Book of the Week (12/5/2016)

Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence by Paul Levy (Peterborough, NH: Bauhan Publishing, 2016).

NH author Paul Levy was a recent guest on NHPR's The Exchange and will be talking about his book at The Toadstool Bookshop in Milford on Sunday, 12/11/2016 at 2 pm.
Paul Levy was a year old when his Uncle Phil was killed in World War II, and his family, like many, faced their grief with silence. Upon retirement, and seventy years after his uncle’s death, he set out to discover what might still be found about Phil. At every step, research led to unexpected turns, and ultimately revealed a vivid portrait of Phil’s life and, astoundingly, of his death. In the process, the author also gained insights into war, antisemitism, family silences, and heroism, and encountered intriguing and sometimes famous characters who had touched Phil’s life. -- Publisher's blurb.


Book of the Week (11/28/2016)

Thirty-eight : the hurricane that transformed New England by Stephen Long (New Haven : Yale University Press, 2016.)

When we think of hurricanes, we don't usually consider them to be too much of a threat to inland areas, but this was not the case with the Hurricane of 1938 in which many areas of New England, including New Hampshire were completely devastated.

"The hurricane that pummeled the northeastern United States on September 21, 1938, was New England’s most damaging weather event ever. To call it “New England’s Katrina” might be to understate its power. Without warning, the storm plowed into Long Island and New England, killing hundreds of people and destroying roads, bridges, dams, and buildings that stood in its path. Not yet spent, the hurricane then raced inland, maintaining high winds into Vermont and New Hampshire and uprooting millions of acres of forest. This book is the first to investigate how the hurricane of ’38 transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later.

The hurricane’s impact was erratic—some swaths of forest were destroyed while others nearby remained unscathed; some stricken forests retain their prehurricane character, others have been transformed. Stephen Long explores these contradictions, drawing on survivors’ vivid memories of the storm and its aftermath and on his own familiarity with New England’s forests, where he discovers clues to the storm’s legacies even now. Thirty-Eight is a gripping story of a singularly destructive hurricane. It also provides important and insightful information on how best to prepare for the inevitable next great storm." -Publisher's blurb.
New Hampshire Public Radio interviewed author, Stephen Long about "Thirty-eight". Check out the interview here.


Book of the Week (11/21/2016)

The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).

The archeology and archives classes I took in college always sparked my imagination, so this first novel by NH author Jacquelyn Benson definitely caught my eye!
Archivist Eleanora Mallory discovers a map to a legendary city that could be the truth behind a myth. But is it the key to unravelling an ancient mystery, or a clever hoax? Compelled to find out, Ellie journeys to Central America—with a merciless enemy hot on her heels. In a deadly race to uncover the map’s secret first, Ellie is forced to partner with maverick archaeologist Adam Bates, a man she’s not sure she can trust. Together, they venture into an uncharted wilderness alive with smoke and shadows, where an even greater danger awaits them. For what lies there whispering to be unearthed has the power to bring the world to its knees. --Publisher's blurb


Book of the Week (11/14/2016)

Marty on the mountain: 38 years on Mount Washington by Martin Engstrom (Fryeburg, Me.: Martin Engstrom, 2003.)

I chose this book about local author and WMTW-TV 8 weatherman/engineer, Martin Engstrom to coincide with a new exhibit focusing on the beauty and glory of Mount Washington. Engstrom lived and worked on Mount Washington; the Northeast's highest peak, for 38 years before retiring. Living and working atop Mount Washington, Engstrom surely witnessed the beauty of this New Hampshire treasure.

"Those folks who have lived in Maine or the Mt. Washington Valley for many years know Marty as Channel 8's summit resident with the thick accent and funny smile at the end of his broadcast. Transmitter engineer and weather reporter, Marty's wit and unique storytelling both make for a fun read." -Publisher's blurb.
The exhibition is at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH entitled, "Mount Washington: The Crown of New England".  It runs from October 1, 2016- January 16, 2017.  The exhibition will feature major paintings by Hudson River School artists, including Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, John Frederick Kensett and David Johnson, as well as acclaimed painters such as Winslow Homer and George Inness.


Book of the Week (11/7/2016)

Throw Away Girls by Jennifer Vaughn (Waldorf Publishing, 2016).

Jennifer Vaughn visits Gibson's Bookstore on Saturday, November 12, at 2 pm to present her new thriller Throw Away Girls, the first in the Jaycee Wilder series.
Hard-charging, insightful, and ambitious, Jaycee Wilder wants to take her TV news career to the next level. The Los Angeles reporter is hungry for the big story. When dead girls begin to pile up at seedy nightclubs that cater to whimsical, fetish-seeking strangers, Jaycee suspects a serial killer is at work. She aligns herself with an east coast cop trying to resurrect himself- and his once stellar career- from a drunken skid. The killer lives a normal life during the day, while hunting the Throw Away Girls at night, punishing them for their dark urges. He leaves messages behind in his victims' blood, his explanation for enacting such brutal, twisted justice upon the unworthy. He watches the media coverage. He knows the wily reporter is chasing him. As Jaycee follows her gut, and the evidence, she forces him to act. But when a killer is clever and cunning, he can infiltrate anywhere. Jaycee must utilize all her skills to expose him before he gets to her first. --Publisher's blurb