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Book review: "Raisin Wine"

James Bartleman finished his term last year as Ontario's lieutenant-governor. As a boy in Port Carling, Ontario, Bartleman wasn't sure if the town library allowed children inside. Fifty years later he organized a project that has sent over a million books to Native communities in northern Ontario. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, read Bartleman's new memoir, Raisin Wine: a Boyhood in a Different Muskoka.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Reserve"

The New York Times called Russell Banks' new novel, The Reserve, "cheesy and histronic." Alan Cheuse of NPR says the book has "grandly romantic figures" and according to to the New York Review of Books is has a "curiously cold-blooded and stagy quality." But what is The Reserve like for those of us who live in the setting? Betsy Kepes has a review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Within a Forest Dark"

Late winter is a great time for a good book. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, recommends a new detective novel set in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Book review: "Revolutionary Spirits"

So, how much do you really know about the spiritual beliefs of the Founding Fathers? Were the fathers of our country devout Christians, complete non-believers or something...  Go to full article

Book review: "Dateline Vermont"

Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain plans to make a stop in Vermont tomrrow. The state's delegates are up for grabs March 4, all 17 of them. The entire population...  Go to full article

Book review: "At the End of the Road"

In her new book of essays, At the End of the Road, Mary Ruth Lamb reflects on her experiences living in a remote valley west of Lake George. Betsy Kepes has our...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Air We Breathe"

National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett will be reading and signing copies of her new book, The Air We Breathe, Thursday night (7 pm) in the library at Paul Smiths...  Go to full article

Book review: "Elsie's Biscuits"

Laurey Masterton grew up in Vermont, the daughter of the founders of Blueberry Hill Inn and authors of the Blueberry Hill cookbooks. Masterton now owns a gourmet food store...  Go to full article

Book review: "Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks"

Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer, recently published a new book. Betsy Kepes reviews Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, Writings of a Pioneering...  Go to full article

Book review: "Schroon Lake"

Lueza Thirkield Gelb was born in New Jersey, in the first part of the twentieth century, two years after the stock market crash, and grew up in the Adirondacks before and...  Go to full article

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