Whales and Whaling on The Point

This morning on WCAI naturalist Dennis Minsky and Head of Reference & Adult Services, Jill Erickson joined Mindy Todd to talk about books having to do with whales and whaling. Miss the show? You can listen online!

Dennis’s Picks

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

Ice Whale by Jean Craighead George

Grayson by Lynne Cox

A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat

The Moon by Whale Light by Diane Ackerman

Whale by Joe Roman

Cape Cod Shore Whaling by John Braginton-Smith and Duncan Oliver

Wings In the Sea: the humpback whale by Lois King Winn & Howard E. Winn

The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins by Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell

Moby Dick Big Read Listen to Moby-Dick online read by Tilda Swinton, Dennis Minsky, Simon Callow and many others.

Jill’s Picks

Treasures of the Whaling Museum: touchstones to the region’s past

A Whaler’s Dictionary by Dan Beachy-Quick

Moby-Dick in Pictures: one drawing for every page by Matt Kish

Living with Whales: documents and oral histories of native New England whaling history edited by Nancy Shoemaker

“The Wellfleet Whale” by Stanley Kunitz included in Passing Through: the later poems new and selected

The Whiteness of the Whale by David Poyer

Fluke Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore

Picture Books

Amos & Boris by William Steig

Whale Trails Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by G. Brain Karas

The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Melanie Cataldo

An Ocean World by Peter Sis

We pre-recorded this show, but our twitter feed got some book suggestions!

If You Want to See a Whale words by Julie Fogliano; pictures by Erin E. Stead

The Hunt for the Cranberries in Moby-Dick, An Adventure Story

Sometimes one just can’t get to the bottom of where a misquotation began. This might be one of those times, although it isn’t for lack of trying to find that bottom. This story begins with a phone call from an author who wanted to use a quote from Moby-Dick in a book she is writing. Her hunch was that the quotation was not from Moby-Dick, and wanted to know if we could help.

So I started with Project Gutenberg (a digital library of free ebooks.) I brought up the text of Moby-Dick, and did a quick search for the word cranberries as that was the most distinguishing word, in the possibly Melville quotation. The quotation in question is:

“Go out with the crazy Captain Ahab? Never! He flat refused to take cranberries aboard. A man could get scurvy, or worse, whaling with the likes of ‘im.”

No indication in Project Gutenberg that the word cranberries ever existed in the text (or scurvy or ‘im for that matter.) I did some more searching on the web, and came to an article by Steven Raichlen (Writer, author, and host of BBQ University and Primal Grill on PBS) that was published by the Los Angeles Times in 1989. That article is called “Humble Cranberry a Big Dollar Industry” and, yes, has the same quotation, except with the word “him” instead of “’im” and a period instead of an exclamation point. This was the oldest article I could find.  I tried to contact Steven Raichlen via twitter with no luck, but I did get a response from another twitter account.  @DicktheGame, which is the twitter account run by the creator of a card game based on Moby-Dick, tweeted to us:

“@falpublib @sraichlen The only berries mentioned in Moby-Dick are straw- (ch. 87), black- (ch. 99), and mul- (ch. 133).”

This seemed like more evidence that the quote was not written by Melville. So who might write such a quote? I kept searching for other places the quotation had been used, and came across Rooted in America: foodlore of popular fruits and vegetables edited by David Scofield Wilson and Angus Kress Gillespie (published in 1999). At last! A citation! (Almost as good as finding a white whale.) The citation reads in its entirety: “Cranberry World plaque, Plymouth, Mass.”

And thus I began investigating Cranberry World in Plymouth. As it turns out Cranberry World closed in 2001, and according to an article in South Coast Today, was moved to Edaville Railroad in Carver. While investigating the origins of Cranberry World, I discovered (thanks to the amazing Internet Archive) the wonderful Cranberries: the national cranberry magazine, which had several articles about title Cranberry World.  However, no mention of Moby-Dick.

As I kept searching for the origins of this quote, I kept finding other books that cited the quotation as a passage from Moby-Dick. In Never Eat Your Heart Out by Judith Moore (published in 1997) I found this:

“(Later, talking to a well-read friend about cranberries, I learned that Melville mentions them in Moby-Dick: “Go out with that crazy Captain Ahab? Never! He flat refused to take cranberries aboard. A man could get scurvy, or worse, whaling with the likes of ‘im.”) No bibliography, no citation, no footnote.

