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Book review: "Happy Life"

In his new book, Happy Life, Vermont poet David Budbill uses the ancient Chinese poets as inspiration. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, reflects on Budbill's reflections.  Go to full article

Book review: "New York Amish" by Karen M. Johnson-Weiner

New York State now includes more than 10,000 Amish people in 25 settlements, many of them in the North Country. In her book New York Amish, Karen Johnson-Weiner explains some of the history and customs of the Plain people. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Ethan Allen, His Life and Times"

Vermont might have become the eastern side of New York State if it hadn't been for the bold action of patriot and land speculator Ethan Allen. Betsy Kepes reviews William Sterne Randall's new biography of Vermont's first hero.  Go to full article

Book review: "Breakfast at the Exit Cafe"

Though Canadian writers Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady live near the border in Kingston, Ontario neither of them had traveled in the United States. A long road trip seemed...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want"

Vermont writer Garret Keizer lives in a quiet part of the world, but his new book, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want, explores the history of noise. He writes...  Go to full article

Book review: "Secrets of Eden"

Chris Bohjalian sets his twelfth novel in a fictional Vermont town shocked by a murder-suicide. Betsy Kepes has this review of Secrets of Eden.  Go to full article

Book review: Johanna Skibsrud's "The Sentimentalists"

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is Canada's premiere award for fiction written in English. This year's winning novel is set in a small Ontario town along the St. Lawrence...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Cello Suites"

Eric Siblin worked as a journalist in Kingston, Ontario then wrote pop music reviews for a Montreal newspaper. One evening, he happened upon a recital for solo cello. He...  Go to full article

Book review: "Annabel"

Kathleen Winter's first novel, Annabel, was a finalist for Canada's prestigious Giller Prize. Set in Labrador, the book imagines an intersex child growing up in a...  Go to full article

Book review: "Triangle, The Fire That Changed America" by David Von Drehle

One hundred years ago, on March 25, 1911, a fire raced through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. 146 workers died, almost all of them women. Betsy Kepes has...  Go to full article

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