We are excited to launch the Maine Calling Book Club and hope that you will take part in our discussions of books you know and love, and books you've always wanted to read. It should be fun! The Maine Calling Book Club takes place the last Thursday of every month. Our host and panelists will discuss the month's selection, and we really want to hear from you.
Our book selection criteria? Each title should be available in paperback and it should spark a good conversation. Some books will have a Maine connection and some won't (we are hoping to cover some classics!). We’d love your participation, your input, and your suggestions about how to make the Book Club a success. Feel free to suggest future books we should consider. Send your comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s get reading!
Take part in the Maine Calling Book Club and Join the Conversation!
The second installment of the "Maine Calling Book Club" takes the reader back to Mexico, Maine in 1963, a mill town, full of immigrant families. Monica Wood's family was one of those, her father came to Maine from Prince Edward Island to work at the paper mill. Her family's story is much like many others in Maine, with one important exception. When Monica is in fourth grade, her father dies of a heart attack, and her memoir is about her family and her town in the aftermath of her father's death. When We Were the Kennedys has been described as a "marvel of storytelling."
The Country of the Pointed Firs is widely considered to be Sarah Orne Jewett’s finest work. A classic novel (some call it a collection of related short stories) set on the coast of Maine, it is a heathery assemblage of vignette, narrative, lore and anecdote of the lives and rhythms of a decaying fishing village. One reviewer, writing in 1903, said of the novel: “Reading The Country of the Pointed Firs is like opening one’s grandmother’s chest of spotless, lavendered linen, or spending a day in a deep forest glade within sight and sound of clear, softly flowing water, the sky blue above the pines and the air shot through and through with Indian summer sunshine.”
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