Books About New Hampshire
Personal Views: Essays, Journals, Etc.
365 Todays: John M. Blaisdell, Sanbornton, N.H., 1868: His Diary
Blaisdell, John M.
(Sant Bani Press, 1979)

John M. Blaisdell was a carpenter & inventor. His diary of farm life in 1868 has been well researched & edited by Evelyn Corliss Auger. Drawings of his carpentry work are included.

Alexander H. Ladd's Garden Book, 1888-1895: A 19th Century View Of Portsmouth
Ladd, Alexander H.
(Penobscot Press, 1997)

In his handwritten journal, Alexander H. Ladd recorded seven years of Portsmouth information, including notes on gardening, observations about the times and attitudes, personal reflections, and details about family and friends.

Along The Beaten Path: Collected Writings From A White Mountain Tramper
Dickerman, Mike
(White Mountain Publishing, 1994)

Collection of the author's columns on hiking which have appeared regularly in North Country newspapers. He writes of his personal back country experiences, including the obsessions of peakbagging, and the challenges and perils of all-season hiking.

Among The Isles Of Shoals
Thaxter, Celia
(J. R. Osgood, 1873)

Celia Thaxter spent most of her life on Appledore, one of the Isles of Shoals.

And Live Alone
Pitkin, Dorothy
(Pantheon, 1957)

The story of a year in N.H.

Another Part Of The War: The Camp Simon Story
Zahn, Gordon C.
(University of Massachusetts Press, 1979)

During WW II, conscientious objectors, such as the author, had the choice of performing work of "national importance" in the civilian sector, in places such as Camp Simon, a forestry camp, near Warner, N.H. Along with recounting his own experiences at Camp Simon, the author focuses on the problems the Civilian Public Service Program raised regarding conscientious objectors in a wartime democracy.

An Astronomer's Life
Frost, Edwin Brant
(Houghton, 1933)

Frost, the son of a Dartmouth professor, writes vividly of his boyhood and student years in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The Best Of Times
Paine, Philbrook
(Yankee, 1981)

Humorous recollections of a boyhood on a farm in Durham, N.H. in the 1920's.

Black Ice
Cary, Lorene
(Knopf, 1991)

In the early 1970's, St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., was recruiting black students. The author was one of the first black girls to attend that prestigious boarding school. After she graduated from college, she went back to St. Paul's as a teacher. This book describes her experiences both as a student & teacher, what she brought to the school & what she gained from her association with it.

A Brook Of Our Own
Harkness, Marjorie
(R.R. Smith, 1966)

Amusing stories of selling real estate in Tamworth, N.H. to city folks.

Call It Zest: The Vital Ingredient Over Seventy
Yates, Elizabeth
(Stephen Greene Press, 1977)

The author identifies "the vital ingredient after seventy": the quality of mind that keeps life interesting & productive. She interviews 17 men & women who are proof of this theory.

The Chanticleer Weathervane
Hill, Ruth Montgomery
(Jean Sargent, Laurel MD, 1992)

Jean Sargent has collected & illustrated the stories her mother wrote about her family which settled Northwood's Saddleback Mountain in the 1790s. Her ancestor, Daniel Hoitt, built his home on the mountain. The stories describe rural life in N.H. from the late 18th century to the early 20th century.

Childish Things: The Reminiscence Of Susan Baker Blunt
Blunt, Susan Baker
(Tompson & Rutter, 1988)

At the age of 85, the author recorded these reminiscences of her N.H. childhood. She was born in Thornton's Ferry, N.H. in 1828. During her first 15 years she saw the passing of the last Indians to roam the eastern countryside, the construction of the Amoskeag Mills & the arrival of the railroad.

A Chip Of Granite
Hough, Christine
(Adele Patch, 1988)

The author recalls her childhood on a Lebanon, N.H. farm in the late 19th century.

The Clock Turned Back: Reminiscences Of A Nineteenth Century Childhood
Goodwin, Harry Samuel
(Peter E. Randall, 1986)

The author, a 98 year old retired schoolmaster in Kittery, ME, recorded his boyhood memories of visits to his grandparents' farm in Union, N.H. This nostalgic look at rural life before the turn of the century includes his recollection of his grandfather stalking wild honey, & cider-making, & of his grandmother making candles, & drying apples. An enjoyable book.

Clothespins And Calendars: Recollections Of The Past
Halfmann, Eunice K.
(Phoenix Publishing, 1985)

The central character in the author's memoir is her mother, Pearl Johnson Whittemore, who spent most of her years in Plymouth, N.H., & whose life spanned the era of pioneer living & the technological inventions of the 20th century.

A Countdown At Eighty
Chapin, Henry
(William L. Bauhan, 1977)

The author, a N.E. writer & poet, looks back on his 80 years.

