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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: "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 reviews her new book, The Hidden Life of Deer, Lessons form a Natural World.  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 The Errand Boy.  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

Book review: "On a Darkling Plain"

In the 1950's, the Seaway power project created jobs for thousands of Americans and Canadians. It also flooded one hamlet on the south side of the river and six villages in...  Go to full article

Book review: "March Toward the Thunder"

Many villages in the North Country have a statue or a plaque memorializing men who fought in the Civil War. Some of those soldiers were very young, and some of them were...  Go to full article

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