Book of the Week (6/18/18)

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan (New York: Amberjack Publishing, 2018).
Seventeen-year-old Mattie is hiding her obsession with Harry Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich from everyone, including her best friend Stella. When Stella takes off to boarding school for the summer, all of Mattie's anxieties bubble to the surface, leaving her feeling adrift. To distract herself, she seeks out Miyu, the reclusive daughter of a world-renowned escape artist whose life and career were snuffed out by a tragic plane crash.

With Miyu's help, Mattie secretly transforms herself into a burgeoning escapologist and performance artist. Away from the curious eyes of her peers, she thrives in her new world of lock picking, straitjackets, and aquarium escapes. But when Will, a popular varsity athlete from her high school, discovers her act at an underground venue, she fears that her double life is about to be exposed. But instead of outing her, Will tells Mattie something he's never told anyone before and the two of them find out that not all secrets can remain secret forever.

Told through the perspectives of the witty main characters, this funny and fresh debut explores the power of stage personas and secret spaces, and speaks to the uncanny ways in which friendships transform us. -- Publisher's blurb.
Erin Callahan will be presenting her debut novel The Art of Escaping at Gibson's Bookstore on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.


Book of the Week (6/11/2018)

Lou D'Allesandro, Lion of the New Hampshire Senate and Thoughts for Presidential Hopefuls by Mark Bodanza (and Lou D'Allesandro) (Leominster, MA : North Hill Press, 2018).

Mark C. Bodanza and Lou D'Allesandro have co-authored a memoir tracing the life of New Hampshire's Democratic Party patriarch, Lou D'Allesandro. The memoir traces Lou's 40+ years serving the state of NH as an elected official and a key player in many first-in-the-nation primaries.
Lou D’Allesandro has faced a wide variety of circumstances during a colorful lifetime. His story is noteworthy, especially for a country in which leadership is more important than ever.
From the challenges and opportunities of youth, and through the vagaries of politics and higher education experienced in later years, Lou D’Allesandro has faced a wide variety of circumstances during a colorful lifetime. Mix in his role as power broker in the Nation’s first Presidential Primary and you have a story with little to compare.
There may have been little to predict the trajectory of Lou’s life in politics from his youthful school days, but the whole of the New Hampshire State Senator’s life has been one filled with surprise and the unexpected. Lou’s story is a compelling one. It demonstrates that all things are possible and even more importantly the value of genuine relationships based on trust and service. Lou’s political acumen is an example of hard work and not of advanced polls or fancy metrics – something earned, one conversation, one handshake at a time. His story is noteworthy, especially for a country in which leadership is more important than ever.
Join both Mark Bodanza and Lou D'Allesandro at Gibson's Bookstore on Thursday, June 14th, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. where they will present their co-authored memoir.


NH Libraries will ‘Rock Out’ This Summer

New Hampshire libraries will pump up the volume in the coming months for this year’s Summer Reading Program theme, “Libraries Rock!”

Library patrons statewide will be invited to make musical instruments, write songs, learn about music from different countries and be inspired by musicians of all kinds. Books, magazines, movies and more are available for patrons looking for new ways to experience music.

The State Library’s “Kids, Books and the Arts” grant program will fund special events by juried performers at libraries across the state, making the “Libraries Rock” theme even more fun.

Designed to help strengthen literacy skills in young people of all ages, the Summer Reading Program lays the groundwork for preschoolers to become lifelong readers and learners, helps elementary school children develop positive attitudes about reading, and strengthens the high level of literacy that teens need for higher education and future employment.

Students who read at least four books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. Nine out of ten kids say they are more likely to finish a book they’ve picked out themselves; summer Reading Program participants may choose to read whichever books they want, including those not related to the “Libraries Rock” theme.

Visit your local library this summer and join in the fun!


Book of the Week (6/4/2018)

A Girl Named Truth by Alethea Kehas (NH: Alethea Kehas, 2017).

New Hampshire author Alethea Kehas's healing and spiritual journey led her to write her memoir A Girl Named Truth. But, as the author says, "as one person told me, these stories are not just [my] stories, they tell universal truths."
Some mystics believe we choose our name, along with our life's lessons, before we are born. The name we select becomes our constant guide, helping us to navigate the journey ahead. In her memoir, A Girl Named Truth, Alethea explores the subjective nature of truth while she untangles the uncomfortable wrap of narratives she was raised on. Her name serves as her beacon, guiding her to heal and find the inner voice of her own truth. The author's story begins with her formative years, when her mother left her father and went into hiding with the Hare Krishnas. Months later, the young Alethea finds herself living 3,000 miles away from her extended family, trying to love a new father and forget the one she has left behind. Only she never forgets...A Girl Named Truth is a story of loss, love and the redemptive power of awakening a silenced voice. -- Publisher's blurb.