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  • Rangeley, The
    Rangeley, The

    The Rangeley and Its Region

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    In THE RANGELEY AND ITS REGION author Stephen Cole explores the Rangeley Lakes and how they were the crucible of Maine's nineteenth-century sporting culture, and the Rangeley boat evolved out of this distinctive time and place. As essential to Rangeley as sporting camps, fishing guides, and brook trout, the namesake boat remains a true icon. THE RANGELEY AND ITS REGION tells how entwined the boat, people, lakes, town, and economy became over a century.
  • Story I Want To Tell, The
    Story I Want To Tell, The

    The Story I Want To Tell

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    A compilation of forty stories, essays, and poems. Half of them were written by young writers who work with The Telling Room in Portland, Maine, and the other half by experienced writers who were inspired by the work of their younger counterparts.
  • Voyage of Archangell, The
    Voyage of Archangell, The

    The Voyage of Archangell

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    Four hundred years ago, Captain George Waymouth sailed from England to the coast of Maine in search of a suitable site for an English colony. He and his crew spent twenty-nine days in May and June of 1605 sounding and exploring a very small area of the coast, which included an anchorage at the Georges Islands and the discovery of a "great river." Which river? This question has been an ongoing controversy, even to the present day. Our best information comes from James Rosier, who was aboard the ship Archangell as a "gentleman" employed to document the voyage. His narrative, A True Relation, gives us one of the earliest written accounts of the natural resources of northern New England and the Native people who resided here.
  • Wianno Senior Story, The
    Wianno Senior Story, The

    The Wianno Senior Story

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    THE WIANNO SENIOR STORY, by Stan Grayson, will fascinate anyone interested in the history of American small-boat racing and of Cape Cod. Designed and built by the Crosbys of Osterville, the Wianno Senior was first launched in 1914. Now, a hundred years later, the Wianno Senior is still flourishing, among the longest-lived one-designs in America.
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    Unsettled Past, Unsettled Future

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    UNSETTLED PAST, UNSETTLED FUTURE, by Neil Rolde, delves into the headlines that have been full of controversy over casinos, racinos, land claims settlements, and sovereign rights for Native Americans in Maine—and how it’s likely that we’ll be talking about these complex issues for some time yet. A capable historian with an enjoyable narrative style, Neil Rolde puts these controversies in context by telling the larger story of Maine Indians since earliest times.
  • Voyages: A Franco-American Reader
    Voyages: A Franco-American Reader

    Voyages: A Franco-American Reader

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    In VOYAGES, edited by Barry Rodrigue and Nelson Madore, dozens of voices celebrate--in essays, stories, plays, poetry, songs, and art--the Franco-American and Acadian experience in Maine. They explore subjects as diverse as Quebec-Maine frontier history, immigrant drama, work, genealogy, discrimination, women, community affairs, religion, archeology, politics, literature, language, and humor. The voices, themselves, are equally diverse, including Norman Beaupré, Michael Michaud, Ross and Judy Paradis, Susann Pelletier, John Martin, Béatrice Craig, Michael Parent, Linda Pervier, Alaric Faulkner, Ray Levasseur, Yves Frenette, Paul Paré, Yvon Labbé, Rev. Clement Thibodeau, Bob Chenard, Denis Ledoux, Josée Vachon, Greg Chabot, Jean-Paul Poulain, Stewart Doty, Rhea Côté Robbins, and many others. This is a rich resource and an engaging read, one that will resonate with many.
  • Well Out to Sea
    Well Out to Sea

    Well Out to Sea

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    What's it like to live on an island twenty-two miles out to sea? Where there are only three dozen winter residents? Where the local economy is lobstering? Period. Where your most reliable source of transportation off the island may be a small Cessna and the airstrip is dirt (or snow or mud)? Where, if the forecaster says the storm is headed safely out to sea, you know it's coming your way? Eva Murray moved to Matinicus in 1987 to teach in its one-room school. She married an island man and stayed to raise their family there. Over the years she's written a number of lively columns and articles for mainland publications. These are the stories of that unique community, of an interdependence that is all too rare these days but necessary for this island's survival.
  • While You're Here, Doc
    While You're Here, Doc

    While You’re Here, Doc

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    In WHILE YOU'RE HERE, DOC, Veterinarian Brad Brown never knew what to expect when he was called out to a farm to deal with a sick cow or an injured horse. Invariably the cash-strapped farmer would say, "While you’re here, Doc" and rattle off a list of surprise medical chores that weren’t part of the original call. But whether he was trying to geld a spooked stallion in a blizzard or found himself in the middle of an all-out fracas involving a monkey’s abscessed tooth and a shotgun, Dr. Brown took it in stride, with great affection for his four-legged patients as well as his two-legged clients. James Herriot, Baxter Black, and E. B. White rolled into one and wearing rubber boots, Brad Brown gives us a wonderful set of stories from the life of a country vet.
  • Wilderness Partners
    Wilderness Partners

    Wilderness Partners

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    WILDERNESS PARTNERS, by Phyllis Austin, tells the story of Buzz Caverly, who first joined the ranger staff at Baxter State Park in 1960, when the new park was just taking shape under the direction of Helon Taylor and the park's donor, Percival Baxter, who wished the park to be "forever wild." Caverly's legendary career in the park--one of the most unusual wilderness areas in the nation--culminated when he became park director in 1981. Over the years he saw tremendous changes in attitude about land conservation, public access, and park management. From the "Wild West" days of the 1960s to the intensely managed years of the 1990s and beyond, the clash of personalities and politics is entertaining and inspiring, and reveals the minefield of people and issues Buzz had to negotiate to save the park's wilderness character.
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    William Irvine

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    William Irvine: A Painter's Journey features a stunning selection of his work, from early abstractions to an array of landscapes inspired by Maine but also by Scotland, England, and France.
  • Worthy of Sea
    Worthy of Sea

    Worthy of the Sea

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    WORTHY OF THE SEA, by Maynard Bray and Tom Jackson, explores the life of Knud Aage Nielsen and his boats and how his boats remain highly prized by their owners today for their construction quality, sensible arrangements, comfortable accomodations, and, above all, their seaworthiness. Contains many plans and photographs to study and enjoy.
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