Down East 2013 ©
Today, thanks to the Patriot Act, if you plan on crossing the border from Maine into Canada, even if it’s just to get gas or groceries, you’ll need a passport. It wasn’t always so. In fact, the people of the area known as the Upper St. John Valley (the borderland consisting of northern Maine, northwestern New Brunswick, and eastern Quebec) have worked and lived together for hundreds of years — long before the Webster-Ashburton Treaty established the international border in 1842. The Land In Between (Tilbury House, Gardiner, Maine; paperback; 442 pages; $30) by Beatrice Craig and Maxime Dagenais is an exhaustively thorough and detailed account of the history of this land and its people. Through examining the geography, history, sociology, politics, and culture of this distinctly French-American area, this book paints a comprehensive picture of this region from prehistory to World War I. Full of maps, charts, documents, and pictures, this text is not only a fascinating and informative read, but also an unmatched reference.