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In 1948 I fell in love with Mount Desert Island as a summer kid, and in 1979 I became a ‘year-round summer person,’ a status more compelling and complex than I could have imagined. In 1998 I wrote my dissertation: Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations about the gap between the high rate of achievement Maine’s 4th grade students evidenced on national tests, and the low rate at which they went on to college. I’ve since written books about education and eating disorders in men and I’m working on a manuscript about my British family during World War II. I draw on my love of Maine, and my experience as a researcher and writer for my first novel Islands of Time. Though I no longer live in Maine year-round, I spend as much time as possible on Mount Desert Island.