This publication of the Baxter Society (letterpress edition, hand-bound) explores the libraries, literary collections, booksellers, publications, and general bibliomania extant in the state of Maine. Several historical photos and bookplates are included. 2004 hardcover, 77 pages.
Here is a fascinating authentic narrative of a life of extraordinary potential tragically cut short because of political corruption. It is a story of great love and heartrending sorrow, but it is also one in which the human spirit triumphs over the most devastating of circumstances. As tragic as the story is, it manages to show that humor, even in incredibly difficult circumstances can achieve a solace and mending of the soul. The story of the Cilley family is one of resilience and great love of country. Extensively indexed. Hardcover. 500 pgs.
A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, John L. Hobson II could have chosen a life of comfort and followed his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps into the family business. Instead, he left his studies at Bryant and Stratton College in Boston and joined the portentous American war effort in 1916. This collection of letters from Hobson to his family in Haverhill, Massachusetts, collected and edited by Hobson’s son, Stephen Gale Hobson, chronicles a young American man’s foray into the European battlefields of World War I. Eloquently written and intensely felt, these letters poignantly express the horrors of wartime combat and the love a son has for his family and his country. The letters begin at the National Guard training camp in Plattsburgh, New York, and chronicle his trials and travails as a new soldier at Camp Curtis Guild, Jr. in Boxford, Massachusetts. From there, the young enlistee heads to the front in France at Chemin des Dames, Toul, and Chateau Thierry. He learns advanced strategy and field tactics at the Saumur Artillery School in France. For his battlefield valor, he receives citations for bravery and earns a Purple Heart. A real portrait of a place in history now only known in books and film, A Flag Unfurled: The War Letters of John L. Hobson II breathes new life into the war and America of nearly a century ago. Paperback 600 pages
William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr., was born on March 2, 1879, to Susan "Maudie" Gilchrist and William Wallace Gilchrist, Sr., a celebrated musician and composer. Gilchrist and his siblings were raised with an appreciation for the arts, and William, Jr., showed an early affinity and talent for painting. He began his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied under some of the period's most influential artists, including Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Anshutz, and William Merritt Chase. Gilchrist also received instruction from Winslow Homer during annual summer vacations in Maine. Gilchrist married Lucretia deSchweinitz in 1901; they had three children: Peggy, Nelly, and Bill. The family settled in Philadelphia and spent time each year in Maine. Gilchrist died on November 4, 1926, of heart disease. Peggy's son, Robert Griffin, wrote Affectionately, Wallace, the biography of his grandfather. Paperback 102 pages
Edith's father was a decorated hero of WWI. Together with her mother Flora and younger sister Suse the family lived in Worms, Germany-a center of Jewish culture, education, and enlightenment for 1,000 years. When the Nazis came to power, Jewish students like Edith were forbidden to attend public school. The 900-year old synagogue the family attended was burned and their family business/apartment destroyed on Kristallnacht (The Night of Shattered Glass), 10 November 1938. Her parents attempted to send Edith and Suse out of the country. Suse made it to England, but Edith did not escape. In the Theresienstadt concentration camp, Edith witnessed the spectacular farce the Nazi's orchestrated to fool the International Red Cross. Edith's father did not survive Theresienstadt, but she and her mother Flora were sent on a Stygian odyssey through Nazi Europe: to Birkenau, to Auschwitz, to Stuthoff. From concentration camp to death camp to labor camps, they faced horror and miracles for 3 ½ years: the "Angel of Death" Dr. Josef Mengele, the gas chambers of Auschwitz, slave labor, cruelty, apathy, and despair. They drew the strength to survive from each other and the moments of unexpected kindness. Edith and Flora were reunited with Suse in America, but life continued to bring Edith new challenges, tragedies, and blessings. This is the personal story of a young girl caught up in events beyond human conception, of the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter, of indomitable faith, of horror and survival, and of triumph against all odds. Paperback 139 pages
ANOTHER CITY UPON A HILL: A NEW ENGLAND MEMOIR (PORTUGUESE IN THE AMERICAS SERIES) BY JOSEPH A. CONFORTI
This gripping memoir is both a personal story and a portrait of a distinctive New England placeÑFall River, Massachusetts, once the cotton cloth capital of America. Growing up, Joseph Conforti's world was defined by rolling hills, granite mills, and forests of triple-deckers. Conforti, whose mother was Portuguese and whose father was Italian, recounts how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered. Paralleling his own account, Conforti shares the story of his family, three generations of Portuguese and Italians who made their way in this once-mighty textile city. Paperback 216 pages
Many historians count William Wingate Sewall as one of the most important people in the making of T.R., a vital influence on several aspects of his life, and someone who fostered the characteristics that would come to define Roosevelt as a man—and as a president.
