Down East Bookshelf
Ashville native Glenna Johnson Smith shares a lifetime’s worth of poignant reflection in Old Maine Woman (Islandport Press, Yarmouth; paperback; 162 pages; $16.95). After graduating from the University of Maine in 1941, Smith moved to a potato farm in Easton, a small town in Aroostook County. These autobiographical essays provide a glimpse into rural Maine life, but their themes, from a son’s time in Vietnam to divorce, are universal.
A young-adult novel portrays coming of age in Maine.
How a first novel set in rural Maine won the Pulitzer Prize.
Set on Cranberry Island, Karen MacInerny’s novel Berried to the Hilt (Midnight Ink, Woodbury, Minnesota; paperback; 312 pages; $14.95) is part murder mystery, part Treasure Island. The little Maine island is swamped with archaeologists and treasure hunters after a lobsterman uncovers a sunken ship, but things take a turn for the worse when someone turns up dead.
A new account of New England’s founders puts the Pilgrims — and Maine — in a fresh light.
Mainer Elisabeth Tova Bailey is bedridden due to a rare illness, but when a friend brings in a pot of transplanted violets with a common woodland snail attached, her one-room world transforms. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating (Algonquin Books, New York, NY; Hardcover; 208 pages; $18.95) is the splendid first-person account of Bailey’s long illness seen through the lens of her observation of the snail — eating, sleeping, moving, and just being.
A new book revisits the mysterious Kellams and their four-decade stay on Placentia Island.
It’s no surprise that several of Douglas “Woody” Woodsum’s poems have graced the pages of Down East over the years. What’s surprising is that his first book has been so long coming.
Linda Greenlaw’s new book returns to swordfishing with all its perils and personalities.
In Camden Realtor Vicky Doudera’s debut mystery novel, A House to Die For (Midnight Ink, Woodbury, Minnesota; paperback; 328 pages; $14.95), million-dollar real estate mixes with murder on the Maine coast. Protagonist Darby Farr sells top-notch properties and returns to her hometown to close a big deal. But when the deal falls apart — and the back-up buyer is found dead — a standard sale turns into a dangerous adventure.