Book reviews


Writer I loved: Bill Geagan’s influence still felt

By Denis “Dee” Dauphinee, Special to the BDN on Jan. 09, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
Writer’s note: The following is an excerpt from a larger, 4,000-word essay to be published next summer in my fourth book, “Something’s Wrong With My Fly.” For many years when Bill Geagan, a well-known Maine writer, and his wife, Alice, were alive, Bill made his homemade Christmas cards and mailed …
Bucksport resident Jan Riddle has written a book for children in the foster-adopt system in Maine. A thousand copies of the books will be distributed this holiday season to children who are either in foster care or recently adopted.

Bucksport mother turns son’s story about living with a foster family into children’s book

By Natalie Feulner on Dec. 07, 2014, at 5:55 a.m.
Sixteen years ago, a tiny 4 pound baby, born 10 weeks early, came to live with a Bucksport family of three. That little boy and his relatable story is now the premise for a children’s book that will be distributed to 1,000 Maine foster children this holiday season. Bucksport resident …
University of Maine professors Stephen Hornsby (left) and Richard Judd recently completed work on the 15-year-in-the-making 'Historical Atlas of Maine.'

From ice age to digital age, ‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ complete after 15 years of work

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 04, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
After 15 years, the creation of nearly 100 maps, countless hours spent pouring over old documents and lots of careful editing, the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a colorful, fact-packed tome detailing 15,000 years of Maine history, has finally been published by the University of Maine Press. The atlas provides an …
Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg attends the "Journey of the Dress" exhibit in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2014.

Book Talk: Diane von Furstenberg on success and empowering women

By Ngozi Kemjika, Reuters on Nov. 27, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
NEW YORK — Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is known for turning her signature wrap dress into a fashion empire and in her memoir, “The Woman I Wanted to Be,” she describes how she did it. Von Furstenberg, 67, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, married a prince and become …
Retired fisheries biologist Roger AuClair and his wife, Suzanne Auclair, talk about the book that Suzanne edited, "The Origin, Formation and History of Maine's Inland Fisheries Division," at their home in Rockwood, Maine.

Book documents state’s rich fisheries management history

By John Holyoke on Nov. 07, 2014, at 7:59 a.m.
ROCKWOOD | Ask for a list of the state’s most swashbuckling, adventure-packed professions, and “fisheries biologist” may not show up. But 96-year-old Roger AuClair of Rockwood, who retired from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in 1985, has stories to tell — like about the time he …
BDN's John Holyoke talks with Stephen King talks at his office in Bangor.

Stephen King talks baseball, ‘Revival,’ writing and when he’ll retire

By John Holyoke on Nov. 07, 2014, at 5:48 a.m.
BANGOR | Stephen King has slowed down a bit, he’ll admit, in the way those fireballing baseball pitchers he loves to watch often do when they age. But the renowned master of horror writing says his newest novel, “Revival,” which releases Monday, shows he still can bring it. “So …
"Circle, Square, Moose" by Kelly Bingham, with pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky, $17.99 (Greenwillow Books) is on sale now.

A shapes book with a twist

By Sarah Walker Caron on Oct. 01, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
“Circle, Square, Moose” by Kelly Bingham, with pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky, $17.99 (Greenwillow Books). On sale now. As a mother, I have read countless books to my children — some more enjoyable than others, naturally. When the colorful “Circle, Square, Moose,” by Kelly Bingham with pictures by Paul O. …
Tom Hennessey

Hennessey’s ‘Leave Some For Seed’ celebrates Maine’s outdoor tradition

By John Holyoke on Aug. 21, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
Leave Some For Seed, by Tom Hennessey, Islandport Press, 2014, 147 pages, hardcover, $24.95 Tom Hennessey has worn out a lot of boot leather over many decades spent enjoying Maine’s traditional outdoor pursuits, and he has long been a favorite voice among those who enjoy similar activities. Those adventures, whether …
Book cover of "Mystery of The Eagle's Nest" by Tamra Wight of Poland, published in August 2014 by Islandport Press.

Maine author invites readers, raptors to campground book launch

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 06, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
“MYSTERY OF THE EAGLE’S NEST,” written by Tamra Wight and illustrated by Carl DiRocco, August 2014, Islandport Press, 175 pages, hardcover, $16.95. Young outdoor explorers Cooper and Packrat are back in Tamra Wight’s second novel for middle schoolers, “Mystery of the Eagle’s Nest,” scheduled to hit bookstores on Aug. 18. …
Randy Spencer has released his second book, "Wide and Deep: Tales From a Master Maine Fishing Guide."