Roosevelt was a sickly asthmatic when he went to Island Falls for the first of his many adventures with Sewall. He left confident and invigorated. "Bill Sewall was a model for part of what Theodore Roosevelt wanted to become," says presidential historian H.W. Brands, author of T.R.: The Last Romantic. "Maine and Bill Sewall helped T.R. become the person that he was. How much of what he became is Bill Sewall [responsible for]? Who knows? But if he hadn't known him, Roosevelt would have been a different person."
Clearly Theodore Roosevelt felt this way himself. When Roosevelt's biographer, Hermann Hagedorn, was looking for sources, people who knew him in the years before he ascended to the presidency, T.R. sent him to see his old friend the Maine Guide. "There is no one who could more clearly give the account of me, when I was a young man and ever since," Theodore Roosevelt wrote Sewall a year before his death in 1919. "I want you to tell him everything, good, bad, and indifferent . . . I have told Hagedorn that I thought you could possibly come nearer to putting him next to me . . . more than any one else could . . . Tell him everything." Paperback 205 pages
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's 'early memoir' is published in its entirety here for the first time. In his own words, he recounts his childhood-playing with his siblings, hunting and haying, Sunday socials-coming of age at Bowdoin College and the Bangor Theological Seminary, forming his own family with his wife, Fanny, and closing with his departure from Brunswick, Maine, to combat Southern secession and preserve the Union.
A review of the occupational interests of Charles Nolcini – as a teacher of languages (Italian and French), and music (as well as his connections with Boston Italian musicians) – reveals the Italian origins of the man. Such circumstantial evidence, which his later life further illustrates, shows the path which led from the musician’s birth in Moscow to his arrival in Boston and, subsequently, to the emergence of his career in Portland, Maine.
This book is a compilation of brief biographies of politicians who represented Waldoboro in various offices between the years 1773 and 2010.
One of the most respected sports writers of her time, Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby used her abilities as an angler, hunter, and writer to share, conserve, and promote the abundant beauty of the Maine woods for women as well as men. From her early days as a sickly yet feisty little girl, through her lifelong struggle with illness, this story explores and illuminates Cornelia's persistence and strength. Colorful illustrations throughout. Paperback. 35 pgs.
Here is the untold story of the making of Acadia National Park and the critical role of George Dorr in making it all come to be. A wonderful gift of all who love Acadia, this book brings to life the man who, more than any other, was responsible for the park's creation and early growth. Contains endnotes, an index and black & white photos. Paperback. 393 pgs.
This book is about Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar and her distinctive style. Intended for the young reader, it will appeal to anyone of any age that appreciates the life and art of Dahlov Ipcar. It explores her growth as an artist from selected childhood works to her adult masterpieces that now hang in museums. Also included in the book are examples of murals in public buildings, illustrations in children's books, and wonderful cloth sculptures that Dahlov has created. Color prints throughout. Paperback. 45 pgs.
This full-length biography of Edward Little (1773-1849) details his early career as a businessman, lawyer, and politician in Newburyport, Massachusetts, until two disasters resulted in massive debt. He then came to Portland, Maine, to manage the business affairs of his father and of the Pejepscot Proprietors' land company. At the age of 53, he settled Danville, now Auburn, Maine, where he founded what became Edward Little High School. This book also contains the letters that Edward addressed to "Dear Parent", his father Josiah. They depict the early conditions in the development of the Androscoggin Valley, relations between the Littles and the settlers, and the relations among the Little family themselves. A fascinating look at life in a rural Maine settlement. Paperback. 254 pgs.
