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One Man’s Maine, Essays


We love this review of our newest nonfiction collection of essays written by Left Bank Books in Belfast Maine.

Dear Friends,

If you are now readying your guest room for the annual influx of summer visitors, you need to come to our shop. . . To pick up a copy of the newly released One Man’s Maine: Essays on a Love Affair, because this book is the book you’re going to want on your guests’ bedside table (as well as on yours) this summer (and beyond).

Truth be told, when we first heard about “another” book of essays that professes a love affair with Maine, we were a bit skeptical. Didn’t E.B. White do that rather well in One Man’s Meat? But then we read the Dedication page of Jim’s book, in which he more than “nods” to White’s classic collection:

In homage to E.B. White, whose delight in the ordinary, compassion in the face of chaos, and comfort in his own skin can only be imitated, never equaled.

. . .and we knew we were on to something good. And boy, is this collection good! It’s good not “just because” Jim is a fine writer. He is. What makes this collection special is that Jim knows the natural world well and has years of experience writing about the wonders and challenges of Maine’s environment. Together, his talent and knowledge shine in this series of essays that are arranged in a singular style.

One Man’s Maine is organized into 16 pairs of essays. The first in each addresses Maine’s natural icons—lobster, moose, blueberries, lupine, elvers—while the second looks at matters of larger human significance, such as science and belief, observation and emotion. It is a concept that works exceedingly well in large part because Jim has had a 30-year career in science publishing and because he has a gentle, wry sense of humor that shines throughout his writing. His daughter Emma is equally talented—she drew accompanying illustrations for each essay.

Note:A portion of book sales will benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust, where Jim is President of the Board of Directors. 

One Man’s Maine: Essays on a Love Affair by Jim Kroschell is available nationwide whereever books or sold. 

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B U Y   N O W

GWP SPRING BOOKS 2017

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GWP SPRING BOOKS 2017 … a few great covers to share/sneak previews …
Nonfiction:
One Man’s Maine, Essays on a Love Affair by Jim Kroschell
Walking Through the Seasons, nature essays by Marilyn Webb Neagley
Why I Ride: Because a Bike Pedal Lasts Longer Than a Gas Tank by Holly McNish and Inja 
Wild Play by David Sobel 

Fiction:
A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing, stories by Tim Weed
Horse Drawn Yogurt, Stories from Total Loss Farm by Peter Gould

Poetry (with Sundog):
Learning to See, poetry by Pamela Spiro Wagner
Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry, edited by Sydney Lea and Chard deNiord with a Foreword by New Yorker staff writer, Dan Chaisson
Clothesline Religion, poems by Megan Buchanan

The Hopper Poetry Prize Winners with chapbooks to be published:
LongLeaf by John Saad
The Dark Edge of the Bluff by Ellene Glenn Moore

For Children:
Josie Meets a Jaguar, by B.K.A.B. Bruno, illustrated by Janet Pedersen

Fall books, 2017 are being assigned right now…
They include a picture book for children entitled Salamander Sky written by Katy Farber with illustrations by Meg Sodano …. another picture book called Janey Monarch Seed by Julie Dunlap … We are also publishing a new book of poetry entitled The Long Correspondence by the late Vermont poet, Leland Kinsey, a novel entitled Wild Mountain by Nancy Kilgore, a collection of short stories by Teresa Stores called Frost Heaves, and more!