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The sea cat Chowder continues her adventures

The sea cat Chowder continues her adventures

June 20, 2022 at 12:00 am

July 2022 By J. Albert Mann Far Away Islands of Paradise As told to the author LeCain W. Smith, by the Sea Cat Chowder, 2022; 176 pp., Windrose Productions. Written from the point of view of a cheerful and chirpy cat, “Far Away Islands” is the second book in aRead More

A shady, but entertaining, bunch of characters

A shady, but entertaining, bunch of characters

January 31, 2022 at 12:00 am

January/February 2022 “Can’t Sail in Jail: A Novel” by Greg Gilmartin Reviewed by J. Albert Mann An obvious truth, perhaps, but a truth nonetheless. You can’t sail in jail, which is unfortunately where most of Gilmartin’s characters belong. We are introduced to this tale’s docket of eccentrics, along with theirRead More

Book review: Farewell Mr. Puffin: A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland

Book review: Farewell Mr. Puffin: A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 Farewell Mr. Puffin: A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland by Paul Heiney, Adlard Coles, 2021, 256pp, $16.99 Review by Albert J. Mann For Points East Heiney may be on the lookout for Puffins, but to the great joy of readers, he sees so much more. Sailing from hisRead More

Book review: Sharks: At your service

Book review: Sharks: At your service

November 22, 2021 at 12:00 am

December 2021 Review by J. Albert Mann For Points East Sharks: At your service by Mary M. Cerullo, Photographs by Jeffrey L. Rotman, Tumblehome, Inc., 2021, 40pp, $17.95 A trip to the aquarium sparks an instant passion for sharks in Cerullo’s young protagonist Marina catches sight of her first sharkRead More

A cat’s-eye view of the cruising experience

A cat’s-eye view of the cruising experience

July 26, 2021 at 12:00 am

Sailing South ‘til the Butter Melts As told to the author LeCain W. Smith by the Sea Cat Chowder August 2021 Review by J. Albert Mann For Points East Written from the point of view of a large, fluffy cat, Sailing South is the first book in a three-part seriesRead More

The good doctor

The good doctor

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

Review by Bob Muggleston “Go By Boat: Stories of a Maine Island Doctor” by Dr. Chuck Radis. Down East Books, 2021. 185 pp. $24.95. In the 1991 movie “Doc Hollywood,” city slicker Ben Stone (played by Michael J. Fox), who has just completed his medical residency, crashes his Porsche tryingRead More

Life’s tangles and bends

Life’s tangles and bends

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

Review by Bob Muggleston “Beyond Mermaids: Life’s Tangles, Knots and Bends” by David H. Roper. Points East Publishing, Inc., 2021. 138 pp. $9.99. As the editor of this magazine, reviewing a book that has been written by one of Points East’s columnists might seem a little subjective. But I amRead More

Life on a ship

Life on a ship

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 “Slop Chest” by Dominic Zachorne. Stillwater River Publications, 2020. 120 pp. $20. Review by Greg Coppa For Points East Slop Chest: A chest containing a supply of clothing, boots, tobacco and other personal goods for the ship’s crew during a voyage. Although the book “Slop Chest” is billedRead More

Island life

Island life

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

March/April 2021 “On Harbor’s Edge, Book One: 1912-1913” by Kate Hotchkiss. Maine Authors Publishing and Cooperative, 2020. 287 pp. $18.95. Review by Lisa Shields For Points East First in a planned series of novels, “On Harbor’s Edge: Book One: 1912-1913” takes us into the first few years of the marriageRead More

Wooden ships, iron men

Wooden ships, iron men

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Sea of the Bear: Journal of a voyage to Alaska and the Artic, 1921” by M. A. Ransom, U.S. Naval Institute, 1964; 119 pp. $35; Free on Google Books. By Sandy Marsters Stuck inside? Stuffing disinfectant-soaked towels under the door to keep out cold and COVID-19? Need an escape? Well,Read More