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Books

NEW! Deja View: A Look Backward at Needham through Editorial Cartoons
by Robert Y. Larsen (2017). For many years, Bob Larsen's editorial cartoons livened up the local papers and local conversation with his pointed and affectionate commentary on local affairs and local officials. Revisit some favorites and find a few you might have missed in this welcome compilation of some of Bob's best work. Price: $20 + $1.25 MA sales tax.

Price: $21.25

NEW! A Noble Pursuit: the Duchess of Mecklenburg Collections
by Gloria Polizzotti Greis (Peabody Museum Press, Harvard University, 2006). In 1905, to the consternation of her family and in defiance of convention, the 48-year-old Duchess Paul Friedrich of Mecklenburg took up the practice of archaeology. In the nine years before the First World War, she successfully excavated twenty-one sites in Austria, acquiring the patronage of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef I and German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Mentored by the most important archaeologists of her time, the Duchess became an accomplished fieldworker and an important figure in the archaeology of Central Europe. Her collections now reside at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard. Price: $15 + $0.94 MA sales tax.

Price: $15.94

Images of America: NEEDHAM
Carol Johnson Boulris, Editor; with Henry F. Hicks, Pauline M. Attridge, and Elizabeth L. Rich (Arcadia Press, 1997). Needham's entry in the popular Arcadia Press Images of America series. Over 250 historic photos of the notable citizens, landmarks and events that shaped our town. Price: $20 + $1.25 MA sales tax.

Price: $21.25

THE BAKER ESTATE, or Ridge Hill Farms
by Leslie G. Crumbaker (Revised edition, 1999). In the 1860s, William Emerson Baker retired from his sewing machine business with a vast fortune and purchased nearly 800 acres in Needham - the famous Ridge Hill Farms. Widely regarded as America's first amusement park, Ridge Hill Farms embodied Baker's extraordinary passion for social and economic reform, experimental agriculture, bad puns and practical jokes. Illustrated with historic photos. Price: $10 + $0.63 MA sales tax.

Price: $10.63

The KNITTERS OF NEEDHAM
by Chaim M. Rosenberg and the Needham Historical Society (Arcadia Press, 2012). In the mid-19th century, Knitters from the Midlands of England brought their craft to America. Many settled in Highlandville (Needham Heights), giving the village its English character and building the industries that would sustain the Needham economy into the 20th century. Price: $22 + $1.36 MA sales tax.

Price: $23.36