December 15, 2017
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A Quintessential American Story “Ed Muskie: Made in Maine” Author at the Jesup

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Bar Harbor, ME: James Witherell, a historian from Lewiston, has written a fascinating and insightful biography of Edmund “Ed” Muskie, from his childhood in Rumford to his years as the governor of Maine. On Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m., lovers of politics, biographies, and Maine – as well as anyone who simply loves a great story about beating the odds – will be treated to a reading and book signing at the Jesup Library.
Born in a paper mill town in Maine’s western foothills, Ed Muskie was one of six children of a Polish immigrant and a Polish-American mother whose English was worse than her husband’s. His arc through his formative years was singular and unpredictable, an American story that looks plausible only in hindsight.
This special event is co-sponsored by Sherman’s book store, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library.
Mr. Witherell’s book covers the first 45 years of Muskie’s life and was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. He is also the author of “L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company” (Tilbury House), a master Maine Guide, and the creator of hiking maps for Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park. Also an avid cyclist, he is the author of “Bicycle History” (McGann) and is working on a book about the Tour de France.
For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email
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