In 2002, Nancy Cappelloni in her book Cranberry Cooking For All Seasons wrote:

“Before long, cranberries were being loaded aboard ships embarking on long voyages. It was a staple item for American whaling and clipper ships. In Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick, a Nantucket seamen (i.e.) parlays the significance of cranberries to the inexperienced Ishmael: “Go out with that crazy Captain Ahab? Never! He flat refused to take cranberries aboard. A man could get scurvy, or worse, whaling with the likes of ‘im.”

Moving onward, in 2012, Robert S. Cox and Jacob Walker wrote a book called Massachusetts Cranberry Culture: a history from bog to table. They wrote:

“Carried aboard ship as a preventive against scurvy, the sailors themselves helped spread a taste for the favored fruit. It is not coincidental that one of the indicators of Captain Ahab’s addled state of mind in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was his refusal to take stores of the fruit aboard. ‘Go out with that crazy captain Ahab?’ one whaler exclaimed. ‘Never! He flat refused to take cranberries aboard. A man could get scurvy, or worse, whaling with the likes of ‘im.’ Like a good Windsor chair or wicked bottle of rum, cranberries spoke of New England, and in good New England fashion they came off not as a luxury or decadent delicacy but as a tart and useful thing.”

In 2014 the National Geographic blog “The Plate” wrote an article by Rebecca Rupp called Bitter Berries: the Historic Battle for Cranberry Power Bars, and yes they too repeat this so-called Melville quotation!  Adding: “They [cranberries] were popular enough among sailors for lack of cranberries to be cause for complaint.”

And one last example, from a book published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015, and called The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat by Joel S. Denker.

“A store of cranberries was considered essential for sea journeys. Kept in barrels of spring water, they were eaten to prevent scurvy. In Melville’s Moby-Dick, a sailor was angered by Captain Ahab’s objection to carrying them on his ship: ‘Go out with the crazy Captain Ahab? Never! He flat refused to take cranberries aboard. A man could get scurvy, or worse, sailing with the likes of ‘im.”

Another reference librarian, who has been helping with the investigation, did get a response from Steven Raichlen, via his webpage, who responded: “Thanks for writing. Sorry, I don’t have that reference offhand.  I may have gotten it from a secondary source.” An inquiry to the Ocean Spray Company has yet to get a response, although I am still hopeful they will find a mention of the guy that got the idea to misquote Melville somewhere in their company archives. I have been told that Ocean Spray no longer has a librarian or an archivist anymore (which breaks my heart for a whole variety of reasons.)

The author who began this question contacted the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and their senior maritime historian thought that there was some possibility that the quotation came from some spurious edition of Moby-Dick. Thus, I sent a note off to Melville scholar, Thomas Tanselle, to see if he might have ever come across this quotation somewhere other than on a plaque in Cranberry World. Much to my delight, Mr. Tanselle replied, and writes:

“I think you must be right that this quote was made up by Ocean Spray. It certainly isn’t in Moby-Dick. And while some editions of the book are less reliable textually than others, I can’t imagine that this line got into any of them.”

The one thing I am sure of is that Edaville USA opens on May 28th this year, and I am hoping to be there and discover that the Cranberry Museum is still there and still featuring the quotation on a plaque! What advertising copywriter wouldn’t want their product mentioned in Moby-Dick?! In the meantime, if you are planning to write another book or article about cranberries, please don’t credit Melville with this cranberry quote!

If you have any photographs of the Cranberry Museum plaque, please let me know! I would love to see it! You can reach me at info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

12 April 2016

I have an update, and an answer from Ocean Spray!

They write: “Unfortunately, we were unable to find a picture of the actual plaque. However, we were able to find a page with the quote you are looking for. It is below.

‘Go out with that crazy captain Ahab? Never! He flat refused to take cranberries aboard. A man could get scurvy, or worse, whaling with the

likes of ‘im.’ —The American Whaleman.”

However, no author and no page number were given. So I found a digital copy of The American Whaleman by Elmo Paul Hohman, published in 1894, and searched the text. No cranberries, although quite a bit on Moby-Dick and even mention of scurvy. I wrote back to Ocean Spray to see if they had an author or a page number, and the response I got was: “Yes, it is from the book you mentioned, but unfortunately, we do not know the page number that it was on.” Mind you, I didn’t say the quote was from that book, I asked them what book the quote was from. So while I am glad to have heard from Ocean Spray, I still can’t say I have gotten to the bottom of the mystery.

Oh, and I was just at the Public Library Association Conference, and did have a chat with the Rowman & Littlefield representatives. They tell me that they will notify the author, and should the book go into a second printing, it is possible the error will be corrected!

