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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: "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 in between? Gary Kowalski, a Unitarian-Universalist minister in Burlington, weighs the evidence in his new book Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America's Founding Fathers. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Dateline Vermont"

Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain plans to make a stop in Vermont tomrrow. The state's delegates are up for grabs March 4, all 17 of them. The entire population of Vermont is less that that of Syracuse, yet the state may be the mouse that roared in national politics. Think Jim Jeffords, Bernie Sanders, Howard dean and Patrick Leahy. A new memoir by veteran political reporter Chris Graff explores the politics the the green Mountain State. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

Book review: "At the End of the Road"

In her new book of essays, At the End of the Road, Mary Ruth Lamb reflects on her experiences living in a remote valley west of Lake George. Betsy Kepes has our...  Go to full article

Book review: "The Air We Breathe"

National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett will be reading and signing copies of her new book, The Air We Breathe, Thursday night (7 pm) in the library at Paul Smiths...  Go to full article

Book review: "Elsie's Biscuits"

Laurey Masterton grew up in Vermont, the daughter of the founders of Blueberry Hill Inn and authors of the Blueberry Hill cookbooks. Masterton now owns a gourmet food store...  Go to full article

Book review: "Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks"

Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer, recently published a new book. Betsy Kepes reviews Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, Writings of a Pioneering...  Go to full article

Book review: "Schroon Lake"

Lueza Thirkield Gelb was born in New Jersey, in the first part of the twentieth century, two years after the stock market crash, and grew up in the Adirondacks before and...  Go to full article

Book review: "Wild Fire" by Nelson DeMille

It's not every day the Adirondack North Country is the setting for a popular page-turner. But we've got one today. Betsy Kepes review Nelson DeMille's Wild Fire. (She...  Go to full article

Book review: "Over the Mountain and Home Again"

In 1992, Edward Kanze and his wife Debbie bought an old camp on 18 acres of land bordering the Saranac River in Bloomingdale. Kanze's new book, Over the Mountain and Home...  Go to full article

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