Maine-ly for Adults

For your reading pleasure, we present a list of books, both fiction and non-fiction, set in the Pine Tree State, the "Vacationland" -- Maine!

Thoreau's Maine Woods

By Henry David Thoreau and Dan Tobyne, photographer

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Beginning in 1847, Henry David Thoreau made three trips to the mostly unexplored Maine woods. Along the way he recorded his observations on the wildlife (flora and fauna), the weather, terrain, and on the nature of the people he met along the way, including loggers, rivermen, and his Abnaki guides. In Thoreau's Maine Woods, photographer Dan Tobyne captures the essence of the Maine Thoreau discovered and described in his book. The combination of short excerpts with stunning imagery carries Thoreau's work to a higher level, presenting it in both glowing words and pictures.

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Maine: An Explorer's Guide

By Christina Tree and Nancy English

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"The Swiss Army knife of guidebooks, this is the standard that all other Maine travel guides are judged by. This bestseller continues to expand and hasmore than 25 maps. New color highlights make it easier to find the info you need: Activities jump off the page Find lodging, dining and more town by town at a glance Helpful hints such as community information and local guidance are easier than ever to see!"
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The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island

By Linda Greenlaw

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A young woman is the skipper of a lobster boat off a small island off the coast of Maine. You will learn more than you ever thought you'd want to know about lobsters! A very interesting memoir about lobsters, boats, and a very small island.
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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories

By Sarah Orne Jewett

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A "coming of age" novel from the year 1896. Lovely stories written in lovely prose, this short description of life and people in one small Maine town is part of an anthology that includes four additional short works by a gentlewoman from the coast of Maine.

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The Beans of Egypt, Maine

By Carolyn Chute

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Earlene's father says "If it runs, a Bean will shoot it! If it falls, a Bean will eat it!" This statement tells a lot about this book: humorous, dark, and full of life. It is definitely worth a read!
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That Camden Summer

By LaVyrle Spencer

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In 1916, Roberta Jewett and her three daughters return to her family home in Camden, Maine. Because she has divorced her husband, the townsfolk quickly reject Roberta. Her outspoken manner adds further fuel to their disapproval, and when she develops a close friendship with Gabe, a widowed contractor, the people of Camden are outraged.

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Stern Men

By Elizabeth Gilbert

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On two remote islands off the coast of Maine, the local lobstermen have fought savagely for generations over the fishing rights to the ocean waters between them. Young Ruth Thomas is born into this feud, the daughter of one of the greediest lobstermen in Maine. Eighteen years old, as smart as a whip, and irredeemably unromantic, Ruth returns home from boarding school determined to throw her education overboard and join the "stern men." As the feud escalates, she helps work the lobster boats, brushes up on her profanity, and eventually falls for Owney Wishnell, a handsome young lobsterman.

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Shadows on the Coast of Maine: An Antique Print Mystery

By Lea Wait

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"Maine. Antiques. August. Maggie Summer, owner of the antique print business Shadows, is thrilled when her old college roommate, Amy Douglas, invites -- almost begs -- her to come to the coast of Maine to see her new house. August is the perfect time for antiquing and, as it turns out, for murder. Amy and Drew Douglas have just bought a creaky but gorgeous eighteenth-century house in the little town of Madoc. Built in 1774, the house sits high on a hill overlooking the river. The house is great, but not the neighbors, who seem to think that the property should never have been put up for sale. Until now, it's always belonged to one formidable Maine family. Amy and Drew are New Yorkers. What are they doing here, where they don't belong? Hostile neighbors are just the start of their problems. Who is behind a series of strange fires and bizarre accidents? Where is the baby that Amy hears crying in the night, and why do she and Drew want so obsessively to have a child of their own? And what is the relationship between Drew and an attractive teenager named Crystal? As Maggie searches for answers, she runs into fellow antiques dealer Will Brewer, a man with whom she once hoped for a romantic future. But can she trust him now?"

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One Morning in Maine

By Robert McCloskey

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It's a big day for a little girl when she discovers her first loose tooth and makes a trip to the grocery store on the mainland.
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Murder in the Rough

By J. S. Borthwick

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During an especially cold, rainy May, three families move to the recently opened Ocean Tide community on the coast of Maine. Not long after their arrival, a body is found on the grounds of the community's golf course and the irrepressible Sarah Deane becomes entangled in the investigation.
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