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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: "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 in North Carolina. In Elsie's Biscuits she tells about growing up in Vermont, losing ones parents, and then finding a way back to them through food and stories. Betsy Kepes has our review.  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 Peak-Bagger, Pond-Hopper and Wilderness Preservationist.  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 during World War II. Her book, Schroon Lake, won the Best Memoir award Sunday at the Adirondack Center for Writing's annual book awards in Blue Mountain Lake. Our book critic, Betsy Kepes, has this review.  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

Books review: Two books with a passion for nature

It's almost time to get out hiking, but while we wait for the snow to melt and the mud to dry up, we still have time to learn more about our northern woods. Betsy Kepes...  Go to full article

Book review: "A North Country Quartet"

The English Department at SUNY-Potsdam recently published a book featuring four North Country poets. NCPR's book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, shares a few of the poems.  Go to full article

Book review: "Without Grace" by Carol Hoenig

In Carol Hoenig's novel Without Grace, rural poverty forces many of the characters to make difficult choices. Set in Churubusco in the 1970s, the book chronicles the...  Go to full article

Books review: two books about Adirondack kids

Adirondack kids have adventures climbing mountains, and sometimes they lose their way in the woods. Betsy Kepes reviews two books for young readers that are set in the...  Go to full article

Book review: "Grisha"

This summer, Elizabethtown writer and historian Margaret Bartley's book, Grisha, won an award at the Adirondack Center for Writing's first annual literary awards...  Go to full article

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