A Country Calendar
Willey, Wilbur
(Wildwood West, 1995)

This collection originally appeared in the White Mountain Shopper column, "Where There's a Will." The reader will enjoy reading these seasonal essays, one of which describes the efforts of two doctors to remove one little moth which had flown into the author's ear, while he was working in his garden.

Country Flavor
Pearson, Haydn S.
(Whittlesey, 1945)

Collection of brief essays on country living, from milking and Saturday nights, to woodsheds and apple butter.

A Country Life
Morse, William S.
(Moose Country Press, 1995)

The nintey year old author reminisces about country life in the early years of the 20th century. Being brought up on a North Country farm was no bed for roses. As a boy he was responsible for various chores, such as keeping the woodbox stocked, and feeding the livestock. His expereiences when milking an unwilling cow would make anyone think twice about becoming a dairy farmer. Morse tells it like it really was to be a farmer's boy -- hard work!

The Country Northward
Ford, Daniel
(New Hampshire Publishing Company, 1976)

Novelist Ford spent 2 weeks of July hiking across the White Mountains. In this book he describes his experiences on the trail, & tells of the people he met along the way.

The Diary Of Matthew Patten Of Bedford, N.H. 1754-1788
Patten, Matthew
(Picton Press, 1993)

First published in 1903 by the Town of Bedford, this new and expanded edition includes a name index. Matthew Patten was a carpenter and joiner, a farmer, a surveyor, and a probate judge. His diary, written in the form of daily account books, provides a comprehensive record of daily life in Bedford in the second half of the 18th century.

A Different Point Of View
Potter, Joey
(Peter E. Randall, 1986)

Despite struggling with the effects of the disease multiple sclerosis, the author, a former nurse, continues to be concerned with the problems of others, & organized a daytime multiple sclerosis support group. This book expresses her thoughts & feelings & reveals how she participated in her family's activities.

Domestic Affairs: Enduring The Pleasures Of Motherhood And Family Life
Maynard, Joyce
(Times Books, 1987)

Many of the stories included here first appeared in the author's syndicated news column on domestic affairs, which she writes from her N.H. home.

The Education Of A Yankee: An American Memoir
Hale, Judson
(Harper, 1987)

Biography of editor-in-chief of Yankee magazine & the Old Farmer's Almanac is rich in anecdotes about his unconventional parents, & his uncle, Robb Sagendorph, founder of Yankee.

Enduring Love: The Civil War Diaries Of Benjamin Franklin Pierce (14th New Hampshire Vol. Inf.) And His Wife Harriett Jane Goodwin Pierce
Pierce, Benjamin
(Thomas Publications, 1995)

The war diaries of New Hampshire soldier Benjamin Pierce and his wife Harriett.

Everything Happened Around The Switchboard
Hathaway, Michael R.
(Reflection Publications, 1996)

Mike Hathaway's parents were involved for thirty years with the Bryant Pond Telephone company, which became the only operating crank phone system remaining in the United States. Family life revolved around the switchboard in their home. This entertaining memoir includes stories of their relations with telephone customers, employees and their neighbors in this rural community.

Faces And Places: In The City
Clayton, John
(Peter E. Randall, 1995)

In his second anthology, Union Leader columnist John Clayton draws his material from Manchester's colorful past. The result is an irresistibly twisted mix of humor and history

Family Farm
Bradley, Dick
  (the author, 1988)

A collection of anecdotes from former legislator & N.H. farmer Dick Bradley, whose family has farmed in Thornton Gore, N.H. for 4 generations.

First Person, First Peoples: Native American College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories
Garrod, Andrew, edit.
(Cornell Univ. Press, 1997)

Essays by Native American graduates of Dartmouth College, detailing the struggles and adjustments they made.

The First Year Alone
Gordon, Beverly S.
(William L. Bauhan, 1986)

The author who along with her late husband taught for many years in the schools of Peterborough, N.H. has written a journal of that first year after her husband's sudden death. Because of physical disabilities due to multiple sclerosis, she depended on her husband for much more than love & comfort. Her diary tells how she dealt with everyday living, as well as coping with her grief, & provides a better understanding of the grieving process. Those who have recently lost loved ones will find inspiration & hope in this widow's journal.

The Fishbasket Papers: The Diaries, 1768-1823, Of Bradbury Jewell, Esquire, Of Tamworth, Durham, And Sandwich, New Hampshire
Jewell, Bradbury
(R.R. Smith, 1963)

Gives a lively picture of pioneer life in the forest wilderness of northern N.E. The Jewell papers cover nearly 6 decades, revealing the author as a man of his times, a rugged 18th century product.

Gilmanton Summers: Memories Of A New Hampshire Village In The Early 1900s
Cumming, Jane Scriven with Barbara Donahue
(Jane Scriven Cumming, 1995)

This book was written at the urging of the author's family, who wanted to hear stories of Gilmanton where their grandmother spent her childhood summers. This family memoir portrays the town, its houses, and families who lived there in the early 1900s. Many historic photographs of the town buildings, houses, and their residents illustrate the text.

