Maine Reads

Maine Reads

A Countryman’s Journal: Views of Life and Nature from a Maine Coastal Farm

A Countryman’s Journal: Views of Life and Nature from a Maine Coastal Farm

These essays are not a memoir of a person but that of a person’s relationship with a place — a coastal farm tucked between folds of wooded fields and the sea. The words take you there, sit you down on a rock or a stump amidst shadows of sunlight and fog trails and reveal the unfolding life of a farm, the farm Barrette named “Amen Farm.”

Take It Easy – Portland in the 70s  &  From the Mountains to the Sea

Take It Easy – Portland in the 70s & From the Mountains to the Sea

Two books found me. One took me back in time with black-and-white images of a city during a decade I often think about. The other informed me of  “what might have been” by showing me in text and color images of what eventually became reality for a river. Both books, separately and together, are about Maine.

Landslide

Landslide

Bring together a life-changing moment, the challenge of raising two teenage boys and a mother realizing life could have been different, amidst a Maine fishing community struggling to contain its way of life, and you have the makings of a good story.

Talk Radio

Talk Radio

In his debut novel, Talk Radio, author Ham Martin brings a daily radio program — station prompts, quirky commercials, theme music and all — to life. Even those annoying glitches are included for realism. Of course, the “talk” portions of the program are the real gems. Presented along a storyline that is both unique and unpredictable — just like radio can be — this book was a pure joy to read.

Ernie’s Ark

Ernie’s Ark

Between these bookends of exceptional stories are more exceptional stories. All are connected, yet separately strong, unique and remindful of who we may be or people we may know as a friend, neighbor, confused teenager or loving husband, father or grandfather.

The Exiles

The Exiles

The gift of a necklace from a mother to her daughter, words from a father to his daughter about the rings of a tree — both offer the same lesson: We live making our story by remembering those that came before us giving us theirs.

Blue Summer

Blue Summer

Music is powerful. Faced with a trying situation, even that sometimes maddening memory, when looking for peace we often turn to music. A particular song, composition or even a melody can move one to another place, chase away the turmoil and bring peace.

Beneficence

Beneficence

This beautifully told story reminded me of a quilt being made, a family heirloom that is sewn by loving hands stitch-by-stitch. Its patterns are of family, its colors are of love and the light it holds constantly changes from shadow to bright white.