Maine – Beyond the Usual

MBTUcovermedMaine – Beyond the Usual 

is listed as a “Top Seller” in the spring/summer 2014 catalog of its publisher, Maine Authors Publishing and

is proud to carry the “Maine Made” brand!

Written by Marisue and John W. Pickering with photographs by John, Maine – Beyond the Usual is for people who enjoy learning about Maine’s lesser-known places and their accompanying stories. Essays, photographs, and resources take both actual and armchair travelers to 50 of Maine’s “beyond the usual” parks, churches, bridges, sculptures, museums, and more.

Want a sneak preview? Click to see sample pages (pdf) of Maine Beyond the Usual.

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Read a Robin Woods’ interview with the Pickerings in the Bangor Daily News, and look for MWPA_blue_150them on Find Maine Writers, a feature of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The Pickerings and their book also have been featured on WABI TV5 and spotlighted by the University of Maine Alumni Association.

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.