Book of the Week (1/15/2018)

The Oracle Files: Escape by Masheri Chappelle (Black Rose Writing, 2017).
Cursed by her mother at age six, Elizabeth Beeson Chase is forced to battle Malachai, an angry West African ghost, as she emerges from slave to Quaker, to "Blue Vein" Socialite, in the harsh Black and White world of 1850 New York. With the help of her Quaker father and her spirit guide, she creates a shelter of love wherever she goes. However, the raging storm of racism, the looming threat of slavery, and Malachai's relentless hauntings pelt her life with indomitable fear. After a painful betrayal sends her running into New York's dangerous FIVE POINTS, she emerges with a gypsy's secret to battle racism and a way to free herself from Malachai's ghostly grip. But her new found freedom comes at a cost she may not be able to afford. -- Publisher's blurb.
NH Author Masheri Chappelle will be presenting her fantastical historical fiction novel at Gibson's Bookstore on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.


Book of the Week (1/8/2018)

The Kingdom by Steven Szmyt (Maitland, Fla.: Mill City Press, 2017).

Portsmouth, NH author Steven Szmyt's debut novel "The Kingdom" is a true supernatural journey.
Anne, a beautiful and intelligent young graduate student, has it all. She has a kooky best friend, a fiance who adores her, and is at the top of her class. When one mysterious and charming professor offers her the chance of a lifetime, it's an opportunity she can't pass up.
As Anne and the Professor begin work on what promises to be a prestigious manuscript, strange events begin to transpire. Night terrors, fainting spells and unsavory characters who lurk around every corner are just the beginning. Should Anne just chalk them up to paranoia from the unusual subject of her work, or is something more sinister to blame? Unbeknownst to Anne, with each page she types, she delves ever deeper into a centuries-old battle for wealth and power. Soon she has to fight for the safety of herself and her family before the secrets she has learned destroy them all. --Author's website.
Stop by Gibson's Bookstore in Concord on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 7 p.m. to meet Steven, as well as other local authors.


Book of the Week (1/1/2018)

The Year of the Turtle by David Carroll (Charlotte, VT: Camden House Publishing, 1991).

NH naturalist, author, and artist David Carroll, is well known for his art and books about turtles. I'm quite fond of turtles myself, so I am currently reading and enjoying David Carroll's first book The Year of the Turtle. The artwork is stunning and I am learning so much about these interesting creatures.
The secret world of freshwater turtles emerges as artist/naturalist David Carroll presents the fascinating life history of these familiar yet mysterious creatures who shared the earth with the dinosaurs and who have endured to spark the curiosity and awe of humankind. Drawing from 40 years of personal study and observations, Mr. Carroll leads us through their yearly cycle and introduces us to the flora and fauna that inhabit the same areas. Journal entries interspersed throughout the text set the stage for our wetland wanderings. -- Book jacket
David Carroll will be visiting MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, NH to discuss his poetry on Sunday, January 14, 2018, from 2 to 3:30 pm. The event description states that he "will present a continuation of last year's reading and discussion of poems and prose-poems written in English and the four languages he pursues: Spanish; Italian; German; and Russian. These brief works are experimental in nature; and foreign language pieces will be followed by English translations. He will discuss his process, a blend of creative writing and language-learning. He will talk about some of his favorite poets from various cultures and periods, and the valuable role that dual language editions of poetry can play in one's learning a foreign language."


Book of the Week (12/25/2017)

You Had a Job For Life: Story of a Company Town by Jamie Sayen (Lebanon, N.H. : University Press of New England, 2017)
Absentee owners. Single-minded concern for the bottom line. Friction between workers and management. Hostile takeovers at the hands of avaricious and unaccountable multinational interests. The story of America’s industrial decline is all too familiar—and yet, somehow, still hard to fathom.

Jamie Sayen spent years interviewing residents of Groveton, New Hampshire, about the century-long saga of their company town. The community’s paper mill had been its economic engine since the early twentieth century. Purchased and revived by local owners in the postwar decades, the mill merged with Diamond International in 1968. It fell victim to Anglo-French financier James Goldsmith’s hostile takeover in 1982, then suffered through a series of owners with no roots in the community until its eventual demise in 2007.

Drawing on conversations with scores of former mill workers, Sayen reconstructs the mill’s human history: the smells of pulp and wood, the injuries and deaths, the struggles of women for equal pay and fair treatment, and the devastating impact of global capitalism on a small New England town. This is a heartbreaking story of the decimation of industrial America. --Publisher's blurb.