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Howard Mansfield, In the Memory House (Fulcrum Publishing, 1995).
An excellent collection of essays approaching New England’s history – mostly New Hampshire, but Massachusetts as well – from a variety of angles. A brief Part I roams through small-town historical societies and museums. Part II considers ancestors remembered and forgotten: Johnny Appleseed. Jack Kerouac, Franklin Pierce. Parts III and IV range more widely across town-meeting democracy, two murders in Peterborough, N.H., the proprietor of a drugstore, elms and other missing tall trees, Mount Monadnock, Walden Pond, and Boston’s West End.
Here is a bio of Mansfield. Mansfield was Laura Knoy’s guest on New Hampshire Public Radio, which also posted this “study guide” (.pdf) to the book. Here is Mansfield on the Paula Gordon show. This book’s fans probably will like Cow Hampshire, a New Hampshire blog. And here is the skinny on Mansfield’s 650-pound pig.