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Cross-Grained & Wily Waters:
A Guide to the Piscataqua Maritime Region

Edited by W. Jeffrey Bolster

“This book is so readable and so beautifully laid out that you should not overlook the fine scholarship at its root. There has never been a better book about the Piscataqua and the Great Bay. If you love someone, get them this book.” -- Fritz Wetherbee, Former television host of “New Hampshire Crossroads”

“From the slow moving waters at the upper reaches of Great Bay to the pounding surf on the rocky Isles of Shoals, the Piscataqua region is a unique mixture of history, architecture, and natural environments. This book defines the region. It brings the people and events that shaped it into focus by telling the story of an intricate landscape and a mighty river.” -- Judd Gregg, U. S. Senator

“Rich with insight and delight, this is the indispensable guide to the region’s intertwined natural and human histories, and a potent device for choosing the best of its possible futures. -- Dennis A. O’Toole, Ph.D. Former President and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum, and President of the American Association for State and Local History

This illustrated guide to one of the longest-settled and most enchanting estuaries in New England weds historical preservation to ecological stewardship. Connecting readers to place, it reveals the Piscataqua as a region like no other, and one worth savoring and sustaining. For centuries the Piscataqua region was an extended maritime community connected by the Great Bay Estuary, the short seacoast of New Hampshire and southern Maine, and the seven tributary rivers that fortify the Piscataqua River itself. Moving water shaped the region—under its vessels, at its mills, and across its marshes. Carrying the freight of our history, and holding out the promise of community-based conservation: this book (and these waters) invites you on a journey of exploration and renewal. Join the naturalists, fishermen, and historic preservationists who have all felt the pull of this place, and who wish to sustain it in the face of the headlong development consuming America today. With over forty-five contributors this book yields a multifaceted view of an area which has meant so much to so many. Six full-color plates and two hundred and thirty-six illustrations provide scenes of various spots along the Piscataqua. A double-sided, 16" x 20" fold-out, color map allows the reader to easily locate many points of interest.

Nonfiction. History. 11" x 8.5", 240 pages, 236 b&w illus., 6 full-color plates, 16" x 20"; fold-out map, paperback
$29.95  /  ISBN 978-0-914339-65-6. Order from University Press of New England (UPNE)

Contact Information

Molly Bolster
Gundalow Company
P.O. Box 425
Portsmouth, NH 03802
Phone: (603) 433-9505
Fax: (603) 433-6405
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