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Wayfarer

A Memoir

Softcover, 312 pages, 5.5 x 8, Adult Nonfiction/Memoir

ISBN: 978-1-944762-57-5

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$16.95

About this Book:

Winner of the 2019 Maine Literary Award for Memoir

In this vividly wrought memoir, author James S. Rockefeller Jr. recalls the moments and milestones in his long, adventurous life. From his old-fashioned childhood—filled with characters and wildlife—as a grandson of William G. Rockefeller and Sarah “Elsie” Stillman, to expeditions as a young man on his Indian motorcycle and his sailboat, Mandalay, to the fateful evening on Cumberland Island, Georgia, when his heart was stolen by the luminous author Margaret Wise Brown, Rockefeller recounts his youth with wit and clarity. As he matures, his adventurous spirit takes him from Maine to Tahiti to Norway and back again. Throughout his travels, he embraces deep loss and wondrous turns of fortune, including danger, love, death, marriage, fatherhood, and—always—an enduring passion for planes, boats, and engines—a passion that leads him to establish the Owls Head Transportation Museum. A brilliant storyteller, Rockefeller writes the remembrance of a time gone by with the perspective of a 20th-century wayfarer; a voyager on the seas of time. His memoir stands as a moment “between the old and what was to come” and reveals with perspicacity and humor what he calls “this slender crack of time.”

The author is donating any earnings he would have received from book sales directly to Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Wayfarer: A Memoir
Reviews

"Gripping, honest and impassioned, this is memoir writing at its best."
––The Miramichi Reader

"Coupled with his knack for descriptive writing (e. g. a farmer “as gnarled as a hemlock root, with a face so red and pointed it could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm”), the result is a candid and captivating story whose connective tissue is the people he embraced on his travels and the four strong and indelible women that he fell in love with along the way [...] Wayfarer stands out as a vividly remembered and entertaining tale of a life lived fully, a journey in itself."
––The Portland Press Herald

James S. Rockefeller Jr.

About this Author

James S. Rockefeller Jr. was born in 1926 and raised in Greenwich, Conn., and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. A graduate of Yale University, he spent his youth traveling an

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