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Frankie's Place: A Love Story

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  167 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Every summer, Frances FitzGerald, author of the Pulitzer Prize winner Fire in the Lake, heads north to Mount Desert Island to write. People visit her oasis often, and Jim Sterba, an acquaintance and veteran correspondent, comes to visit one year. But the next year it's two visits, and gradually he begins to fall for his host as much as her place! Icy plunges into the Somes ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published July 14th 2003 by Grove Press (first published June 5th 2003)
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May 28, 2011 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay but I did not like it very much. The title refers to Mt. Desert island, Maine, where the author summers with his wife, a woman named Francis Fitzgerald. She is also a writer, but I don't know anything about her work.

There is not much plot, which is not a deal breaker for me, but New Yorkers on vacation are not the most intriguing topic. Friends come over, everyone drinks wine on the porch, they repair their old volvo, cook seafood stews, and so forth. It is billed as a love s
Apr 22, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
This book is something of a memoir. The author writes of summers spent at a cabin his wife built and owns with her siblings rural Northern Maine. It also goes into their past lives,mostly his. Some whining occurs. The book does raise some questions. There is a back porch to the cabin where the author and his wife like to sit and entertain guests. A few feet away are the woods. Each summer they endure the tortures of mosquitoes and black flies and never think to screen in the porch. The author wa ...more
Kim Erskine
Aug 09, 2013 Kim Erskine rated it really liked it
A beautifully written book about a place I love... Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Oct 31, 2012 Nakya rated it really liked it
Frankie’s Place is a biography book based on how a little and simple summer cottage,deep in the Main Coast,changed Jim’s point of view .Jim Sterba is a newspaper report for ,the chaotic state of, New York's prestigious newspaper.As he meets Frances FitzGerald ,who is also a writer,Jim spends a more then a couple of weekends at Frankie's place.Without noticing he's love for simplicity has allowed him to reflect on his life.

This book transmits a form of imagery that allows you to smell,see,and
Nov 16, 2007 Ellanor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maine
I gave this book a five because I know the place and love it-Sterba for me has captured the very essence of summer on Mount Desert Island, family and friends. It was very personal-we have walked the same walks, hiked the same climbs, ran out of fuel in the sound or beyond Bakers, gotten lost in the fog on the way home from a night picnic or dinner at Islesford, dealt with neighbors and other dogs and we all buy our tools (and marriage licenses) from Buddy Brown where we compare garden notes-no o ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it
An unassuming and genuine love story--a relationship/marriage and a remote family camp on Mt. Desert Island. Two journalists escape from clamorous Manhattan to a retreat in the woods with a view of Somes Sound. Their daily regimen of stretching, swimming (brrrr!), writing
('typing') between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, walking/hiking and enter-
taining is enough to daunt the hardiest New Englander. But it's all interspersed with humorous anecdotes of marauding mice, skinny-dipping,
boating, mussel-gatheri
This book is written by a reporter from a humble background who falls in love later in life with a woman of privileged WASP background and Mount Desert Island, Maine connections. There's a lot of not that interesting description of summer breaks from NYC spent at the woman's vacation home in Mount Desert Island. If you like the type of book that throws in recipes every so often this may be for you. Pedigree, privilege, and wealth associated with Mount Desert island residents are given a bit too ...more
Joanne Kilroy
Jan 19, 2016 Joanne Kilroy rated it really liked it
I started this book thinking it was about a love story between journalist Jim Sterba and his pulitzer prize winning wife Frances Fitzgerald, but it's really about Sterba's love for Mount Desert Island Maine, where Frankie's family has a summer home. He's compiled a beautiful collection of anecdotes, mostly personal but some professional, while telling the story of one season on the Island. I keep thinking that they probably have friends who enjoy his stories who have encouraged him to write thes ...more
Maria Raynal
Aug 20, 2008 Maria Raynal rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book. My husband, who has a wonderful knack for finding lovely literary gems (and is far better read than I) gave this to me. It brings together everything I love, journalism, food and a quiet, well-lived life by the sea.

This memoir chronicles a summer in the lives of the author, a retired Wall Street Journal correspondent, and his wife, and a highly respected author, in their Maine cottage. It is simplicity at its finest, both in the writing and how they spend their days. Also include
Caelea Armstrong
Aug 30, 2009 Caelea Armstrong rated it really liked it
I picked this up at a Friends of the Library sale because I liked the cover...(yes, I know not to judge a book by it's cover, but I thought it was attractive.) Frankie is actually Francis, and she's a writer with a family cottage in Maine. She and boyfriend spend July and sometimes August at the rustic cottage, writing, jumping off cliffs into the Atlantic, collecting oysters, and cooking up lobster recipes. I liked the's kind of journaly, kind of travel writing, and the recipes w ...more
Agnes Benis
Sep 05, 2012 Agnes Benis rated it it was amazing
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Aug 15, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
This book was purchased at a small bookstore in Bar Harbor, ME. I returned to Bar Harbor with my elderly mother after my Father passed away. This book is a cookbook, love story and travel guide to Mount Desert Island, off the coast of Maine. Somes Sound runs six miles up the middle of this island and the setting couldn't be any more beautiful than how I remember it as a child. Thank you Jim Sterba.
Aug 13, 2007 Tara rated it did not like it
I don't like hating on books but I have to say this one was pretty boring. I can tell when a book isn't doing it for me when I take a long time to read it and this one took really long to finish. The information in it was interesting but I kind felt like I was reading a textbook or broshure on Maine. I was waiting for it to get exciting but it didnt really. My advice might be to skip this one.
Aug 02, 2011 Todd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly enjoyable read that is part memoir, part biography, and part cookbook. Sterba mixes his love of history and this cabin in the woods on an island off the coast of Maine.

A lite read that you could put down and come back to like a conversation with an old friend.

Jan 26, 2015 Raina rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food, memoir
The first chapter or two is a beautiful ode to a place. The rest of the book is a little less exciting in that it follows the author around in his daily life, but it's still mysteriously compelling, perhaps because of the beautiful, exotic (to me) location.
Oct 17, 2008 Abbie rated it it was amazing
I loved this, the way the small things (mushroom hunting) and the great things (Tienemann Square) are woven together in this story of two people's "real" (smaller) life and their greater life outside ...

Jan 11, 2013 Emilee rated it liked it
I was torn between 3-4 stars - it wasn't what I expected but I did enjoy the book and its history of the Mount Desert Island area. I like Sterba's writing style.
Nov 02, 2009 Paulah rated it liked it
interesting memoir, a bit loggy
Mar 31, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it
I randomly picked up this book at the library. It was pretty good. It had a lot of recipies mixed into the story which made it much more worth the read.
Sep 26, 2013 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Lovely recipes. The author invokes the coast of Maine with loving memories and dinner ideas.
Jul 31, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a peaceful book. Nice story about summers in Maine.
Sep 09, 2009 Patty rated it it was ok
Eh, it was okay. Travel type book based in Maine. Decent recipes included!
Oct 28, 2007 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sterba's memoir of one summer in Maine with Frankie Fitzgerald. Sterba and Fitzgerald, both writers, live and work together in a summer cottage on Some Sound. Slow, boring, yet satisfying.
Sep 27, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Charming memoir of summers spent on Mt Desert Island in Maine.
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