David Estey has published a unique, illustrated memoir – an affectionate, humorous memoir of colorful family, friends and situations while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast. It is called “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine.
You may have heard me tell some of the stories over the years. Friends have urged me to write them down. They begin with memorable subjects from Aroostook County: my family, in-laws, friends, classmates, and many other small-town characters and situations, while growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s.
It’s not just about Aroostook. I go on to include funny or unique characters and experiences after moving to Belfast, incidents in high school, raking blueberries, making art, funny expressions, and so forth. Then I describe going to RISD, studying art in Italy for a year, spending two years in the army, doing public affairs for IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the South, moving back to Maine, and navigating the art world. The book is endorsed on the back cover by Carl Little, distinguished poet and author of several books on Maine painting, and Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily News. Carl wrote, in part, “In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two.” Kathryn wrote, in part, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.”
I’ve designed the 144-page memoir as an attractive art book, seven by ten inches, with 41 related photos or drawings and paintings I did over the years, some you may have seen and some not. I think it would make a wonderful keepsake or Christmas gift for family, friends and classmates; others who know me or the characters and situations I’ve described, and perhaps even total strangers.
Despite production and promotion costs, I’ve kept the price at a bargain $19.95 and I may never break even. It has been a labor of love, so I mainly want to get it into people’s hands and have them enjoy it. By mid-October, it will be available at Left Bank Books and other local stores, at maineauthorspublishing.com and amazon.com (where you can look inside), or a copy signed to you directly from me now. Simply send a check to me at 16 Pierce Street, Belfast, ME 04915. I’ll even pay the sales tax and shipping, if you can’t come by to pick it up.
Cafe received this advance email note and unsolicited testimonial – “I have looked at it and couldn’t put it down at “Beyond the Sea” and can’t wait for his signing there Saturday Nov. 1. I love his sense of humor, the illustrations and photos and his sense that he really needed to get this into a book. Good job, David!” Dianne Horton
Book discussions & signings are scheduled for:
Penobscot Marine Museum Store, Main Street in Searsport, on Thursday October 16, 7 to 9 p.m.
Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, on Saturday, October 18, 1 to 3 p.m.
Beyond the Sea, at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, November 1,1 to 3 p.m.