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All Things Maine
Due to the current State of Maine budget crisis, the Maine State Library's book budget has been all but eliminated.  Books by and about Mainers have always been our priority; now -- that's all  we will be purchasing. 

We will not be receiving new books as often.  As a result, editions of this newsletter will be fewer and farther between.

Thank You for your understanding.

Armchair Travel

In and Out of Portland With Children - Smolik, Jane Petrlik
Publisher: Midrun Pr
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/22/2009
ISBN-13: 9780982439708
ISBN-10: 0982439709
From the cover:  Over 11 years ago, Jane Smolik, set out to write the guidebook she wished she could find.  Since then, this comprehensive resource had never been out of print.  Completely updated, with more than 350 well-researched ideas for excursions and adventures with children of all ages, this lively read is a quick reference, the perfect resource for visitors, guests, and renters as well as natives.

Where in Maine? : a tour of intriguing places in the Pine Tree State - Vietze, Andrew
Publisher: Down East Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780892728060
ISBN-10: 089272806X
This collection takes readers on a tour of Maine, its history, nature, and local lore by bringing together 46 color photos and articles from the "Where in Maine?" monthly feature of Down East: The Magazine of Maine. Each article provides clues to challenge the reader to guess the location of the photo, with answers in the back of the book and additional almanac information. Vietze, a freelance writer, Registered Maine Guide, and seasonal ranger, is former editor of Down East. Photos are provided by Shields. (Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR 
Biography and Memoir

A Unique Challenge: Letters Home from Maine's First Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Edward C. Hinckley, 1965-1969 and related papers. - Hinckley, Edward C.
Publisher: John Brown Mountain Enterprises
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2009
ISBN-13: 0000000000000
Memoir in letters of Maine's first Commissioner for Indian Affairs.

Maine in the world : stories of some of those from here who went away - Rolde, Neil
Publisher: Tilbury House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/30/2009
ISBN-13: 9780884483205
ISBN-10: 0884483207
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.
Fiction A to Z

The anthologist - Baker, Nicholson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/08/2009
ISBN-13: 9781416572442
ISBN-10: 1416572449
While writing an introduction to a new poetry anthology, Paul Chowder struggles with the end of a relationship, his own stunted career, and the suffering of poets as varied as Tennyson and Roethke.

A change in altitude : a novel - Shreve, Anita
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/22/2009
ISBN-13: 9780316020701
ISBN-10: 0316020702
Struggling to maintain her sense of self and her understanding of the world while spending the first year of her marriage in Kenya, Geraldine participates in a climbing expedition to Mt. Kenya and is challenged to come to terms with a devastating accident. By the Orange-finalist author of Testimony. .

Good for the Jews - Spark, Debra
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/03/2009
ISBN-13: 9780472117116
ISBN-10: 0472117114
Good for the Jews is a smart, funny, sexy novel set in Madison, Wisconsin, during the Bush administration. Part mystery and part stranger-comes-to-town story, Good for the Jews is loosely based on the biblical book of Esther. Like Esther, Debra Spark's characters deal with anti-Semitism and the way that powerful men - and the women who love them - negotiate bureaucracies.
At the core of the story of right and wrong are young, attractive Ellen Hirschorn and her older cousin Mose, a high school teacher who thinks he knows, in fact, what is "good for the Jews" - and for Ellen, too. Their stories intertwine with those of the school superintendent, his ex-wife and son, and a new principal. Workplace treachery, the bonds of family, coming of age, and romantic relationships all take center stage as the characters negotiate the fallout from a puzzling fire.
Spark's evocative writing style and sharp, understanding treatment of her diverse characters draw the reader into this surprising page-turner.

The ghost trap : a novel - Stephens, K.
Publisher: Leapfrog Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780981514871
ISBN-10: 0981514871
The haunting story of Jamie Eugley, a young lobsterman struggling with the grinding responsibilities of a head-injured fiancee and mounting trap wars, The Ghost Trap is a modern tale with an old-fashioned hero who puts family and heritage before self. In the end it's not just about lobstering, but about one man's sorrow for not appreciating the love he had, however damaged. Written with sensitivity and rich description, this is a piercingly accurate depiction of life in a small Maine lobstering community.

Hothouse orchid - Woods, Stuart
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/22/2009
ISBN-13: 9780399156014
ISBN-10: 0399156011
Taking a sabbatical in the Florida town where she was once a police chief, Special Agent Holly Barker remembers her unsuccessful charges against a commanding officer who attempted to rape her and considers leaving the CIA to challenge the corrupt man for control of the police department. By the best-selling author of Iron Orchid.
History and Current Affairs

The cranberry : hard work and holiday sauce - Cole, Stephen A.
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/30/2009
ISBN-13: 9780884483168
ISBN-10: 0884483169
A history of cranberry agriculture and production on Cape Cod.

