Remembering Lubec

Author: Ronald Pesha
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625843089
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For over two centuries, many a helmsman felt a surge of deliverance upon first spotting the Quoddy Lighthouse, guardian of the easternmost point of the United States. During the foggy summer months, residents of Lubec take comfort in the symphony of tolling bells and crashing surf along the rocky Maine coast, where Native Americans once hunted seals and generations of fishermen tugged their boats ashore. In this collection of articles, historian Ronald Pesha revives the events and people of Lubec's past, uncovering stories such as the eighteenth-century naval hero and founder of the U.S. Coast Guard, Hopley Yeaton, and the nineteenth-century Lubec signature quilt. From the Quoddy Belle's California gold mine expedition to the colorful history of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Cat Food house, these tales from Lubec history will delight all readers.

The Great Gold Swindle Of Lubec Maine

Author: Ronald Pesha
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625840861
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In 1897, a stranger named Reverend Prescott Jernegan arrived in Lubec and made a bold claim: he could extract gold from seawater. To do so, he used so-called accumulators of electrically charged rods in iron pots. Fooling many, he actually hid the gold beneath a wharf in the Bay of Fundy during the night. He and his accomplice, Charles Fisher, preached with fervent enthusiasm as they built their factory and encouraged inspections, which reversed doubters to greedy high-stakes investors. Hundreds of laborers accelerated factory expansion until July 1897, when Jernegan and Fisher fled. Although residents of Lubec attempted civil and criminal action, both men relocated, and fantasies of gold wealth flowed away. Relive the excitement, disappointment and anger of turn-of-the-century Mainers in this collection of accounts about the Lubec gold hoax.

After Tamerlane

Author: John Darwin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781596917606
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Tamerlane, the Ottomans, the Mughals, the Manchus, the British, the Japanese, the Nazis, and the Soviets: All built empires meant to last forever; all were to fail. But, as John Darwin shows in this magisterial book, their empire-building created the world we know today. From the death of Tamerlane in 1405, to America's rise to world "hyperpower," to the resurgence of China and India as global economic powers, After Tamerlane is a grand historical narrative that offers a new perspective on the past, present, and future of empires.

Love Made Visible

Author: Jean Gibran
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
ISBN: 1623710529
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Jean Gibran’s Love Made Visible is the moving story of a marriage, of Boston’s South End, and the Boston Expressionist art scene that first flourished there in the 1930s and ‘40s. A teacher in the Boston public schools, she was for fifty years married to Kahlil Gibran, sculptor and artisan, and cousin of the noted poet Gibran Kahlil Gibran. She reflects lucidly on her role as spouse of a gifted artist in the decades spanning the 1950s to 2008. In retracing the course of her at times stormy marriage, she reflects on tests and joys of embracing another culture in a relationship, raising a child in the household of a working artist, and enabling her husband’s prolific work as a sculptor and craftsman. At the same time, she recalls to life forgotten, underappreciated artists of the Boston School and decades of artistic ferment that found a welcome home in the South End. Constant throughout this diary is her perseverance in the face of loss and bereavement, comforted by an enduring sense of place. Like the “mostly happy marriage” and the fiercely local and independent artistic movement to which she pays homage, Gibran’s idiosyncratic memoir confronts the costs—and reaffirms the value—of creative commitment, in art and in life.

The One Way Bridge

Author: Cathie Pelletier
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402280742
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"Cathie Pelletier is one of my favorite novelists, and she's at the top of her game with The One-Way Bridge."—Wally Lamb, author of She's Come Undone In her highly anticipated new novel, acclaimed literary master Cathie Pelletier returns to Mattagash, Maine, the beloved New England town where it all started. Welcome to Mattagash, the last town in the middle of the northern Maine wilderness. The road dead-ends here, but Mattagash's citizens are fiercely proud. Yet this simple town connected by a single one-way bridge is anything but tranquil. While neighbors bicker publicly over trivialities such as offensive mailbox designs and gossip about suspicious newcomers, they privately struggle to navigate deeper issues—scandals, loss, failed ambitions, the scars of war...and a mysterious dead body in the woods. With her trademark wit and keen eye for detail, Pelletier has assembled an unforgettable cast of endearing and eccentric characters, from scheming mailmen and peeping toms to lovesick waitresses and loggers whose underhandedness belies their ingenuity. The citizens of Mattagash will make you laugh and cheer for them as they stumble into one another's lives and strive to define themselves in a changing world that threatens to leave them behind. The One-Way Bridge is an extraordinary portrait of family, loneliness, and community—and the kinds of compromises we all make in the name of love. Praise for The One-Way Bridge: "The One-Way Bridge is the novel Cathie Pelletier fans have long awaited. Her Mattagash, Maine, is one of the most fully realized fictional locales I've ever visited, it's geography as vivid and precise as any actual place, its citizens as real and compelling as our own friends and neighbors."—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls "In her new book, Cathie Pelletier's brilliantly drawn, true-to-life characters break your heart and make you laugh at the same time, a rare talent indeed."—Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

The Oath Breaker

Author: Alaric Longward
Publisher: Alaric Longward
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Hraban, the Raven, is a young Germani noble, born to the Marcomanni tribe during the reign of Augustus. Having never met his father, the ill-omened Maroboodus, and raised by his war-chief grandfather Hulderic, Hraban’s dream of the return of his famous father from Roman service suddenly becomes reality. Unfortunately, the return of his father also brings death and war to their village, and the malice or Rome follows his father and his rogue men like a shadow. Drusus, the famed Roman soldier prowls on the borders of Germania’s many tribes, and will surely lead the legions against them eventually. A hunted man, Maroboodus hopes to unite the nations against the threat, and he has brewed a desperate plan in his clever mind. His son Hraban, and Hraban’s brother Gernot, must weight their honor against the demands of their powerful, deceitful father, and find a way to survive the roles Maroboodus has chosen them in his grand scheme. That scheme is also a desperate one. Maroboodus’s Roman ways are ill-suited for the Germani, and he is seen as an outsider, who still must convince them all to heed his wisdom. Maroboodus knows triumph against Drusus comes only from discipline so lacking in Germania, and survival hinges on a change in the old ways, and perhaps on the demise of those, who would not change anyway. So, men must die. Hraban’s task is to betray his own for his father’s vision, before Rome, the ever-hungry Wolf, turns south. While Drusus is busy in the north, subjugating the Chauci, and the Sigambri, Maroboodus must not only grasp power in the Marcomanni tribe, but to form a grand alliance of former and current enemies in the south. Then, he must defeat the tribe of the Matticati, staunch Roman allies. Hraban’s role, the one he must adopt in order to prove himself to Maroboodus, demands he must make, and break many oaths. If he succeeds, the Germani might be saved under the leadership of Maroboodus, and Hraban might finally find the favor of his father, if not his honor. And yet, Hraban finds a surprising, hidden layer in the schemes of his father, and must ultimately decide between family, and the honorable ways of his ancient people. The Oath Breaker is a story of Rome and Germania, and based on historical accounts of a period, when the fate of Germania was decided, and the foundation of the imperial Rome was built. It is a first book in a series that will take Hraban from the mysterious depths of the Black Woods to the illustrious, terrible Rome, and far beyond, as he seeks to avenge his lost kin and honor. Drusus, Tiberius, Livia, Augustus, and many other famous men and women will have their part to play in the story of the ancient legends. War, love, betrayal, and friendship alike can be found in this massive tale of the past. The brutal story of Hraban and his friends is one of Longward’s most powerful books.