A “Pelican” is a nickname referring to the individuals who work on Star Island at the Isles of Shoals during the summer, and these folks are the stars of the Seacoast’s newest book! Kittery creative genius Jennifer Moore (of local blog RecoverGirl 360), recently published a book featuring these “Pelicans”, and shares more with us below!

So Jen, can you share a few sentences about yourself?

I am a library clerk at the Portsmouth Public Library and involved in lots of community building activities. I am the founder and co-creator of Project Upcycle and the annual clothing swap called PortSwap. If I ever feel like something should be done in the community and I don’t see someone else doing it, I feel an obligation to step forward and try to do it myself. I’ve already got another project brewing in my head!

Could you briefly describe what your book, “Pelicans“, is about?

Pelicans” is an intimate photography book about the seasonal workers of Star Island; it shares a behind-the-scenes look at how Pelicans spend their time on island – when on-duty and off-duty.

When did you have the idea to put this publication together?

Years ago, my co-worker at the Portsmouth Public Library invited me to visit Star Island for the day. I enjoyed lunch in the staff dining hall, as I watched Pelicans interact with each other. In the plainest sense, I became enamored with them. They each had a unique and interesting style. They seemed very engaged with each other and their work. For the first time, I understood the hard work that goes into supporting the activities on Star, and who is responsible for getting it all done.

Why is this important to you?

Pelicans” is an idea of a book I wanted to read myself. I didn’t see that it existed, so I felt obliged to help create it. Researching for this book unlocked a new curiosity in me for local history, and it was fascinating to learn all that’s happened in this region over the last 400 years.

It’s easy for us to take for granted the institutions and nonprofit organizations we have on the Seacoast, which is why I decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from book sales to Star Island. It feels really good to contribute to an organization in our community that I really love.

What is your relationship with the Isles of Shoals?

I was born and raised in New Hampshire, so I was always aware of the Isles of Shoals. My first visit to Star Island was when I was 16 years old. I didn’t visit again until I was in my forties, when I brought my sons out for a day trip. I have always felt more relaxed and rejuvenated after a visit there.

When is the book launch and where can we pick up a copy??

The book party will take place at the Brick & Barn Real Estate Group office on July 2nd at 6:30 pm. After the book party, there will be some copies available at Riverrun Bookstore and on Anna’s website: annasolo.com.


Photographs: Anna Solo.

Illustrations: Elizabeth Dejure Wood.

Editors: Matt and Chloe Kanner.

Organization and Design: Matt Ralph.

Congratulations to Jen and her team on launching this publication; we look forward to reading  it!!