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Book review: "Alec's Primer"

"Once you learn to read you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass spoke these words when black slaves in the American south were forbidden to learn how to read and anyone who dared to teach them could be charged with a crime. A new picture book published by the Vermont Folklife Center tells the true story of a slave boy in mid-nineteenth century Virginia. Alec Turner's forbidden education led him to freedom in the north, specifically to a farm in Grafton, Vermont. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century"

In the evolution of dance in the 20th century, such dancers as Isadora Duncan, Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova were revered as artists and celebrities -- but these famous dancers were only the beginning of a hundred years of artistic revolution and revelation in dance. The story of dance from the past century is told in Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick's book, No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century, published late last year by Yale University Press. Dr. Robin Collen, Associate Professor of Dance and Drama at SUNY Potsdam, has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: Traveling light with Phil Harnden

Neal Burdick reviews Phil Harnden's new book, Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others, a book about traveling, not just physically but spiritually as well.  Go to full article

Book review: "Nehasane Fire Observer"

In the early '40s, the superintendent of Nehasane Park, the vast preserve west of Long Lake asked Francis Boone to be the observer in the Park's fire tower. Nehasane Fire...  Go to full article

Book review: "Women On High"

A new book brings new attention to pioneering women mountaineers, who faced more than the usual obstacles as they explored the world's high peaks. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article
The "Images of America" series profiles many New York Communities, including St. Lawrence County

Book review: "Images of America"

In 1993, a visitor to New England from London looked for books which told the history of America's small towns. He found that for the most part they didn't exist. In...  Go to full article

Book review: "Adirondack Tales"

In 1970, Adirondack Life magazine printed a book called Adirondack Tales: A Girl Grows Up in the Adirondacks in the 1880s. In it writer and painter Edna West...  Go to full article

Book review: "John and Tom"

Jill Breit has a review of the children's picture book, John and Tom, published by the Vermont Folklife Center. She calls it an uplifting story of loyalty and trust.  Go to full article

Book review: "Granite and Cedar"

Jill Breit reviews a new book called Granite and Cedar: the People and the Land of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.  Go to full article

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