Goodbye Highland Yankee: Stories Of A North Country Boyhood
Hastings, Scott E., Jr.
(Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1988)

Memoir of the author's growing up in northern VT & N.H. in the 1920's & 1930's. He lived in West Lebanon, N.H., a railroad town on the east bank of the Connecticut River.

The Hanover Scene
McCarter, William H.
(Dartmouth, 1957)

A collection of writings on Dartmouth College, originally published in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.

Heart Of New Hampshire
Weygandt, Cornelius
(Appleton-Century, 1944)

In this book & in New Hampshire Neighbors, November Rowen, & the White Hills, the homely things of N.H. life, its customs & its past, are written down for the reader's savoring.

Here At Eagle Pond
Hall, Donald
(Ticknor & Fields, 1990)

More essays drawn from the author's life at Eagle Pond Farm. Written over a period of 15 years, these essays have previously been published in magazines such as Harper's, New England Monthly & New Hampshire Profiles.

Hey Lady! How Did You Get Way Up Here?: Climbing The 4,000 Footers Of New Hampshire
Fracher, Judy
(Durand Press, 1996)

An account of one ordinary woman's extraordinary passion for hiking. Judy Fracher has taken journal entries from her climbs and compiled an amusing book. Fracher's ability to laugh at herself - with an offhand treatment of dehydration on the trail, inadvertent indecent exposure in an AMC hut and a hiking fashion sense - help keep each climb's account distinct and fresh.

High Sheriff; Being The Reminiscences Of James Welch, Former Sheriff Of Carroll County, New Hampshire
Welch, James
(Tamworth Historical Society, 1960)

Retiring in 1946 at the age of 69, Jim Welch filled 10 notebooks with reminiscences. The editors have tightened up the manuscript but preserved its essential flavor.

Holiday Hearsay
Clarke, Edmund P.
(Independent Press, 1939)

Essays celebrating the men and women who made New Hampshire what it is.

A Horse In The Ladies Room
Fuller, Mary Lou
(Kalm Publishing, 1997)

Enoch "Red" Fuller was innkeeper of the Fitzwilliam Inn for ten years, until his untimely death in 1973. His wife worked beside him as his apprentice and hostess. Readers will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at operating an Early American inn, facing challenges from both the building and its guests.

In Deep: Country Essays
Kumin, Maxine
(Viking, 1987)

The author, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet, lives on a farm in N.H. This collection of essays, written from a country perspective, allows us to travel the seasons of a country year, search for wild mushrooms, discover a nest of newborn herons & learn about the habits of Highland cattle.

In The City
(Clayton Place Publishing, 1993)
Faces and Places In The City (Peter E. Randall, 1995)
Stark Realities In The City (Peter E. Randall, 1997)
Clayton, John

John Clayton's columns in the Manchester Union Leader take a look at Manchester, its people, and the city's history. These three compilations of his columns are enjoyable reading from the man who hosts "New Hampshire Crossroads".

In Their Time
Duchesne, Helen
(Bear Mountain Cove Press, 1997)

A collection of the author's columns, originally published in the Andover Beacon, chronicle her mother's early life growing up on a farm in the early part of the 20th century.

Interlude In The Forties: Memories Of Dartmouth And The War
Heussler, Robert
(Dartmouth Bookstore, 1980)

The story of the Dartmouth Squadron formed in 1942 is told here by one of its members. He gives us nostalgic glimpses of Dartmouth just before WW II & recounts the humor & pathos of army life.

Is There A Doctor In The Barn? A Day In The Life Of Forrest F. Tenney, Veterinarian
Yates, Elizabeth
(Dutton, 1966)

A typical day in the life of a Peterborough, N.H. veterinarian with a description of his boyhood & youth in Antrim, N.H.

An Island Garden
Thaxter, Celia Laighton
(Heritage Books, 1978)

This book on the 19th century author & poet's flower garden on Appledore Island was first published in 1894. Childe Hassam, a leading impressionist & a regular Appledore visitor provided the illustrations.

It Happened In New Hampshire
Downey, Fairfax
(Tompson & Rutter, 1981)

The N.H. natives' traits of character, manner of speech & the N.H. way of doing things are highlighted in this humorous collection of true stories from the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region.

John Goffe's Mill
Woodbury, George
(Norton, 1948)

Delighful account of the rebuilding of an old mill.

Journal Of A Solitude
Sarton, May
(Norton, 1973)

A thoughtful journal spanning a year of changing seasons & reflecting her thoughts on the deeper meaning of her home (in Nelson, N.H.), her daily activities & her philosophy of life.

Journal of Enoch Hayes Place
Place, Enoch Hayes
(New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1998)

The journal of New Hampshire resident Enoch Place, covering the period 1786-1865.

