This illustrated collection of essays examines early Native American contact with European explorers, fishermen, and traders in "Norumbega,"the sixteenth century name of the Atlantic coast of New England near the Penobscot River in Maine. hardcover,1994,388 pages
When one thinks of the North Woods, the word that comes to mind is "wilderness." What was it that brought men to the harsh, often deadly regions of Northern Maine. And what secrets did they leave behind that can be found today? (paper, 52 pages, Moosehead Communications)
Blacks have lived and worked in Maine as early as the seventeenth century, but historically have constituted less than 1% of Maine's population. Probably for this reason, books on Blacks in New England have largely ignored the experience of African American Mainers. "Black Bangor" is the first major published study of a Black community in Maine. Topics in the book include not just migration patterns, work, and religious and cultural organizations, but also African American homes, furniture, clothing, and foodways. The book also explores race relations and depictions of Blacks in the local media. By Maureen Elgersman Lee. Paperback, 177 pages.
The wreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island and the resultant rumors of insurance fraud, mutiny, treason, and cannibalism was one of the most sensational stories of the early eighteenth century. Shortly after departing England with Captain John Deane at the helm, his brother Jasper and another investor aboard, and an inexperienced crew, the ship encountered French privateers on her way to Ireland, where she then lingered for weeks picking up cargo. They eventually headed into the North Atlantic and then found themselves shipwrecked on the notorious Boon Island, just off the New England coast. Captain Deane offered one version of the events that led them to the barren rock off the coast of Maine; his crew proposed another. In the hands of skilled storytellers Andrew Vietze and Stephen Erickson, this becomes a historical adventure that reveals mysteries that endure to this day. Paperback 232 pages
A detailed history of the War of 1812 as it affected Downeast Maine, with a focus on the British occupation of the town of Castine, Maine. The British offensive in Eastern Maine in 1814 resulted in their most sizable capture of US territory, and it would have become a territorial annexation to British North America (as it was then properly called), had it not been for American checkmate of the other British offensives of that year. Includes contemporary documentation in Royal Navy dispatches and Maritime and Maine newspapers. Paperback 124 pages
There is much that can be learned from the details of a photograph, and compiler/annotator W.H Bunting leads the eye with extraordinary skill, spotting the unusual in a photograph, or some minor detail that, in fact, tells a mojor story about the how and why. This astonishing collection of historic photographs covers a broad spectrum of activity in the State of Maine in the years between 1860-1920. Bunting's text places the images in social and economic context, giving familiar surroundings new interest and meaning as we see how the past has shaped the present. Bunting's research has uncovered a wealth of fascinating detail, and with keen insight and humor he makes frequent forays into the Maine storytelling tradition. 2000 paperback, 384 pages.
This full-length biography of Edward Little (1773-1849) details his early career as a businessman, lawyer, and politician in Newburyport, Massachusetts, until two disasters resulted in massive debt. He then came to Portland, Maine, to manage the business affairs of his father and of the Pejepscot Proprietors' land company. At the age of 53, he settled Danville, now Auburn, Maine, where he founded what became Edward Little High School. This book also contains the letters that Edward addressed to "Dear Parent", his father Josiah. They depict the early conditions in the development of the Androscoggin Valley, relations between the Littles and the settlers, and the relations among the Little family themselves. A fascinating look at life in a rural Maine settlement. Paperback. 254 pgs.
The slate gravestones of southern Maine bear evidence to the regions fascinating history, from shipwrecks and famous wartime sea captains to countless ordinary citizens. Master stone-cutter Bartlett Adams memorialized the tragedy and triumph of the region in nearly two thousand gravestones. Through deep and original research, Ron Romano narrates the early history of southern Maine and examines the artistry and legacy carved in stone. Includes "Anatomy of a Gravestone" drawn by Holly Doggett, a list of Maine cemeteries surveyed by town, a bibliography and black & white photos throughout. Paperback. 171 pgs.
