Book Reviews

Stunning doesn’t begin to describe these photos of Maine’s High Peaks

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John and Cynthia Orcutt have blessed us with amazing photos in their book, Enduring Heights – The High Peaks of Maine.

 

As Senator Angus King writes in the forward, “The vistas are so wide, the colors so subtle, the forests so deep, that the urge to see for yourself will be pretty hard to resist.” Boy, Angus got that right.

 

Take this trip to Corinth - in the 1800s

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Annals of Childhood is a wonderful look back to Corinth, Maine from the 1830s to 1900s, written by Abby Jones Goodwin in 1903.

 

I love history, and this is a very special trip to this very special place in our state. Goodwin was 68 when she wrote this series of stories, which feature reflections from her childhood.

 

The stories demonstrate the lessons and love of her family and community. It’s all about the rural life, something many of us value in Maine’s small rural towns.

Darcy Scott’s Wonderful Novels Are Compelling

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After thoroughly enjoying the novel Matinicus – An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott, I quickly ordered two of Darcy’s other novels, Reese’s Leap and Margel’s Madness.

 

Matinicus – An Island Mystery won a best mystery award in the 2013 Indie Book Awards.

 

Darcy Scott’s Wonderful Novels Are Compelling

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After thoroughly enjoying the novel Matinicus – An Island Mystery by Darcy Scott, I quickly ordered two of Darcy’s other novels, Reese’s Leap and Margel’s Madness.

 

Matinicus – An Island Mystery won a best mystery award in the 2013 Indie Book Awards.

 

When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz

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I must thank Islandport Press for republishing When the Sky Is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz, most especially because Maine’s Barbara Cooney created the book’s wonderful illustrations.

Cooney, who passed away in 2000, won many awards for her children’s books and illustrations, and was declared a Living Treasure of the State of Maine in 1996.

The Old Mainer and the Sea by Jean Flahive

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The illustrations in kid’s books these day are amazing. And the illustration on the cover of Jean Flahive’s book, The Old Mainer and the Sea, published by Islandport Press, grabbed my attention immediately. It shows an old guy in a small boat, hauling in a big fish.

 

Of course being an old Mainer myself, and a guy who loves the sea, I just knew I would love this book, and I did.

 

Sea Glass and the Lighthouse is an awesome kid’s book

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Kelly Brooks-Bay has written a story that every child will love. And OK, I loved it too.

 

Sea Glass and the Lighthouse, published by Maine Authors Publishing, includes wonderful illustrations by Lindsay Weirich, a Maine resident and media artist who has been published in dozens of art and craft magazines. She even has a YouTube channel called the Frugal Crafter and she teaches online painting classes.

 

Kelly’s story is about an island girl and boy who enjoy looking for sea glass. But on one of their outings they spot a wooden crate washed up on the shore. When they open it, they are astonished to find a little puppy inside.

 

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