Joys And Sorrows Of An Automobilist
James, Walter
(Earth Heart, 1992)

The manuscript for this little book was found by the author's grandchildren while clearing out family papers. James owned a farm near Portsmouth, N.H. & commuted to MIT in Cambridge, MA where he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In 1918 after buying his first car, a 1912 Cadillac, which would nowadays be considered a "lemon", he then purchased a 1918 Model T Ford. His adventures with both these vehicles are told in this fascinating account of early motoring in N.E.

Language Of The Forest
McKenney, C. Ross
(North Country Press, 1997)


Letters From A Sharpshooter
Greene, William B.
(Historic Publications, 1993)

In 1861, at the age of 17, William B. Greene of Raymond, N.H., against his mother's wishes, joined the Army, & became part of a special regiment known as Berdan's Sharpshooters. This collection of Civil War letters to & from William B. Greene & his family makes fascinating reading. He returned home unscathed after the Army of the Potomac was disbanded in 1865.

Life By The Tracks: When Passenger Trains Steamed Through The Notch
Downs, Virginia C.
(Phoenix Publishing Company, 1983)

The Evans family grew up in a Maine Central Railroad section house on the desolate slope of Mt. Willard in Crawford Notch, N.H. Their widowed mother, Hattie, fed & housed the section men who maintained that part of the steep mountain grade. In this oral history, the Evans family share their memories of a hard but rewarding life by the tracks.

The Lighted Heart
Yates, Elizabeth
(Dutton, 1960)

N.H. author describes the joys of country living & her husband's courage & skill in adjusting to a new life of blindness.

Live Free Or Die: A Conservative Former Governor Speaks Out On Our Vanishing Freedoms
Thomson, Meldrim, Jr.
(Equity Publishing Company, 1979)

A collection of addresses made by Governor Thomson during his 6 years in office.

The Long Journey Home
Ferland, Carol
(Knopf, 1980)

The record of a year when the author, a N.H. resident, lost her sanity, & the long, painful journey back.

Love, Miracles, And Animal Healing: A Vetrinarian's Journey From Physical Medicine To Spiritual Understanding
Schoen, Allen M.
(Simon & Schuster, 1995)

New Hampshire veterinarian Schoen shares his holistic view of animal healing in the form of instruction and example: loving tales of the animals and people he has known.

The Man With A Steel Guitar: A Portrait Of Ambition, Desperation And Crime
Greenberg, Norman
(University of New England, 1980)

This life history of a former inmate of New Hampshire State Prison, as told to Norman Greenberg, is an absorbing story of a successful country musician who turned to armed robbery.

A Mix Of Years
Morse, William S.
(Moose Country Press, 1998)

A continuation of his 1995 A Country Life, A Mix of Years covers a lot of territory, from the author's ruminations on what constitutes a "Yankee," to his three boyhood years spent in the Tip Top House at the summit of Mt. Moosilauke, to his work as a surveyor and a logger.

More Than Land
Chase, Heman
(William L. Bauhan, 1978)

Chase shares his experiences as a surveyor in VT & N.H. Dry humor permeates his sketches of rural life.

Mosquitobush: Stories And Prints
Tolman, Francis W.
(Richard Smith, 1963)

Brief anecdotes of a tiny N.H. community gathered around a sawmill & now forever gone. Block prints & sketches, as well as the stories, portray the people the author knew as a boy.

Mountain Summers: Tales Of Hiking And Exploration In The White Mountains From 1878-1886 As Seen Through The Eyes Of Women
Rowan, Peter and June Hammond Rowan
(Gulfside Press, 1995)

In the late 19th century, the four women of Mountain Summers explored the White Mountains, botanized, surveyed new trails and wrote letters to each other about their discoveries. This collection of letters and diary entries provide a fascinating look at the early days of mountain adventure from a uniquely female perspective. The editors' introduction includes biographical sketches of the writers, who were members of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

New England Flavor: Memories Of A Country Boyhood
Pearson, Haydn S.
(Norton, 1961)

Nostalgic memories of Hancock, N.H. farm life at the turn of the century.

The New England Year
Pearson, Haydn, S.
(Norton, 1966)

Delightful, reflective & nostalgic account of N.E. life arranged chronologically by month.

New Hampshire Neighbors: Country Folks And Things In The White Hills
Weygandt, Cornelius
(Holt, 1937)

The book is composed of a series of short papers on the simple everyday doings of the people of present day New Hampshire, with some glimpses and photographs of an earlier day.

New Hampshire vs. Vermont: Sibling Rivalry Between The Twin States
Shaw, Lisa, editor
(William Hill Publishing, 1997)

This collection of provocative writings will continue to stir up the rivalry between the twin states. The writers include Senator Judd Gregg who defends New Hampshire in a tongue in cheek letter to Click and Clack on the National Public Radio Program, "Car Talk"; Donald Hall on why he hates Vermont; Mike Barnicle on why he hates New Hampshire; Donna Debuc on the twin states' common dislike of Massachusetts; and Judson Hale, describing Vermont and New Hampshire as brothers who have had their differences, but are getting along in years.

