Reading that moves you

For LiveWell
Thursday, July 06, 2017

If this month’s topic is fitness and health, that means summer is now in full swing and we are all about getting outside and making the most of the natural beauty New Hampshire offers to us in our mountains, lakes and a bit of ocean.

But it also means searching out some quieter lifestyle changes, such as finding relaxation, eating more healthfully and seeking avenues to happiness and peace.

So get to the waters, the mountains, the farmers markets, and enjoy these special days ahead with these few book recommendations.

Flyfisher’s Guide to New England

By Lou Zambello

From Zambello’s 30 years of experience comes the newest edition of the best resource for everything fly-fishing in New England. It includes full-color maps and GPS coordinates. He explores the hundreds of both popular and unknown, moving and stillwaters in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Check the calendar of events at MainStreet BookEnds for the next workshop on fly-tying, from the good folks at the Basil Woods Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Hiking New Hampshire

By Larry Pletcher

If we’re talking about moving toward healthy lifestyles, we want to tip our hat to Warner’s own Larry Pletcher, who runs the Vegetable Ranch, an organic farm with vegetables, pasture-raised pork and CSA’s, that also currently supplies their fresh foods to Concord Hospital. His guide to enjoying 100 of the top hiking trails in N.H. is still the best.

Quiet Water: New Hampshire and Vermont

By John Hayes and Alex Wilson

This is the third edition of AMC’s canoe and kayak guide to the best ponds, lakes and easy rivers in New Hampshire and Vermont, to celebrate the quiet fun and solitude found here. Bill McKibben writes that “people instinctively look to the heights of the Greens and the Whites. But the mirrors beneath them. … These are the glories too, and they are captured here in a way that will open the eyes of many.”

New Hampshire Rail Trails

By Charles F. Martin

In this updated edition, Martin has the most complete and accurate descriptions on N.H.’s rail trails. He has scouted out every trail that follows a former railroad right of way, with 133 maps, more than 180 photographs and oodles of history. He gives all the information needed for cyclists, hikers, rail enthusiasts, local history lovers and families just looking for fun times together.

More White Mountain Poems

By Jeffrey Zygmont

Photos by A. Garrett Evans, Ed Harrigan, Jim Salge and Jeff Sinon

More White Mountain Poems comes on the heals of White Mountain Poems, the first lovely collection of poems and spectacular photos from this team. It uses the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire as a vehicle to celebrate the enduring majesty of nature, and to explore the relationship between people and the natural world. Zygmont will be launching this book, with wine and his own cheesecake no less, on July 16 at 2 p.m. in the Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. Come on out and celebrate this book, poetry, photos and our beloved White Mountains.

Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

By His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

No wonder these two sages of our time have each won the Nobel Peace Prize. Desmond Tutu traveled to India in 2015 to spend a week with the Dalai Lama, and to celebrate his 80th birthday. Together, they work to answer our times most crucial question; “How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?” From two men who have experienced unimaginable hardships in their long lives, come a book full of joy and laughter and wisdom.


Check out this amazing new magazine, Loam, jam-packed with gorgeous articles and photographs covering topics of making connections, creating, cultivating and living. “Permaculture in Practice” is their second issue (the first was
“A Woman’s World”), and it speaks to the power of resilience, celebrating all that is luscious, messy and vibrant in our environment. A guilty pleasure that actually leaves you feeling hopeful about our world and our potentials.

Beachcombing: Exploring the Seashore

By Jim Arnosky

Vermont’s amazing children’s author and illustrator Jim Arnosky gives us a must-have book to explore the seashore with our favorite little ones. School Library Journal says, “Young beachcombers will discover old and new ideas about collecting or just identifying their finds, and the book will appeal to those children who are looking for relaxing fun.”

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