by Aaron Becker
The Little Sock Pirate by John Whelan; illustrations by Clara Urbahn
Brick by Brick by Giuliano Ferri
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: a story about knitting and love by Michelle Edwards; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Robert; illustrated by Christian Robinson
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: future author extraordinaire by Susan Tan; illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
Patina Jason Reynolds
Long Way Down (book in verse) due out in October
Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
River Friendly, River Wild by Jane Kurtz and Neil Brennan
Flood by Alvaro F. Villa
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman
Doing Her Bit: a story about the Woman’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar; illustrated by Jen Hill
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins and Stann Yogi; illustrations by Yutaka Houlette
The Nantucket Sea Monster: a fake news story by Darcy Pattison
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
The Cookie Loved ‘Round the World: the story of the chocolate chip cookie by Kathleen Teahan
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Big Hair Don’t Care by Crystal Swain-Bates and Megan Bair
Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton
Mad Scientists Club by Bertrand R. Brinley
Shadow Man by Melissa Scott
We asked Jennifer Woodward, our brand new Assistant Director, to write something about her first week at FPL for the blog, and she did! We are so delighted she is here!
“Hello! My name is Jennifer Woodward and I am the new Assistant Director here at the Falmouth Public Library. I am thrilled to be here. I spent my first week on the job getting to know the library staff and the library building, as well as learning my new tasks and more about Falmouth. The library staff welcomed me with a party which featured a pie making contest! Both Liz Farland and Tammy Amon won the coveted Golden Spatula awards.
My most recent position was the Director of the public library in Northbridge Massachusetts. I’ve also worked in a corporate library, a law library and two other public libraries in Massachusetts. I grew up in Massachusetts, mostly in Plymouth, and spent my adult years (to date) in Metrowest and Central Massachusetts.
One of my new tasks is to choose which fiction books and DVDs to buy for adults. If you have any suggestions or thoughts about what you would like us to buy, I would love to talk to you about it!
Thank you to the library staff and Director Linda Collins for helping make my first week a successful one. And I hope to see you at the library soon!”
Mindy and Jill were delighted to be joined today by Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop located in Boston. Ken arrived with piles of ephemera, and below you will find the books that Jill mentioned, with a few bonus titles. If you are interested in local postcards, check out our digital Robert C. Hunt Postcard Collection, and for menus drop by the New York Public Library Lab’s historical menu collection! Miss the show? You can listen online!
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: a novel in pictures by Caroline Preston
S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
Richard Nickel: Dangerous Years: What He Saw and What He Wrote by Richard Cahan & Michael Williams
Scrapbooks: an American history by Jessica Helfand
No Time For ..
The Postcard Age: selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection by Lynda Klich and Benjamin Weiss
Vintage Ephemera from the collection of Cavallini & Co. by Brian D. Coleman
I am always astonished by all the science that takes place in the town of Falmouth, thanks to all of our scientific institutions. Recently I met Simon Ryder-Burbidge who is a guest student at WHOI. He and his colleagues are conducting a survey to understand how the community of Falmouth experiences “connection” to the ocean. They want to build a model for the design of community-based ocean policy, and they need your help! The survey is daunting at first, but as Simon tells me: ” It was a difficult balance to make it a manageable length without losing too much.” However, he also shares: “That being said, I’ve been very impressed by the level of participation so far. Some of the open-ended responses have been an absolute joy to read, and others very informative. People have been really generous with their time, and I do feel that something good is growing here.”
Simon and his colleagues are only looking for Falmouth residents, but Heather Goldstone, of WCAI, is also interested in your ocean stories. She writes: “Wherever you’re from, tell us your best ocean story. Throughout the summer, Living Lab Radio will be featuring your tales of ocean connections. E-mail a brief version of your story and your contact information to Living Lab Radio, or leave us a voicemail at (508) 289-1285.”
So you have two great opportunities to tell the world what the ocean means to you! You can find Simon’s survey for resident’s of Falmouth at www.lowlanderpress.com. As long as I was chatting with Simon, I also thought I’d ask him if he had any favorite books about the ocean, and this is what he told me: