A compelling regional and historical study that transforms our understanding of film history, Amateur Movie Making demonstrates how amateur films and home movies stand as testaments to the creative lives of ordinary people, enriching our experience of art and the everyday. Here we encounter the lyrical and visually expressive qualities of films produced in New England between 1915 and 1960 and held in the collections of Northeast Historic Film, a moving image repository and study center that was established to collect, preserve, and interpret the audiovisual record of northern New England. Contributors from diverse backgrounds examine the visual aesthetics of these films while placing them in their social, political, and historical contexts. Each discussion is enhanced by technical notes and the analyses are also juxtaposed with personal reflections by artists who have close connections to particular amateur filmmakers. These reflections reanimate the original private contexts of the home movies before they were recast as objects of study and artifacts of public history. Paperback. 290 pgs.
This is the classic series from Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novelist Kenneth Roberts, all featuring characters from the town of Arundel, Maine. Arundel follows Steven Nason as he joins Benedict Arnold in his march to Quebec during the American Revolution. Paperback 488 pages
When As The Earth Turns was first released in 1933 it became an immediate best seller, went through many editions and was translated and read worldwide. In this portrayal of Maine rural life in the 1920s, we feel the uncertainties and tensions of our modern world through the children of the Shaw family. Some are lured away from the farming life, some struggle to make it work. Ultimately, through it celebrates the spirit of those who survive by an intelligence born of their deep connection to the land and its Seasons. paper,1933,339 pages
This collection of stories, though fiction, is a rich depiction of Maine people--doctors, nurses, patients, and families--and their stories ring true in every sense. The cover photograph is of a "left-handed house" referred to in the story "Left-handed Favor," of the Biddeford-Saco general practitioner who used a secret code with his office and local pharmacist to help indigent patients. In other stories: A Jewish atheist tells an "innocent tale" to a dying young girl. While fly-fishing, two old doctors drink fine wine from jelly glasses and consume dropped-eggs on hash and grouse about the sorry state of education today. An old country doctor, at Death's door, tells a young colleague a love story, and shows him how to live. Glossary of medical terms included. Hardcover. 254 pgs.
The historical novel usually concerns itself with persons who have made a major imprint on their times and on the minds of posterity. They are written about generals and statesmen and kings and queens. But for every general there were ten thousand soldiers, and for every king or queen there were multitudes of subjects. An historical novel may as justly deal with the lives of people who were important not individually but in the mass. This novel tells the story of the founding of a small Maine town, by ordinary people, in what then was an ordinary way. It was the way in which towns were founded from the Atlantic seaboard west to the great plains, by stripping off the forest and putting the land to work. These people were not as important as the founders of the country, nor was the town they founded as important as New York. But people like them made this country, and towns like Union, Maine, were and are the soil in which this country's roots are grounded. 866 Pgs Paperback
Dramatic and epic, Daniel’s Garden is an adventurous coming-of-age story about an unlikely soldier. As the son of a prominent Boston family, Daniel Stuart’s life would seem to have been marked out by education and privilege. However, he shocks his family and friends by dropping out of Harvard and joining a ragtag group of abolitionists and going to war. Follow Daniel and his comrades into the trenches and fields of some of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles: Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. At times funny, poignant, and heart-breaking, Daniel’s Garden shows that while freedom is worth dying for, love is worth living for. Paperback 263 pages
E. B. White (1899 1985) is best known for his children's books, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. Columnist for The New Yorker for over half a century and co-author of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, White hit his stride as an American literary icon when he began publishing his 'One Man's Meat' columns from his saltwater farm on the coast of Maine. In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White's various canine companions. Featured here are favorite essays such as 'Two Letters, Both Open,' where White takes on the Internal Revenue Service, and also 'Bedfellows,' with its 'fraudulent reports'; from White's ignoble old dachshund, Fred. ('I just saw an eagle go by. It was carrying a baby.') From The New Yorker's 'The Talk of the Town' are some little-known Notes and Comment pieces covering dog shows, sled dog races, and the trials and tribulations of city canines, chief among them a Scotty called Daisy who was kicked out of Schrafft's, arrested, and later run down by a Yellow Cab, prompting The New Yorker to run her 'Obituary.' Some previously unpublished photographs from the E. B. White Estate show the family dogs, from the first collie, to various labs, Scotties, dachshunds, half-breeds, and mutts, all well-loved. This is a book for readers and writers who recognize a good sentence and a masterful turn of a phrase; for E. B. White fans looking for more from their favorite author; and for dog lovers who may not have discovered the wit, style, and compassion of this most distinguished of American essayists. Paperback. 178 pgs.
In finely crafted lyrics and sonnets, Edna St. Vincent Millay gave voice to her generation's claim to personal freedome and earned a reputation as a sexually liberated free-thinker. But her subject matter varries widely--from meditations on nature, love, life, loss, death, and the reincarnation of the human soul to commentaries on politics and discrimination against women--and reveals poetic influences from the classical to the classical to the romantic. This volume comprises of Millay's first three books: "Renascence," "A Few Figs from Thistles," and "Second April." Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Holly Peppe. 1998 paperback, 174 pages.
Every English language writer knows "The Elements of Style". The book's mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in its 4th edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. Kalman's 57 illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy! Paperback. 156 pgs.
The paper mill looms up from the riverbank in Abbott Falls, Maine, a town once drenched with ordinary hopes and dreams, now praying for a small drop of good fortune. Ernie Whitten, a pipe fitter, was three weeks away from a pension-secured retirement when the union went on strike eight months ago. Now his wife Marie is ill. Struck with sudden inspiration, Ernie builds a giant ark in his backyard. It is a work of art for his wife; a vessel to carry them both away; or a plea for God to spare Marie, come hell or high water. As the ark takes shape, the rest of the town carries on. There’s Dan Little, a building-code enforcer who comes to fine Ernie for the ark and makes a significant discovery about himself; Francine Love, a precocious thirteen-year-old who longs to be a part of the family-like world of the union workers; and Atlantic Pulp & Paper CEO Henry John McCoy, an impatient man wearily determined to be a good father to his twenty-six-year-old daughter. The people of Abbott Falls will try their best to hold a community together, against the fiercest of odds. Includes a reader's guide, a conversation with the author, and a sneak peak at her novel "Any Bitter Thing". Paperback. 150 pgs.
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.
A novel rich with a knowledge of life; telling of a kind of people, and of one particular American family, who seem timeless and enduring as the rocks and tides of their own Maine country. The tang of salt water is strong in the women as in the men, and the sea itself is the solid, ever-changing background for "The Fire Balloon." First published in 1948, by the author of "Spoonhandle." 2004 paperback, 347 pages.
Venture back in time to December 1620, as a group of pilgrims from England celebrate their first American Christmas—aboard the Mayflower. Having arrived barely a month earlier with no time to build adequate shelter on land, the were forced to weather the harsh winds and rains of New England winters onboard ship. Harriet Beecher Stowe captures their struggle for survival and their celebration of spirit under the harshest conditions with the same attention to cultural detail as her renowned bestseller, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Originally published in 1876 in a collection of Stowe’s short stories, First Christmas is now finally available on its own. Hardcover 64 Pages
It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food and company of elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to more intellectual pursuits. Published author and poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe. Widowed while on tour, he has stayed in order to gather credentials that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College. When Henry meets Fanny, he sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love, Fanny is uncertain. He is ten years her senior and from a much lower social class. How could such a relationship ever thrive? Could a book of Henry's poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever? Paperback. 327 pgs.
Imagine Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dressed up as Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie playing Miss Marple, and Charles Dickens himself as Marley's Ghost! This unique collection features 35 paper dolls of famous authors, each with costumes depicting characters from their best known works - plus a few surprises. Full color with quotes throughout. Paperback.127 pgs.
