Books I’ve read while in Maine (and recommend)

Besides walking, hiking, bike riding, my photography and writing, I spend a lot of time reading.  I’ve especially loved reading children’s classics and some real old-fashioned tales from the 1930s  and 40s that are either hard to find or out of print, as well as re-reading old favorites and discovering the new.  I’m only listing the books that kept my interest; they are listed in no particular order.  I’ll continue to add to this list as I read more.  Click on the title of a particular book to link to for further synopses.  They are all rated “G,” although some have mature themes.  Those books highlighted in bold indicate new additions made in the past 4 weeks.  If I read a book but didn’t consider it noteworthy, it won’t appear here.

Books about Maine, the White Mountains,  living in the woods, and disaster preparation/survival skills:

Unique Maine Farms by Mary Quinn Doyle (ISBN 978-0-692-27472-9)

Naturally Curious  by Mary Holland

Dilly the Deer:  A True Story of Love, Healing and Family by Melanie Butera

Leave Some For Seed by Tom Hennessey

Wicked Bugs:  The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart

A Maine Hamlet by Lura Beam

Maine’s Treasure Chest:  Gems and Minerals of Oxford County by Jane C. Perham

A Place Called Maine:  24 Authors oon the Maine Experience edited by Wesley McNair

A Home In The Wilderness:  Away From It All in the Allagash Woods of Maine by Dorothy Boone Kidney

Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts

Lydia Bailey by Kenneth Roberts

Get Your Pitchfork On! The Real Dirt On Country Living by Kristy Athens

Chickens in the Road:  An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor by Suzanne McMinn

We Took to the Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich

Only Parent by Louise Dickinson Rich

The Wilderness from Chamberlain Farm:  A Story of Hope for the American Wild by Dean B. Bennett

Fly Rod Crosby:  The Woman Who Marketed Maine by Julia Hunter & Earle Shettleworth Jr.

Cabin by Lou Ureneck

Green Illusions by Ozzie Zehner

Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford

The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals That Protect us From Violence by Gavin de Becker

Build the Perfect Survival Kit by John D. McCann

Build the Perfect Bug-Out Bag by Creek Stewart

31 Days to Survival by M.D. Creekmore

The Dirty Life:  A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball

Challenge of the North by William Byron Mowery

This Life Is In Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone by Melissa Coleman

No Life for a Lady by Agnes Morley Cleaveland
Nine Mile Bridge by Helen Hamlin
Hikes in and around Maine’s Lake Region by Marita Wiser
Maine Sporting Camps by Alice Arlen
Running to the Mountain by Jon Katz
Man Bites Log by Max Alexander
The White Mountain Ride Guide by Marty Basch
50 Hikes in Southern and Coastal Maine by John Gibson
Eastern Birds by Petersen Field Guides
Track Finder by Dorcas Miller

Jewish Books (religious and secular)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author by Herman Wouk

A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom

The Accident by Elie Wiesel

God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes:  Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors by Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Our Crime Was Being Jewish by Anthony S. Pitch

The Family:  A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century by David Laskin

Rebbe by Joseph Telushkin

In the Sewers of Lvov by Robert Marshall

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Rachel King Feuerman

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

Future Tense:  Jews, Judaism and Israel in the Twenty-First Century by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Like Dreamers:  The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein HaLevi

The Jonathan Sacks Haggada by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Secrets of the Notebook:  One Woman’s Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret by Eve Haas

Upon the Head of a Goat:  A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal

Anna’s Shtetl by Dr. Lawrence A. Coben

Rachel Calof’s Story:  Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains by Rachel Calof

A Wild Faith:  Jewish Ways Into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways Into Judaism by Rabbi Mike Cumins

Let Me Tell You A Story: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood by Renata Calverley

I Shall Live:  Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds by Henry Orenstein

The Watchmaker’s Daughter by Sonia Taitz

The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner

To Heal a Fractured World by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Israel National Trail by Jacob Saar and Yagil Henkin

A Blessing of Bread by Maggie Glezer

At the Edge of the Abyss by David Koker

The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein

Start-Up Nation by Dan Singer and Saul Senor

Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days for the Days of Awe by Erica Brown

The Koren Yom Kippur Mahzor (commentaries by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)

Yossel:  April 19, 1923 A Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Joe Kubert

Out of the Depths by Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau

Srugim (Israeli TV series available on DVD)

Katmandu (Israeli TV series available on YouTube)

