BARBARA KENT LAWRENCE, Ed.D.
WELCOME and thank you for visiting my site. I hope you will be interested in my first novel and seventh book, Islands of Time, which was re-published in late May 2016 by Maine Authors Publishing, and the sequel Ben's Story, that will be available very soon. You'll find links to more information to the right under the small cover.
On this site you will also find my writing about education and eating disorders, and a link to my rental cottages on Hodgdon Pond Farm, Seal Cove, Maine on Mount Desert Island, which is the home of Acadia National Park.
I know this is an odd combination! I've enjoyed diverse opportunities including teaching in universities for 11 years, running a real estate and construction company in Maine, and I was married for a long time to a man who was eating disordered. I've also worked for the Rural School and Community Trust and KnowledgeWorks foundations as a policy analyst and led research teams looking at the cost-effectiveness of small schools.
My first book, Bitter Ice: a memoir of love, food, and obsession was published by Wm. Morrow/Rob Weisbach Books. ERIC/CRESS published my second book, The Hermit Crab Solution about small schools. The Rural School and Community Trust and KnowledgeWorks Foundation published Dollars & Sense: the cost-effectiveness of small schools, and Dollars & Sense 2: Lessons from good, cost-effective small schools, two in-depth reports about small schools. My academic writing has appeared in journals including KAPPAN, Journal for Maine Education, Boston University School of Education's Journal of Education, and the Journal for the Education of the Gifted.
In November 2010 Greene Bark Press published The Hungry i: a Work Book for partners of men with eating disorders. For several years I've been working on a project about my British Family during World War II, titled, for now, Both Sides of the Pond: My Family's War.
I hope what I've learned can be as useful to you as writing about it has been to me.
My best to you,
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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS ABOUT ISLANDS OF TIME
Comment from a book club reader-
"My book club met last week and so loved discussing your book. It generated so many connections of our home town and the 'outsiders.' We even got into sharing first loves. Most books don't allow us to delve into our own personal lives, but yours conjured up all kinds of memories. I just hope the book clubs around the country enjoy discussing your book as much as we did.
Lynn B., Pennsylvania
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Hodgdon Pond Farm, Seal Cove, Maine. Acadia National Park.
Current work: Both Sides of the Pond: My Family's War, 1936-1946.
Please click on photo to see trailer for Islands of Time: 2 minutes
In Islands of Time, Becky Granger, daughter of a prominent New York
family visiting Maine for the summer, tells her story about falling in
love with Ben Bunker, islander from a family of Maine fishermen. Now
in the sequel, Ben tells his own side of the story. Ben’s Story deepens our
understanding of characters and events in Islands of Time, but is a different,
and compelling story on its own. Ben, now a fisherman and a marine
biologist, also shares his experience and perspective on the changing
fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank, and the ways in which
they affect his family and community, and well as all of us who share this
planet and its oceans.
Praise for Islands of Time
Islands of Time: I really like it. The story about a girl from away falling in love with
a year-round kid from Maine, then coming back as an adult to reclaim her self,
resonates with me. It’s also a love song to the people and landscape of Maine.
—Linda Greenlaw, New York Times best-selling author and swordfishing
Barbara Lawrence draws us into a steadily deepening engagement with a passionate, self-demanding character who is determined to create a new existence out of a broken past. The reader shares her growing freedom and empathy as she returns to a Maine island to revisit the site of a passionate encounter that has colored her whole existence. Over the course of the novel her errors and vulnerabilities become a source of strength. Her brave encounters with solitude and uncertainty take her beyond herself into unknown emotional territory. Islands of Time provides an
amazing insight into the longstanding cultural divisions of the Maine coast and the
possibility of transcending them through human compassion and understanding.
—William Carpenter, author of A Keeper of Sheep, and The Wooden Nickel.
The Influence of Culture on Aspirations, a Case Study of Four Communities in Maine
by Barbara Kent Lawrence
Boston University, 1998