Theater Books on The Point!

Today Mindy Todd, Pamela Wills, and I talked about books having to do with the theater. We suspect many of you were in your gardens, enjoying this glorious morning, so if you missed the show this morning, you can always listen online! It will also be rebroadcast this evening at 7:00 PM on WCAI. So many books, and so little time! You will see in the below lists lots of titles for which we had no time this morning, but are well worth seeking out. There are so many great books about the theater!

Jill’s Picks

Suspended Worlds: Historic Theater Scenery in Northern New England by Christine Hadsel

The Best Plays of 1921 – 1922 and the Year Book of the Drama in America edited by Burns Mantle

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble (available via the Commonwealth Catalog)

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

Summer Stock: an American Theatrical Phenomenon by Martha Schmoyer LoMonaco

Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim

Shakespeare in America: an anthology from the revolution to now edited by James Shapiro

Not Enough Time For:

Edward Gorey Plays Cape Cod by Carol Verburg

The Flick by Annie Baker (and there is a great article about The Flick and the pleasure of reading plays aloud on Slate by Dan Kois.)

Joy Ride: show people and their shows by John Lahr

Curtain Up: Agatha Christie a life in the theatre by Julius Green (mentions the Vineyard Gazette & The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse)

Sarah: the life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb

The American Stage: writing on theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner

The Secret Life of the American Musical: how Broadway shows are built by Jack Viertel

Children’s Picture Books

Amandina by Sergio Ruzzier

Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov with illustrations by Cosei Kawa

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard by Gregory Rogers

Pamela’s Picks

Razzle Dazzle: the battle for Broadway by Michael Riedel

Alexander Hamilton: American by Richard Brookhiser

Oz: the complete collection by L. Frank Baum

Anything by Gregory Maguire beginning with Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the west

Les Misérables. (the film) And there is a book too, by Victor Hugo!

Precinct Meetings

Falmouth Town Clerk, Michael Palmer, has announced the precinct meetings, which are listed below. Want to read a great book about politics? Try one of these! We particularly love All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.

Precinct Meetings

Precinct 1 Tuesday March 29th 7:00 at the Morse Pond School Auditorium

Precinct 2 Tuesday March 29th 7:00 at the Morse Pond School Auditorium

Precinct 3 Tuesday March 29th 7:00pm at the Morse Pond School Auditorium

Precinct 4 Wednesday, March 30 7:00pm at the East Falmouth Elementary School

Precinct 5 Thursday March 31st 7:00pm at the West Falmouth Library .

Precinct 6 Thursday March 31st 7:00pm at the West Falmouth Library .

Precinct 7 Wednesday, March 30 7:00pm at the East Falmouth Elementary School

Precinct 8 Wednesday, March 30 7:00pm at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds

Precinct 9 Wednesday, March 30 7:00pm at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds

Survivor Stories on The Point

Our topic today was books about surviving in nature, from hurricanes to plane crashes to boat accidents to ice in the Arctic. Wow! Thanks for all the many calls and e-mails and the many book suggestions that we got this morning on The Point! Mindy, Vicky, and I were delighted to have so many great suggestions! Here is the complete book list, including titles that we didn’t have time for, but which we had in the studio with us. Miss the show? You can listen tonight at 7 PM on WCAI or listen online!

Mindy’s Picks

81 Days Below Zero by Brian Murphy

Anything by Michael Tougias

Vicky’s Picks

Appalachian Trail

*Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler

*Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness by Donn Fendler – graphic novel based on the book.

*A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. 

New England and at sea:

*A Wind to Shake the World: The Story of the 1938 Hurricane by Everett S. Allen

*In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. 

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael Tougias. 

*Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan

*Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. 

South America:

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read

*Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free by Hector Tobar. 

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann. 

Other Faraway Places:

*Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women by Deborah J. Swiss. 

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

The Long Walk: the True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz

Fiction: 

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

Two if by Sea by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Jill’s Picks

The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

The Hurricane by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

Adrift: seventy-six days lost at sea by Steven Callahan

Down Around Midnight: a memoir of crash and survival by Robert Sabbag

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Donner Party by George Keithley

Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale

The Real Story: a guide to nonfiction reading interests by Sarah Statz Cords

Not Enough Time For

Savage Summit: the true stories of the first five women who climbed K2 by Jennifer Jordan

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs with an introduction by Thomas Mallon

Tom Brown’s Field Guide: wilderness survival by Tom Brown, Jr., with Brandt Morgan

The Ultimate Survival Manual: 333 skills that will get you out alive by Rich Johnson

Alive: the story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read

Listener Picks

Papillon by Henri Charrière

Isaac’s Storm by Eric Larson

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Lost in the Yellowstone by Truman Everts

No Picnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi

One Hundred and Four Horses by Mandy Retzlaff

White Waters and Black by Gordon MacCreagh

Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Maps, Fictional & Real on the Point!