The slate gravestones of southern Maine bear evidence to the regions fascinating history, from shipwrecks and famous wartime sea captains to countless ordinary citizens. Master stone-cutter Bartlett Adams memorialized the tragedy and triumph of the region in nearly two thousand gravestones. Through deep and original research, Ron Romano narrates the early history of southern Maine and examines the artistry and legacy carved in stone. Includes "Anatomy of a Gravestone" drawn by Holly Doggett, a list of Maine cemeteries surveyed by town, a bibliography and black & white photos throughout. Paperback. 171 pgs.
This insightful biography covers the life and career of Edmund "Ed" Muskie, from his childhood in Rumford, Maine, to his years as the governor of Maine. Born in a paper mill town in Maine's western foothills, Muskie was one of six children of a Polish immigrant and a Polish-American mother whose English was worse than her husband's. His arc through his formative years was singular and unpredictable, an American story that looks plausible only in hindsight. Hardcover 352 pages
The poetry of Leo Connellan is the poetry of perserverance. He survived the loss of his mother as a child, and, forgoing a college degree, he entered the arena of American literature, whose territory isoften overseen only by academics. However, his books continue to speak for themselves, and more importantly, not just for poetry, but for America herself.
Little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party, and his incendiary writings included the famous Suffolk Resolves, which helped unite the colonies against Britain and inspired the Declaration of Independence. Yet after his death, his life and legend faded, leaving his contemporaries to rise to fame in his place and obscuring his essential role in bringing America to independence. Christian Di Spigna’s definitive new biography of Warren is a loving work of historical excavation, the product of two decades of research and scores of newly unearthed primary-source documents that have given us this forgotten Founding Father anew. Following Warren from his farming childhood and years at Harvard through his professional success and political radicalization to his role in sparking the rebellion, Di Spigna’s thoughtful, judicious retelling not only restores Warren to his rightful place in the pantheon of Revolutionary greats, it deepens our understanding of the nation’s dramatic beginnings. 8 pages of illustrations and color plates included. Hardcover. 322 pgs.
When Peleg Wadsworth built his family home on Congress Street in 1786, he could see the Fore River from his front door. The city grew up around the structure as the Wadsworth-Longfellow family flourished and made history within its walls. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his first childhood poem in the house before going on to pen great classics including "Paul Revere's Ride" and Evangeline. Young Henry watched his father, Stephen, help craft the Maine Constitution and experienced revolutionary ideals of his home city. Step inside the historic Longfellow house and explore the city that shaped a beloved American poet. Black & white photos, maps and other images throughout. Paperback. 142 pgs.
The final volume in a three-part series, this book is a lasting tribute to the man who solidly established Portland as a center for musical excellence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hermann Kotzschmar was a German immigrant who arrived in Portland in 1849 with a passion for music. At his death in 1908 he left a city well-endowed with a rich musical heritage. Other books in this series, "A Maine Woman's Travel Letters: Mrs. Hermann Kotschmar's 1897 Grand Tour," and "Behind the Pipes: The Story of the Kotschmar Organ" are also available from Maine Historical Society. 2006 paperback, 152 pages.
Sanford Phippen, the editor of these letters, writes in his Introduction that Ruth Moore, in her 46-year career as a popular writer, granted very few interviews for publication and only two for broadcast, and gave no public readings or talks. She didn’t even show up for the honorary doctorates from the University of Maine and Unity College. Her attitude toward the media didn’t change, Phippen writes, until late in her career, when her Maine publisher, Gary Lawless, began to republish her novels. To help Lawless out, she consented to several interviews. “Keep it simple” seemed to be Ruth’s rule for life. Paperback 524 Pages
Here Greenlaw tells her own riveting story of a 30-day sword fishing voyage aboard one of the best outfitted boats on the East Coast. Complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick. Paperback. 265 pgs.
Chamberlain is one of the most well-known figures in Maine history, and this highly accessible biography provides a brief look at his life. Covering his early years to his time as a student at Bowdoin, the primary emphasis is on Chamberlain's military career and his heroic actions during the Civil War, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. After the war, he served as governor of Maine and as president of his alma mater before his death in 1914. Filled with photos, maps and illustrations, this concise history of a Maine icon is ideal for anyone with even just a passing interest in Maine or the Civil War. Paperback. 96 pgs.
