Night Table – Press Herald

12July 2020

Cover courtesy of Amazon”I find myself alternating in between fiction and non-fiction nowadays, wanting to discover something brand-new however likewise needing the comfort of books into which I can leave in this uncertain time. I have the sensation that I will be doing more reading than usual this summer season as all of us find methods to stay near home but let our minds wander to brand-new and informative places.

“I just recently completed ‘Producing Portland: History and Place in Northern New England’ (University of New Hampshire Press, 2005) which was modified by Joseph A. Conforti. Dr. Conforti was my consultant in the American and New England Researches program at the University of Southern Maine ‘back then.’ He has modified a really comprehensive compilation of historic and modern-day essays of Maine’s biggest city that share a certain local color for those living in the area and for those who wish to know more about this special northern New England city. I particularly appreciated the essays that inform the story of Portland’s history both in relation to its Native American beginnings and its place in advanced America.

“After finishing ‘Producing Portland,’ I quickly read among Mary McNear’s fiction books in her Butternut

Cover courtesy of HarperCollins Lake series,’The Space In Between Sis, ‘released by William Morrow in 2016. Although a simple, foreseeable read, this book shares some valuable insights into the life of brother or sisters who grow up without much in the method of parental support.

“Currently I read the intriguing, well-told story of Frances Perkins, the first lady to be Labor Secretary in the U.S., ‘The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Tradition of Frances Perkins– Social Security, Unemployment Insurance Coverage, and the Base pay’ by Kirstin Downey (Anchor Books, 2009) is a fascinating look at the life of this woman far ahead of her time. Perkins has ties to Maine in that she invested summertimes with her granny in Newcastle while she was growing up; in addition, the Frances Perkins Center lies in Damariscotta. While temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I intend to visit when it can securely open when again. While simply entering this book, I am already impressed with the author’s attention to the information of Perkins life while informing her story in such a way that is captivating to her readers.– REV. ELIZABETH J BACHELDER SMITH, Lisbon United Methodist Church


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