“Nothing I’ve read matches in imagination and richness the overall community portrait presented in A Maine Hamlet. Many readers from similar rural New England Backgrounds…have said ‘it rings true,’ or ‘she’s got it right.’ That’s high praise,” writes Jere Daniell in his new introduction to this quiet Maine classic, finally back in print again.
“The very best book about old-time Maine.” –John Cole
Paperback, original copyright 1957, p236.
E.B. White's timeless "One Man's Meat," now in print for fifty-five years, continues to delight readers with the renowned essayist's succinct, witty observations on daily life at a Maine saltwater farm. In his new foreword to the book, Roger Angell of "The New Yorker" notes, "...the book has always had the heft, the light usefulness, of a bushel basket, carrying a raking of daily or seasonal notions, and, on the next short trip, the heavier burden of an idea. Strewn with arrands and asterisks, farming tips and changes of weather, notes on animals and neighbors and statesmen, "One Man's Meat" is too personal for an almanac, too suphisticated for a domestic history, too funny and self-doubting for a literary journal. Perhaps it's a primer: a countryman's lessons that convey, at each reading, a sense of early morning clarity and possibility."
With The Perfect Number: Essays & Stories Vol 1, Maine author, Jim Baumer, embraces the essay effectively to write about being raised in the Catholic Church (The Altar Boy), he offers a paean to the late John Gould, one of Maine s most notable writers (Writing About John Gould), as well as tracing the decline of small towns in Maine, like his hometown of Lisbon Falls (Goin Back). He also shares his own Dilbert-like take on life in a cubicle for one of the state s largest insurance companies(Moscow Mutual), along with the road trip he and his wife made to Texas and back across the South to see his son, who was walking across America in 2010 (A Northerner s Journey Crossing the South). His other two essays, making up just the right number and amount of narrative deal with losing a dog (A Dog s Life), along with his essay detailing the importance of reading and how it led to his emergence a bit later than many (Reading Is a Journey) as a successful writer. The Perfect Number: Essays & Stories Vol. 1 captures the culture of small town Maine and does so with perfect pitch. Paperback: 178 pages
From begger and thief in 17th Century England to a respected landowner in the colonial Province of Maine, Marietta Lufford is one of the most courageous women in American literature. Her reminisces as an undaunted, troubled child in London, her adventurous journey to the New World and the tribulations of surviving there make this novel a most compelling read. The incidents in her life are factual, weaving in and out of here life, dominating her world and revealing a documentary of life in the 1600s. Virginia Chute has masterfully written a history of that period in the language of the times. 2006 paperback, 429 pages.
Set on a Maine island, this 1956 novel is back in print. Says Bryce Muir, "No other writer has ever told stories about Maine fishing towns as well as Ruth Moore.... Reading Ruth Moore is like visiting somewhere we belong; some granite island out there in our past, some village we all grew up in." 1987 paperback, 309 pages.
Originally published in 1960, this classic Maine novel is back in print. According to Down East Magazine, "Ruth Moore can always be counted on to tell the truth about life on the coast and the offshore islands which are central to her fiction." 1988 paperback, 381 pages.
First published in 1943, this novel is back in print. According to the New York Times, "It is doubtful if any American writer has ever done a better job of communicating a people, their talk, their thoughts, their geography, and their way of life." 1986 paperback, 342 pages.
"What Longfellow Heard" is a powerful telling, in many of the words and musings of the poet himself, of his tragic quest for love and family, his longing for art and fame, and his heartbreaking loss. Discover how his art and faith wrestled within him while he desperately tried to make peace with the tumult of his times. Experience the tragedy of his first marriage, his long road to recovery, and his passion for the woman he pursued for seven years while the nation fractured and his poetry soared. "What Longfellow Heard" is a novel with profound relevance to our modern-day polarization, increasingly clouded national identities, and the universal aching for peace, joy, and purpose in the midst of conflict and confusion. Paperback. 333 pgs.