North Of Monadnock
Tolman, Newton F.
(Little, Brown, 1961)

A sophisticated view of present-day country living by a man whose family roots in Nelson, N.H. go back several generations.

North Of Now: A Celebration Of Country And The Soon To Be Gone
Wetherell, W. D.

Wetherell reminds us of the simple pleasures of life that can still be enjoyed in a rural community, even in this fast changing society. Writing about topics such as play, village life, reading, quiet, wild trout, he makes us see what is worth preserving and what really matters. The author lives in rural New Hampshire.

One Backward Glance
Lamson, Everett C., Jr.
(Affiliated Service of Vermont, 1980)

Lamson's previous book, The Old Exeter Pottery Works, contained a chapter "Rambling reminiscences of a grandson." This new work is a sequel to that chapter, & tells the story of several young boys growing up in Exeter, N.H. during the 1920's & 1930's.

The Only Place To Be: The Autobiography Of Olive Gardner Cole Whitemen
Whiteman, Olive
(Muriel Frances Cole, Enfield, 1993)

At her death, the author left behind stacks of handwritten manuscripts containing autobiographical stories & fictional writings based on her life. She grew up on an isolated farm in Grafton, N.H., married in 1925 at the age of 17, raised 7 children on a farm in Lebanon, N.H. The majority of the book tells of her life growing up on the farm. Copies of family photographs illustrate the text. A fascinating look back at rural life in early 20th century N.H.

Open For The Season
Abbott, Karl P.
(Doubleday, 1950)

Reminiscences of an American hotel man, who with his father before him, completed the 130th consecutive season of their resort-hotel management in 1949 in Bethlehem, NH.

Our Last Backpack
Doan, Daniel
(Backcountry Publications, 1993)

Doan's account of a week long hike along the Mahoosuc Range of northern N.H. in 1966 with his life-long hiking companion, Claud Sharps, displays the contrast in cultures between the two aging mountain men & the new backpacking generation.

Our Loons Are Always Laughing
Tolman, Newton F.
(Washburn, 1963)

Witty & penetrating observations on N.E. life.

Patch Work: Stories Of North Country Women
Schafer, Marion B., editor
(New Hampshire Technical College-Berlin, 1992)

Profiles of 10 North Country women written by 10 other women studying at New Hampshire Technical College in Berlin, N.H. The subjects are women "whose lives, like pieces of patchwork, are diverse yet unified by common themes: persistance, adaptability, services, accomplishment & goodwill." Includes profiles of nurse practitioner Jean Charest, poet Agnes Deering of Guildhall & Audrey Noyes of Colebrook, N.H.

Pep, Pills and Politics; An Odyssey Of Two States
Hopkins, Arthur Warren
(Vermont Printing Co., 1944)

Tells of the author's life as a country doctor in West Swanzey, along the Vermont border.

The Place He Made
Clark, Edie
(Villard, 1995)

Set against the rhythms of rural New England life -- gardening, remodeling old buildings, hiking -- Clark's tale chronicles her love for a local carpenter, their courtship, their shared experience in battling cancer (both his and hers), his death, and then her grief. Clark bravely rips the covers off uncomfortable subjects like forbidden love, disease, and death -- but she does it with such sincerity and grace that the reader is enriched rather than saddened or appalled.

Plant Dreaming Deep
Sarton, May
(Norton, 1968)

The poet/novelist buys & restores an old house in Nelson, N.H. & describes the problems, joys & satisfactions of putting down roots in her new environment.

Plymouth - Where My Viewpoints Crossed
Hogan, James
(Clifford Nicol Publishers, 1985)

While the author was a member of the Social Science Department at Plymouth State College from 1953 to 1982, the college grew from a small state teachers college to a multipurpose educational institution. In this memoir, we learn about the college & its community during the 30 years that Hogan challenged his students to look at the world from many viewpoints.

Poisoned Ivy
Hart, Benjamin
(Stein & Day, 1984)

Like his father & grandfather before him, Benjamin Hart entered Dartmouth College. During his years there, he was a founder of Dartmouth Review, an off-campus newspaper. As he was distributing copies of the newspaper, he was bitten by a college administrator. The faculty voted overwhelmingly to condemn the newspaper, not the administrator.

Principal Products Of Portugal
Hall, Donald
(Beacon Press, 1995)

In this collection of prose writings, Donald Hall reflects on some of the things he holds most dear. The essays cover subjects such as baseball, poetry, reading out loud, artists and writers, and his family home at Eagle Pond.

A Question Of Age: The Dorm And I
Martin, Kathryn
(Tompson & Rutter, 1981)

After raising her children on her own, & teaching for 27 years, the author, a fellow of the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, N.H.), found retirement was not what she expected. Becoming a housemother at a small N.H. college made her aware of the younger generation's problems, & helped her deal with her own. Her journal takes us through a college year.

