Book reviews


A book review, and other galactic book suggestions

on March 26, 2015, at 8:54 p.m.
  Hi Readers!   Grab your Dramamine and freeze dried ice cream, ’cause were goin’ to space!       The Martian by Andy Weir. Published by Crown in February 2014. Originally self-published in 2011. This book was the winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Science Fiction in …

A book review, and other woodsy book suggestions

on March 20, 2015, at 6 a.m.
  Hi Readers!   Grab your snowshoes! It’s time to go traipsing through the Maine woods! Or maybe just stay in, and delve into these Maine outdoor books, instead. Much warmer. Spring? Hello, Spring? I think the line is dead.       Life and Death in the North Woods: …

Books I’m reading!

on March 14, 2015, at 8:24 p.m.
  Hi Readers! I apologize for my brief hiatus – my children were struck with yet another round of sickness. I’m a seasoned Mainer, but I’ve just about reached my winter limit. I say this as I watch snowflakes fall from my window, one week before spring. Old Man winter …

A Book Review! And more award winning middle grade books.

on March 07, 2015, at 9:41 p.m.
Hi Readers!   I got my hands on a fantastic book this weekend:   El Deafo by Cece Bell. Published by Amulet books in September 2014. Cece Bell’s part memoir, part fiction is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Set in the 1970’s, we follow Cece (short for Cecelia) depicted in …

Upcoming March releases!

on March 02, 2015, at 7:05 a.m.
Hi Readers! I smell March. The open windows, the morning robins, the peeking tulips – or, maybe just mud. But I’ll take it! My Bean boots will be out in my dooryard ‘til May, anyway. So, let’s drive over the frost heaves to get some of these new releases.   …

Introducing A Novel Narcoleptic

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 9:44 p.m.
Reading and book culture has been a valuable part of my life since I could remember. I found comfort in reading, since my health wasn’t the best.

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 …
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