Book reviews

"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,” …
Front cover of "Art of Katahdin" by David Little

Maine artist and outdoorsman pieces together the ‘Katahdin Tradition’

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 01, 2013, at 3:15 p.m.
“Art of Katahdin” by David Little, edited by Carl Little, May 2013, Down East Books, 200 pages, hardcover with more than 200 color plates, $50. Maine’s tallest mountain has many faces. From Abol Bridge, it is a long ridge, a shelf of rock towering over the wilderness. From Katahdin Lake, it …

Book collects tall tales from Maine’s outdoors

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 10, 2013, at 10:15 a.m.
OLD TALES OF THE MAINE WOODS by Steve Pinkham, May 2012, Merrimack Media, 338 pages, paperback, $19.95; e-book on Nook, $9; e-book on Kindle, $9.99. Have you heard of the outdoorsman who escaped a pack of wolves by ice skating down the Kennebec River? What about the black bear who …
Searsport native Peggy Alden Stout is the author of "Letters from the Trail," a book published in 2013 that shares Stout's experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail in sections from 2000 to 2010.

Retired Mainer devotes 10 years to hiking Appalachian Trail

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 06, 2013, at 1:25 p.m.
“Letters from the Trail,” written by Peggy Alden Stout and illustrated by Rainy Brooks, 2013, XLibris, 235 pages, paperback, $19.99. When Peggy Alden Stout has a big idea, she stays quiet. She mulls it over, thinks of the possibilities, weighs the pros and cons. “I’m not the one that talks …
The front cover of "Out of Nowhere," a 2013 novel by Maine author Maria Padian.

New young adult novel inspired by Lewiston Somali refugees

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 12, 2013, at 12:59 p.m.
“Out of Nowhere,” by Maria Padian, Feb. 12, 2013, Random House, 352 pages, hardcover, $16.99. New students are flooding to Maquoit High School each semester, and most of them only speak a few words of English. Changes are afoot in Ennison, Maine, the fictional setting for Maria Padian’s new young …

Maine authors receive awards in New England competition

on Jan. 06, 2013, at 11:11 a.m.
ROCKLAND | Maine Authors Publishing recently announced that 13 of their published authors recently received awards in the 2012 New England Book Festival competition. One author was named runner-up for his children’s books, and 11 authors received honorable mentions. Categories were diverse and well represented by all. An awards …

Old Orchard Beach provides backdrop for new Maine mystery

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Jan. 06, 2013, at 10:41 a.m.
“Strangers on the Beach” by Joshua Pahigian, October 2012, Islandport Press, 282 pages, hardcover, $22.95. A man rescues a woman floundering in the surf off Old Orchard Beach. Nearby, a boy meets a stranger lurking in the dunes. A blood-caked mask washes ashore. And so the mystery of “Strangers on …
"The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories" by Don Perkins, September 2012, The History Press, 192 pages, paperback, $21.99.

Book about barns offers a glimpse into Aroostook County and Maine’s history

By Lisa Wilcox, Aroostook Republican & News on Dec. 21, 2012, at 2:03 p.m.
RAYMOND | Anyone who has lived in Aroostook County for any amount of time has most likely been in a barn for one reason or another. The structures are a familiar sight scattered throughout the countryside — some still being put to use, others dilapidated and slowly crumbling to …
David B. Williams, author of "Cairns: Messengers in Stone," published October 2012, sits beside a cairn on Mauna Loa on Hawaii. In Hawaii, these rock piles are known as "ahu."

Acadia’s rock pile experiment noted in new book

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 12, 2012, at 4:55 p.m.
“Cairns: Messengers in Stone,” by David B. Williams, October 2012, The Mountaineers Books, 192 pages, paperback, $15.95. Acadia National Park has a rock problem. For decades, rangers and ridge runners have spent time and sweat building and breaking apart cairns, the man-made rock piles that mark many trails throughout the …
Author and freelance writer Siobhan McDonough models a blaze orange hunting cap she purchased at Renys in Maine. This image, as well as many other color photographs, are featured in her debut book "My Mother's Dressing Room," published in 2012.

Maine inspired author’s nostalgic fashion-filled memoir

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 08, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
New Maine-related books include fashion-filled memoir, twisted love story, the scariest sled ride ever “MY MOTHER’S DRESSING ROOM,” By Siobhan McDonough, November 2012, Goose River Press, 200 Pages, Full Color photographs, $24.95 A blaze orange hat from Renys discount store is an item of practicality in Maine. It’s an accessory …

Barry’s book on Maine deserves a place on the shelf

By Wayne E. Reilly on Nov. 17, 2012, at 4:55 p.m.
“MAINE: The Wilder Half of New England” by William David Barry, Tilbury House, Publishers, 290 pages, $30. Why would anyone take the time to write a history of a state? Finding historical similarities between Madawaska and Kittery, which must have a lot more in common with Portsmouth, N.H., is a …

Maine writer rehashes true tale of shipwreck, cannibalism off Maine coast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 04, 2012, at 9:47 a.m.
BOON ISLAND: A TRUE STORY OF MUTINY, SHIPWRECK, AND CANNIBALISM by Andrew Vietze and Stephen Erickson, Globe Pequot Press, November 2012, 244 pages, paperback, $16.95. In a raging storm on Dec. 11, 1710, the Nottingham Galley slammed into Boon Island, just six miles off the coast of Maine, and broke …

Find your ‘inner moose’ and relax with a new Maine book

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 30, 2012, at 8:04 p.m.
FINDING YOUR INNER MOOSE: IDA LECLAIR’S GUIDE TO LIVIN’ THE GOOD LIFE by Susan Poulin, September 2012, Islandport Press, 256 pages, paperback, $16.95. Ida LeClair isn’t a real person, but she is a true character. And as a recently minted “Certified Maine Life Guide,” she offers practical ways to live …

J.K. Rowling receives mixed reviews on adult novel ‘The Casual Vacancy’

By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press on Sept. 27, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
LONDON — After months of hype and anticipation, J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults has appeared, swept into the arms of hopeful booksellers and an army of grown-up Harry Potter fans eager to find out what his creator has done next. A gritty and darkly humorous tale of ugly realities …

Women pour out tales of their boozing ways in anthology

By Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on Sept. 16, 2012, at 5:17 p.m.
“Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up,” edited by Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg; Seal Press (268 pages, $16) Everyone, it seems, has a drinking story, even teetotalers, and in this anthology of essays, 28 women tell theirs. “Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up,” edited …

‘Rizzoli and Isles’ author releases saga’s 10th book

By Aislinn Sarnacki and Emily Burnham on Sept. 02, 2012, at 4:31 p.m.
LAST TO DIE by Tess Gerritsen, August 2012, Ballantine Books, 338 pages, hardcover, $27. The 10th book in Camden author Tess Gerritsen’s “Rizzoli and Isles” saga — detailing the exploits of homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles — is as suspenseful and nail-biting as any of her …
Bill White, author of "Sara3112: Journey Through Virtual Madness"

Former Bangor resident publishes tale of love, abuse

By Kevin Bennett on Aug. 26, 2012, at 1:50 p.m.
SARAH3112: JOURNEY THROUGH VIRTUAL MADNESS by William White, July 2012, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 518 pages, paperback, $17.65. Former Bangor resident Bill White was a man dying to get out of an abusive marriage. He was a man dying to end his depression and loneliness. Little did he know that …
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