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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

Traveling with family

Traveling with family

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Letters from the Sea, 1882 – 1901: Joanna and Lincoln Colcord’s Seafaring Childhood” by Parker Bishop Albee, Jr. Tilbury House Publishers, 2000; 192 pp. $29. By Sandy Marsters I also recommend “Letters from Sea,” by Parker Bishop Albee, Jr., and published by Tilbury House and the Penobscot Marine Museum inRead More

When humans and hurricanes collide

When humans and hurricanes collide

September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

“A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes” by Eric Jay Dolin. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020; 432 pp. Hardcover $26.96.   Review by Sandy Marsters I swear to God, I hadn’t gotten 10 words into this review when Richard Hawley began singing on the stereo: There’s a storm a-comin’,Read More

A love letter

A love letter

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Voyaging with Marionette” by Ron Breault. Whaler Books, 2020; 305 pp. $39.95. Review by Bob Muggleston The reader’s forbearance is requested. This story is best told over a couple of beers – the downstairs pub at the Brooklin Inn, in Maine, comes immediately to mind – but there are manyRead More

A post-pandemic cruise

A post-pandemic cruise

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Northern Lights” by Desmond Holdridge. Viking Press, 1939; 246 pp. Paperback $32, Kindle Edition $5. Review by Charlie Doane I’ve said this before, and now I’ll say it again: the book “Northern Lights,” by one Desmond Holdridge, first published by Viking in 1939, is one of the best – perhapsRead More