In this fascinating biography, Douglas Rafter pauses to look back over his career of more than seventy years as a premier organist. He shares with readers a few of the hundreds of concerts he has performed throughout the United States. As Portland's longest-living Municipal Organist, he discusses the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ and his long love affair with the instrument. And finally, Rafter reflects upon his life as a musician and artist.
In this hilarious and moving true story, Greenlaw reveals her keen eye for the dramas of small-town life, as well as her talent for fascinating nautical description. A must read for anyone who loves boats and the ocean and lobsters, anyone who has ever reached a crossroads in life, and anyone who has wondered what it would be like to live on a very small island. Paperback. 238 pgs.
"A Maine Prodigy" is the story of Skowhegan native Mary Elise Fellows White, compiled from her autobiography, diaries and other primary sources. Marked as a violin prodigy from an early age, Elise goes to Boston in 1883 to study at the New England Conservatory. "A Maine Prodigy" evokes the joys and struggles of a woman who seeks refinement, artistic recognition, and financial security from childhood to old age. Throughout the book we have her sharp eye and articulate voice. "Surely someone must find my diaries worth keeping...I have put myself into them, heart and soul. All the life I have known is depicted in them..."
In April of 1897 Mrs. Hermann Kotzschmar of Portland, Maine made her first, eagerly anticipated trip to Europe. She traveled with seven others from Maine, including her daughter Dorothea who was between her second and third year at Smith College. During her five months away, Mrs. Kotzschmar sent 23 letters back to Portland's Daily Press and to The Kennebec Journal in Augusta. It was customary in this period for travelers to keep a diary, either in the form of a personal journal or as letters to family. It was more unusual to send such letters back to the local newspaper. The newspapers printed a disclaimer following the end of the first letter: "The Press will publish from time to time letters from Mrs. Kotzschmar describing her tour through Europe. These letters will probably appear weekly, the one we publish above is a guarantee that they will be bright, interesting and well worth reading." Twenty-two more letters, one written each week, were actually published. This book by Janice Parkinson-Tucker is the first in a series of books about the Kotzschmar family, also including "Behind the Pipes: the Story of the Kotzschmar Organ," and "Hermann Kotzschmar: An Appreciation." 2004 paperback, 278 pages.
Robert Hale, a member of a distinguished Maine family, was a US congressman for eight terms during the mid-twentieth century. This book, based on ship logs and journals Hale kept during the years before the First World War, tells of a young man devoted to the joys of sailing and fascinated by the New England coast and its inhabitants. From his experiences aboard his sloop, Thetis, he created a world for himself, conceived from romantic notions about past and present and that reflected an innocence derived from Americas new-world isolation from the cynicisms of the old. The war, in which Hale served, put an end to that world, for Hale and for thousands of men like him. His writings help us understand the struggle those men underwent as they found themselves forced to say goodbye to a past that had so effectively nurtured them and their illusions. And because those writings evoke a long-ago time with such youthful conviction and exuberant good humor, they make for reading as enjoyable as it is instructive. Black & white photos. Paperback. 109 pgs.
A short biography/catalog with pictures and sheet-music end-pages, covering the career of Mellie Dunham, the acclaimed Maine fiddler. Paperback 16 pages
This book is a celebration of the life and work of Herbert E. Sargent, a well-respected business leader who was active and generous in his community. Yet, despite his successes, family and friends always came first. Black and white photographs throughout. Hardcover. 445 pgs.
"My Life in the Maine Woods" recounts Annette Jackson's north woods experiences during the 1930's when she, her husband, and their children lived in a small cabin on the shore of Umsaskis Lake. She is an avid sportswoman and nature lover and writes of hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, and the sounds of wilderness throughout the seasons. This 2007 edition expands on Jackson's original, including not only new photographs, author biography, and foreword, but also new material from Jackson and revisions she made following its original 1954 publication. Black & white photos throughout. Paperback. 216 pgs.
