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

Arabian Desert Setting for Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (2012) By Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library  Jeddeh, Saudi Arabia, 2010 Alan Clay has just travelled from his home in Boston to meet King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and convince him, through a high tech presentation, that he should purchase Reliant’s holographic software for the planned King … More Arabian Desert Setting for Hologram for the King

Russian Summer Camp Secrets in Scent of Pine

BOOK REVIEW The Scent of Pine by Lara Vapnyar (2014) By Sherry Evans, Head of Public Services February 11, 2014  At a professional conference in Saratoga Springs (NY), The Aesthetics of Oppression, two academics meet.  Instant attraction.  Lena, of Russian descent, married and the mother of two, is miserable generally and especially after not a soul … More Russian Summer Camp Secrets in Scent of Pine

Christmas past reveals secrets in Spirit of Steamboat

BOOK REVIEW        SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT:  a Walt Longmire Story (2013)  by Craig Johnson        Review by Sherry Evans,  Portsmouth Public Library _________________________________________________________________________ SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT:  A dandy of a Western, holiday yarn…. Spirit of Steamboat, a novella, begins in present day, but the majority of the book describes a Christmas Eve long past, 1988, when Sheriff Walt … More Christmas past reveals secrets in Spirit of Steamboat

Gentle man walks across Britain in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

 BOOK REVIEW                        by Sherry Evans, Head of Public Services, Portsmouth Public Library  (10.03.13) The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (2012) Proper Englishman, Harold Fry, is an unlikely pilgrim and hero.   At 65, retired, safe and bored in a very long marriage, Harold’s days pass unremarkably.  He feels he has led a completely … More Gentle man walks across Britain in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Claire of the Sea Light: Haitian Island Mystery

BOOK REVIEW Claire of the Sea Light   by Edwidge Danticat (2013) Review by Sherry Evans Seven year old Claire disappears, lost in the murky, magical shadows of the sea village, Ville Rose, in Haiti at precisely the moment when the villagers are mourning the death of a fisherman at sea.  Claire’s father Nozias, a fisherman, … More Claire of the Sea Light: Haitian Island Mystery

Road Trip Anyone? Wild Ride in Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Book Review The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison (2012) Review by Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library    ( Published in the Sunday Portsmouth Herald, August 11, 2013) Ask Listen Observe Help Ask Again Good advice for all of us in any sort of helping field but for Benjamin Benjamin (called Ben for obvious reasons) … More Road Trip Anyone? Wild Ride in Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Four strangers tell all in Trains and Lovers

Book Review   Trains and Lovers (2013) by Alexander McCall Smith Review by Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library Strangers united serendipitously by a train trip make delicious fodder for writers.  Think of what Agatha Christie did in the book Murder on the Orient Express.    No murders in Trains and Lovers, however, but when your characters  are … More Four strangers tell all in Trains and Lovers

Spy vs. spy in domestic thriller, The Expats

Book Review               By Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library The Expats by Chris Pavone (2012)  Marital disharmony meets spy thriller in Luxembourg in the fantastic debut novel, The Expats by Chris Pavone.  I want to create a new genre for this book – domestic thriller, with the word domestic representing the idea of household.  But would … More Spy vs. spy in domestic thriller, The Expats