Spencer delivers again with second book, ‘Wide and Deep’

By John Holyoke on March 05, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
“Wide and Deep: Tales and Recollections from a Master Maine Fishing Guide,” by Randy Spencer, Skyhorse Publishing, 272 pages, hardcover, $29.95, April 2014 When Randy Spencer burst onto the Maine literary scene with the 2009 release of “Where Cool Waters Flow,” he firmly established himself as an author with both …

Maine author’s memoir offers behind-the-scenes look at Reagan, how Cold War ended

By Robert Long on Feb. 14, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
Remember “peace through strength,” former President Ronald Reagan’s strategy to bring down the Iron Curtain? Well, it turns out that — despite the conservative icon’s penchant for Pentagon spending and “evil empire” rhetoric — Reagan put more emphasis on the peace than the strength. In fact, his quest for peace …

From superstition to the supernatural, new books offer thrilling Maine stories

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 14, 2013, at 1:32 p.m.
Maine is home to the supernatural. Vampires and ghosts, sea monsters and mermaids — they’ve all allegedly been spotted here. Perhaps something about this state has the ability to stir the imagination — the fog rolling off the water, the rugged coastline, the endless forest. Or maybe, just maybe, the …
Cover of "Chain Saw Confidential" by Gunnar Hansen of Maine. The book was released in 2013 by Chronicle Books.

‘Chainsaw Massacre’ villain, Maine resident Gunnar Hansen sets record straight in new book

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Oct. 25, 2013, at 8:33 a.m.
“CHAIN SAW CONFIDENTIAL: HOW WE MADE THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS HORROR MOVIE,” by Gunnar Hansen, October 2013, Chronicle Books, 240 pages, 16-page full-color insert, hardcover, $24.95. A terrifying tale of murder and insanity, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” has been revisited, remastered and most recently, filmed in 3D. Yet there’s nothing quite …
Carex magellanica, commonly known as boreal bog sedge, grows on Metinic Island in June 2007, and is one of the many sedges that grows in Maine.

Botanists team up to compile field guide to Maine sedges

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 04, 2013, at 1:35 p.m.
“SEDGES OF MAINE: A FIELD GUIDE TO CYPERACEAE,” by Matt Arsenault, Glen H. Mittelhauser, Don Cameron, Alison C. Dibble, Arthur Haines, Sally C. Rooney and Jill E. Weber, August 2013, University of Maine Press, 712 pages, paperback, $29.75. “Sedges have edges. Rushes are round. Grasses have joints down to the …
Author J.D. Salinger, arguably, the most famous American recluse in history, likely wouldn'’t approve of the soon-to-be-released book that’'s thick with previously unreleased photos, interviews and correspondence.

For J.D. Salinger — with love & scandal

By Jen Chaney, Special to The Washington Post on Aug. 29, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
Among the Salinger-obsessed, this much-hyped book is already being treated like the literary equivalent of the Pentagon Papers.
Tamra Wight

Maine author’s debut book features nature-loving boy

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 07, 2013, at 12:32 p.m.
“Mystery on Pine Lake” by Tamra Wight, illustrated by Carl DiRocco, September 2013, Islandport Press, 152 pages, hardcover, $16.95. Cooper wants to be a Maine game warden when he grows up, but for now, he’ll settle for protecting the wildlife at his family’s campground on Pine Lake — that is, …
"Islands of Time," by Barbara Kent Lawrence

10 new Maine books to read before summer’s out

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 06, 2013, at 1:18 p.m.
“Islands of Time,” by Barbara Kent Lawrence, May 2013, Just Write Books, 225 pages, paperback, $14.95, ebook, $7.99. During the summer of 1958, 14-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Granger found herself on an island off the coast of Maine and not quite fitting in. The other “summer kids” were racing sailboats, while …
Best-selling author Christina Baker Kline

Maine author meets crises and bestseller lists with equanimity

By Robin Clifford Wood on July 09, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
After meeting at the docks in Northeast Harbor last week, Christina Baker Kline and I walked to a nearby fish and chips joint to chat and eat. The food was disappointing, but the conversation more than made up for it. The fact that Christina is a best-selling author only came …
“The One-Way Bridge,” by Cathie Pelletier

Allagash author returns to fictional Mattagash, Maine, in new novel

By Aislinn Sarnacki on June 11, 2013, at 12:46 p.m.
“The One-Way Bridge,” by Cathie Pelletier, May 2013, Sourcebooks, 287 pages, hardcover, $24.99. The rule is simple. If two drivers approach opposite ends of the one-way bridge in Mattagash, Maine, whoever touches their tires to the bridge first has the right-of-way. And in such a small town, everyone knows proper …

Novelist focuses on debate of religion and science

By Shelia M. Poole, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 31, 2013, at 11:05 a.m.
Can religion be a double-edged sword? Atlanta author Jeffrey Small delves into the debate between science and religion in his second novel, “The Jericho Deception,” a thriller about a scientist who creates a God machine that can bring about religious ecstasy and madness. His first novel, “The Breath of God,” …
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