The Edge of Maine

The Edge of Maine

by Geoffrey Wolff
     
 

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Novelist and biographer Geoffrey Wolff has spent many summers in Maine - sailing its coastal waters, climbing its rocky peaks, and communing with its natives. Now, with the voice of a passionate insider, he brings readers into the heart of this striking region and explains what makes it unique. Starting with a gripping tale about being lost offshore in the fog with

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Novelist and biographer Geoffrey Wolff has spent many summers in Maine - sailing its coastal waters, climbing its rocky peaks, and communing with its natives. Now, with the voice of a passionate insider, he brings readers into the heart of this striking region and explains what makes it unique. Starting with a gripping tale about being lost offshore in the fog with inadequate navigational aids, Wolff goes on to describe the coast’s geological history and discovery by Europeans. He then turns a keen eye towards Mainers, their mores and peculiarities, and to the summer rusticators who for generations have invaded the stunning waterfronts. A section on boat building celebrates the extraordinary rescue of Maine’s foremost craft; another on lobsters tells the rich story of the custom, taste, commerce, environmental conflict, and scientific mystery surrounding these critical crustaceans. Here is a true feast - travel literature at its best.

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Library Journal
Biographer/novelist Wolff, who has spent over 30 years exploring Maine's coast and communities, begins his New England journey in high humor as he tells of Milton's magical land of Norumbega being confused, by 16th-century explorers, with the coast of Maine. Imaginations at the time ran riot and produced tales of incredible treasure, jewels, elephants, penguins, and flamingoes. In Maine? The silliness concludes with an account of a 20th-century German traveler who confused Bangor with San Francisco when he exited his cross-country flight during a fuel stop. Wolff's own acquaintance with coastal Maine begins in his teens and continues, after marriage, with a family misadventure sailing in the waters around Ragged Island. A fascinating pastiche of personal experiences, humorous anecdotes, and rich, historical detail, this work is not a travel guide but a book for armchair travelers, replete with information on Maine's lobster culture, ubiquitous foggy weather, and more. Recommended for regional libraries and those with large travel collections.-Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426209079
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Series:
Directions
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
656,619
File size:
723 KB

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Wolff is the author of the acclaimed biography Black Sun, The Duke of Deception, and The Art of Burning Bridges. His novels include Providence and The Age of Consent. Currently he is the director of the graduate fiction program at the University of California at Irvine and splits his time between Los Angeles, California and Maine.

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