Book Reviews

Wait ‘til you see this gorgeous sea glass!

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 Linda and I in joy searching for sea glass, which we have done from the beaches of Lubec and Campobello to the small beach in Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.

So we were very pleased to discover a new book, Sea Glass – Rare and Wonderful by C.S. Lambert, with beautiful photographs by Tina Lam.

My books would make great Christmas presents

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 In addition to writing a variety of regular columns for Maine newspapers, websites, and newsletters, I’ve written four books.

A Life Lived Outdoors

The Summer of the Osprey by Elisabeth Ogilvie

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I love Elisabeth Ogilvie’s novels. And that’s a good thing because she wrote 46 books! Ogilvie grew up in the greater Boston area and lived in Maine from 1944 until her death in 2006. She will always be one of our most beloved writers. So we have to thank Down East Books for recently publishing a new paperback edition of Ogilvie’s novel, The Summer of the Osprey.

I’m pretty sure I had never read this one, although I have read many of Ogilvie’s wonderful novels. This story is set on Bennett’s island where a mysterious and wealthy man buys property, arrives with a very expensive lobster boat, and sneaks a beautiful young woman into his house.

Maine Life in a Day by Susan Conley

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If you love Maine, and who doesn’t, then you will love Maine Life in a Day, published by Down East Books. Susan Conley did a superb job of pulling together many wonderful photographs that will entertain and inspire you.

Susan grew up in Woolwich, Maine in the 1970s and offers a great story about that in the introduction. “Up and down our small stretch of the Kennebec River, our neighbors canned tomatoes and fed chickens and made it up as they went. Maine was big and forgiving enough for people to reinvent themselves like this back then. It still is.”

Uses for Mooses by Paul Cyr

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 I’m a fan of Paul Cyr’s photography, and his new book, Uses for Mooses, published by Down East Books, demonstrates why.

The moose photos in this book are amazing. And the book is also a fun read, with lots of humorous comments to go with the photographs. For example, there’s a photo of a cow and two calves, staring at us, with the cow telling her calves, “Act natural. The humans are staring at us again.” There’s a fabulous photo of two bulls fighting, with the caption, “Swing your partner round and round.”

The 40 greatest players in Boston Celtics basketball history by Robert Cohen

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 Who do you think where the 40 greatest players for the Boston Celtics? I think Robert Cohen made many of the right choices in his new book The 40 greatest players in Boston Celtics basketball history.

Published by Down East Books, this is a very entertaining read. Having been a Celtics fan from my very earliest days, I certainly think he got it right with the top four: Bill Russell, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, and Bob Cousy.

Cohen’s book provides lots of details about the lives and careers of these 40 great players, along with a history of the Celtics which came into existence on June 6, 1946. That was in the Basketball Association of America which eventually merged with its rival the National Basketball League at the conclusion of the 1948 – 49 campaign to form the National Basketball Association.

An Island For Sam by Sandra Dickson

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 Our 3 year old granddaughter Ada was enchanted by An Island For Sam, Sandra Dickson’s true story of a Shetland pony named Sam who rode the Laura B, a Port Clyde ferry, to Monhegan where the pony’s owner, Aunt Peggy, turned the pony over to her young 5th-grade niece.

Ada loves horses and points them out in the fields as she rides to school. So of course, she loved this story, which is told in the voice of the niece. Ada was very excited to see that Sandra had autographed the book to her, and when I told her it was hers to keep, she said, “Grampy, can I keep it forever?”

We’ve visited Sandra’s wonderful art gallery on Monhegan, where the pony’s home was. Islanders were very excited by the arrival of the pony and helped the niece’s family build a horse barn.

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