A History of Maine Built automobiles and Motorized Vehicles 1834-1934 with a History of Maine License Plates - Fraser, Richard and Nancy Fraser
Publisher: self-published
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2009
ISBN-13: 9780615308630
ISBN-10: 0615308635
From the foreword:  This book illustrates the early history of automobiles built in Maine.  It contains many rare photographs found in newspapers and automobile periodicals of the era, some from private collections and from historical societies.

Chosen faith, chosen land : the untold story of America's 21st-century Shakers - Lauber, Jeannine
Publisher: Down East Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/30/2009
ISBN-13: 9780892728114
ISBN-10: 0892728116
The story of the last three Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, or the "Chosen Land."

Indians in Eden : Wabanakis & rusticators on Maine's Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s - McBride, Bunny
Publisher: Down East
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/15/2009
ISBN-13: 9780892728046
ISBN-10: 0892728043
When the Wabanaki were moved to reservations, they proved their resourcefulness by catering to the burgeoning tourist market during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Bar Harbor was called Eden. This engaging, richly illustrated, and meticulously researched book chronicles the intersecting lives of the Wabanaki and wealthy summer rusticators on Mount Desert Island. While the rich built sumptuous summer homes, the Wabanaki sold them Native crafts, offered guide services, and produced Indian shows.

Maine's Trotting Horse Heritage Trail - Thompson, Clark P.
Publisher: Clark P. Thompson
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: c2009
ISBN-13: 0000000000000
From the foreword:  With this book, Clark Thompson has reminded us the Maine was at the forefront of breeding outstanding trotters.  Clark also brings to us little-known facts about Maine's history with the "trotting horse".  For example, the "bicycle sulky" that replaced the high wheeled sulky was developed by Lewiston native Frank Stanley (of Stanley Steamer fame).
Home, Garden and DIY

Living with goats : everything you need to know to raise your own backyard herd - Hathaway, Margaret
Publisher: Lyons Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9781599214924
ISBN-10: 159921492X
Addresses a wide range of topics on raising goats, including breed characteristics, raising animals for milk or meat, shelter requirements, how to prevent injury and illness, and keeping goats as pets, in a book that includes full-color photos, friendly advice, homespun wisdom, and entertaining anecdotes.

Stonewall Kitchen winter celebrations : special recipes for family and friends - King, Jonathan
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/16/2009
ISBN-13: 9780811868686
ISBN-10: 0811868680
Stonewall Kitchen shows how to celebrate in style with these 50 tantalizing recipes for holiday entertaining.  Seasonal assistance comes in the form of a selection of very merry desserts, instant appetizers for last-minute get-togethers, and suggestions for turning many of the recipes into tasty gifts for loved ones.

Under the dome : a novel - King, Stephen
Publisher: Scribner
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/10/2009
ISBN-13: 9781439148501
ISBN-10: 1439148503
After an invisible force field seals off Chester Mills, Maine, from the rest of the world, it is up to Dale Barbara, an Iraq veteran, and a select group of citizens to save the town, if they can get past Big Jim Rennie, a murderous politician, and his son, who hides a horrible secret in his dark pantry. By the best-selling author of Just After Sunset.

A wee Christmas homicide - Dunnett, Kaitlyn
Publisher: Kensington Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/29/2009
ISBN-13: 9780758216472
ISBN-10: 0758216475
When her idea to drum up business in the town of Moosetookalook, Maine, results in the murder of a greedy toy-store owner, Liss MacCrimmon, the owner of the Scottish Emporium, feels personally responsible and, against everyone's better judgment, sets out solve the crime.
Picture Books

Supersister - Cadena, Beth
Publisher: Clarion Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/19/2009
ISBN-13: 9780547010069
ISBN-10: 0547010060
A young girl does all kinds of things around the house to help her pregnant mother, proud that when the new baby comes she is going to be "a super sister.".

Good night, Baby Ruby - Henry, Rohan
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780810983236
ISBN-10: 0810983230
Baby Ruby does not want to go to bed, and despite the preparations her parents make at bedtime, she keeps hiding.
Spirituality and Religion

Marriage and other acts of charity - Braestrup, Kate
Publisher: Little, Brown
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/13/2010
ISBN-13: 9780316031912
ISBN-10: 0316031917
A Maine minister shares her insights into marriage as a twice-married widow who has performed numerous weddings, discussing such topics as the institution of marriage as it is experienced today and the role of God in modern relationships. By the author of the best-selling Here If You Need Me.
Thrillers and Suspense

Impact - Preston, Douglas J.
Publisher: Forge
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/05/2010
ISBN-13: 9780765317681
ISBN-10: 0765317680
Wyman Ford and a team of scientists must figure out how to destroy an alien doomsday weapon aimed at Earth, and the only tools at their disposal are the a handful of weaponless machines-- the Mars Orbiter, a lander and a few satellites--not much to work with, especially since they only have 60 hours to save the planet. By the best-selling author of Blasphemy.

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