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Book review: "Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East," by Edward Kanze

Writer and naturalist Edward Kanze grew up in a suburb north of New York City but now lives year-round near Saranac Lake. Our book reviewer Betsy Kepes read his new book, Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East.

She says Kanze's new book is a combination of memoir and natural history served up with enthusiasm, wry humor, and a touch of awe.  Go to full article

Book review: "Sputnik Summer" by Paul Castellani

It's the summer of 1958 in a fictional resort town in the Adirondacks. Seventeen-year-old Kevin Boyle is itching to get out on his own but he makes a couple of bad decisions that lead to a major disaster. Betsy Kepes has this review of Paul Castellani's novel, Sputnik Summer.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale" by Mary Sanders Shartle

Mary Sanders Shartle begins her novel with a scene of an Adirondack hermit shooting a rifle at low flying military planes that are disturbing the quiet of a cold February day.

All of us have been startled by the roar of military fly-overs, but Lily Martindale does more than complain to the hotline. After a bullet from her rifle hits a plane she is under investigation by Homeland Security and her secluded life as a caretaker at a camp in the northern Adirondacks comes undone.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher" by Timothy Egan

You don't have to be a westerner to appreciate Edward Curtis's photos from a hundred years ago. His sepia prints show native people on horseback or in dugout canoes. His portraits are of solemn faces looking at the camera, bodies decorated with traditional clothing and ornaments. The Curtis photos are a treasured resource to America's past. Betsy Kepes has this review of Timothy Egan's new biography, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis."  Go to full article
A crowd of book-lovers, young and old, in the NCPR studio. Photo: Joel Hurd
A crowd of book-lovers, young and old, in the NCPR studio. Photo: Joel Hurd

Kids talk about "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki

We have a bit of a tradition here at North Country Public Radio: book reviewer Betsy Kepes brings in a group of Canton H.S. students who have read and talked about a particular book to share their reactions with us.

On May 1, 2014, Betsy led a conversation about A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki, a Man Booker Prize finalist in fiction.

Narrated alternately by a teenage girl in Tokyo and a middle-aged writer living on an island off British Columbia, the book explores and connects the themes of time, culture, physics, zen, and bullying.  Go to full article

Books: "Seven Locks" by Christine Wade

Imagine life in a Dutch village along the Hudson River in the years before the American Revolution. When a farm woman's husband disappears, how will her family survive as the nation heads toward war? Betsy Kepes talked with Christine Wade about her new novel, "Seven Locks."  Go to full article

"A Beautiful Truth" by Colin McAdam

In Colin McAdam's new novel, a childless couple in Addison County, Vermont buys a baby chimpanzee. At first he's a cute little guy, but what happens when an ape is raised as a human?

Colin McAdam begins his book in rural Vermont in the 1970s when it wasn't difficult for a man with enough money to buy a baby chimpanzee.  Go to full article

Book review: "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf"

What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of Aaron Bobrow-Strain's book, "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf."  Go to full article
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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

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