Book reviews

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,” …
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 …
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