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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?"

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Ontario writer Wayne Grady's novel explores race, deception

Kingston writer Wayne Grady grew up in a white working class family in Windsor, Ontario. Years later, while researching his family's history, Grady discovered that his father had grown up as the youngest son of a black working class family in Windsor. Grady's novel, "Emancipation Day," imagines his father's secrets and deceptions on his journey from black to white.  Go to full article

Book Review: "The Orenda," by Joseph Boyden

What was life like for the first French Jesuits, men who rode in canoes up the St. Lawrence River to live with the Iroquois and the Huron? In Joseph Boyden's epic novel, The Orenda, Jesuit priests come to live with a community of Wendat-Huron people at a time of change and disaster.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Taste, Memory" by David Buchanan

Many of us in the North Country are learning to eat closer to home. We buy fruits, vegetables and meats from local farmers as a way to help our economy and get good, fresh food. But author and farmer David Buchanan believes truly local food must pass the test of time. Betsy Kepes reviews his book Taste, Memory--Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Out of the Blue, Blueline Essays 1979-1989"

Is there such a thing as a literature of the Adirondacks? Alice Wolf Gilborn explored this idea in her essays in Blueline, a literary periodical she founded and...  Go to full article

Book review: "Above All Things," Tanis Rideout

Canadian writer, Tanis Rideout, grew up in Kingston, but her first novel, Above All Things, takes her far away from Lake Ontario.

Rideout writes about...  Go to full article

Book review: "Alone in the Classroom"

Ottawa writer, Elizabeth Hay, set the action of her fourth novel in Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Valley.

Elizabeth Hay begins her book with a bucolic description...  Go to full article

Book review: "The River's Tale"

There's still time this summer to get out the beach books, find an empty Adirondack chair next to a lake, and settle in with a page turner. Betsy Kepes has this review of...  Go to full article

Book Review: The Purchase

Each year Canada's Council for the Arts awards the Governor General's Literary Awards to the best books of the year. The winning novel for 2012, The Purchase, chronicles what...  Go to full article

Book review: "Peak Experiences"

The mountains of the northeast attract hikers to their rocky summits. What happens, though, when something goes wrong? Carol Stone White collected over 50 essays in her new...  Go to full article

Book review: "Safekeeping"

Vermont author, Karen Hesse, earned the Newbery Medal and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her new book for Young Adults is set in Vermont and explores a world gone wrong. Betsy...  Go to full article

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