Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Parent Recognition Month

February is Parent Recognition Month. The NH Children's Trust Fund (NHCTF)is looking to honor and recognize parents throughout communities in NH and would like to include parents from Rumney. If you know of some special parents(or grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents or adoptive parents) that should be honored, take a few minutes and write a paragraph or two on why you believe they should be nominated. Please contact Julie Day at jday@nhctf.org with questions or nominations. Nominations need to be submitted by January 15th, 2010.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We gave ourselves an early Christmas present with the addition of three National Book Award for 2009 winning books. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann was the fiction winner - In this book, McCann offers different perspectives on Phillippe Petit's famed high-wire walk between the World Trade Center twin towers. The nonfiction winning book is The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T J Stiles - This biography tells the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt who established a transportation empire that would sustain our fledling nation and lay the foundation of modern capitalism. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose won the award for literature for young people. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of a major, yet little-known, civil rights figure whose story provides a fresh perspective on the Montgomery bus protest of 1955-56.

We will be maintaining our regular hours during the Christmas/New Year season. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Book! Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer


With Champlain's Dream, historian David Hackett Fischer reconstructs what little is known of Samuel de Champlain's life and his vision for New France in North America. Not only was he an explorer, cartographer, and soldier, but he was also the administrator of the French settlement. His efforts included befriending Indian tribes (which angered those tribes' enemies) and trying to keep the peace. While he was tolerant of Protestants within New France, he also imposed an autocratic rule keeping tight rein over the settlers. Champlain's Dream has received mostly positive reviews with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saying, "Champlain's Dream is an important addition to the debate over the European settlement of the Americas, and an inspiring and bittersweet 'what if' in the history of colonial subjugation and exploitation."

Snowing but we are here!

Yes, we are open! The snow is sure coming down and my husband is very happy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New ! John Irving's New Book!


Dear Readers

Last Night in Twisted River is my twelfth novel. Only once before in The World According to Garp which was my fourth novel have I been able to insert the title of the novel into the last sentence. I don't always try to do that; I don't force it. But it’s usually an idea in the back of my mind, and if it works, I don't hesitate to do it.

I always begin with a last sentence; then I work my way backwards, through the plot, to where the story should begin. The last sentence I began with this time is as follows: He felt that the great adventure of his life was just beginning as his father must have felt, in the throes and dire circumstances of his last night in Twisted River. And there’s the title, waiting for you at the end of the story Last Night in Twisted River.

I was born and grew up in New Hampshire. My uncle was in the logging business, in the northern part of the state. When I was a teenager, there were big log drives on the Ammonoosuc and Androscoggin rivers.
My cousin Bayard is still a timberland man; he manages the Kennett Company in Conway, New Hampshire. He has taught me a lot about logging and lumber. When I was a teenager, my cousin Bayard also taught me how to walk on floating logs. (I wasn’t very good at it; Bayard was better.)

Part One of Last Night in Twisted River starts with a log drive in Coos County, New Hampshire, in 1954.
John Irving