Recollections Of A Salt Marsh Farmer
Fogg, John D.
(Historical Society of Seabrook, 1983)

Describes salt haying & farming at Hampton Falls & Seabrook, N.H. in the early 1900's.

Reflections Along The Contoocook
Heath, Thelma
(Contoocook River Improvement Society, 1984)

Memories of bygone summer days on the Contoocook River are recalled in this oral history.

Religion And Domestic Violence In Early New England: The Memoirs Of Abigail Abbot Bailey
Taves, Ann, editor
(Indiana University Press, 1989)

Abigail Abbot, born in 1746, married Asa Bailey, a respected N.H. landowner, when she was 22 years old. From the first, her husband abused her physically & psychologically. After 26 years of marriage & 14 children, she decided to separate from him when she found out he had committed incest with his 16 year old daughter. She eventually succeeded in using legal means to obtain first a property settlement & then a divorce.

Report From The Village
Paine, Philbrook
(Norton, 1965)

More anecdotes on N.H. village life & the delights & woes of country living.

Respecting The Pupil: Essays On Teaching Able Students
Cole, Donald B., edit.
(Phillips Exeter Academy Press, 1981)

Essays about Phillips Exeter Academy.

Seasons At Eagle Pond
Hall, Donald
(Ticknor & Fields, 1987)

Four essays, previously published in Harper's and the Boston Globe, describe the seasons in N.H. & their effects on the lives of its residents, including the author.

Sense of Humus
Damon, Bertha
(Simon & Schuster, 1943)

The author describes the difficulties of gardening among the rocks, and the lack of humus, on her New Hampshire farm.

Simple Gifts: A Memoir Of A Shaker Village
Sprigg, June
(Knopf, 1998)

As a college student the author spent three summers as an intern at the Canterbury Shaker Village where she got to know the surviving Shaker women. She chronicles the daily life of the village in the 1970s, and using old records and journals she brings to life the generations of Shakers from the 18th century to the present.

Sisters Of Fortune: Being The True Story Of How Three Motherless Sisters Saved Their Home In New England And Raised Their Younger Brother While Their Father Went Fortune Hunting In The California Gold Rush
Heffernan, Nancy & Anne Page Steckler, Editors
(University press of New England, 1993)

At the age of 53, James Wilson Jr., a former congressman from Keene, N.H., left his 3 daughters & young son to seek his fortune in the California gold rush. He was away from his home state for 12 years, first winning, then losing a fortune, before returning to N.H. His daughters wrote their father almost 390 letters during his absence.

The Skiing Life
Baldwin, Henry Ives
  (the author, 1989)

Skiing was very much a part of the author's life. This book is an autobiography of his first 90 years on skis, an essential means of gaining access to the environment. He was a research forester for the state of N.H. for 30 years.

Small Town Tales; A Brookline Boyhood
Hall, Sidney
(Hobblebush Books, 1997)

Collection of columns originally published in the Hollis/Brookline Journal. The author recollects his boyhood in Brookline, New Hampshire.

Smoke From A Thousand Campfires
Doherty, Paul T.
 (the author, 1992)

Doherty served as Chief Conservation Officer for New Hampsire Fish & Game Department, the first chief of the Bureau of Off-Highway Vehicles & Director of the New Hampshire Parks & Recreation Division. In this book he recounts his life involved with the outdoors. Throughout his career, he met many interesting & colorful characters. He has crossed trails with many famous men, such as President Eisenhower, William O. Douglas & Sherman Adams. Regarded as one of the state's leading outdoorsmen & an authority on search & rescue, his Northwoodsman column was a regular feature in north county papers.

So Early In The Morning
Mathews, Loulie Albee
(Cabinet Press, 1953)

Memoirs of a childhood spent in New Castle, in 1880's.

Spanning Time: A Diary Keeper Becomes A Writer
Yates, Elizabeth
(Cobblestone Publishing, 1996)

A collection of the author's early diaries, My Diary, My World, together with My Widening World, and One Writer's World, beginning in 1917 and ending in 1951, when she won the Newbery Medal for her book, Amos Fortune, These diaries will be enjoyed by earders of any age.

Sprays Of Salt: Reminiscences Of A Native Shoaler
Downs, John W.
(Peter E. Randall, 1997)

First published by the author in 1944, Sprays of Salt recounts every day living on the Isles of Shoals at the end of the nineteenth century.

Squarely Behind The Beaver
Paine, Philbrook
(Norton, 1963)

Humorous anecdotes of the years after the author forsook a public relations firm in Boston, MA to live on the old family homestead in Durham, N.H. & began a new career as a newspaper writer.

