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For LiveWell
Thursday, May 04, 2017

When we think about travel, we are reminded that we live in one of the most beautiful and extraordinary places on Earth, right here in New Hampshire. Here are some books to encourage exploring what is right in your backyard, hitting the road to see the other states or letting the power of fiction take you to worlds we may never see, but perhaps can better understand.

Off the Beaten Path

By Barbara and Stillman Rogers

Still the best travel book for New Hampshire, the collection encourages you to discover some of the places that get dropped from the bigger guide books. So many amazing places to explore, all in a day’s trip, that you’ll want to keep this one in the car.

Big Trees of New Hampshire

By Kevin Martin

Grab the kids and take some short hikes to witness the trees determined by the N.H. Big Tree Program to be the biggest in the state. Set up like an adventure to find the tree, it is loaded with facts about the trees and the surrounding environment, proving that adventures always lead to further discovery. Be sure to check out the huge Mulberry Tree in Warner’s Jim Mitchell Community Park, designated the biggest in N.H. and perhaps New England.

Mount Kearsarge

By Larry Sullivan

Hiking Mt. Kearsarge is a mainstay for all of us in this region. Afterwards, you will want to know all about this mountain, its history and famous stories. The best compilation of this history has been done here by Larry Sullivan, and acclaimed artist Mimi Wiggin contributes the gorgeous original artwork throughout the book. This is a keepsake.

Smart About the 50 States

Maryann Cocca-Leffler and True Kelley

Thinking about touring the country with the kids? Take this along to get them ready with interesting facts and highlights along the way, Sure to engage and educate and prepare them for the next adventure.

Walking to Listen

By Andrew Forsthoefel

Massachusetts native and recent college graduate Andrew Forsthoefel decided to walk the continent to listen and learn through his many rich encounters with strangers. Taking the southern route, he travels through areas of extreme poverty and unimaginable diversity to hear their stories and receive their advice along the way. Beautifully written, an escape into the forgotten areas of our country.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

By Lisa See

One way to travel is to experience the world through the eyes of some of our best writers, foreign worlds that they know and understand. The very best of fiction transports us to another time and place where we might be able to glean a measure of understanding. There are so many great ones, but start with this current bestseller that takes you to a remote Chinese village in the 19th century. Allow yourself to be swept away, and enjoy.

(Katharine Nevins is co-owner of MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, an independent, family-run, community bookstore since 1998)