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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: "My Brother's Madness"

How do we help a relative who is mentally ill? In My Brother's Madness, Glens Falls resident Paul Pines stuggles to find an answer. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "On Kingdom Mountain"

Betsy Kepes found lots of books by western authors in a crowded bookstore in northern Idaho last summer, and one with a more familiar name. On Kingdom Mountain by Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher.  Go to full article

Book review: "All Shall Be Well"

What does a B&B have to do with the Middle Ages? Tod Wodicka explains in his new novel, All Shall Be Well, and All Shall be Well and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. The book is set near Glens Falls and in eastern Europe. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Far Traveler"

Nancy Marie Brown is a Vermont writer fluent in Icelandic. For her new book, The Far Traveler, she researched the life of a woman who lived over a thousand years ago....  Go to full article

Book review: "Towards Polaris"

A couple of years ago, Mason Smith published Florida: A North Country Novel. The book has a new publisher, Syracuse University Press, and a new title. Betsy Kepes...  Go to full article

Book review: "Oswegatchie"

It's summer and North Country rivers beckon. The Grasse, the St. Regis, the Racquette...the region is filled with rivers that defy map gravity and flow north. Betsy Kepes...  Go to full article

Book review: "Raisin Wine"

James Bartleman finished his term last year as Ontario's lieutenant-governor. As a boy in Port Carling, Ontario, Bartleman wasn't sure if the town library allowed children...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Reserve"

The New York Times called Russell Banks' new novel, The Reserve, "cheesy and histronic." Alan Cheuse of NPR says the book has "grandly romantic figures" and...  Go to full article

Book review: "Within a Forest Dark"

Late winter is a great time for a good book. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, recommends a new detective novel set in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Book review: "Revolutionary Spirits"

So, how much do you really know about the spiritual beliefs of the Founding Fathers? Were the fathers of our country devout Christians, complete non-believers or something...  Go to full article

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