Saving Cambridge: Historic Preservation in America's Innovation City edited by Heli Meltsner, Michael Kenney, Gavin Kleespies, and Jasmine Laietmark

182 pages (softcover), ©2013, $25 Available November 13th

Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a national leader in historic preservation. In the early twentieth century, prominent families banded together to ensure the preservation of national landmarks. By the end of the century, the city had established legal precedents through the creation of tools like the Demolition Delay Ordinance. The Cambridge Historical Society gathered a distinguished panel of architects, historians, planners, and journalists to examine the evolution of the preservation movement in our city. 



Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos

192 pages (hardcover), ©2012,  $25.00

Instant is a book about a very unusual company. In the 1960s and 1970s, Polaroid was what Apple is today: the coolest technology company on earth, the one with irresistible products, the one whose stock kept climbing way past the point of logic. In its heyday, Polaroid was an absolute innovation machine—a scientific think tank that periodically kicked out a fantastically profitable, covetable product. In fact, the late Steve Jobs expressly said that he modeled his company to a great extent after Polaroid. Read more.


3 Walking Tours of Cambridge

Enjoy three self guided walking tours of Cambridge: Utterly Harvard Square, Revolutionary Cambridge, and Historic Tory Row. The Utterly Harvard Square tour is a light hearted look at some of the Squares iconic locations and quirky treasures. The Revolutionary Cambridge tour explores the city’s role on the cutting edge of American society, both at the end of the 18th century and throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, the largest tour is of the Historic Tory Row, this includes the seven Tory Row mansions but also has stops for many of the grand homes along Brattle Street and on some of the neighboring streets.


Hands on the Freedom Plow

Personal Accounts by women in the SNCC, 616 pages (hardcover), ©2010, $34.99

Proceeds of this book go to the Cambridge African American Heritage Alliance.

In Hands on the Freedom Plow, fifty-two women--northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina--share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Read more.


Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters to and from the Children's Poet

By Sydelle Pearl, 233 pages (soft cover) © 2012, $18

Dear Mr. Longfellow is a look at the letters sent to the poet by children across America and the responses sent by our country's premiere poet.

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The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth

By James O'Connell - 326 pages (hardcover) ©2013, $35.00

This work is the first comprehensive overview of Boston’s suburban development, from the country estates to suburban sprawl to smart growth. It provides context for the region’s contemporary planning efforts, including climate change and the global information economy. O’Connell combines the perspectives of a historian and a Massachusetts urban planner.

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