The Reading List: Death & Dying

Welcome to The Reading List, a new occasional series where we provide some recommended reading on a topic! Note: This post has been edited and reposted to include additional titles. Hospice Health Foundation, an organization based here in Portsmouth, has hosted five Death Cafes. A worldwide phenomenon, the Death Cafe is a community event where participants gather … More The Reading List: Death & Dying

The Reading List: Novels about Immigrants

Welcome to The Reading List, a new occasional series where we provide some recommended reading on a topic! Next month, our Fiction Book Discussion Group will be led by former head of Public Services, Sherry Evans. All are welcome to read Family Life by Akhil Sharma. The Mishras come to America in the late-1970s, the father first, … More The Reading List: Novels about Immigrants

Guest Book Review: At the Existentialist Cafe

Please welcome Laura Stutz, who’s kicking off our Guest Book Reviews! Head to the bottom of this post for more information on submitting a guest review. It’s a Parisian café, in the late 1940’s. The devastating effects of WWII weigh heavily on the minds of two philosophers there, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, as … More Guest Book Review: At the Existentialist Cafe

Research Tips from Richard: Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library

Richard E. Winslow III, Local Historian Emeritus, has worked in Special Collections at the Portsmouth Public Library for 30 years. For one day each week, he offered patrons assistance with their research on a wide array of local history and genealogical topics – but every day Richard is in pursuit of history, visiting many local and regional collections. He … More Research Tips from Richard: Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library

Brilliance & Brutality: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

Empires die, like all of us dancers in the strobe-lit dark. See how the light needs shadows. Just before The Bone Clocks was published, David Mitchell wrote a Twitter story called “The Right Sort,” which has been collected in full on The Millions. Mitchell calls Neil Gaiman one of his greatest fantasy influences, and here … More Brilliance & Brutality: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks