Moving to Maine: The Essential Guide to Get You There and What You Need to Know to Stay
What’s it really like to live in Maine? In this completely revised and expanded edition of the best-selling, comprehensive guide, Vicki Doudera covers all the reasons to move to Maine, as well as what newcomers will find once they get here. The book provides a broad range of information about schools, housing, cultural life, taxes, work and employment opportunities, and even the weather, as well as anecdotes from Vicki and the many new Mainers she interviews.
“The Ultimate Resource. If you’re considering relocating to the Pine Tree State, hurry out and get yourself a copy of [this book]…. If you have questions about what it’s like to live in Maine, the book will most likely answer them, as well as provide oodles of contact information for exploring further…. We’d recommend it heartily even it it weren’t published by the people just down the hall from us.” –Down East Magazine
“If you know someone who is thinking about moving to Maine, and you would love it if they did, then this is the book for them. No wonder there are 40,000 newcomers every year. If I [weren't] already here and I read this book, I’d be on my way.” –Maine Times
“The book offers practical advice on everything from finding a home to a lowdown on the state’s cultural life — including gardening.” –People, Places, and Plants
“What I most enjoyed was the sprinkling of personal profiles of those who moved here for a wide variety of reasons, most commonly to remove themselves from very stressful lives lived elswhere in the country…. Whether one is looking for a retirement community, a place to raise children, or a quiet way of life, Maine seems to fit the bill. Doudera shows us why in these very informative pages of what’s become a key reference book on my shelf.” –Midwest Book Review
Shaken: Stories for Japan
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Vicki Doudera’s short story Gift of the Sea, a prequel to the Darby Farr Mysteries, is included in this new eBook collection of original stories, created to benefit the 2011 Japan Relief Fund administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California. EVERY PENNY the Fund receives from sales of SHAKEN will go directly to northern Japan, to rebuild shattered communities, reunite families, help men, women, and children to get on with their lives despite dreadful loss, and cope with the continuing threat of nuclear contamination.
The project was born out of the writers’ concern for the people in the disaster zone. Although Vicki hadn’t written a short story in decades, she was proud to take pen in hand and tell the story of Darby’s mother Jada Farr, and how she came to live on the rocky island of Hurricane Harbor, Maine. SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN includes the works of twenty writers in total, all of whom chose to pool their talents to help people in need, as musicians and actors so often do.
“I feel fortunate to have contributed to such a worthy cause,” says Vicki. “I hope the funds raised from the sale of SHAKEN can in some way repair, or at least soothe, the unthinkable losses experienced by the earthquake and tsunami’s victims.”