Earl Brechlin’s wonderful new book is all about Maine

Earl Brechlin’s book, Wild! Weird! Wonderful! Maine, is amazing. Published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth, the book is filled with 300 wonderful stories about Maine people, places, events, and more, throughout our history. He even tells us about haunting ghosts.

Earl organized the book by regions in Maine, from the southern Maine coast to the western mountains to northern Maine. My favorite section was down east, particularly the story set in Lubec, where I have a family history.

You will be astonished by many of Earl’s stories, from Nazi spies to huge bridges, and awesome lighthouses to a lady buried in a casket of rum. I thought I knew a lot about Maine, but I learned a lot more from this book.

You will love the story of the Baptist minister who claimed he was able to extract lots of gold from the sea water in the ocean at Lubec. He claimed each cubic mile of sea water contained as much as $100 million in gold. But he had a diver depositing the same handful of gold every night. Eventually, after collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors, this guy vanished.

I didn’t know how Earl could know so much about Maine, but at the end of the book, he tells us that he collected 550 suggestions from people all over Maine. He decided that was too many, so he only used 300 in this book. The good news is that he only needs 50 more for his next book!

Earl is one of my favorite authors who has written several books about Maine. He’s currently communications director for Friends of Acadia and a Maine guide. And boy, he did a great job guiding us through Maine in his new book!


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.