Reading the States: New Hampshire

Friday, July 27, 2012


- Sea Glass* by Anita Shreve
- A Prayer for Own Meany* by John Irving
- The Vision of Emma Blau by Ursula Hegi
- A Separate Peace* by John Knowles
- A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal by Joan W. Blos
- Our Town* by Thornton Wilder
- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon* by Stephen King 
- The Night Strangers by Christopher A. Bohjalian
- Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
- The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott* by Kelly O'Connor McNees
- The Hotel New Hampshire* by John Irving
- The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
- Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

- Amoskeag by Tamara K. Hareven
- Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
- Inside Peyton Place by Emily Toth
- I'm a Stranger Here Myself* by Bill Bryson 

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State: 
- John Irving
- Jodi Picoult
- Elizabeth Yates
- Tom Eslick
- Grace Metalious
- Donald Hall
- Maxine Kumin
- Charles Simic

Authors Who Lived Here:
- J. D. Salinger
- Robert Frost
- Dan Brown

Great Bookstores:
White Birch Books 
*Books I've Read 

Photo by moi.


Sandy Nawrot said...

Wow, there are some good ones on this list! My daughter has to read A Separate Peace for summer reading and she is having a tough time with it. I'd really like to read it myself though.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sandy - I read that one in high school, but it definitely wasn't a favorite.

Mary R. said...

You have 3 excellent bookstores on your list, but here are some ones you should definitely check out: Gibson's (Concord); Toadstool (there are 3 locations, I like Keene best because it has a used book section); Water Street Books (Exeter).

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Mary R. - Thank you! I added them into the list. They all look great.

Mary R. said...

Nice update! The other author who comes to mind is Grace Metalious. She lived in NH most of her life and Peyton Place is set here as is some of her lesser known work. There are also quite a few poets connected with NH including Donald Hall, the late Maxine Kumin, and Charles Simic.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Mary R - Great recommendations, thanks!