Who are these new Mainers, and why have they come here? They are from war-torn countries such as Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Cambodia; from poor Latin American nations; and from economically vibrant places like Hong Kong, India, and Europe--in other words, from across the global spectrum. They came to Maine for a job or to reunite with their family or because they fell in love or to attend college here or to flee persecution in their homelands. Although the twenty-five immigrants who tell their stories had widely varying reasons for coming to Maine, many have made remarkable contributions to the state. Some contribute high-level skills in medicine, engineering, academia, law, public-school education, hotel management, and social services. Others have enriched the state's arts and sports worlds. Several are used to going back and forth across borders, either as transnational professionals or as migrant workers. About one-third of these immigrants are successful entrepreneurs. As you will find out, the journeys of these immigrants have not been easy, but all of them are glad they wound up in this state and are proud of their new identities as Mainers. Paperback 184 pages
July 4, 1866, and the population of Portland, Maine was just beginning to recover after the Civil War. The weather had been very warm and dry and everyone was looking forward to celebrating. Late that afternoon, a young boy casually lit a firecracker in front of a woodworker's shop and, not thinking, tossed the explosive into the shop's yard covered with dry shavings. "The Night the Sky Turned Red" tells the story of the ensuing conflagration through the eyes and voices of those who lived through it. Foreword by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Paperback. 80 pgs.
The builder of the Observatory was Captain Lemuel Moody - he was also one of the founders of the Portland Marine Society in 1796. Captain Moody manned the Observatory from 1807-1846, and was active the in the Marine Society until his death in 1846. This book is a history of the Observatory and the man who built it. Paperback with black & white photos and documents throughout. 96 pgs.
Ten remarkable children grew up on a simple farm in remote Livermore, Maine. Four were elected and reelected to the U.S. Congress from four different states. Two of the four would later be separately considered for Republican nomination for president and vice president of the country. Two were ambassadors, two were state governors, and two others worked to establish the great mills that would become General Mills. Growing up in rural poverty, their advantages were few, but together they left a record of achievement that will probably never be equaled again by a single generation of any American family. 416 Pgs Hardcover
From beggar and thief in 17th century England to a respected landowner in the early colonial Province of Maine, Marietta's remembrances tell of her troubled childhood in rural England, her adventurous journey to the New World and the tribulations of surviving in a country dominated by men, Puritans and Indians. 363 pgs. paperback.
Written in 1968 by Jean Lipman to coincide with an exhibition at the Hudson River Museum, this book has been reprinted twice. Filled with biographical information on Rufus Porter, as well as color and black & white illustrations of his work. Also included are a checklist of Rufus Porter murals by state and town, and a chronology of Rufus Porter's life. Paperback 202 pages
Thomas Hardy once said that America had two great attractions: the skyscraper and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The most famous poet of the jazz age, the petite Millay captivated the nation. She smoked in public, took many lovers (men, women, single, married), flouted convention sensationally and became the embodiment of the New Woman. She was a true spellbinding original. Paperback with full index and footnotes. 550 pgs.
Although Gerd Heinrich, a devoted naturalist, specialized in wasps, Bernd Heinrich tried to distance himself from his "old-fashioned" father, becoming a hybrid: a modern, experimental biologist with a naturalist's sensibilities. In this extraordinary memoir, the award-winning author shares the ways in which his relationship with his father, combined with his unique childhood, molded him into the scientist, and man, he is today. From Gerd's days as a soldier in Europe and the family's daring escape from the Red Army in 1945 to the rustic Maine farm they came to call home, Heinrich relates it all in his trademark style, making science accessible and awe-inspiring. Paperback. 460 pgs.
A lavishly illustrated biography of itinerant engraver Richard Brunton-sometime soldier, artist, forger-that provides a unique window into the life of an artisan in America's early republic. Color plates throughout. Paperback. 123 pgs.
Elwyn Brooks White loved words. As a child, he chased them through dictionary pages and crafted them into poems. When he was a young man, words led him to writing jobs at big-city newspapers and The New Yorker. In this stunning first-ever fully illustrated biography of the legendary author E. B. White, Melissa Sweet uses White's letters, photos, and manuscripts-as well as her original collaged art-to convey the true story of one of the most beloved authors of all time. Color illustrations throughout. Hardcover. 162 pgs.
Bill Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: "if the results were correct, it meant that the family tree I had spent years documenting was not my own". Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, a quest which will shake his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents,and others - and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past. Hardcover. 188 pgs.
