All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, October 20, 2005

On the Maine Bookshelf

Three very different books about Maine are hitting the store shelves this month.

Welcome to the U.S.A.: Maine is one in a series of informative books for children. Written by Ann Heinrichs and illustrated by Matt Kania, the book is written at a third-grade level, but should interest kids in grades 2 through 6.

Old Kittery, Maine, is also part of a series—the Images of America series that has included so many photographic compilations of Maine towns and regions. According to the Arcadia Publishing website, author John D. Bardwell "explores Kittery’s fascinating past and in particular its relationship with the sea."
This diverse collection of photographs brings to life a hundred years of the town’s history, from the 1860s to the 1960s. In its pages the reader will encounter the survivors of the ill-fated Greely expedition to the Arctic, warships from the Civil War, early submarines, shipwrecks, and the building of the Memorial Bridge across the Piscataqua River. [Link]
Exploring the Spirit of Maine: A Seeker's Guide, written by a Kennebunk resident, is described as "a unique travel guide and reference book for those seeking either traditional or non-traditional options for spiritual and/or inner development."
Author Karen Batignani reveals Maine's rich and varied religious history along with contemporary spiritual offerings: an ashram in Industry, a yoga retreat in Island Falls, Franciscan Friars in Kennebunk, two schools for shamanism and one that ordains high priestesses are just a few of the surprises Batignani found while mapping the spiritual landscape of Maine. [Link]
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