There’s a certain kind of book to be found while browsing through the Maine section in the stacks of the Rumford Library. It’s a nonfiction genre, depicting a kind of life in toto, but if the genre has a name I don’t know what it is. Let this be an attempt to describe it, and then, possibly, a name will emerge from the description.
I’ve chosen three examples. The first is Louise Dickinson Rich’s book, We Took to the Woods written in the early 1940s, it recounts Mrs. Rich’s experiences of living geographically cut off from the outside world in the Richardson Lakes Region of Western Maine. The second example is Annette Jackson’s My Life in the Maine Woods: A Game Warden’s Wife in the Allagash Country, published in 1954. Bernice Richmond’s Our Island Lighthouse, published in 1947 and depicting her summer life on a tiny island in Frenchman’s Bay, will serve as the third example.