We Were an Island The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam

ISBN-10: 1584658606
ISBN-13: 9781584658603
Edition: 2010
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Description: Anyone visiting the innumerable islands that hug the coast of Maine has wondered what it would be like to live year round on a "rock" bounded by the sea, essentially cut off from the world, with life's priorities whittled down to the most basic  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 5/11/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 212
Size: 8.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Anyone visiting the innumerable islands that hug the coast of Maine has wondered what it would be like to live year round on a "rock" bounded by the sea, essentially cut off from the world, with life's priorities whittled down to the most basic necessities. In 1949 Art and Nan Kellam set off to find their own isolated piece of paradise and eventually settled on a 550-acre island known as Placentia off the northeastern coast of Maine, near Mount Desert Island. They would live there year round for nearly forty years. In this beautifully illustrated volume--based on Nan's personal journal, the "Big Book," which both Art and Nan contributed to, private correspondence, and archival materials--Peter P. Blanchard III re-creates the story of their island years. He shows their singular devotion to each other, finds tantalizing clues to their reasons for seeking isolation from the rest of the world, and considers the mental and physical toll of such an unusual lifestyle on the individual and joined psyches of the couple. The narrative is beautifully enhanced by historic photographs and by David Graham's recent color photography. While evoking the alluring beauty of Maine's rugged coast, the book celebrates the Kellams' courage and determination to follow a distinctive life path. We Were an Island paints a sensitive and sympathetic portrait of a relationship that endured, even prospered, in isolation.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Long Journey Home
The Search for an Independent and Simpler Life
Motivations: The Enigma of a Chosen Lifestyle
Attaining the Kingdom: The Arrival and First Two Days (June 8-9, 1949)
Finding Home and Stepping Free: Homewood and the Footprints in Time
Island Explorations: Circumnavigations, Traverses, and Sight Lines
Placentia's History: Discovering Past and Precedent for Island Habitation
Dory Crossings: The Long Row and the Lifeline
Dynamics of a Relationship: Romance for the Islanders
Dynamics of a Relationship: Troubles in Paradise
Mainers and the Odd Couple
Art and Nan: The "Not-so-Hermits" in Isolation and in Company
Insular Perspectives on the World at Large
Wilderness and the Garden: The Islanders' Relationship with the Natural World
Rhythm of the Seasons: Autumn
Rhythm of the Seasons: Winter
Rhythm of the Seasons: Spring
Rhythm of the Seasons: Summer
Caring for the Kingdom: Island Stewardship and a Vision for the Future
Loss
Beyond the Time of Sharing: Nan's Perspectives Following the Loss of Her Husband
Nan's Memorial Service: A Last Island Reunion
Footprints in the Stillness of Time: Homewood Abandoned
Postscript: The Kellams and the Nearings
A Glossary of Special Terms from the Kingdom of the Bears
Notes
Bibliography

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