Marion Kingston Stockton
Marion Kingston Stockton


MARION KINGSTON STOCKTON


Marion Kingston was born on June 4, 1922, she was the oldest daughter William and Louisa. Marion grew up in the mean streets of Melrose Mass. She moved to Mississippi where she spent the majority of her life and what she said is her true home. She moved when she was 8, which she said was the most dramatic move of her life to Lewiston. When she came to Maine she fell in love with the local language and soon traveled the state and grew even more in love with the maine language. Marion attended Mount Holyoke College, she graduated in 1943. She entered the graduate program at duke university where she shared campus with German prisoners of war. She received her PH.D in 1952. She married David Stocking in 1955, After his death in 1993 she finally learned to drive and became a member of Maines arts commission. She died in May of this year at the age of 87.

MAIN CHARACTERS- MARION- AUTHOR
TOM-MAN IN THE STORE
GROUP CONSISTS OF RANDY,KIM,RACHEL,NAOMI,TOM THE GROUP AT BAR HARBOR.

BOOK SUMMARY- THE BOOK IS A COMBINATION OF EVENTS IN MARION KINGSTON'S LIFE FROM HER JOURNEY'S IN THE MAINE LANGUAGE. IT BEGINS WITH A SHORT STORY OF HER GOING AROUND TO FIND THE ORONO CAMPUS FOR A MEETING AND STOPPING FOR DIRECTIONS AT A LOCAL STORE. SHE WALKS INTO THE STORE AND IS STOPPED BY A MAN WHO ASKS FOR HER NAME AND A CONVERSATION LEADS TO THIS MAN SHOWING HER THE WAY TO THE CAMPUS. ANOTHER STORY IS WHEN SHE GOES TO BAR HARBOR TO SEE ACADIA NATIONAL PARK. WHERE SHE COMES ACROSS BAH-HAB-AH BARSTOOLS LAYING SOMEWHERE ON THE SIDE OF A ROAD. AND SHE TALKS TO A GROUP ABOUT HER FINDINGS. AT THE END THE BOOK CONCLUDES WITH A BRIEF SUMMARY OF HER LOVE FOR THE MAINE LANGUAGE.
Derek Frisco
10/29/09
English 11 Book Review

Marion Kingston takes Maine language by storm with a challenging yet amazing book about the Maine and the way Main-ahs talk. With the persuasive writing of Kingston the stories of her life are painted very vividly. It is one of those books that you can imagine in your head what each scene looks like. At first the book starts with Kingston drawing the reader in with thought on the overall difference between Maine as a whole state vs. here previous homes down south specifically Mississippi. She talks about how moving to Maine at an early age was not that difficult on her in her words “I fit right in”. Really for her there were no drastic changes that she mentioned.
Her first chapter talks about how much when she took a trip to Orono to see the college and remembers taking the wrong turn and stopped at the nearest gas station. When she got into the store she asked the man at the counter where she was and how to get to the college. The man said she was in Orono and gave her the directions to the college. When she went outside a woman and her son that were behind her stopped her and asked her where she was from. She told them Mississippi. The son said “Ma lets get away from this foreign-ah”. And she went on to say that she was frustrated with the family and that she couldn't understand there accicents.
As the book went on she started to grow into the Maine language and it a specific situation helped that. Bar har-bah, Kingston takes a trip to acadia national park where she meets new people and she loves the families and grows into the Maine language.
Kingston is a story of a Mississippi that turned into a Maine-ah.
c/o MMHS
1 Bulldog Lane
Machias, Me. 04654
October 22, 2009

Dear Ms. Kingston,

Hello Ms. Kingston, I have just recently finished your book I Got the Idear, My Love Affair With Maine Language. What I thought was exclusive about this book was it had great vocabulary that is used with the Maine accent. I also like the fact that the book gives great detail about the Maine language.
I really love one of the few characters in this book . Katherine is woman who is a true Mainah. She has a very Maine language, with her very funny jokes mixed with what seems to be a down to earth personality the only thing she can do is make strides to become a hard working woman. It seems she has a funny voice because she has moved from Mississippi, and if you're like me the south especially Mississippi you have a very southern accent. I loved the fact that the words were pronounced with no vaules what so ever.
Kingston was very open on her thought on her op-ions of what the Maine lifestyle had brought other then a new language. She felt that regardless of the way you came to Maine you were welcomed with open arms. Also she felt like that every where you go that you were in a tight community where you could also rely on someone around you for something.
The one word I like in hear the most would have to be- Bah-Har-Bah Barstool. Now I am probly like everyone in hear when I say what? How can someone use that type of a word and say it like that. For one Bar Harbor is a town and and putting the H at the end just makes it even more better. Certain people believe that Maine is a place where people go back to retire. Marion Kingston brings a whole new concept with a book about the Maine language.
Kingston, shows a deeper side to her journey to Maine. She came from down south up to Maine. From my personal experience of moving around a lot nothing quite a dramatic as from what part of the country to the next I can agree with her that is a struggle. However her is where we differ. You moved at a older age rather then a young one. The age difference separates some of the hurt of leaving friends behind.
Finally I would like to say that I am not a big reader but this book with the language makes this book relevant for other kids of the future. Looking back now I like the book in a whole. I would like you to write me back if possible. Thank you

sincerely, Derek Frisco