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> Granite State Readers Recommend

Portsmouth, NH

K. Turner [August 2008]
Pediatrician, parent of son with ADHD

No Mind Left Behind by Adam J. Cox, PHD. I recommend this book to all parents of children with ADHD. My teenage son has tested as gifted but didn't do as well as expected in school, where he was considered unmotivated (except when he was interested in the subject) and disorganized. This book clarified everything for us and gave us excellent tools to use. Last year we saw huge improvements within two weeks of reading the book and it's a shame we didn't discover it sooner.

 

Sherry Evans [Spring 2007]
Head of Public Services, Portsmouth Public Library

Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta. I love this book for its creative writing style, flow between the 70’s and the 90’s, and the way the story unfolds in flashbacks and time shifts.  Surprising action occurs even on the last page.  Two lovers who radically oppose the Vietnam War execute a bombing that goes terribly wrong.  Each goes underground and must stay there or face arrest and a probable prison sentence.   As the novel unfolds and the years go by, we learn historical facts about the protests and anarchism of the 70’s and in the Seattle area of the late 90’s.  Compassion, fervor, integrity, survival, sadness and humor all abound in a steady pace.  This book will leave you questioning your own values and beliefs. Also, The Echo Maker by Richard Powers. About a young man who sustains a serious head injury in an auto accident (no witnesses, slightly mysterious). He is near death when rescued. His only relative, his sister, returns to their home town to care for him. As he recovers, however, he regains language and memories but refuses to recognize her as his sister, claiming she is an imposter. Then his dog is an imposter; then his house is not really his house, his mailbox is not where it used to be. He is diagnosed with Capgras, result after brain trauma. Seamlessly woven with this main narrative are musings on the cranes who return to the Dakotas annually and the writings of a famous brain scientist who visits the brother as a medical consultant. It’s a great story which kept me riveted.

Charles A. Le Blanc [March 2006]
Supervisor - NHAIS Services @ State Library

One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw by Witold Rybczynski. This is hardly a page turner, however the subject pulls you deeper and deeper until you're wrapped in the early Middle Ages military history. From there the industrial revolution seems like a natural progression for this subject because of the turns that better previous fasteners. There's more to this title than simply a good turn.

 

Katherine Towler [March 2005]
Novelist and freelance writer

No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod. This novel is beautifully written and tells the moving story of a mining family from Cape Breton. MacLeod, a Canadian, is a superb writer, truly one of the greats writing in English today.

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