This concise volume will benefit any reader who wants to learn about Maine's unique heritage. Used as a textbook for Maine Studies classes in many schools, Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past presents an articulate, thoughtful understanding of Maine history in a way that engages students and introduces them to the discipline of historical research and scholarship. Finding Katahdin explores Maine in its various incarnations: as a land of prehistoric hunters and gatherers; a frontier where English, French, and Wabanaki cultures mix and clash; a mecca for a shifting mosaic of loggers, fishermen, farmers, shipbuilders, artists, tourists, and others. Brilliantly written by Amy Hassinger, the narrative is exciting and varied, with sections of dialogue, excerpts from primary source documents, short biographies, and other devices that illuminate the history. The design of the text is graceful and straightforward, augmented with many illustrations of paintings, photographs, maps, and document reproductions. Hardcover. 448 pgs.
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For eight decades, and epic power struggle raged across a frontier that would become Maine. Between 1675 and 1759, British, French and Native Americans clashed in six distinct wars to stake and defend their land claims. Though the showdown between France and Great Britain was international in scale, the decidedly local conflicts in Maine pitted European settlers against Native American tribes. Paperback.
The Gunpowder Mills of Maine describes one of the state's very important, very dangerous, but little known 19th century industries. For example, do you know: Where Maine's gunpowder mills were located? What raw materials were used in making powder? What mill supplied Union forces with 25 percent of the powder used by the North in the Civil War? Why Russian military officers visited Gorham and Windham? How many men were killed in mill explosions? What mill damaged a lighthouse? Why the industry died in the state? 324 pgs. Hardcover
After more than a decade of extensive research, the "Historical Atlas of Maine" presents in cartographic form the historical geography of Maine from the end of the last ice age to 2000. Organized in four chronological sections, the Atlas tells the principal stories of the many people who have lived in Maine over the past 13,000 years. Color maps, charts and illustrations throughout. Hardcover. 208 pgs.
Lapomarda’s history of Maine’s Italians serves to corroborate and at times to contradict general histories. Lapomarda has written extensively in various fields including Jesuit history and Italian American heritage. The story of Italians in Maine recounts their progress in the fields of law and politics. While holding peripheral positions in the early part of the twentieth century, their emergence in the post-World War II ear was exemplified by several who have served as mayors of Portland but is best illustrated by John Baldacci’s election as governor of the state in 2002. Paperback. 232 pgs.
This is the story of Union Wharf: a tale of clipper ships and pirates, of railroads and rum barrels, of rotting piers and renovation. Union Wharf has weathered it all: a fire that nearly demolished the city, a sea battle that killed two captains, the threat of German U-boats, and a waterfront that slowly crumbled into the ocean before it was rescued by an economic boom. Its story is that of a young nation grown into a world power and a city that found its way. Union Wharf was built when that nation was ten years old. Today,entering its third century, it stands as a monument to its founders' vision and to the perserverance of one family in particular in the face of disasters and economic slumps. 128 Pgs Hardcover
Kineo has been an important name ever since the time of the early Paleo-Indian cultures, right through the Victorian period into the present. Still, few people know much about the Kineo mountain or the series of hotels jutting out into Moosehead Lake. What are some of the legends of the hotels? What are the legends of the mountain itself? (Moosehead Communications, paper, 50 pages)
LIBERTY MEN AND THE GREAT PROPRIETORS, The Revolutionary Settlements on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820
"A book that will change the way we think about early American frontier settlement and the political struggles that accompanied it." William J. Cornon, Yale University 1990 paperback, 379 pages.
A joint project of the Maine Historical Society, and the University of Maine's Geography and History departments, this 9x12 Atlas grew out of a 1974 commission. Its two parts capture the state's geographical character and historical patterns and developments. Sixty-two plates illustrate various aspects of Maine from the early explorations to the bicentennial, inculding Towns and Townships, Congressional Districts, Energy Sources, Forest Production, Retail Sales, Maine Election Districts, Land Ownership, and Population Density. Also included are seven historical maps ranging from 1609 to 1973. Paperback.
“Nothing I’ve read matches in imagination and richness the overall community portrait presented in A Maine Hamlet. Many readers from similar rural New England Backgrounds…have said ‘it rings true,’ or ‘she’s got it right.’ That’s high praise,” writes Jere Daniell in his new introduction to this quiet Maine classic, finally back in print again.
