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Date(s) - 03/20/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Maine author Jeffrey Ryan is pleased to be giving a talk about his newest book, "Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte" at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine. Hermit is based on the remarkable true story of a man who led a mostly secret life in Maine from 1895 to 1933. As the tale of his life emerge, we are led on a worldwide journey through an extraordinary past.

From the book cover ...

When Jim Whyte settled outside the slate mining town of Monson, Maine in 1895, people hardly knew what to make of him. And almost 130 years later, we still don’t. A world traveler that spoke six languages fluently, Whyte came to town with sacks full of money and a fierce desire to keep to himself. It was clear that Whyte was hiding from something—enough to make the FBI come looking—twice. But even the Feds couldn’t imagine how Whyte, who lost every penny he had when WWI broke out, amassed another fortune before he died. Based on the true story, Hermit follows one man’s quest to discover all he can about Whyte’s secret life before it’s too late.

This will by Ryan's third appearance at the L.L. Bean Freeport store. As with his talks about his books Appalachian Odyssey and Blazing Ahead, a full house is expected, so guests are urged to arrive early.