September events at Northshire Bookstore

Jerry Thornton. Photo provided.

MANCHESTER, Vt. – On Friday, Sept. 14, Northshire is excited to present Jerry Thornton, the author of “Five Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far)” at 6 p.m. “Five Rings” is a history of the modern Patriots who have attained an unparalleled level of controversy, drama, and turmoil, seen through the lens of their Super Bowl games.

Since 2001, the Patriots have played in eight Super Bowl championships and won five, a run of excellence unparalleled in all of professional sports. In a league designed to ensure that no one franchise can dominate over time, New England won for over a decade and a half. “Jerry has done a great job capturing the details and emotions of the Patriots’ five championship seasons. It has been an honor to be on two of those teams. I hope we can add a couple more chapters to the book,” says Julian Edelman.

Jerry Thornton provides an all-access pass to the Patriots’ years of unparalleled greatness from the unique perspective of an observant, obsessive, utterly dedicated fan. Thornton is a Patriots staff writer for Barstool Sports and a frequent guest host on WEEI radio.


Tony Whedon. Photo provided.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, join us at 6 p.m. to welcome back Tony Whedon with his book, “Drunk in the Woods!”

“Sometimes,” Tony Whedon tells us in his brilliant new book, “I think there’s such a thing as an alcoholic landscape – a drunk landscape, as opposed to the sober one I live in now, the same trees, years later, the same brook, but with more clarity.” With such clarity Whedon tells of his close-to-the-bone experiences of gardening, cutting wood, and exploring the backcountry of northern Vermont. There’s a lot of nature observation in this hybrid of nature writing and memoir.

For much of his life, Whedon lived off the grid with his wife in a one-room cabin suffering in winter darkness and spring floods, drinking heavily and then making a go of it in recovery. The book proceeds with thoughtful chapters on Emily Dickinson and Charles Darwin folded into meditations on birds of the northern forest, animal tracks, and the metaphysics of sobriety.

For more information on these or other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

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