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Art Along the Coast of Maine

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Maine in America, American Art in the Farnsworth Art Museum

Maine in America, American Art in the Farnsworth Art Museum

by Pamela Belanger

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 300 PAGES

An illustrated survey of nearly 250 works at the Farnsworth Museum and a discussion of the influence of Mainers in the history of American art. (USE177, $55.00)

The Art of Monhegan Island

The Art of Monhegan Island

by Carl Little | James Wyeth | Arnold Skolnick

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 112 PAGES

Resident expert Carl Little introduces the art and artists of Monhegan, the remote island community of painters and lobstermen. (USE385, $40.00)

Maine Map

Maine Map

by Rand McNally Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

This road map (1:600,000) includes city plans, a mileage chart and points of interest. (USE416, $5.99)

 
Moon Handbook Acadia National Park

Moon Handbook Acadia National Park


by Kathleen M. Brandes

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

This compact guide combines an overview of the history, culture and nature of Maine's Acadia National Park and neighboring Bar Harbor, with practical information for travelers. The book also features photographs, maps and illustrations. (USE322, $17.99)

Coastal Maine, A Maritime History

Coastal Maine, A Maritime History


by Roger Duncan

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

A 400-year history of Maine, focusing on maritime traditions and seafaring, as well as coastal settlement and development. (USE247, $24.95)

Down East, A Maritime History of Maine

Down East, A Maritime History of Maine


by Lincoln Paine

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

Maine's maritime history, from the coastal travel of Native Americans to the Basque fishing industry to the pleasure boating of today, incorporating ecology, culture and art into its well-researched history. (USE246, $14.95)

An American Vision, Three Generations of Wyeth Art


by James Duff

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER

A beautifully illustrated collection of the work of three generations of the Wyeth family, including N.C., Andrew and James. It shows how the three men have tackled similar themes and landscapes in their art. (USE180, $35.00)

Andrew Wyeth, Memory & Magic


by Anne Knutson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

A critical study and celebration of the work of Andrew Wyeth, encompassing more than 50 years of his paintings and drawings. (USE384, $55.00)

Inventing Acadia, Artists and Tourists at Mount Desert

Inventing Acadia, Artists and Tourists at Mount Desert


by Pamela Belanger

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 170 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

The history of Acadia National Park and especially the artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church and others who contributed to its creation. Published by the Farnsworth Library & Art Museum. (USE178, $45.00)

The Artist's Mount Desert


by John Wilmerding

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A study of Maine's Mount Desert Island and the artists who have been drawn to its shores. (USE189, $39.50)

Andrew Wyeth, A Secret Life

Andrew Wyeth, A Secret Life


by Richard Meryman

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A comprehensive look at the artist Andrew Wyeth, his life, family and works. Meryman traces three generations of the artistic family, discusses the Maine and Pennsylvania landscapes that inspired the reclusive Andrew, and describes each major work of art. (USE88, $26.99)

Lobster Chronicles, Life on a Very Small Island

Lobster Chronicles, Life on a Very Small Island


by Linda Greenlaw

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 238 PAGES

A former swordboat captain, and a fine writer to boot, Greenlaw returns to the small Maine island where she grew up and takes up the lobstering life. A wonderful depiction of coastal Maine, the lobster industry and a tiny community bound to the sea and each other. (USE352, $13.99)

N.C. Wyeth, A Biography

N.C. Wyeth, A Biography


by David Michaelis | N. C. Wyeth

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

An enthralling biography of the patriarch of the Wyeth clan that examines his career as illustrator of popular adventure novels, as well as the artist's darker side. (USE90, $29.99)

One Man's Meat

One Man's Meat


by E.B. White

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 279 PAGES

By the author of "Charlotte's Web," a collection of observant and often humorous essays about daily life on a Maine saltwater farm. A wonderful portrait of coastal small-town life, originally published in 1938. (USE43, $16.95)

Savage Beauty, The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay


by Nancy Milford

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES

A vivid biography of the iconic Jazz Age poet by the prolific MiIlford. Richly evocative of both Millay's dynamic personality and the times in which she lived. (NYC176, $17.00)

Empire Falls

Empire Falls


by Richard Russo

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel lovingly set in a fictitious Maine mill town. Russo has composed an entertaining and poignant portrait of what lies beneath the facade of small-town New England life. (USE220, $15.95)

The Country of the Pointed Firs and other Stories

The Country of the Pointed Firs and other Stories


by Sarah Orne Jewett

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A much-loved novel, first published in 1896, set in a tiny fishing community along the coast of Maine. It evokes the leisurely summer atmosphere of 19th-century New England and especially the relationships among the townsfolk. (USE181, $10.00)

The Maine Reader, The Down East Experience, 1614 to Present

The Maine Reader, The Down East Experience, 1614 to Present


by Charles Shain

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

An excellent anthology covering the gamut of the state's culture and history, from early European explorers to the 20th century works of Carolyn Chute, Rachel Carson and John McPhee. (USE57, $20.95)

The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay


by Edna St. Vincent Millay | Nancy Milford

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A sample of work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning bohemian poet. Includes Renascence and Other Poems, A Few Figs from This-tles, Second April and eight sonnets. (NYC177, $13.95)

The Maine Woods

The Maine Woods


by Henry David Thoreau | Edward Hoagland

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

The essential companion to a canoe trip on the Allegash or other wanderings in Maine. (USE62, $17.00)

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