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Jun 19, 2014 — Maria Venegas' emotionally raw, technically complex new memoir chronicles her troubled relationship with her father, a man whose life was dominated — and eventually ended — by violence.
May 22, 2014The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.
May 21, 2014 — Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.
May 5, 2014 — Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deeply into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.
Apr 6, 2014 — Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

<i>A Cold and Lonely Place</i> is the sequel to <i>Learning to Swim</i>.
A Cold and Lonely Place is the sequel to Learning to Swim.

Book review: A Cold and Lonely Place

In the opening scene of Sara J. Henry's new novel, a body is found in Lake Flower, frozen into the ice near the village of Saranac Lake. Betsy Kepes has this review of A Cold and Lonely Place.  Go to full article

Books review: girls in sports books

Two new books by writers with ties to the Adirondacks feature girls in elite level sports. Betsy Kepes reviews Soccerland by Beth Choat and Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner.  Go to full article

Book review: Half-blood Blues

Each year, one Canadian author receives the Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary award for fiction in English. In 2011, the novel Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan won the prestigious award. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Great Northern Express"

In the year he turned 65 and was treated for prostrate cancer, Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher took a summer to travel around the country for a book tour, driving his...  Go to full article

Book review: "Future Babble"

Ottawa writer Dan Gardner doesn't have much use for experts who forecast the economic future. He says their predictions are less likely to be correct than a coin toss. ...  Go to full article

Book review: "Dust to Dust" by Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch grew up in rural New York State south of the Adirondacks. He ran through the woods, made forts and played war. Later, as an officer in the Marines, he served...  Go to full article

Book review: "Mudwoman"

In the opening scene of Joyce Carol Oates' new novel, Mudwoman, a religiously deranged woman sacrifices her young daughter, throwing her into the mud flats of the...  Go to full article

Book review: "Twin"

When Vermont writer Allen Shawn was eight years old, his parents placed his twin sister Mary into an institution for disabled children. In his new memoir Shawn explores how...  Go to full article

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...  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...  Go to full article

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