The Chameleon in the Closet by BJ Rosenfeld

This is a Soul:  The Mission of Rick Hodes

The Devil’s Workshop by Adolf Burger

Precious Objects by Alicia Oltuski

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

Nefesh  Shimshon Shabbos Kodesh by R. Shimshon Dovid Pincus ztz”l

Sefer Tehillim by David HaMelech

Bending Toward the Sun: A Mother-Daughter Memoir  by Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt by Hannalore Brenner
 Spiritual Boredom by Dr. Erica Brown
Getting to Know Your Self by Anonymous (Bilvavi Books)
Getting to Know Your Soul by Anonymous (Bilvavi Books)
If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi

The Reichmans by Anthony Bianco

To The End of the Land by David Grossman

The Book of Paradise by Itzik Manger

Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Back to Berlin: An Exile Returns by V. B. Carleton

Just Great Writing (personal favorites)

(I read this trilogy by Ferrol Sams at least once a year every summer!)

When All the World Was Young by Ferrol Sams
The Whisper of the River by Ferrol Sams
Run With the Horseman by Ferrol Sams

A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success by Tracy Kidder

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Unforgettable:  A Son, A Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon

Fruitful by Anne Roiphe

American Guerilla In the Phillippines by Ira Wolfert

Guerilla Surgeon by Lindsay Rogers

Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician by Michihiko Hachiya

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

On the Move:  A Life by Oliver Sacks

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Don’t Give Up, he MaDon’t Give In:  Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Writing for a Good Cause by Joseph Barbato & Danielle S. Furlich

Elephant Company by Vicki Croke

The Great Fire by Lou Ureneck

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

The Lost City of Z:  A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Gramm

This Light Won’t Go Out:  The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A Chance in the World:  An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home by Steve Pemberton

Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist by George D. Morgan

Orange is the New Black:  My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Glitter and Glue:  A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan

A Million Years With You:  A Memoir of a Life Observed by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Anne Patchett

Truth and Beauty:  A Friendship by Ann Patchett

The Searchers by Glenn Frankel

Stronger by Jeff Bauman

Children Of God Go Bowling by Shannon Olson

The World’s Strongest Librarian:  A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:  The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan

The Telling Room:  A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

State of Wonder:  A Novel by Anne Patchett

Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey

All Natural:  A Skeptic’s Quest to Discover if the Natural Approach … Really Keeps Us Healthier and Happier by Nathanael Johnson

Lost in Shangri-La:  A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child  by Bob Spitz

The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley

Conning Harvard by Julie Zauzmer

Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live With Acceptable Risk by Ben Carson, MD

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Bin Ladin by Mark Owen

The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields

My Mother, Your Mother by Dennis McCullough, M.D.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Wild Company by Mel and Patricia Ziegler

Moonwalking with Einstein:  The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman, Ph.D

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

In the President’s Secret Service:  Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler

Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle

Surviving After Cancer:  Living the New Normal by Anne Katz

For You Mom, Finally by Ruth Reichl

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table   by Ruth Reichl

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Lightning Keeper by Starling Lawrence

The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Life, On the Line by Grant Achatz

A Change Of Heart by Claire Sylvia
The Cuckoos Egg by Clifford Stoll
On Writing by Stephen King
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver

Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner

After the Falls: Coming of Age in the Sixties by Catherine Gildiner

Coming Ashore:  A Memoir by Catherine Gildiner

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

Midlife Crisis (people “of a certain age” who embark on a Great Adventure)

Magical Journey:  An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison

Running to the Mountain by Jon Katz

Following Atticus:  Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan

Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

The Pioneer Woman:  Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond
Man Bites Log by Max Alexander
Bicycle Across America by Barbara Siegert

Diet and Health

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Dodge, M.D.

The Healing Heart: Antidotes to Panic and Helplessness by Norman Cousins

Recipes from the Root Cellar by Andrea Chesman

366 Healthful Ways to Cook Leafy Greens by Linda Romanelli Leahy

American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen

Roots by Diane Morgan

Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Greg D. Jacobs, Ph.D

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Dash Diet for Weight Loss by Thomas Moore MD

Eating Mindfully 2nd edition  by Susan Albers

Walk Tall! 2nd edition by Sara Meeks, PT

Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook by Del Sroufe

The Etiquette of Illness by Susan Halpern

Suitable for Preteens

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma   by Trenton Lee Stewart and Diana Sudyka

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey  by Trenton Lee Stewart and Diana Sudyka

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

Lost On A Mountain In Maine by Donn Fendler

Theodore Boone:  Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera & Bill Cleaver
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
The Other Side of the Mountain by E. G. Valens

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

Sunrise by Mike Mullin


I haven’t owned a TV since 1991, but nowadays one can easily stream TV shows on one’s computer.  That said, there aren’t too many shows I’d consider noteworthy enough  to mention here, with this exception:

Foyle’s War (British series, 9 seasons)


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