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Book Reviews
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?"
Mar 29, 2014 — Nick Lantz's third collection, How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, could hardly be called cheerful. But his poems of divorce and recession are accessible and entertaining, even at their most grim.
Mar 26, 2014 — In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Mar 25, 2014 — Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.
Mar 18, 2014 — Susan Rieger's new The Divorce Papers is a modern epistolary novel, chronicling a crumbling marriage in court filings, emails and hand-written notes. Critic Alan Cheuse calls it serious yet charming.

Book review: "Bury Your Dead"

Winter is the perfect time of year to curl up in a comfortable chair with a cup of cocoa and good mystery. Betsy Kepes reviews Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny.  Go to full article

Book review: "A Year of Living Generously" by Lawrence Scanlan

If you could do volunteer work for a year, with each month in a different non-profit, what twelve groups would you work with? Lawrence Scanlan, a writer in Kingston, Ontario, chronicles his experiences as a volunteer in A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Philanthropy. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Up on a Hill and Thereabouts"

During the depression, how did a single mom with two kids support herself in a rural Adirondack community? Gloria Stubing Rist grew up on Chilson Hill near Ticonderoga at a time when a spare penny was hard to come by. Betsy Kepes reviews Up on a Hill and Thereabouts.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Hidden Life of Deer"

In the North Country, we see whitetail deer grazing in fields and leaping across roads at dusk. Author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas sees far more than that. Betsy Kepes...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Errand Boy"

Not all thrillers are set in New York City or Chicago. Don Bredes sets his new novel in a fictional tourist community in northern Vermont. Betsy Kepes has this review of...  Go to full article

Book review: "Goat Song"

Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, can't stand the taste of most goat cheese. But, she thoroughly enjoyed Brad Kessler's new book Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History...  Go to full article

Book review: "Summer World: A Season of Bounty"

It's summertime, and the living is easy. Well, not for every living thing. UVM biologist Bernd Heinrich says summer is "the season of reproduction, feeding, growing, and...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Exuberant Garden"

It's spring and North Country gardeners are preparing for the green, growing months ahead. On rainy days, we can page through seed catalogs or our favorite gardening books. ...  Go to full article

Book review: a primer on Asian religions

Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, was never quite sure how karma differed from dharma or what tradition used the yin-yang circle. She found some answers in a book by a retired...  Go to full article

Book review: "Remembering the Bones"

In Remembering the Bones, Ottawa writer Frances Itani imagines the long life of a woman in a fictional Ontario town, a village somewhere between Kingston and...  Go to full article

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