A Trio of Books On Activism

Determined to recontextualize activism as increasingly modern phenomenon, Jaffe reports an inspiring collection of stories from recent history to emphasize modern participation in social justice movements. She reports on, among others, the Wisconsin teacher’s protest, Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, and the struggle for the ability to unionize at Walmart. Jaffe … More A Trio of Books On Activism

Lucy and Linh

Immigration is tough. High school is tougher.             Being a teenager is definitely a struggle, we all know this. Lucy’s whole life seems like a struggle sometimes. Her father works all day at a factory, while her mother sews illegally in their garage to make money, which has always been tight. Between school work, watching … More Lucy and Linh

Life With Preschoolers: Make a Big Impact Doing Small Things

If you haven’t been by our Youth Services department in a while, you have missed the launch of a program we are tickled to have started. Our Literacy Challenge of the Day is an initiative we are hoping will become a part of the daily lives of our young patrons and their families. We are … More Life With Preschoolers: Make a Big Impact Doing Small Things

The Good Braider packs insight and compassion through powerful verse

The Good Braider by Terry Farish (Marshall Cavendish, 2012) We are fortunate to have so many gifted writers in the Seacoast. Among our many treasures is a true gem- Terry Farish. Ms. Farish has written books for people of all ages from one of our favorite pictures books, The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup (Candlewick … More The Good Braider packs insight and compassion through powerful verse

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

French Fable, The Douglas Notebooks, a tale of whimsy

Book Review The Douglas Notebooks:  a fable. Review by Sherry Evans, Portsmouth Public Library The Douglas Notebooks:  a fable.  By Christine Eddie (2007)  Translated by Sheila Fischman (2013) This is one of the sweetest most charming novels I have ever read.  Every character is off center in little ways and quirky, big ways.  The book … More French Fable, The Douglas Notebooks, a tale of whimsy