Book of the Week (10/22/2018)

Everyday Ease by Shanti Douglas (BE Peace Publishing, LLC, 2018).

NH Author and certified mindfulness coach, Shanti Douglas, has published an "experiential Easebook" to "calm your chaotic life and bring back balance to your burnout"!
With Everyday Ease, you’ll learn how to find balance, ease, and resiliency without adding big changes to your day. You've already got enough on your plate! Everyday Ease will create dramatic shifts in your energy and level of presence so you can show up fresh, clear, and truly in charge. The practical and integrative practices of this six week experiential Easebook give you a manageable structure to follow, offering insights to calm your chaotic life and bring balance to your burnout. With mindfulness at the helm, exploring simple acts of self-care and love will have you feeling fantastic again. All in all, you’ll feel inspired, energized, authentic, grounded, and empowered, ready to take on what you need to take on… and in a way that doesn’t leave the fabulous YOU behind. -- Author's website
 Bonus: Guided meditations by the author are provided on her website.


Book of the Week (10/15/2018)

The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down by Howard Mansfield (Peterborough, N.H. : Bauhan Publishing, 2018).
While reporting on citizens fighting natural gas pipelines and transmission towers planned to cut right across their homes, Howard Mansfield saw the emotional toll of these projects. “They got under the skin,” writes Mansfield. “This was about more than kilowatts, powerlines, and pipelines. Something in this upheaval felt familiar. I began to realize that I was witnessing an essential American experience: the world turned upside down. And it all turned on one word: property.”

In The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down we meet a dairy farmer in far northern New Hampshire who refuses $4 million from Hydro-Quebec for his land, and we meet a Massachusetts family whose two acres may be subsumed by a gas pipeline. We see property in its many guises. We walk with the Tohono O’odham in the Sonoran Desert. We visit a small Maine island and stand where the water will be rising in just a few years as the planet warms. There are historic moments, too: a stubby granite monument in the woods of New Hampshire that tells of the death of feudalism in the New World; the buried history of a Vermont farmer who suicides as his life is bulldozed under for the new interstate; and there’s great reform push that gave us the glorious and precarious Weeks Act which saved the White Mountains and gave us national forests east of the Mississippi.

The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down tells the stories of Americans living in a time in which everything is in motion, in which the world will be turned upside down, again and again. The book’s title comes from an observation by Alexis de Tocqueville on his visit to America in 1831, which is the book’s epigraph: “It would seem that the habit of changing place, of turning things upside down, of cutting, of destroying, has become a necessity of [the American’s] existence.”--Author's website
Join NH author, Howard Mansfield at the following NH bookstores where he will be discussing his latest work!

October 17, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – The Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester, NH
October 20, Saturday, 11 a.m. – Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Emerald St., Keene, NH
October 24, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – Gibson's Bookstore, 45 S. Main St.,Concord, NH
November 15, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH


2018 National Book Awards Finalists

The twenty-five Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People's Literature have been announced. Winners will be announced at the 69th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 14, which will be streamed live on the NBA Facebook page and website


Book of the Week (10/8/2018)

Walking to the Sun: A Journey Through America's Energy Landscapes by Tom Haines (ForeEdge, 2018).
On a winter day in 2013, Tom Haines stood in front of his basement furnace and wondered about the source of the natural gas that fueled his insulated life. During the next four years, Haines, an award-winning journalist and experienced wanderer, walked hundreds of miles through landscapes of fuel—oil, gas, and coal, and water, wind, and sun—on a crucial exploration of how we live on Earth in the face of a growing climate crisis. Can we get from the fossil fuels of today to the renewables of tomorrow? The story Haines tells in Walking to the Sun is full not only of human encounters—with roustabouts working on an oil rig, farmers tilling fields beneath wind turbines, and many others—but also of the meditative range that arrives with solitude far from home. Walking to the Sun overcomes the dislocation of our industrial times to look closely at the world around us and to consider what might come next. -- Publisher's blurb
Join NH author Tom Haines at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm.


Nathaniel Philbrick to Accept the 2018 Sarah Hale Award

Nathaniel Philbrick
Richards Free Library and the Judges of the Sarah Josepha Hale award are pleased to announce that Nathaniel Philbrick is the 2018 Sarah Josepha Hale Award Medalist.  He will accept the award on October 6, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Newport Opera House.

Born in Boston, Nathaniel Philbrick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Brown University and received his Master’s degree from Duke University. In 1978 he was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor and won the Sunfish North Americans race.  After working as an editor at Sailing World magazine, he wrote and edited several books about sailing.

A resident of Nantucket he is the founding director of the Egan Maritime Institute and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. In 1994, he published his first book about the island’s history, Away Off Shore, followed by a study of Nantucket’s native legacy titled Abram’s Eyes.
Philbrick published In the Heart of the Sea in 2000, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. In 2003 Sea of Glory won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion-Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society. Mayflower was a finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and won the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction.  His newest book, which is due out in October is In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown.

His writing has also appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.

For over fifty years, the Sarah Josepha Hale Award has been given by the Trustees of the Richards Free Library in recognition of a distinguished body of written work in the field of literature and letters.  The award honors author, poet, and essayist Sarah Josepha Hale, who as editor of Godey’s Lady’s Magazine shaped the opinion of nineteenth century American women.  The list of Hale Award winners includes the finest writers of our times from Robert Frost in 1956 to Julia Alvarez in 2017.

For more information about the Hale award please contact Andrea Thorpe, Director of the Richards Free Library, Newport, NH at 603-863-3430 or rfl@newport.lib.nh.us.