Maine – Beyond the Usual

MBTUcovermedMaine – Beyond the Usual 

was recently featured on WVOM-FM “Senior Talk” and

continues to be listed as a “Top Seller” by Maine Authors Publishing (2014/2015 fall/winter catalog).

Written by Marisue Pickering with photographs by John, Maine – Beyond the Usual is for people who will enjoy visiting and learning about 50 of Maine’s “beyond the usual” parks, churches, bridges, sculptures, museums, and more. For tourists and Mainers, actual and armchair travelers, singles and families.

Want a sneak preview? On menu, click on Corinth: Robyville Covered Bridge and on Portland: John Ford Memorial.

The authors can be reached at

Look for MWPA_blue_150the Pickerings and their book on Find Maine Writers, a feature of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and as part of the Maine Made Program.

The Pickerings have been interviewed by Robin Woods in the Bangor Daily News, featured on WABI TV5, spotlighted by the University of Maine Alumni Association, and highlighted in Bangor Metro magazine, October 2014.

The Pickerings have given presentations (slide show and talks) about Maine – Beyond the Usual at numerous venues including libraries, service clubs, retirement communities, bookstores, and festivals.

John W. Pickering is a retired educator who taught at both the elementary school and university levels, and Marisue Pickering is a University of Maine professor emerita. They enjoy traveling, studying history, and learning about their own and other cultures. During their professional years, they both published books and articles in their respective fields. They began travel writing and travel photography a number of years ago, and John’s photographs have appeared in International Travel News, institutional newsletters, and other media. Marisue’s travel and other essays have appeared in Echoes, The Maine Scholar, Northern New England Review, Route 66 Magazine, Common Threads, Episcopal Life, and International Travel News.