The New Commons Project


The New Commons is a public humanities initiative of the University of Maine at Farmington, Maine’s public liberal arts college, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council.

Their goal is to build a cultural commons for our community at UMF and for the state of Maine: a collection of 24 cultural works proposed by students, faculty, and members of the community, and selected on the basis of their potential value to the community.

Through the building of the commons they hope to increase access to these works, and to the scholarship and creative works they’ve inspired, by means of public lectures, seminar-style discussions, an open access digital portal, and campus-generated community engagement projects. More broadly, we hope to foster awareness of arts and literature as a common good to which all are entitled access, and in which we all have a stake.

DDG is an Independent Bookstore partner of The New Commons and our owner, Kenny Brechner is a member of their Board. We love the New Commons and encourage you to enage with all its great programming. Below  you will find a selection of works which support that engagment. Have a look or stop by the store to see them in person and find out more! 

Jane Austen: A Life Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679766766
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 27th, 1999

Persuasion Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Gillian Beer (Editor), Gillian Beer (Introduction by), Gillian Beer (Notes by)
$7.00
ISBN: 9780141439686
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

DC Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By George Pelecanos (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781888451900
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - February 1st, 2006

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780805080759
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks - August 22nd, 2006

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385528207
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - January 11th, 2011

Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews (Musicians in Their Own Words) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781556520044
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chicago Review Press - April 1st, 2012

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312427788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - October 28th, 2008

Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805079944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 1st, 2008

Where's Banksy?: Banksy's Greatest Works in Context Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781584236467
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gingko Press - November 1st, 2016

Banksy. You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat and If You Were Not You Would Know about It Cover Image
By Gary Shove (Editor), Patrick Potter
$37.50
ISBN: 9781908211309
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carpet Bombing Culture - March 2nd, 2015

John Coltrane's Giant Steps Cover Image
By Chris Raschka, Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780689845987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books - July 1st, 2002