State Of Granite: What Makes New Hampshire Work?
Falvey, Jack
 (the author, 1994)

Collection of columns which previously appeared in the New Hampshire Sunday News, under the heading, State of Growth. The author states his opinions on why New Hampshire is a good place to live and work, how small business can succeed in this state, and marketing New Hampshire. Falvey, a resident of Londonderry, is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and keynote speaker at national sales meetings.

The Strange Career Of Dr. Wilkins
Bowers, Q. David
(Bowers and Merena Galleries, 1987)

Dr. George G. Wilkins, who practiced dentistry in Pittsfield, N.H., in the 19th century, advertised his trade by counter-stamping coins in circulation, particularly one-cent coins. The author, a coin collector, provides us with a history of counterstamped coins & an interesting profile of Dr. Wilkins.

String Too Short To Be Saved
Hall, Donald
(Viking, 1961)

A poet & teacher recalls boyhood experiences on a N.H. farm in the 1930's.

Sunny Meadows
Dreier, Thomas
  (the Stratford Co., 1933)

A book of stories, essays and paragraphs about the joys of living on a New Hampshire farm.

Sunnyside Files Of Sarah Norris Brown; Her Diaries And Receipts
Crowell, Suzanne Perfect
(Gemeinschaft Farms, 1976)

Suzanne Crowell has edited her great-grandmother's diaries, which chronicle her life in Hampton Falls, N.H.

Sunnyside Household Notes And Anecdotes
Crowell, Suzanne P.
(author, 1977)

The author of Sunnyside Files has again delved into diaries, notebooks, old albums, etc., & has come up with another book on life in rural N.E. during the Victorian & Edwardian eras.

Tales From The Edge Of The Woods
Lange, Willem
(Univ. Press of New England, 1998)

Attending a prep school in Massachusetts was Lange's first experience of living in New England. Since then he has been collecting and writing stories about the region and observations about its people. His weekly column, A Yankee Notebook, appears in several New England newspapers.

Tales Of An Outdoorsman
Nichols, Harris W.
  (the author, 1997)

The author's love of the outdoors shines through this autobiography, which is written in a journal entry style. The book is divided into six parts, covering his school days, work, army life during World War II, employment with the State of New Hampshire, hunting and fishing, and life in a small town. Nichols was a town selectman in Milan for over twenty-seven years.

That Darned Minister's Son
Pearson, Haydn S.
(Doubleday, 1950)

Country Flavor & many other volumes retell with zest & humor the author's country life in southern N.H.

There Is A Child Hidden In This Picture
Cole, Muriel F.
(New Victorian Publishers, 1991)

Muriel Cole spent 4 years teaching in an open classroom in rural N.H. This first person account relates her experiences in this revolutionary teaching environment. She writes of her conflicts with administration & other teachers & of her fears about teaching.

They Stole The Town Of Derry: A Nostalgic Essay
Thibeault, Bill
(Thibeault Publications - Canton MA, 1993)

The author, who was born & grew up in Derry, N.H., has written down his memories of the town, when the population was about 1,500 & everyone knew each other. A graduate from Pinkerton Academy in 1954, he is presently a town manager in MA, but he has never forgotten his boyhood home.

Three Days On The White Mountains
Ball, Benjamin
(Nathaniel Noyes, 1856)

First person account of a fall hike on Mt. Washington which turned disastrous.

Traditions & Transitions: Every Person Is A Book
Lam, Laurie
(Barrington Public Library, 1995)

This publication is the result of an oral history project of the Barrington Public Library, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1995. interviews with 24 residents are recorded here. Many of the interviewees were born in Barrington. Others give their reasons for moving there. A line from the poem, "Past Perfect", by Barrington resident Marie Harris, stresses the importance of oral history, "Our stories illuminate corners of the past."

Treetops: A Family Memoir
Cheever, Susan
(Bantam Books, 1991)

A companion volume to Home before dark in which the author wrote about her father, John Cheever. In this work she writes about her mother's family. Her great-grandfather was Thomas Watson, who along with Alexander Graham Bell worked on the invention of the telephone. Watson built a summer retreat called Treetops, overlooking Newfound Lake in N.H., where several generations of his family spent their summers.

Two Shakes Of A Lamb's Tail, Or Rambles And Bygones From "Long Look Farm" New Hampshire
Smith, Marjorie Whalen
  (the author, 1989)

A collection of articles on rural life in N.H, the majority of which were published in the Keene Sentinel between 1962 & 1985.

Two Years In The Life Of A Sugar Hill Farmer: Two Diaries Kept By Ward Colley Of Sugar Hill, 1851-1859, And A 1938 Monograph By Mr. Henry Crapo About Late 19th Century Life And People In Sugar Hill
Aldrich, Roger H., transcriber
(Sugar Hill Historical Museum, 1994)

Sugar Hill Historical Museum acquired the manuscript diaries of Ward Colley, a farmer in Sugar Hill in the 19th century, before moving to Iowa. Aldrich, who as a young boy lived on the "Colley farm" when Henry Crapo owned it, has transcribed the diaries. A paper by Henry Crapo is included which gives some information about the early settlers of Sugar Hill and the Colley family.

