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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: "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 of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese. It's part memoir, part how-to and part 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 trying to avoid being eaten." Betsy Kepes reviews his new book, Summer World: A Season of Bounty.  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. Nick Woodin operated a perennial nursery in Jay for 35 years. Betsy Kepes reviews his book, The Exuberant Garden.  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

An Adirondack hermit's journals, decoded

In 1946, the Adirondack hermit, Noah John Rondeau, wrote entries in his annual journal in a complicated code. Fifty years later a young man and an old man deciphered the...  Go to full article

Book review: "Goldengrove" by Francine Prose

Francine Prose begins her novel, Goldengrove, with a drowning in Mirror Lake, a fictional lake somewhere in the mountains near Albany. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Living Waters"

For those of us in the North Country the St. Lawrence River is a summer playground or the wide water below us when we take the bridge to Canada. For author Margaret Wooster,...  Go to full article

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