The author of "The Secret Life of Lobsters," Trevor Corson, will speak at the Jesup Memorial Library on Aug. 30 along with Anu Partanen, author of "The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life." IMAGE COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Husband and wife authors to speak at Jesup



BAR HARBOR — Trevor Corson is the author of the best-selling book “The Secret Life of Lobsters,” and Anu Partanen is the author of the new book “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life.” The husband-and-wife author team will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing.

Trevor Corson. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Trevor Corson. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Corson’s “The Secret Life of Lobsters” is a tale of crustaceans and the fishermen and scientists studying them along the Maine coast. The New York Times says, “Corson knows the lobster’s secrets, and he’ll tell. … The chapters are knitted together with rich stories about the people who catch lobsters, their families, the dangers they face.” Corson spent two years working as a full-time lobster-boat crewman out of Little Cranberry Island to research the book, named a best nature book of the year by USA Today and Discover and a worldwide pop-science bestseller. Corson also will talk about his ties to Maine and Mount Desert Island.

Anu Partanen. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Anu Partanen. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Partanen’s book highlights some surprising lessons the United States could learn from the successes of Nordic countries. Survey after survey has shown that Nordic countries offer their citizens a higher quality of life than what Americans today generally enjoy. They have produced successful businesses and globally admired innovation while employees enjoy a healthy work-life balance, and they ensure for all citizens good paid parental leaves, free college and universal health care, all while remaining wealthy and competitive. Yet many Americans dismiss the Nordic approach as socialism that only works in small, homogeneous countries with a collectivist mindset and an altruistic tolerance for high taxes. Partanen revealed, however, these ideas about the Nordic nations are mostly myths. “O, The Oprah Magazine” named the book a best book of summer 2016, and The New York Post called it a must-read of summer 2016.

Visit www.anupartanen.com. Visit www.trevorcorson.com.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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