On the lookout for a way to escape the heat this summer? Nearby bookstores across New Hampshire are typically air conditioned, at times have espresso, and often have stacks of summertime reads.

Here are some summer season looking at tips from booksellers close to the state, NHPR listeners and NHPR personnel.

Neighborhood Bookstore Picks

Laura Cummings has been the operator of White Birch Guides in North Conway for nearly two decades. The roomy, two-story indoor house functions craft greeting cards and a substantial little ones section. The store’s ground-to-ceiling New England segment offers books by local authors, hiking guides, maps and more. Cummings’ picks:

  • “Dirtbag Massachusetts” by Isaac Fitzgerald (nominated for New England E-book Award)
  • “Night of the Living Res” by Morgan Talty (nominated for New England Book Award)
  • “One Action Way too Far” by Lisa Gardner (New Hampshire writer)
  • “You Manufactured A Idiot of Death With Your Beauty” by Akwaeke Emezi

Skylar Miklus is the assistant manager of Continue to North Books and Bar in Hanover. Nonetheless North has a a lot more energetic scene with a café, new music and the chatter of learners and prospects. Miklus’ picks:

  • “A Sluggish Hearth Burning” by Paula Hawkins (writer of “The Girl on the Train”)
  • “Elsewhere” by Alexis Schaitkin
  • “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins
  • “One Last Stop” by Casie McQuiston (author of “Red, White and Royal Blue”)
  • “Our Wives Below the Sea” by Julia Armfield
  • “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” by Gabrielle Zevin


Petunia the cat is common with consumers at Sheafe Avenue bookstore in Portsmouth.

Ken Kozick started off Sheafe Avenue Textbooks out of his household in downtown Portsmouth 12 a long time ago. The cozy store’s inventory is 90 p.c made use of and occupies his former residing and dining rooms. He claims many shoppers occur not only for the guides, but to see his cat and bookstore co-operator, Petunia. Kozick’s picks:

  • “Happy Go Lucky” by David Sedaris
  • “Midcoast” by Adam Wright
  • “Persuasion” by Jane Austin
  • “The Twilight World” by Werner Herzog

Jules Pelarski is a bookseller at Bookery Manchester. They are a writer, themselves, with a like for science fiction novels. In addition to the books, Pelarski claims Bookery has the most effective chai lattes in city. Perlarski’s picks:

  • “Come Up” by Angie Thomas
  • “Concrete Rose” by Angie Thomas
  • “Dune” by Frank Herbert
  • “IQ84” by Haruki Murakami

Listener Picks

Arthur in Hampton, NH —“The Emigrants” by William Moberg

Invoice in Hampton, NH —“Disappeared” by Bonnar Spring (NH author)

Ellen in Exeter, NH — “Shantaram” by Gregory Roberts

Karen in Wolfeboro, NH —“Wish You Ended up Here” by Jodi Picoult (NH writer)

Neal in North Conway, NH — “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek “The 1 Thing” by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

Sandy in Whitefield, NH — “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles

“Unlikely Animals” by Annie Hartnett

Staff members Picks

Alli Fam — “The Ebook of Sort and Emptiness” by Ruth Ozeki “The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir” by Domingo Martinez

Daniella Allee — “Crónica de una muerta anunciada” by Gabriel García Márquez “Indentured” by Joe Nocera

Dan Barrick — “Foster” by Claire Keegan

Dan Tuohy — “The Splendid and The Vile” by Erik Larsen

Julia Furukawa — “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez “The Overall body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk

Laura Bratton — “All About Love” by bell hooks “The Love Tunes of W.E.B. Dubois” by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Mara Hoplamazian — “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer “Confessions of the Fox” by Jordy Rosenberg

Sarah Gibson — “Lot” by Bryan Washington

Sara Plourde — “The Daughter of Physician Moreau” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia “Rogues” by Patrick Radden Keefe

Zoey Knox — “Beach Read” by Emily Henry

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