“The very best book about old-time Maine.” –John Cole
Paperback, original copyright 1957, p236.
This book presents local and state history in the framework of national history with peticular reference to the part Maine natives had in the building of the west and south. It was inspired by an extraordinary collection of family letters found in the McArthur attic in Limington, Maine in the summer of 1942, now in the Bowdoin College Library. Hardcover, 1996, 485 pages.
From its earliest beginnings, the land that became Maine produced adventurous inhabitants who went outside its boundaries to do interesting things that sometimes made them famous or even infamous. The inspiration for this book came from the tiny Pacific island of Kosrae in Micronesia, where Brewer native and Bangor Theological Seminary graduate the Reverend Galen Snow converted all of the natives to Christianity, and Portlander Harry Skillins left a record as a vicious pirate and who sired a line of descendants by native women. Others in these twenty chapters are far better known, such as poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Pulitzer Prize winner Edna St. Vincent Millay, opera singer Lillian Nordica, and Hollywood movie director John Ford. But whether it is Woolwich's Sir William Phips, the wilderness shepherd boy who went to sea and found a Spanish treasure and was knighted by the king of England, or Brunswick's Asa Simpson, the forty-niner who built a lumber and shipping empire in Oregon, or John Frank Stevens of West Bath, the noted engineer who made the Panama Canal possible, or Franklin County's Mark Walker, a 1930s' radical during the Great Depression, these stories, varied as they are, provide a continuous range of Mainers' contributions to the world at large. Told chronologically from the time of pre-history Indians in Maine, they end in the present with a look at our current connections overseas and at several Maine women who have dedicated their lives to helping the poor in Central and South America. Paperback 340 Pages
The subtitle of this is: "How Joshua Chamberlain, Oliver Howard, and 4,000 men from the Pine Tree State helped win the Civil War's bloodiest battle". Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine regiment made a legendary stand on Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. But Maine's role in the battle includes much more than that. Soldiers from the Pine Tree State contributed mightily during the three days of fighting. Pious general Oliver Otis Howard secured the high ground of Cemetery Ridge for the Union on the first day. Adelbert Ames--the stern taskmaster who had transformed the 20th Maine into a fighting regiment--commanded a brigade and then a division at Gettysburg. The 17th Maine fought ably in the confused and bloody action in the Wheatfield; a sea captain turned artilleryman named Freeman McGilvery cobbled together a defensive line that proved decisive on July 2; and the 19th Maine helped stop Pickett's Charge during the battle's climax. Maine soldiers had fought and died for two bloody years even before they reached Gettysburg. They had fallen on battlefields in Virginia and Maryland. They had died in front of Richmond, in the Shenandoah Valley, on the bloody fields of Antietam, in the Slaughter Pen at Fredericksburg, and in the tangled Wilderness around Chancellorsville. And the survivors kept fighting, even as they followed Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania. Maine Roads to Gettysburg tells their stories. Includes an index, bibliography, notes, and black & white photographs. Hardcover. 388 pgs.
This comprehensive history of Maine collects works from many authors to explore the background of many subjects vital to the state: archaeology, ethnic studies, politics, culture, fishing, logging, and tourism. Featuring 24 detailed maps and 95 illustrations, the book aims to be an authoritative resource for years to come.
Almost the size of the rest of New England, Maine was the first colonized and is the most forested, sparsely settled, and perhaps, the most independent-minded of New England states. This concise, solid, and surprising overview traces 500 years of Maine history, from first contact between Native Americans and European explorers to the achievement of a Down East identity, national political power, and worldwide cultural identification. Changes in the economy, religion, ethnicity, arts, leisure, and education have all shaped Maine and Mainers, with some intriguing results. Illustrated with well over 200 images drawn from the collections of the Maine Historical Society, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Special Collections at the Portland Public Library, the Maine State Museum, local historical societies, private collections, and even the Vatican, these pages contain many rare and fascinating drawings, paintings, and photographs. The bibliography is a rich resource for exploring Maine history further. Paperback 288 pages
Published by the Maine Historical Society in 1974, this bibliography is arranged as follows: (A) General Works, (B) Local Items, (C) Vessel Descriptions, (D) Allied Trades, (E) Records and Stats (F) Newspapers, (G) Periodicals, (H) Society Publications, (I) Dissertations (J) Manuscript Collections and (K) Miscellaneous.
