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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?"

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. Betsy Kepes has this review of Gardner's new book, Future Babble.  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 several tours in Iraq. Betsy Kepes has this review of his memoir, Dust to Dust.  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 fictional "Black Snake River," in the Adirondack fooothills. Betsy Kepes has this review.  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

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...  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

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