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Fourth of July - Store Closed

So that we can celebrate the holiday with our family and friends, Battenkill Books will be CLOSED on Saturday, July 4th. 

Enjoy your holiday! 

“Curious Kids” Summer Story Hour at Battenkill Books

Announcing Summer Story Hour Plans 

Battenkill Books and The Curiosity Forum are happy to announce the Curious Kids Summer Story Hour begins June 30th in Cambridge.

The Woodland Homestead: How to Make Your Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods (7/9/15)

Join us for this very special talk, with Brett McLeod, author of The Woodland Homestead, and Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Paul Smith's College. 

$19.95
ISBN: 9781612123493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing - June 30th, 2015

Curiosity Forum: The Underground Railroad Revisited (6/28/15)

Sunday, June 28, 2015 
4:00 pm
Freight Depot Theater, Hubbard Hall 

Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, independent researchers and Scholars in Residence at Russell Sage College, bring their seminal research on the Underground Railroad movement to Hubbard Hall on June 28. The Underground Railroad, often remembered as being characterized by tunnels, dark of night escapes, coded language and hidey-holes, was far more extensive and complex than these ideas have led us to believe.  In the midst of significant pro-slavery sentiment, New York State was home to many abolitionists working to abolish the institution of slavery in our state and nation and it was visited by many who had escaped enslavement and sought a life of freedom. Join with the Stewarts as they share a new interpretation of a very old story and explain the various initiatives in which Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. is engaged as it works to connect the public with this local history and its relevancy for us today. 

 

Small Business Saturday (11/29/14)

"Shop Small" with us on Small Business Saturday, Saturday, November 29th, 10 am to 6 pm. We'll have door prizes, hot cider, and cookies. 

And don't forget to look for our holiday catalog in this week's Eagle newspaper and this month's Hill Country Observer. There's a coupon on the back cover!  

Keep it small, and keep us here! 

 

Fiction Book Club: Under the Wide and Starry Sky (12/4/14)

Please join us for a discussion of Nancy Horan's novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky. 

In her new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably in Loving Frank.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

In her masterful new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably in Loving Frank. Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

 

$16.00
ISBN: 9780345516541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - September 23rd, 2014

Author Event/Curiosity Forum: Jon Katz with new book, Saving Simon

Please join us for the official book launch of Jon Katz's new book Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion. 

In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, "New York Times" bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. 


In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn't planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. 


Simon's recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon's health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks. 


This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. In the great tradition of heroes--from Don Quixote to Shrek--who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up "not just to [Simon], not just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship." 
With grace, warmth, and keen emotional insight, "Saving Simon" plumbs the depths of bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of "living a more compassionate, considered, and meaningful life." 


Praise for Jon Katz 

 


"With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal."--John Grogan, author of "Marley & Me" 


"Katz's world--of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit--is a place you're glad you've been."--"The Boston Globe" 


"From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz."--"San Antonio Express-News" 


"Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature."--"Fort Worth Star-Telegram" 

"I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz."--Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" 

To order a signed copy of Jon's new book, see below.

And for a complete list of Jon's signed book available for purchase, click here.  

$25.00
SKU: KatzSimon
Please enter what you would like the author to inscribe in your book. Occasionally requests may be edited for clarity or space.

Fiction Book Club: The Leftovers (10/2/14)

Join us for a selection of Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers

"What if your life was upended in an instant? What if your spouse or your child disappeared right in front of your eyes? Was it the Rapture or something even more difficult to explain? How would you rebuild your life in the wake of such a devastating event? These are the questions confronting the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, a formerly comfortable suburban community that lost over a hundred people in the Sudden Departure. Kevin Garvey, the new mayor, wants to move forward, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized neighbors, even as his own family disintegrates. His wife, Laurie, has left him to enlist in the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence but haunt the town's streets as "living reminders" of God's judgment. His son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a crooked "prophet" who calls himself Holy Wayne. Only his teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she's definitely not the sweet "A" student she used to be.

Through the prism of a single family, Perrotta illuminates a familiar America made strange by grief and apocalyptic anxiety. "The Leftovers "is a powerful and deeply moving book about regular people struggling to hold onto a belief in their futures.

Author Event/Curiosity Forum: James Howard Kunstler with new book The History of the Future (9/12/14)

Please join us for a reading, talk, and signing with author James Howard Kunstler, who will be sharing his new book, The History of the Future: A World Made by Hand Novel

"A History of the Future" is the third thrilling novel in Kunstler's "World Made By Hand" series, an exploration of family and morality as played out in the small town of Union Grove. 

Following the catastrophes of the twenty-first century--the pandemics, the environmental disaster, the end of oil, the ensuing chaos--people are doing whatever they can to get by and pursuing a simpler and sometimes happier existence. In little Union Grove in upstate New York, the townspeople are preparing for Christmas. Without the consumerist shopping frenzy that dogged the holidays of the previous age, the season has become a time to focus on family and loved ones. It is a stormy Christmas Eve when Robert Earle's son Daniel arrives back from his two years of sojourning throughout what is left of the United States. He collapses from exhaustion and illness, but as he recovers tells the story of the break-up of the nation into three uneasy independent regions and his journey into the dark heart of the New Foxfire Republic centered in Tennesee and led by the female evangelical despot, Loving Morrow. In the background, Union Grove has been shocked by the Christmas Eve double murder by a young mother, in the throes of illness, of her husband and infant son. Town magistrate Stephen Bullock is in a hanging mood. 

"A History of the Future" is attention-grabbing and provocative, but also lyrical, tender, and comic--a vision of a future of America that is becoming more and more convincing and perhaps even desirable with each passing day. 

James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestseller "The Long Emergency". After college he worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers and finally as a staff writer for "Rolling Stone". In 1975 he began writing books and lecturing full time. 

To pre-order Jim's book (and receive an autographed copy), see below: 

$25.00
SKU: JHKHistory
Please enter what you would like the author to inscribe in your book. Occasionally requests may be edited for clarity or space.

Fiction Book Club (9/4/14)

Date correction: Book Club will take place 9/4, not on 9/11 as previously published here.  

Please join us for a discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things. 

In "The Signature of All Things, " Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker--a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction--into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist--but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

 
Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, "The Signature of All Things" soars across the globe--from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the quite mad. But most memorable of all, it is the story of Alma Whittaker, who--born in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolution--bears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas. Written in the bold, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert's wise, deep, and spellbinding tale is certain to capture the hearts and minds of readers.

 

$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125846
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 24th, 2014

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