According to historian Benjamin Band, the first record of a Jew in Maine concerns Susman Abrams, a tanner who resided in Union until his death at 87 in 1830. Historical records beginning in 1849 also tell of a small Bangor community that organized a synagogue and purchased a burial ground. But it was not until the late 19th century that Jewish communities grew large enough to esablish multiple synagogues, Hebrew schools for boys, kosher butcher shops, and Jewish bakeries. Eventually there were Jewish charitable societies, community centers, and social clubs across the state. Now, 150 years later, Jews serve every Maine community in every possible capacity, free from the barriers of social or religious discrimination. This book honors the accomplishments of Maine's Jewish residents.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. 2007 paperback, 128 pages.
What makes Philbrick's book so fascinating and accessible—the way he turns the Pilgrim legend on its head and shakes out fresh insights from the crusty old mythology we all absorbed in grade school—is present in full force in this exceptional audio version. With more than 800 audiobooks to his credit, Guidall gives the term "veteran reader" a whole new meaning. Such leading figures as William Bradford, Benjamin Church and Miles Standish of the so-called Plymouth Colony (which was not even close to Plymouth or its now-famous rock) emerge from the pages of history as understandable if not always admirable figures, and Guidall's evocations of the sadly depleted (by European diseases) Wampanoag Indians and their chief, Massasoit, are equally believable. The bitter voyage of the Seaflower (a slave ship taking captive Wampanoags to be sold in the Caribbean after a disastrous war with Massasoit's son, Philip), which rounds out Philbrick's masterful account, is treated with energy, respect and a straightforwardness that only increases its power. Paperback 480 pages
Noted historian Christine DeLucia offers a major reconsideration of the violent seventeenth-century conflict in northeastern America known as King Philip’s War, providing an alternative to Pilgrim-centric narratives that have conventionally dominated the histories of colonial New England. DeLucia grounds her study of one of the most devastating conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in early America in five specific places that were directly affected by the crisis, spanning the Northeast as well as the Atlantic world. She examines the war’s effects on the everyday lives and collective mentalities of the region’s diverse Native and Euro-American communities over the course of several centuries, focusing on persistent struggles over land and water, sovereignty, resistance, cultural memory, and intercultural interactions. An enlightening work that draws from oral traditions, archival traces, material and visual culture, archaeology, literature, and environmental studies, this study reassesses the nature and enduring legacies of a watershed historical event. Hardcover. 469 pgs.
This is a fascinating reflection on the life of an accomplished public historian through a series of oral history interviews conducted by her author/historian granddaghter. It is an amazing story that illuminates the real joys and real struggles of one woman's life in Maine during the twentieth century. The author deftly crafts the story with historical narrative, quotes from her grandmother, memoires from other informants, and her own reflections. Paperback, 188 pages.
During the 1920's the Ku Klux Klan experienced a remarkable resurgence, drawing millions of American men and women into its ranks. This book examines the Ku Klux Klan's largely ignored growth in the six New England States. It presents a comprehensive analysis of the Klan's antagonism of Catholics in the United States. Black & white photographs. Paperback. 259 pgs.
In years past, it was generally believed that the passengers on the Mayflower called themselves Pilgrims, were united in their desire to come to America to seek religious freedom, landed on Plymouth Rock, and celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Many people would be surprised to learn that all of the above commonly held beliefs are largely incorrect. This book will attempt to provide objective information about some of these misconceptions and include some little known facts about the Pilgrims not usually found in other publications dealing with Pilgrim history.
With rigorous original scholarship and creative narration, Lisa Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King Philip’s War) by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Mary Rowlandson. Through both a narrow focus on Weetamoo, Printer, and their network of relations, and a far broader scope that includes vast Indigenous geographies, Brooks leads us to a new understanding of the history of colonial New England and of American origins. Brooks’s path breaking scholarship is grounded not just in extensive archival research but also in the land and communities of Native New England, reading the actions of actors during the seventeenth century alongside an analysis of the landscape and interpretations informed by tribal history. Paperback. 430 pgs.
