Jeremy Flagg, a native of Maine released his second book, “I.Am.Maine: Stories of Small Town Maine” on Amazon. His book focuses on capturing the spirit of Maine through short tales spun from memories in a community located in the Penquis Region.
Flagg reminisces about growing up in Brownville Junction and attending Penquis Valley High School and the sense of community both good and bad a small town offers. He discusses his family life and living in the hometown of his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Tales are both meant to be comical and outlandish as well as deep and heartwarming. Flagg examines the people and their connection to nature and their dependencies on the land.
Atkinson native, Hillary Roberts-Johnson writes, “Jeremy Flagg takes us on a journey that examines the human condition created by life in a small town.” She states that I.Am.Maine “awakens fond memories while also reminding us of the gritty truths about childhood.”
Flagg doesn’t hold back the sorrow as he remembers a town that has seen its apex. His stories recall a vibrant town when his parents were young and how the community is fading away.
Brownville resident and native Lynn Weston says, “Jeremy’s stories are about a little town that really doesn’t exist anymore. The loss of the railroads and the paper mill changed Brownville forever. But as you can see in “I.Am.Maine” memories last a lifetime.”
Flagg pairs his stories with photos meant to invoke a sense of nostalgia. Along with photographs from his past, his work is accompanied by stunning nature photography by Brownville native Bryce Royal.
Whether a Maine native or a one-time resident of a small town, Flagg captures the sentiment of a small town in, “I.Am.Maine.: Stories of Small Town Maine.”