The Porch of Common Prayer at the Monadnock Center

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture welcomes author Peter Tuttle for a book talk on Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m. Tuttle will be discussing his recent publication, The Porch of Common Prayer, a meditation upon life and the places where we find happiness.


Happiness has come to be defined by more than enough- more than enough stuff- more than enough health, status, money, housing. But there’s never going to be enough of all that to go around for everybody, so maybe- if at all possible- you’d better find happiness where you are, with the people among whom you find yourself.

Author Peter Tuttle and his wife, Edie, have found happiness on the porch of a small town general store. In this talk, Tuttle will introduce you to Parisville (not unlike Harrisville), where one can find the pleasure and necessity of common places that are open to everyone like a general store, diner or small-town cafe. These are the places where we can both find our individual identities and feel part of the entire community. Following the talk, Tuttle would love to hear from the audience about the places where they have found connection and happiness.

Peter Tuttle was born in New Hampshire and educated at Commonwealth School and Columbia University. His previous books include Pigeon Cove, Desire, Looking for a Sign in the West (published by Back Shore Press), and a translation of the Canterbury Tales into Modern English for Barnes and Noble’s Classics series. Peter began writing as Rockport Reporter for the Gloucester (Massachusetts) Daily Times, and he has published articles in North Shore, American Heritage, and Yankee magazines.

The talk is free and all are welcome. The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is located in the heart of downtown Peterborough at 19 Grove Street. To learn more about this program and to see a complete calendar of events, visit

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