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Posted on: June 20, 2022

For Fans of PBS

A TV with books stacked atop it

If you enjoy curling up with a good show, it might be nice to curl up with a companion book!

Written by Brittany Blackwill

The Public Broadcasting System is known for its free educational, cultural, and life-skill enrichment programming.  From well known teachers  like Bob Ross and America’s Test Kitchens to BBC dramas like Downton Abbey and Masterpiece Theater, PBS has aimed to reach a vast array of audiences across the country.  Just like PBS provides an array of entertainment for their viewers, the Lewiston City Library believes there is a book for every patron.  Here are a few selected books for you PBS fans out there. 

For Fans of:

This Old House 

If you enjoy watching this DIY-meets-docu-series on home renovations, then you’ll enjoy our vast array of DIY books for all your home indoor and outdoor renovation needs such as Creating the Not So Big House by Sarah Susanka.  Even if you don’t have a DIY bone in your body, but still enjoy watching This Old House, check out our architecture section on the second floor where you can find books such as The Creation of Bridges by David Bennett or Building Reuse by Kathryn Rogers Merlino. 

Rick Steves' Europe

We all dream of heading off to some far off world and exploring new cultures.  Unfortunately, travel is expensive.  Fear not.  That’s why the library is here.  If you can’t physically globe trot, why not be an armchair adventurer.  Want a taste of the British Isles?  Give The Marches by Rory Stewart a read.  Want something more national with a bit of fun and sun?  Give Oh, Florida! by Craig Pittman a try.  If you don’t have a destination in mind, why not give World’s Best Travel Experiences by Andrew McCarthy a perusal?  There’s something for every armchair traveler on the second floor of the Lewiston City Library.

Call the Midwife

Not all of us enjoy the non-fiction side of PBS.  Besides its plethora of how-to shows, PBS is renowned for its original dramas and its partnership with BBC television.  If you happen to be a fan of the hit drama Call the Midwife then these books will be right up your alley: Call the Midwife: a Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hardtimes by Jennifer Worth; Once a Midwife by Patricia Harman; and Charity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell.

Midsomer Murders

Do you love a quirky, highly unlikely British murder mystery? Do you love John Barnaby and his wife Sarah?  Do you loathe Jane and Cully?  Do you love the revolving door of Barnaby’s sergeants?  Do you find yourself wondering how on earth an entire English county can sustain enough life to have 3 to 4 people killed off every episode?  Then you are a fan of Midsomer Murders.  If you find yourself drawn to this show week after week then you might just enjoy The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman or Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton.  Want something a bit more quirkier than that?  Well then, give Hook, Line, and Murder by Jessica Fletcher a read through. 

Downton Abbey

Nothing has taken the world by storm quite like Downton Abbey.  It has six complete seasons and two movies. We can’t get enough of it.  So if you find yourself drawn to family sagas and drama, then Belgravia by Julian Fellowes is your next read.  If Belgravia isn’t for you then try American Duchess by Karen Harper.  If you find yourself longing for a bit more after reading the first two suggestions, why not give the works of Marie Benedict a try? 


The BBC’s modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is an absolute masterpiece.  Starring  Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch this intense retelling drew audiences in and hooked them until the very end.  So, if you found yourself with a racing heart staring at Freeman and Cumberbatch, then you will certainly enjoy The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.  If you enjoy red herrings and intricately woven plots, you’ll definitely love The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie.  Finally if both of those suit your fancy, jump on over to The Darkest Evening by Anne Cleeves.

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