Bookshelf Books- What Are Yours?

Some people have book shelves and they feel the need to fill them up with stuff.

Sometimes they fill them up with stuff out of necessity because that is the only place to put their stuff.   Some people fill them up with stuff that is important to them and has meaning in their lives.  Sometimes they fill their shelves with art or some combination of all the above.

We’ve lived in our house for six years now and our book shelves are just starting to get filled with items that have meaning to us.

Among those things are a few books.  One of these books is one that I picked up at Dogtown Book Store.  It is a used Edward Hopper book with pictures of his work.  I’m a fan of Hopper and wish I could have gone to the show at The MFA a couple of summers ago but it was during the busy work season and the Mrs wasn’t too keen on going in at night.

Another is a book- Fiesta Throughout The Years .  I know that some people aren’t Fiesta Fans but I’m a HUGE FAN OF FIESTA.  For any of the rest of you that love the tradition of Fiesta, you can go down to Dogtown Bookstore or The Bookstore of Gloucester and pick up a copy to keep on your book shelf.

Do you have lots of books on your book shelves or just a few?

Which ones do you feel are special and make the cut to stay on the bookshelf instead of relegated to a drawer, the trash or banished up to the attic?


  • TEN HOURS UNTIL DAWN: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do During the Blizzard of 1978.
    One of my favorites.
    This book cleared up a few rumors that were being spread at the time.

    also Any book on Emilie Gruppe;

    Judith Curtis books on; Anthony Thieme and Rockyneck Art Colony History.

    White-Tipped Orange Masts by Peter Prybot

    Great book on the fishing fleet in the 1970’s Great photos of the Boats and crews from back then. you can still buy it on ebay. I have no stake in the sales of this book I just think it’s a great piece of Gloucester Fishing history to own. Here’s a link;

    And too many more to mention.


  • Gee Joe, Here goes. Ten Hours Till Dawn, The Secret Life of Lobsters, Islands in Time, The Hungry Ocean, The Lobster Fishery of Maine, The Lobster Chronicles,Dead Men Tapping, Iron Men-Wooden Ship, Working on the Edge, Coming Back Alive,Lobstering off Cape Ann, 58 Degrees North,St. Peter’s Fiesta-Through the Years, White-Tipped Orange Mast, Fatal Forecast, Down to the Sea,Lost at Sea,An Island No More,Islanders-Real Life on Maine Islands, The Lobster Coast,f/v Black Sheep,Time Bandit, The Perfect Storm and I could go on to more books I’ve read and own.


    • Ron Gilson’s An Island No More is an awesome book. To me it painted the truest picture with words of the Fishing Industry for the time period Ron was writing about. I’d have it on my bookshelf too but I gave my copy to my dad. He was deeply touched by the chapter about my grandfather Captain Joe, his dad.


  • I have books everywhere — on the shelves, in piles on the floor, on the desk, under the desk, beside the desk. It’s ridiculous. I seem to collect books on certain subjects: writing and writers, art, Gloucester, knitting (of course), design, computer programs….

    Like I said, it’s getting ridiculous.


  • Gloucester related-
    Fitz Hugh Lane -John Wilmerding-signed for my Dad
    Low(e) Family History done by my cousin Skip Lowe
    Gloucester Photographs-Nubar Alexanian
    Magnolia, A Brief History-Lisa Ramos
    The Port of Gloucester- Josh Reynolds
    Other Books-
    The Prophet,Gift from the Sea, Shutterbabe
    Grimm’s Fairy Tales
    25 Mountain Bike Tours in Massachusetts (yeah,right)
    Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean (given to me by my sister-ok I can take a hint!!)
    Photography and books on kids and education
    A 45 year old Mr. Machine
    A piece of scrimshaw (not ivory) done by my friend Tony Barbara who passed away way too young
    Lots of Gloucester magazines


  • Hi Joey: Thanks for the plug about my book, An Island No More. Pleased to read that you gave your copy to your dad. The chapter on Capt. Joe, your grandfather, was a great one to include in my book, because it was about the Gloucester I knew in its heyday. Your grandfather was one of my heroes in his day, one of Gloucester’s all-time highliners!

    Very soon I will launch a weekly blog,
    Stay tuned….


  • Ron’s signed book holds a special place on my bookshelf as well, along with A Sculptors Fortunes signed by Walker Hancock and a signed copy of Misery by Stephen King..
    Ron, i’m gonna bookmark that blog address..can’t wait……


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