I had a very fun morning on The Point with Mindy Todd and special guest Chris Polloni, retired information specialist from the U. S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole. Thanks so much for your calls and e-mails. If you missed it, you can listen online!

Chris’s Picks

The Illustrated Longitude by Dava Sobel and William J.H. Andrewes

Infinite Perspective: two thousand years of three dimensional mapmaking by Brian Ambroziak

Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place and Identity in indigenous Communities by Gwilym Lucas Eades

The Art of Illustrated Maps: a complete guide to creative mapmaking’s history, process and inspiration by John Roman

Children’s books of interest!

Map Mania by Michael A. DiSpezio, Illustrated by Dave Garbot

Mapping the World by Sylvia A. Johnson

Maps! by Andrew Haslam

Jill’s Picks

“The Map” in Complete Poems by Elizabeth Bishop

“Map” by Wisława Szymborska in MAP: collected and last poems

Maps of the Imagination: the writer as cartographer by Peter Turchi

A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton

Maphead: charting the wide, weird world of geography wonks by Ken Jennings

Plotted: a literary atlas by Andrew DeGraff

The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński

Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy

Listener Picks

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: a walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto

“Brief History of an Atlas” a poem by Jeffrey Harrison which appeared in The New Yorker

Places To See Maps!

The Mapparium

At the Boston Public Library: Women in Cartography: five centuries of accomplishments

At Mystic Seaport: Ships, Clocks & Stars: the quest for longitude

Friday Reads:  When Paris Went Dark

Wow! This month’s Narrative Nonfiction Book Club was a big hit.  We had more than twice our average number of participants, with some new people there for the first time and several semi-regulars who come when they can.  The draw?  They were eager to share their observations of and reactions to Ronald C. Rosbottom’s 2014 best seller, When Paris Went Dark:  the City of Light under German occupation, 1940 – 1944.

Despite having seventeen people, (or maybe because we did have a large group) the discussion was deep, direct and illuminating.  Heads were nodding in agreement as speakers worked out aloud impressions they had not been able to bring to focus in their minds while reading alone.  One person would make a point and another would augment it or still another would respectfully disagree and offer an alternative opinion. We had a rich discussion from which we all came away knowing more about the book than when we entered the room.

We discussed several topics (and could have easily gone on for at least another hour), but probably the most illuminating was our discussion of chapter three, entitled “Minuet”. This chapter described in great detail the first two years of the occupation when proud Parisians politely, but coldly, acquiesced to the new order imposed by the A-list German army.  In turn, the Germans were respectful of Parisians and even helpful to Jews, stopping other Parisians from harassing them in line, for example.  Many of us learned details of daily life during this period for the first time and were surprised at how calm and civil it was.  Our discussion drew attention to the analogy of the minuet which we realized characterized the time beautifully and helped us to understand the subtleties of German-French relations in Paris … for a time.

While we all felt it was very interesting to learn the Germans perspective of the occupation and about French artists and writers who elected to remain in Paris, we had some disagreement about whether the format of the book was the best choice and if it could accurately be described as narrative.  Most books that we have discussed read like a novel. While it could be argued that When Paris Went Dark has the standard novel format with an opening, building tension, climax and denouement, it didn’t read like a novel to many of us.  It reads as a collection of anecdotes connected by interpretive descriptions.  In other words, it reads much like a history book.  Some readers wondered if focusing on a single family would allow it to be more narrative or novel like.  But then, we all agreed there was too much information that the author wanted to share to use that format and it would have been a different book entirely! 

The group found this to be a very engaging and worthwhile read.  We learned new things, saw different perspectives and examined our own beliefs.  We highly recommend this well-written and thought-provoking book. 

Fairy Tales on THE POINT!

Mindy Todd and I were joined this month by Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, and we talked about fairy tales for young and old. From the Grimm Brothers to Bruno Bettelheim to Anne Rice’s erotic fairy tales! Fairy tales are no longer for children only! The show will be repeated tonight at 7:00 PM or listen online at http://www.capeandislands.org.