Very Poor And Of A Lo Make: The Journal Of Abner Sanger, Covering The Years 1774-1782 In Keene, New Hampshire, And 1791-1794 In Dublin, New Hampshire
Stabler, Lois, K., editor
(Peter E. Randall, 1986)

The journal of Abner Sanger has been transcribed in its entirety from the manuscript copy in the Library of Congress. Sanger was a common man, who played no significant role in the settlement of his community. He was literate, well read & well informed about current affairs. He wrote about food, clothing, education & literature; illness & medicine, & house and tools. The journal refers to more than a thousand people, for many of whom the editor has supplied biographical notes. This is a good social history of an important period in American history.

Walking The Dead Diamond River
Hoagland, Edward
(Random, 1973)

Collected essays, several with N.H. settings.

When I Was A Little Girl
Qualey, Elizabeth Cummings
(Madison Town and School Library, 1981)

The author, sister of e.e. cummings, wrote these memoirs 30 years ago for her children. She recounts her childhood in Cambridge, MA, including summers spent at Silver Lake, N.H. during the period prior to World War I.

When My World Was Young
Kinne, Norman H.
(Fox Publishing, 1979)

In this collection of anecdotes previously published in the Littleton Courier, the author recalls his childhood on a farm in West Littleton, N.H., during the early years of the 20th century. He went to school in Pattonville, a village which no longer exists, having been flooded to make way for the Moore Dam.

Where Does It Hurt? The Story Of A New England Country Doctor
Gould, Aubrey V.
(Fieldside Press, 1987)

Reminiscences of a general practitioner & surgeon in a N.E. small town. He regrets that the fear of malpractice suits has adversely affected the practice of medicine. After retirement from general practice, the author worked as a school physician & medical director of a nursing home.

Why I'll Never Hike The Appalachian Trail: More Writings From A White Mountain Tramper
Dickerman, Mike
(Bondcliff Books, 1997)

Second collection of tales from the author's popular hiking column, "The Beaten Path". Includes informative pieces on early White Mountain exploration, winter life atop Mount Washington, mountaineering accidents, use of cellular phones in the backcountry, and a "top notch" quiz to test your knowledge of the White Mountains.

Winnipesaukee; A Potpourri
Clarke, Edmund Palmer
  (the Record Press, 1935)

These papers are attempts to capture the many moods conjured during a long winter's remembering of a short summer's holiday on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and among the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Winnowings From The Granite State: Reflections On Country Living
Fitts, Henry
(Tompson & Rutter, 1982)

Selections from the author's column "Winnowings", in local newspapers of Newport and Keene, N.H. Whimsical essays on country living.

>A Woman Doctor's Civil War: Esther Hill Hawks' Diary
Hawks, Esther Hill
(University of South Carolina, 1984)

The author of this diary was one of America's first female physicians. Before the Civil War, she & her husband, John Milton Hawks, also a physician, had a practice in Manchester, N.H. In 1862, she joined her husband on the Sea Islands of S.C., to minister to black Union troops & newly-freed slaves as teacher & doctor. Her diary covers the Civil War & Reconstruction periods. The South she describes consists of carpetbaggers, occupation troops far from home, zealous missionaries, freed slaves & their hungry children.

Women, Animals, And Vegetables: Essays And Stories
Kumin, Maxine
(Norton, 1994)

Maxine Kumin moved her family to New Hampshire in the 1970's. Her love of country living is evident in this collection of essays and stories, which cover such topics as the long-awaited birth of a foal, the rehabilitation of an abused mare, and the antics of her dog, Rilke.

Yankee Editor
Bennet, Edward Jackson
(Pasquaney Press, 1987)

Over 60 years of N.E. living are recalled in this collection of anecdotes & vignettes. The author was the editor & owner of the Claremont Daily Eagle, a state representative, a town officer, & former director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development.

Yankee In Africa
Morse, Ira H. & Julie B.
(Stratford, 1936)

In their home town of Warren, NH, the authors established a museum of African trophies. The first half of the book is Mr. Morse's story of a hunting trip to Kenya in 1927. In the second half, Mrs. Morse tells of her first trip to Kenya in 1934.

Years Of Practice: A Doctor Looks Back. Medicine's Changing Face In Manchester, New Hampshire, 1955-1996
Snow, David B.
  (the author, 1997)

When the author began his private practice in Manchester in the 1950s, conditions for doctors and patients were very different from the present day. Dr. Snow looks back at those early years, when there was little paramedical support structure from the community. He reviews the emergence of ambulance service and emergency room staffing, and hospital growth and mergers. His memoirs include amusing, heartwarming vignettes of patient encounters. skip navigation
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