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Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay

Wonderfully fluid essays explore an unusual bay

Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay

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Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay

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There are said to be only four places in the world where two major rivers—with entirely separate watersheds—converge at their mouths to form a common delta. One of them is Merrymeeting Bay in Maine. It is unfamiliar to most people, even within its immediate vicinity. Frank Burroughs has lived and knocked around on Merrymeeting Bay for three decades, gaining a familiarity with its natural and human history—with its birds, fish, and mammals, and with the local people who know it best. His wonderfully fluid essays explore the ecology, environment, and activities in this unusual bay, as Heather Perry’s beautiful photographs show us the details.

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CONFLUENCE: MERRYMEETING BAY, by Franklin Burroughs, There are said to be only four places in the world where two major rivers—with entirely separate watersheds—converge at their mouths to form a common delta. Three are famous, having loomed large in the histories and economies of their regions: the Sacramento–San Joaquin delta in California, Tigris–Euphrates delta in Iraq, and the Ganges–Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh. The fourth is Merrymeeting Bay in Maine. It is unfamiliar to most people, even within its immediate vicinity. Frank Burroughs has lived and knocked around on Merrymeeting Bay for three decades, gaining a familiarity with its natural and human history—with its birds, fish, and mammals, and with the local people who know it best. His wonderfully fluid essays explore the ecology, environment, and activities in this unusual bay, as Heather Perry’s beautiful photographs show us the details.

Reviews:

“‘The confluence of two wonderfully creative energies in Heather Perry and Frank Buroughs make this book a journalistic treasure.'” -Maine Sunday Telegram, October 2, 2006

“…Burrough’s writing in itself makes ‘Confluence’ a very interesting book; Heather Perry’s color photographs make it a special one…” -Gulf of Maine TImes, Winter/Spring 2007

“…beautiful book of essays…Perry’s photographs are stunning… durable work of art worthy of the complex beauty of the place and the people bound to it…” -Sewanee Review, Spring 2007

“…collection of smartly written essays…gorgeously illustrated with 97 color photographs…portrayal of a Maine natural resource.” -Kennebec Journal, November 26, 2006

“Prepare to be seduced…full of surprises, some of them rather dramatic…lovingly made, on-of-a-kind work of art.” -DownEast Magazine, December 2006

“Truly unique natural areas…lessons to be learned from the people who live near them…reminds us why both are so important.” -Kennebec Journal, December 2, 2006

“…essays are models of clarity…lucid and illuminating, profound without being ponderous…familiarity and deep regard for the water-world of the bay…” -Charleston Mercury, December 6, 2007

Burrough 2009 Medal Award “…outstanding natural history writing…Franklin Burroughs is one of our strongest winners for his excellence in the tradition of the genre of nature essay-writing, which John Burroughs perfected.” -American Museum of Natural History 2009

Additional Information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions10 x 8.00 x 1.27 in
Author

Franklin Burroughs

Format

Paperback

ISBN

978-0-88448-282-6

Pages

176

Photographer

Heather Perry

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