Maine is a talisman of the American imagination, offering beauty and wildlife to tourists and natives. Over the last few years, Jim has published many essays about the wonders and challenges of Maine's environment, and One Man's Maine collects and edits them into sixteen pairs. The first essays of each pair employ the natural icons of Mainealobster, moose, blueberries, lupineato reach into matters of human significance. These are familiar essays that combine science and belief, observation and emotion. The second essays are broader and more discursive and take on a fuller range of experiences in this beloved state.
Publisher: Green Writers Press
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 226 x 6 x 149 mm
"One Man's Maine: Essays on a Love Affair, a collection of essays by Jim Krosschell, nods to E.B. White in subject matter, title, and tone. Krosschell, who divides his time between Newton and Owls Head, Maine, examines a world in which change is speeding up and place is shrinking down, even in Maine. Krosschell is both grump (lamenting that his nephew is chatting on his cellphone about a bathroom renovation while at the top of picturesque Beech Hill) and sage, understanding that the world moves; times shift; and there's a balance to be sought between society, with all its screens and buzzes, and nature. He celebrates the slow pleasures to be found scraping moss off the roof and asks the big questions about what kind of world is being left behind to younger generations. Like Loren Eiseley, he is an open-hearted scientist, one wedded to facts and yet not afraid to use the word 'miracle' or 'mystery.' The 16 essays appear in pairs - the first in each couple looks at Maine's natural icons, berries, lupine, loon, lobster, and the second grapples with wider concerns. It is a view that will help even those who feel they know the state to see it anew. -- Boston Globe
"Jim Krosschell's book, One Man's Maine, is both thoughtful and provocative. Published by Green Writers Press, a Vermont based publisher whose mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal, the book is all of that." -George Smith, Midwest Book Review Oct 2018