Traveling via book? Lonely Planet recommends Lobster Coast for Maine

The pandemic has us all grounded, with transportation cut back, unnecessary travel dangerous, and most international borders sealed off. But the folks at Lonely Planet, the travel guide company whose guides got me around the Communist bloc in 1989, have compiled a list of books to let you travel the United States without leaving your home.

I’m honored that for Maine they chose my 2004 cultural and environmental history, The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier. Readers of the recent Press Herald series “Colony” will recognize many of the themes within, but there’s much more about what makes our people tick. It’s a story Lonely Planet says is “essentially the colonial, East Coast version of The Deadliest Catch.”

Especially honored to be included alongside their choices for other states like Maryland — A Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates — Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (for Massachusetts); and John McPhee’s Pine Barrens (for New Jersey.)

So stay safe out there…. and happy armchair travels.