Book Reviews

50 Things you must do in Maine.

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           You’ll want to check this book out. Literally. Of the 50 Things To Do In Maine Before You Die, a wonderful book by Nancy Griffin, I’ve checked off 40.

Great cooking with fairies (kids)

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The photos in Fairy House Cooking, published by Down East Books, will amuse and delight you, and wait ‘til you read those stories and recipes! Author Liza Gardner Walsh describes the recipes: “Simple, Scrumptious Recipes & Fairy Party Fun!” Boy, she got scrumptious right.

The kids are the fairies, invading the kitchen to make everything from fruit wands to edible fairy houses. Yes this book made me hungry!

Can bees really thrive at the top of a Paris apartment building?

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 My neighbors raise bees, something I’ve always found fascinating, and of course Linda loves to see them in her extensive flower and vegetable gardens. So I was quick to grab the children’s book, Bees in the City, published by Tilbury House Publishers in Thomaston.

Written by Andrea Cheng, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, who has been fascinated by bees her entire life, this wonderful book may cause you to rush out and get yourself a bee hive.

Take a fun ride down Route One

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 Subtitled “A quirky road trip from Maine to Connecticut,” Dan Tobyne’s book Route 1 – New England, isn’t what I would call quirky. I call it lots of fun!

Tobyne is a photographer and writer from South Hamilton, Massachusetts, who had the great idea of traveling the length of Route 1 in New England, taking pictures and writing about the places he visited.

And I have to say, as a travel writer myself, he did discover a lot of my favorite places along the way in Maine. I have traveled a lot of Route One myself from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida, and it is an adventure for sure.

Fascinating stories and stunning photos of species hundreds of millions of years old

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 Kimberly Ridley’s book, Extreme Survivors, Animals That Time Forgot, published in November by Tilbury House Publishers, is fascinating, full of stunning photos and stories about species that have somehow survived for hundreds of millions of years. I’ve poured through the book three times so far, captivated by the photos.

Did you know that some dinosaurs became birds?

I certainly wish I’d caught a Lungfish, considering that species has been on earth for 300 million years! Perhaps I should have been fishing with a velvet worm, which has been around for 500 million years. Of course Lungfish can survive for more than three years without eating, so catching them on a baited hook would be pretty darn difficult.

And I thought humans were an old species, but we’re fairly new, having been here for only 200,000 years.

Hope you can attend my book talk on January 9 at the Bangor Library

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I’m scheduled for a book talk at the Bangor library on January 9 at 6:30 pm, and I’m hoping you can join us for that event.

Boatyard Dogs by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine

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 There is a lot of bow wow in the book Boatyard Dogs. These entertaining and engaging stories were originally published in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine.

This book, published by Down East Books, with an introduction by John Hanson, who founded Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors in 1987, will entertain both dog lovers and all others.

As Hanson notes in the introduction, “All dogs can be wonderful, but not all dogs can be Boatyard Dogs.” Hanson gets us started with a story about Fagin, his own boatyard dog which came to him as a puppy when he worked at the Henry Hinckley Company in Southwest Harbor. Hanson’s story of Fagin’s first trip on a yacht is very funny. The dog tried to jump from the deck into a yacht and missed, landing in the water and yowling loudly for help.

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