By Diane Roesing O’Brien 
"There may be a better regional history somewhere in North America, but I certainly haven't come across it. This is a remarkable book: utterly charming, gracefully written, wonderfully illustrated with period photographs and artwork, line drawings, maps, genealogical records - a thumbnail history of one small Maine town that could stand in for hundreds, maybe thousands of other small towns, but which was and is unique to those fortunate enough to live there..." 

-Downeast Magazine, December 1995 

Ducktrap is a village that grew up around a small harbor in the town of Lincolnville. If you've ever traveled up Route 1 in midcoast Maine you've been through Ducktrap, probably without knowing it. 
Written over several years in between weaving rugs, canning tomatoes, and tending wood stoves, I told Ducktrap's story from pre-history to the present, using some written material, but relying mainly on interviews with the people who live there. 

Ducktrap is paperbound, 126 pages, lavishly illustrated and full of stories handed down through the generations. The charm of this village inspired novelists, musicians, artists and photographers as well as storytellers, and it's all in here. 

The book is $20 plus $3 shipping.

By Diane Roesing O’Brien 
Staying Put
Diane Roesing O'Brien's Staying Put in Lincolnville, Maine 1900-1950 was published in 2004. In it the author follows the fortunes of our little coastal town through two world wars, the Depression, and all the enormous changes those fifty years brought. Horses are traded in for gasoline-power, kerosene lamps for light bulbs, and one-room schools are finally consolidated. Subsistence farming gives way to contracts with big poultry concerns, and the mariner's way of life disappears completely. 

The heart of the book are the seventy-seven family stories, true to the events that life-long townspeople related to the author and placed in settings meant to illustrate the way life was. Town reports, the U.S. Census, letters, diaries and other sources are used to discuss issues such as the school system, political movements, and road building in essay form. 

Staying Put has 344 pages with hundreds of photos, maps, drawings, and charts, soft-cover. 

The book is $25 plus $4 shipping.