Destination Unknown, by Gay M. Grant.
Destination Unknown: An Evacuee’s Story, As an eight-year-old growing up in the heavily bombed city of Portsmouth, England, Patricia North was taken from her family and placed with strangers in the countryside so she would be “safe.” She told no one of the traumatic events that engulfed her then. A lifetime later, when a young friend from Maine began to research the experiences of English child evacuees during World War Two, North allowed herself to revisit what had transpired and gradually – haltingly – shared those events. The publication of Destination Unknown allowed deep wounds to heal. North’s courage and resilience have since inspired readers on two continents.
Grant, that young friend, interviewed former evacuees, visited places critical to the narrative, and conducted research at London’s Imperial War Museum, the Royal Marines Museum, and the City Library of Portsmouth.
Destination Unknown can be purchased here for $22.75 each, including tax and shipping.
And from these fine retailers:
Bridgham & Cook 123 Main Street, Freeport, Maine www.britishgoods.com
RD Allen Freeport Jewelers, 13 Middle Street, Freeport, Maine 04032 www.rdallen.com
Leaf & Anna, 12 Reach Road, Brooklin, Maine www.facebook.com/leafandanna/
Gardiner Co-Op, Water Street, Gardiner
Gardiner Public Library, Gardiner, Maine
Gardiner Public Library
The Gardiner Co-Op on Water Street
(also has Along the Kennebec!)
RD Allen Freeport Jewelers,
13 Middle Street Freeport
Bridgham & Cook, Ltd.,
116 Main Street, Freeport
Along the Kennebec: The Herman Bryant Collection, by Gay M. Grant.
Along the Kennebec: the Herman Bryant Collection, takes us back in time to visit the rural communities that thrived along the banks of the Kennebec River at the turn of the last century. Grant interviewed long-time residents whose personal stories, combined with local and state archival research, provide an engaging narrative to accompany images by a gifted artist from the early days of photography. Bryant’s photos capture vanished industries that were once the lifeblood of Central Maine – lumber, ice, paper and shipbuilding – and the homes and faces of the people who built the communities along the Kennebec. Though Pauline “Polly” Nute did not live to see the book’s publication, she provided Grant with the inspiration, the photographs, left to her by Bryant’s daughter, Minnie, and entrée to most of the folks interviewed for the book.
Along the Kennebec can be purchased here for $24.75 including tax and shipping.
At most Maine bookstores, and the Gardiner Co-Op on Water Street in Gardiner.