"One Man's Maine: Essays on a Love Affair, a collection of essays by Jim Krosschell, nods to E.B. White in subject matter,title, and tone. Krosschell [understands] that the world moves; times shift;and there's a balance to be sought between society, with all its screens and buzzes, and nature. He celebrates the slow pleasures to be found scraping moss off the roof and asks the big questions about what kind of world is being left behind to younger generations.
"Like Loren Eiseley, he is an open-hearted scientist, one wedded to facts and yet not afraid to use the word "miracle" or "mystery." The 32 essays appear in pairs -- the first in each couple looks at Maine's natural icons, berries, lupine, loon, lobster, and the second grapples with wider concerns. It is a view that will help even those who feel they know the state to see it anew."
Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Globe
"Jim Krosschell's essays are an inviting and thought-provoking revelation of how Maine has pulled in and transformed the life of a man from 'away.' His essay on Thoreau, for example, thrills the soul. He writes of this intriguing 19th-century man from 'away' that he (Thoreau) 'represents the bravest attempt to make the connection between nature and spirit, a sojourn away from pettiness, the way life should be no matter where you live it.' Then Krosschell adds, 'I've got a long way to go to find such a place.' Well, Krosschell is finding it. His essays beautifully and caringly reveal this in depth and love."
John Rensenbrink, Professor EmeritusBowdoin College, Co-Founder US Green Party, Maine Green Party
"A string of vignettes like perfect Maine pearls on a twist of sweet grass, Jim Krosschell's new book brings us a perfect set of closely observed reflections on what it means to live in right relation with the natural world. Honest and drawn with a light touch, Jim gets us to relax and savor the sweetness of Maine's true nature ... and when we open our eyes, we see that he's given us something real and true to think about."
Tim Glidden, president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Jim Krosschell worked in science publishing in the Boston area for 30 years, starting as a 29-year-old production assistant, avoiding the real world until then by grad school, Peace Corps, travel and TESOL teaching. Those years included hundreds of visits to Maine. After retirement, he began writing much more regularly: more than fifty journals and magazines have published his essays, many of which are collected in this volume. He now divides his time between Newton, Massachusetts and Owls Head, Maine. Besides writing and contributing to the welfare of the Maine Turnpike, he is president of the Board of Directors, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, in Camden, Maine.