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This Desired Place: The Isles of Shoals Julia Older

  • Synopsis: In the second novel of Julia Older's Isles of Shoals Trilogy, Thom Taylor sails to the New World in the 17th century only to be washed onto the lawless Shoals at Hog Island off the Maine/New Hampshire coasts. Within days the bawdy islander Phillip Babb has the shipwrecked orphan indentured at a fishing stage and up to his knees in cod. The Babbs and their Barbadoes servant Pru are but a few of the true-to-life New Englanders who encounter the fictive narrator as he comes of age. Thom gets involved in the plot to kidnap the first New Hampshire governor John Cutt, becomes entangled in forced Indian marches by Major Walderne, witnesses the trial of witch Goody Cole, gives chase to Captain Quelch and Captain Kidd, rubs shoulders with Judge Samuel Sewall, gets caught up in the hanging fervor of Boston big-wig Cotton Mather, and fends off marmalade madams at Strawbery Banke. This Desired Place is a deeply researched saga of pirates and Puritans struggling for wealth and power when adolescent America was growing into a nation. From the Inside Flap: In the second novel of Julia Older's deeply researched trilogy, Thom Taylor is cast onto the lawless Isles of Shoals at the gateway to the New World. Bawdy butcher Babb and his saucy Barbadoes servant are but a few real-life characters and documented events that help and hinder the fictive narrator in this sweeping 17th century saga. Although Shoals mistress Mary Babb, Hampton witch Goody Cole and Strawbery Banke marmalade madams are hardly mother figures, Thom holds onto their apron strings. Just when he's free from gueling cod fishing indenture, he's pressed on a forced march into wilderness by the Portsmouth Provincial Militia. He escapes a bloody northern Indian massacre only to be deployed by Major Walderne and Massachusetts officers in a "mock battle" betraying 300 Native Abenaki to West Indies slavers. Longing for Babb's Barbadoes mistress, and sick of Shoals drink, dice, and deflowering, Thom sets sail with Mainer Captain Phips to salvage sunken gold. A mutinous plot cutting the voyage short returns him to a nest of pirates anchored at the Shoals. Summoned to testify at their trial, Thom and Judge Samuel Sewall are caught in the hanging fervor of Boston big-wig Cotton Mather. Tight-laced Puritans are no match for the spirit and industry of these northerners in this ground-breaking novel. They are the real blood-and-guts of This Desired Place.

Celia Thaxter: Selected Writings Julia Older

  • Prefaced and Edited by Julia Older

     Nature Poetry Gardening Letters Stories Murder

     Celia Thaxter was one of the nineteenth century’s most talented, prolific, and versatile writers. Readers of Older’s novel The Island Queen, kept asking her where they could find Thaxter’s books. To rescue Thaxter’s extraordinary legacy from literary oblivion, Older culled selections from her own library. Happily, this objective has sparked several reprints of Thaxter books. From Celia’s first widely-anthologized, and memorized, Atlantic poem “The Sandpiper” to her chilling eye-witness best-seller “A Memorable Murder,” Selected Writings is a literary find for readers of all ages. Julia Older is the author of a dozen books of poetry, nature writing and fiction. Her novel THE ISLAND QUEEN is based on the life of Celia Thaxter, and is part of the Isles of Shoals Trilogy which also contains THIS DESIRED PLACE a deep look into the life of the legendary sheriff of the Isles of Shoals, Phillip Babb.

The Island Queen: Celia Thaxter of the Isles of Shoals Julia Older

  • Synopsis:Poetry, romance, and murder combine in this historical novel based on the life of Celia Thaxter (1835-1894). A group of islands off the New Hampshire coast is the backdrop for Thaxter's stormy separation from her husband and her granite determination to provide for their backward son by writing. Soon her essays appear alongside Longfellow's in The Atlantic Monthly and her stories are published with Louisa May Alcott's. The famous British author Charles Dickens dreams about Celia, and Harriet Beecher Stowe and Hawthorne visit the young writer at her parents' resort hotel. Enter bachelor poet John Greenleaf Whittier, and at once Celia throws convention to the wind. Unchaperoned, they linger in her bedroom, dawdle at candlelit croquet, and take long moonlit strolls. A double axe murder and the hottest trial of the 19th century turns this captivating story into a real sizzler.

    From the Publisher: Older's novel was featured in Paz Associates Reading Group Choices, 1998 and is receiving widespread attention from book clubs and discussion groups coast to coast. It also is being introduced into high school English and literature classes, along with Older's companion book Celia Thaxter; Selected Writings

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Babb, Thomas (1841-1915). Diaries and Notes, 1905-1912 (Volume H) Babb, Thomas (1841-1915)

  • Scope and Contents: Thomas Babb was born in 1841 in Staffordshire, England, but moved to the United States in 1860. Settling first in Ohio, where he was married, Babb moved to Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., in 1861. Babb spent the next two decades acquiring and farming several hundred acres of land throughout the county, before […]
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  • Scope and Contents: Thomas Babb was born in 1841 in Staffordshire, England, but moved to the United States in 1860. Settling first in Ohio, where he was married, Babb moved to Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., in 1861. Babb spent the next two decades acquiring and farming several hundred acres of land throughout the county, before […]
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  • Scope and Contents: Thomas Babb was born in 1841 in Staffordshire, England, but moved to the United States in 1860. Settling first in Ohio, where he was married, Babb moved to Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., in 1861. Babb spent the next two decades acquiring and farming several hundred acres of land throughout the county, before […]
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Babb, Thomas (1841-1915). Diaries and Notes, 1905-1912 (Volume C) Babb, Thomas (1841-1915)

  • Scope and Contents: Thomas Babb was born in 1841 in Staffordshire, England, but moved to the United States in 1860. Settling first in Ohio, where he was married, Babb moved to Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., in 1861. Babb spent the next two decades acquiring and farming several hundred acres of land throughout the county, before […]
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Babb, Thomas (1841-1915). Diaries and Notes, 1905-1912 (Volume B) Babb, Thomas (1841-1915)

  • Scope and Contents: Thomas Babb was born in 1841 in Staffordshire, England, but moved to the United States in 1860. Settling first in Ohio, where he was married, Babb moved to Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., in 1861. Babb spent the next two decades acquiring and farming several hundred acres of land throughout the county, before […]
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Babb, Thomas (1841-1915). Diaries and Notes, 1905-1912 (Volume A) Babb, Thomas (1841-1915)

  • Scope and Contents: Thomas Babb was born in 1841 in Staffordshire, England, but moved to the United States in 1860. Settling first in Ohio, where he was married, Babb moved to Mahomet, Champaign County, Ill., in 1861. Babb spent the next two decades acquiring and farming several hundred acres of land throughout the county, before […]
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