The Pilgrim Migration in the 1620s to Plymouth Colony was the opening episode of the Great Migration to New England of the 1620s and 1630s. Separatists (Puritans opposed to the English church) first moved to Holland from England and then to Plymouth Colony, in what is now Massachusetts. In this one volume, Robert Charles Anderson tells the story of the Pilgrim Migration by relating the story of each family or individual known to have resided in Plymouth Colony between 1620 (when the Mayflower arrived) and 1633. Each of the more then two hundred sketches provides information on the early histories of these immigrants as well as their New World experiences. This material is followed by complete genealogical accounts, including all marriages and children of the immigrants. 2004 paperback, 641 pages.
The Portland Company commenced operations in 1846 in Portland, Maine, under the leadership of John A. Poor. It was founded primarily to manufacture railroad locomotives for the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad. The company played a major role in the economy and development of the State of Maine and countinued in business until 1982, producing a wide range of cast-metal and fabricated products. This collection of photographs and captions gives you the feel of the old company. paper, 2002, 128 pages
The builder of the Observatory was Captain Lemuel Moody - he was also one of the founders of the Portland Marine Society in 1796. Captain Moody manned the Observatory from 1807-1846, and was active the in the Marine Society until his death in 1846. This book is a history of the Observatory and the man who built it. Paperback with black & white photos and documents throughout. 96 pgs.
This book is a comprehensive guide to maps of the state of Maine printed between 1793 and 1860. The 171 maps illustrated and described in the book represent the period called “the Golden Age” of American cartography. Hardcover 460 pages
In an engaging and thoughtful style that makes the law accessible to lawyers and the general public alike, Hugh MacMahon presents the story of the development of early Maine law across a broad range of topics and identifies three themes that stand out most prominently in that history – economic progress, social stability and the struggle for equal rights under the law, especially as regards race, gender and religion. The author explains how the evolving law in Maine’s early years played out against the backdrop of old rules from the past running up against a society undergoing radical transformation brought on by momentous historical events that included the industrial revolution and the Civil War. This book presents an empathetic picture of ordinary citizens and judges grappling with the inevitable tensions arising as locomotives eclipsed the horse and buggy, factories replaced the craftsman’s workbench, and emerging views of equal rights clashed with traditional notions of social stability. Paperback 346 Pages
Winner of the 1994 Book Award of the New England Historical Association. "This well written work flows through the Stamp Act crises, The onset of revolution, military activity, British occupation, and efforts toward statehood without being cumbersome."- Choice paper, 1993, 302 pages
For over 130 years, the Rines family made significant contributions to Portland in retail, broadcasting, charitable ventures, and law, among other endeavors. The Rines Brothers store, Maine's first department store, redefined the retail district of Portland when it opened on Congress Street in 1883. Every luxurious Portland hotel at the beginning of the 20th centurey was owned by these industrious brothers. A string of family-owned radio stations and two television stations formed the Maine Broadcasting System, one of the most powerful broadcasting operations in America at the time. Through 200 vintage images, "The Rines Family Legacy" offers insight into one of Maine's most interesting and exceptional families. Paperback, 128 pages.
In the first general history of colonial New England to be published in over 25 years, Joseph A. Conforti synthesizes current and classic scholarship to explore how Puritan saints and "strangers" to Puritanism participated in the making of colonial New England. The description of New England as a "city upon a hill" has tended to reduce the region's history to an exclusively Pilgrim-Puritan drama. Conforti shows that New England was neither as Puritan nor as insular as most familiar stories imply. The Puritan elect--but also Natives, African slaves, and non-Puritan white settlers--became active participants in the creation of colonial New England. Conforti discusses how these subcommunities of strangers to Protestant piety retained their own cultures, coexisted, and even thrived within and beyond the domains of Puritan settlement, creating tensions and pressure points in the later development of early America. Paperback, 2006, 236 pages.
