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Book Den East

The Book Den East is closed for the season, and will reopen in the spring.

“The Spray,” Joshua Slocum’s yawl in which he sailed alone around the world, is analyzed in detail by R. Bruce Roberts-Goodson, and deemed to be “the ultimate cruising boat.” Ah! if wishes were horses . . . or better yet, cruising yawls! $50

After the cruise, peruse “The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Wine Beer Spirits & Liqueurs” to decide the best way to loosen up for the evening. $30

Then dip into Ralph Ginzburg’s hard-bound magazine “Eros” (Volume One, 1962, all four numbers) which includes a portfolio from Marilyn Monroe’s last studio portraits. $200

Then what about some songs? We offer the 1902 compilation “Wharf and Fleet Ballads of the Fishermen of Gloucester” by C.M. Falt (with photo illustrations). $30

And finally enjoy “The Cigar Connoisseur” by Nathaniel and Andrew Laude, which has all the ilustrated info you need for the perfect relaxing end-of-the-day smoke. $20

Bunch of Grapes

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott – This American classic recounts the adventures of the March sisters as they discover joy, disappointment, and the good and bad of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Even 125 years after the author’s death, the book still remains a delight.

“The Stand” by Stephen King – After a mutated strain of virus escapes a military lab, 99% of the world’s population dies. The remaining people are horrified and two leaders emerge: one a kindly aged woman who seeks peace and the other “the dark man” who loves chaos and violence.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – As their father defends a black man in court, Scout and her brother Jem explore their small town, learning prejudices, hypocrisy, and violence that surrounds the adult world. They also find warmth, humor, and love exist in unexpected places.

“Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry – In 1970s India, a State of Internal Emergency has been declared. A spirited widow, a young student, and two tailors, fleeing caste violence, are forced to share a small apartment. They move from distrusting stranger to loving friends as they seek to survive the upheaval around them.

“Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Ten-year-old Mary Lennox is shipped from India to her uncle’s manor in England. Exploring the yard, she discovers a secret walled-up garden and seeks the answer to the mysterious crying that she hears.