> Granite State Readers Recommend
Patricia Frisella [July 2008]
Chaos of the Senses by Ahlam Mosteghanemi, translated from the Arabic by Baria Ahmar. On the surface this is a love story set in the political chaos of Algeria in the 1990's. The protagonist is a married woman, a writer, who creates an ideal lover who then appears in her life. Between the confusion of the civil war and the misty boundary between what is imagined and what is real in the story, the reader gets a true feeling of the chaos experienced by the protagonist.
Pat Frisella [March 2005]
President, Poetry Society of NH
Poetry 180, A Turning Back to Poetry by Billy Collins. It is a great collection of fairly contemporary poetry meant to entice people back to the joy of reading poetry. As Collins said somehwere or other, "High School is the place where poetry goes to die." This collection could bring it back to life for a lot of people.
Emmanuel Krasner [March 2005]
There are so many good books it is hard to single out any. I would recommend Steinbeck's The Moon is Down. It is probably out of print. But it is extremely topical. It chronicles the events in a small town in Norway during the German invasion and occupation of World War II. Since the Steinbeck book is probably inaccessible I would recommend Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country.
Gerald White [March 2005]
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Cyber-punk genre at its best an anonymous internet artist's identity discovered by an advertising genius.
Joyce White [February 2005]
Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw. While not a new book, I just recently read it. I like her style, which is casual, yet she surprises the reader with the occasional lovely phrase-turn. Ms. Greenlaw obviously loves her Maine island home and wryly pegs the different characters. She does not hide herself from us; we see that she still has room for growing up. Even as she tells us she despairs of ever settling down and having kids, she continues to hope to find the right man. While I have no illusion that I would ever be comfortable on a deepsea fishing boat, it was great to read of her everyday adventures and mishaps. I found myself hoping she could find a good man to share her life with, conversely, still hope she can be more comfortable/at peace with her life as it is.