Seboomook conjures images of silently paddling across vast Moosehead Lake...but it was also here that a handful of prisoner of war camps in Maine was located during World War II. In these pages you will find an amazing array of rarely-seen photos of the POW camp. (paper, Moosehead Communications, 50 pages)
Moses Greenleaf (1777-1834) made the first map of Maine after its statehood in 1820. Given that the only book on Greenleaf dates back to 1902, a contemporary assessment is long overdue. For author Walter M. MacDougall, this book is the culmination of over twenty-five years of research and writing carried out during breaks from teaching at the University of Maine. By examining the cultural milieu of his time, he places Greenleaf's contributions within the context of Maine's growth and development during its formative years from province to statehood. A publication of University of Southern Maine's Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, this book contains color maps and pictures. 2006 paperback, 154 pages.
Levinsky's "A Short History of Portland" features a tight narrative history from the city's founding in the 17th century to present day; a detailed chronology of this history; over one hundred black & white illustrations and two dozen profiles of notable Portland natives and residents. 128 pages. paperback.
Written by William Thomas Generous Jr., "Sweet Pea at War" is a definitive history of the USS Portland. He recounts her history from launch to scrapyard, proving that she deserves to be remembered as one of the most important ships in U.S. naval history. 290 pages paperback.
"They change their sky but not their soul who cross the ocean."
A collection of important new essays about the Irish experience in Maine, from 1780 through the 20th century. Essays contributed by 10 local scholars, and edited by Michael C. Connolly. Preface by Senator George J. Mitchell. Paperback, 414 pages.
In late September 1820, hoping to lay claim to territory then under dispute between Great Britain and the United States, Governor William King of the newly founded state of Maine dispatched Major Joseph Treat to survey public lands on the Penobscot and Saint John Rivers. Traveling well beyond the limits of colonial settlement, Treat relied heavily on the cultural knowledge and expertise of John Neptune, lieutenant governor of the Penobscot tribe, to guide him across the Wabanaki homeland. Along the way Treat recorded his daily experiences in a journal and drew detailed maps, documenting the interactions of the Wabanaki peoples with the land and space they knew as home. Edited, annotated, and with an introduction by Micah Pawling, this volume includes a complete transcription of Treat's journal, reproductions of dozens of hand-drawn maps, and records pertaining to the 1820 treaty between the Penobscot Nation and the governing authorities of Maine. As Pawling points out, Treat's journal offers more than the observations of a state agent conducting a survey. It re-creates a dialogue between Euro-Americans and Native peoples, showing how different perceptions of the land were negotiated and disseminated, and exposing the tensions that surfaced when assumptions and expectations clashed. In large part because of Neptune's influence, the maps, in addition to detailing the location of Wabanaki settlements, reflect a river-oriented Native perspective that would later serve as a key to Euro-American access to the region's interior. The groundwork for cooperation between Treat and Neptune had been laid during the 1820 treaty negotiations, in which both men participated and which were successfully concluded just over a month before their expedition departed from Bangor, Maine. Despite conflicting interests and mutual suspicions, they were able to work together and cultivate a measure of trust as they traveled across northern Maine and western New Brunswick, mapping an old world together while envisioning its uncertain future. Paperback. 300 pgs.
Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Pine Tree State! We'll explore Maine's outdoor adventures, historic parks, fun-filled museums, and fascinating history. The Maine by Map feature shows where you'll find all the places covered in this book. A special section provides quick state facts such as state motto, capital, population, animals, foods and much more. Take a fun-filled tour of all there is to discover in Maine! Color photos throughout. Paperback. 32 pgs.
Though often called "America's forgotten war", King Philip's War helped shape the course of American history. This book defines the major players in the war, when it's significant events occurred, and where these events took place. Lodi provides answers to these questions in an alphabetical Who's Who that includes 450 entries and a listing of Indian place names. Paperback. 195 pgs.
Originally published in 1979, this recently republished account of the 1947 fire remains the definitive account of the week that Maine burned. In October 1947, Maine experienced the worst fire disaster in its history. Climaxing after months of drought, fires raged across more than 200,000 acres. Nine communities were practically leveled and four others severely damaged. Fifteen people lost their lives. "Wildfire Loose" describes how the fires started and spread so quickly through rural villages, down Millionaire's Row in Bar Harbor and across southern Maine beach resorts. Paperback. 278 pgs.