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> Granite State Readers Recommend

Tuftonboro, NH

Cindy Barnard [March 2006]


The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is excellent. Characters leap off the page right from the first page. The author describes events so well that sometimes I had to put the book down for a few minutes to catch my breath. The setting is South Africa and you feel that YOU ARE THERE. This is a story about apartheid, about the human spirit and about faith.

Bob Osmond [February 2006]

Legacy of a Spy by Henry Maxfield, Southwick Publishers, c1958, republished 1986. One of the best spy novels I have ever read. A fast moving, suspenseful tale of espionage and counterintelligence with convincing characters. Maxfield's background, Army Air Corps in WWII and the CIA, adds credibility to a great read. He also wrote Another Spring depicting NH life fifty years ago in a small town: humor, romance, seduction and fascinating characters - a fun read.

Patricia W. Osmond [February 2006]

Board Member, Friends of the Library

Six Inches to England: An Anthology of Children's Stories compiled by Ferber & Harper, Andover Green Book Pub., Alton c2001. The stories from 24 countries were selected to build understanding between people and cultures, and show children the best of their world. The literary quality gives this book ageless appeal and the delightful illustrations are of excellent quality. Unfamiliar expressions are explained in the margins. Proceeds go to opening libraries in Russian villages.
Make a Hole in the Fence by Arjannikov & Ferber, Andover Green, Alton c2002. A touching diary of their first journey across Russia to open school libraries; written to bring understanding to a little understood country. The warmth and generosity of the Russian people of all ages are evident in both stories and photos. Title taken from a fence in Canterbury Village with a hole for a hydrangea to grow and bloom freely, as will strangers if they come to understand one another.
Neither Foreigners nor Strangers by Nokolai Arjannikov and Jeannie Ferber, Andover Green, Alton c2005. The authors founded ACCESS TO IDEAS, a nonprofit, to promote understanding between Russia and the US by opening libraries in Russian villages. In 5 years,7 libraries have been opened and furnished with 4000+ books. A wonderful tale amply illustrated with photos of the vast Russian landscape and the beautiful and loving people they met. Proceeds from the sale of this book support their work.

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