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We Were an Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam

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Anyone visiting the innumerable islands that hug the coast of Maine has wondered what it would be like to live year round on a rock bounded by the sea, essentially cut off from the world, with life s priorities whittled down to the most basic necessities. In 1949 Art and Nan Kellam set off to find their own isolated piece of paradise and eventually settled on a 550-acre is ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by University Press of New England
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Jul 02, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it
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This book is an intriguing, respectful portrait of Art and Nan Kellam. Blanchard wisely chooses not to order the book chronologically. Though the first couple of chapters are about the beginning of the Kellams’ life on Placentia, subsequent chapters are thematically driven: one chapter covers Placentia’s history and the Kellams’ discovery of it; another chapter describes their relationship with local Mainers.

Before their move to Placentia, Art and Nan lived in California. Art worked for Lockheed
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Nov 03, 2013 Marcia Lonteen-Martin rated it really liked it
I have heard of this book for the last two summers. I travel from Michigan to Maine each summer and always take a nature cruise out of Bass Harbor. As we cruise around the islands there, the guide always describes the Kellams and their lives on the island. Two summers ago I heard it had been captured in this book. This past July I purchased it and read it with great interest. How wonderful it was to read of their adventures and obstacles and be privy to their personal pictures. In July of 1949 A ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
lovely book about a couple who decided to purchase an island off the coast of Maine and live a simple solitary life together.
Oct 01, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: maine-books
This book tells the interesting story of a couple "from away" who lived year-round and by themselves on an island two miles offshore from Mount Desert Island. They made their home there, with help from lobstermen and other locals, from 1949 until 1985. The Kellams lived simple lives, with only a sail-equipped rowing dory for occasional trips back to MDI.

The author uses excerpts from the Kellams' own writings to help piece together the tale of their lives on Placentia Island.

This is an attractiv
Allie Burger
Sep 24, 2012 Allie Burger rated it really liked it

Reading this book was an escape onto a Maine island inhabited by a married couple who sought to get away from other people in a wilderness of their own choosing. It wasn't a fantastic book in the details offered about the couple's day to day life, or necessarily an intimate portrayal. But it was just such a fascinating subject. And I liked the way the author approached the passage of 40 years of usually mundane, insular island life. He broke the book down into subject areas: seasons, home build
Mar 25, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I've read this book several times, each time becoming more intrigued by the Kellams' life on Placentia. Last summer, my father and I paddled in kayaks from Bass Harbor to Placentia and walked the path from the beach where they moored the dory to the remains of Homewood. Incredible the solitude we felt in the hour we were there; it's hard to imagine 30+ years of that life. Nan's diaries were so amazing and detailed, the book was like our guide once we set foot there. What a beautiful story and li ...more
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