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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: "Winter with Crows"

In winter, northern peoples gathered around a fire to exchange stories and experiences. Mohawk poet, Peter Blue Cloud, shares his voice on paper, in a new collection of poems, Winter with Crows. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Oliver's War," a David and Goliath tale

Imagine picking a fight with William D. Rockefeller, one of the richest men in the world during the Gilded Age. Imagine publicly trespassing, fishing on his 50,000-acre, very private, Adirondack estate. Oliver Lamora knew he'd end up in court, his meager Civil War pension pitted against Rockefeller's millions. He went fishing anyway. Betsy Kepes reviews Oliver's War, An Adirondack Rebel Battles the Rockefeller Fortune.  Go to full article

Book review: "Seven generations of Iroquois Leadership"

The Iroquois lost over 95% of their land base to European settlers. How is it possible to be an Iroquois leader when your people are impoverished anmd the dominant government pursues an aggressive policy of assimilation and termination? Laurence Hauptman considers these issues in his new book, Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership, the Six Nations since 1800. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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

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