Sturgis Haskins, who died on September 29, 2012, was a man having many interests. He had a store of knowledge regarding sailing, particularly of New England Class of Sailboats. He taught many young and old to sail. He was a photographer and a pioneer in gay rights. In 1974 he co-founded the Wilde Stein Club at the University of Maine, which received national attention in Newsweek, the Washington Post, and across the country. Hardcover 304 Pages
A history, mystery, and love story centered around the town of Eliot, Maine. Includes over 100 pictures, illustrations and maps. Tells of the Bartletts, Frosts, Shapleighs, Farmers and other families of Eliot, and of Ralph Bartlett, a Boston lawyer and alumnus of Dartmouth College and his relationship with the family of the world-renowned Norwegian musician Ole Bull. Paperback 225 pages
In this vividly wrought memoir, author James S. Rockefeller Jr. recalls the moments and milestones in his long, adventurous life. From his old-fashioned childhood―filled with characters and wildlife―as a grandson of William G. Rockefeller and Sarah "Elsie" Stillman, to expeditions as a young man on his Indian motorcycle and his sailboat, Mandalay, to the fateful evening on Cumberland Island, Georgia, when his heart was stolen by the luminous author Margaret Wise Brown, Rockefeller recounts his youth with wit and clarity. As he matures, his adventurous spirit takes him from Maine to Tahiti to Norway and back again. Throughout his travels, he embraces deep loss and wondrous turns of fortune, including danger, love, death, marriage, fatherhood, and―always―an enduring passion for planes, boats, and engines―a passion that leads him to establish the Owls Head Transportation Museum. A brilliant storyteller, Rockefeller writes the remembrance of a time gone by with the perspective of a 20th-century wayfarer; a voyager on the seas of time. His memoir stands as a moment "between the old and what was to come" and reveals with perspicacity and humor what he calls "this slender crack of time." Paperback. 299 pgs.
This series of short biographies of notable women ranges over centuries and cultures, from fifteenth-century writer Christine de Pizan, who imagined a world in which women achieved power and influence, to the writings of nineteenth century suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and twentieth-century novelist Virginia Woolf. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurel Ulrich updates de Pizan’s Amazons with stories about women warriors from other times and places. She contrasts Woolf’s imagined story about Shakespeare’s sister with biographies of actual women artists who were Shakespeare’s contemporaries. She turns Stanton’s encounter with runaway slave upside down, asking how that story would change if the slave rather than the white suffragist were at the center. She uses daybook illustrations to look at women who weren’t trying to make history but did. She also celebrates a renaissance in history inspired by amateurs, activists, and professional historians. Paperback 320 pages
Beginning in poverty and a broken home, Wesley McNair went on, through family hardships and setbacks, to become what Philip Levine has called "one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry." This memoir tells how he developed into a poet against the odds, incorporating his struggles into his art. Paperback 184 pages
One of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's closest friends and the first female secretary of labor, Frances Perkins capitalized on the President's political savvy and popularity to enact most of the Depression-Era programs that are today considered essential parts of this country's social safety network. More than a biography of an extraordinary woman, it is a window into another time through which we are able to observe the birthing pains of reforms we now take for granted. Paperback. 458 pgs.
Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, the book introduces the reader to remarkable Maine women such as Margaret Chase Smith, Dahlov Ipcar, Martha Ballard, Louise Nevelson, Molly Ockett and many others. Ages 9 and up. Paperback. 136 pgs.
Escapist fantasies usually involve the open road, but Bernd Heinrich's dream was to focus on the riches of one small place—a few green acres along Alder Brook just east of the Presidential Mountains. The year begins as he settles into a cabin with no running water and no electricity, built of hand-cut logs he dragged out of the woods with a team of oxen. There, alone except for his pet raven, Jack, he rediscovers the meaning of peace and quiet and harmony with nature—of days spent not filling out forms, but tracking deer, or listening to the sound of a moth's wings.Throughout this year when “the subtle matters and the spectacular distracts,” Heinrich brings us back to the drama in small things, when life is lived consciously. His story is that of a man rediscovering what it means to be alive. Paperback. 258 pgs.