As I mentioned on the radio this morning, we could have done an entire show on just one fairy tale! There are so many spectacular books written about fairy tales, as well as the fairy tales themselves. You’ll see this particular list includes lots of titles that we did not have a chance to talk about this morning. An hour simply isn’t enough for a fairy tale discussion!

Vicky’s Picks

A Wild Swan: and other tales by Michael Cunningham

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

After Alice and Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire

Jill’s Picks

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, illustrated by Fritz Kredel

Anderson’s Fairy Tales, illustrated by Arthur Szyk

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: a new English version by Philip Pullman

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Included in Burning Your Boats: the collected short stories)

The Brothers Grimm Hansel and Gretel, edited & abridged by Martin West, illustrated by Sybille Schenker

Hansel & Gretel: a Toon Graphic retold by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti

Fairy Tale Baking: more than 50 enchanting cakes, bakes, and decorations by Ramla Khan

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure (part of The Sleeping Beauty Quartet)

The Uses of Enchantment: the meaning of importance of fairy tales by Bruno Bettelheim

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales & Fairy Tales edited by Donald Haase

Not Enough Time For:

Once Upon a Time: a short history of fairy tale by Marina Warner

The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar

Transformations by Anne Sexton

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: women writers explore their favorite fairy tales edited by Kate Bernheimer

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth. A novel about Dortchen Wild, who “told the Grimm brothers almost a quarter of all the tales in their first collections of fairy stories, when when was just nineteen years old.”

Index to Fairy Tales 1949-1972, including Folklore, Legends and Myths in Collections by Norma Olin Ireland

Listener Picks

Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Baba Yaga

Holidays by the Sea Weekend!

We are so delighted that the DPW has just today added holiday lights to two of our library trees on Main Street!! Thanks so much to Rocky and his crew! We are equally excited that we will have a library float in the 52nd Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade!! So look for us just a few spots before Santa!

Plus, FCTV has now given us the direct link to 5 things you don’t know about the library, in which Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services, takes three minutes to tell you about some things you may not know about the library.

Even more exciting library news … our WIFI is working again! No matter where you are in the library or on the library lawn, just choose the connection that says “Falmouth Public Library.”

See you at the Parade! (if not sooner)

Great Books to Give on THE POINT

Book titles from today’s BOOKS TO GIVE show on THE POINT. You can listen online!

Jill’s Picks

Soup for Syria: recipes to celebrate our shared humanity. Collected & Photographed by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

Selected Poems by John Updike, edited by Christopher Carduff with an introduction by Brad Leithauser. Poem read was “Not Cancelled Yet” on page 161. You can read The New Yorker review here.

The Theater of War: what ancient Greek tragedies can teach us today by Bryan Doerries. And if you would like to see what happened on the library lawn when Bryan was here, check out our Flickr page!

The Typewriter Revolution: a typist’s companion for the 21st Century by Richard Polt

Typewriter Art: a modern anthology by Barrie Tullett

The Typewriter: a graphic history of the beloved machine by Janine Vanpool.

The Typewriter (in the 21st century): a film about a machine and the people who love it, use it and repair it. Directed by Christopher Lockett

The Dogist: photographic encounters with 1,000 dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman

The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch (& A Fine Romance: falling in love with the English countryside)

Dear Santa: children’s Christmas letters and wish lists, 1870 – 1920 Letters selected by Mary Harrell-Sesniak, Commentary by J. Harmon Flagstone

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

Vicky’s Picks

Adult Fiction

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Felicity by Mary Oliver

100 Years of the Best American Short Stories edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor

Adult Nonfiction

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

Natural World of Winnie the Pooh: A Walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto – Ashdown Forest in SE England

Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting

The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature – Foreword by Barbara Kingsolver

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe

Lost Ocean: an Inky Adventure and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

50 Greatest Players in New England Patriots Football History by Robert W. Cohen

50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History by Jerry Rice

Rowdy by Christopher Madsen – story of a Herreshoff yacht – its restoration and history

Children’s Picture Books

Grandma’s House – Alice Melvin

Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-Loving Rubber Ball by Emily Jenkins

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

The best books to give children are often the ones you loved yourself!! 

Listener Picks

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Being Mortal: medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande

Poems from the Pond: 107 years of words and wisdom, the writing of Peggy Freydberg edited by Laurie David

The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters by Fergus Fleming

My Kitchen Year: 136 recipes that saved my life by Ruth Reichl

The Writer’s Desk by Jill Kremenitz; introduction by John Updike (Very sadly, out of print.)

Boys in the Trees: a memoir by Carly Simon

Dog Medicine: how my dog saved me from myself by Julie Barton