STATEWIDE – Summer is a time when many Mainers and vacationers to our state take a break from the Information Super Highway and read a good book. Here are 4–with Maine connections– from our list of 100 summer books that your readers may enjoy hearing about. (We are a non-profit entity and the website referenced has no advertising on it.)
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–Bill Wood www.our100list.com “What Are You Reading?”
Maine Books For Your Summer Vacation
What was that summer song that Nat King Cole sang when I was a kid? “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Those days of soda and pretzels and, . . . um, books!” (Or something like that.)
Anyway, many people use the summer as a time to take a break from the Information Super Highway and read a good book. So, whether you are reclining under an umbrella at the beach or sitting on the front porch at camp, here are four really good reads with Maine connections for your consideration. They are part of “Our 100 Books of Summer” list compiled by the Maine-based cable television show, “What Are You Reading?”. You can check out all the entries at www.out100list.com.
“The Poacher’s Son” by Paul Doiron This story takes place along the “real” coast of Maine and its Northern Woods–not the one the tourists know. This first book from Paul Doiron, editor-in-chief at “Down East” magazine, may very well leave readers wanting more of Maine game warden Mike Bowditch.
In the plot, the younger Bowditch has not seen or heard from his father, Jack, for 2 years. So when his dad leaves a rather unusual message on his son’s answering machine one evening, Mike begins to wonder what is going on. The son soon finds out that his father is the number one suspect in a double homicide involving a timber executive and policeman. And, it does not help matters that Jack Bowditch, a violent alcoholic, makes his living by poaching game. However, Mike believes that his father could not be responsible for these brutal murders.
“Blockade Billy” by Stephen King This is a summer reading triple play! It’s a popular subject–baseball, written by a popular author–Stephen King, using a popular format–the novella. “Blockade Billy” could become one of this summer’s blockbusters!
It is the story of William Blakely, aka Blockade Billy, who comes from the relative obscurity of an Iowa farm team to boost the prospects of the New Jersey Titans. Billy has more than his share of personal quirks, but hey, when you’re winning those disturbing habits can be overlooked.
This books is a fun read. And some of the editions come with an autographed baseball card of the author–very cool for Stephen King fans!
“The Hawk’s Cross” by Mark Varnum If you enjoy historical fiction, you might want to put”The Hawk’s Cross” on your summer reading list.
In this W. W. II novel, Ken Mitchell returns to his Maine home with the somewhat boring assignment of performing a coastal watch. Mitchell feels like he is missing out on all of the war action and soon reunites with his old school buddies, including a former girlfriend. However, events take a dramatic turn for the lieutenant and the local residents when a German U-boat is sighted near local waters. Loaded with both ammunition and spies, this unwelcomed intruder quickly adds a new element of intrigue and excitement to Lt. Mitchell’s assignment.
“The Hawk’s Cross” is a suspenseful mix of history and mystery that happens right in our own backyard!
“The Wooden Nickel” by William Carpenter The hardscrabble life of the middle-aged male in a small Maine town is the subject of this second novel by William Carpenter.
It is the story of Lucky Lunt of Orphan Point, Maine, who seems to be running out of luck lately. Lucky’s plate is full. He has developed a bad heart that makes it increasingly difficult to battle the local lobster wars, his son and daughter have moved out and his wife, Sarah, has moved on, too. She is making glass sea sculptures to sell to the tourists to help pay for Lucky’s medical bills. Things go from bad to worse when Sarah leaves Lucky and he ends up living in a trailer (where else?) with his newly hired employee Ronnette, who, by the way, is pregnant with his baby.
Let’s hope that things can only get better, as Lucky continues to play the hand he was dealt, from a deck that seems stacked against him.
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