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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

Book Review: "Taste, Memory" by David Buchanan

Many of us in the North Country are learning to eat closer to home. We buy fruits, vegetables and meats from local farmers as a way to help our economy and get good, fresh food. But author and farmer David Buchanan believes truly local food must pass the test of time. Betsy Kepes reviews his book Taste, Memory--Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Out of the Blue, Blueline Essays 1979-1989"

Is there such a thing as a literature of the Adirondacks? Alice Wolf Gilborn explored this idea in her essays in Blueline, a literary periodical she founded and edited in the 1980s. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, read her new collection: Out of the Blue, Blueline Essays 1979-1989.  Go to full article

Book review: "Above All Things," Tanis Rideout

Canadian writer, Tanis Rideout, grew up in Kingston, but her first novel, Above All Things, takes her far away from Lake Ontario.

Rideout writes about George Mallory, his fateful climb up Mt. Everest in 1924, and his wife Ruth waiting at home in Cambridge, England.  Go to full article

Books: "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe

Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, traveled to Kingston, Ontario to take in a day of events at the Kingston Writersfest. While she was there she talked with Will Schwalbe, author of the best-selling memoir The End of Your Life Book Club.

Schwalbe and his mother created a two-person book club and discussed their book choices in hospital waiting rooms and doctor's offices. They had almost two years together to talk about books, and life, before Mary Ann Schwalbe died of pancreatic cancer.  Go to full article

Book review: "Alone in the Classroom"

Ottawa writer, Elizabeth Hay, set the action of her fourth novel in Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Valley.

Elizabeth Hay begins her book with a bucolic description of early August in the Ottawa Valley in 1937, when the green world was full of barefoot children picking berries. Hay writes, "The whole landscape was a painting come to life, and not a Canadian painting (no figures allowed) but a European painting, peopled and unpeopled, storied, brazen."  Go to full article

Book review: "The River's Tale"

There's still time this summer to get out the beach books, find an empty Adirondack chair next to a lake, and settle in with a page turner. Betsy Kepes has this review of Michael Virtanen's second novel, The River's Tale.  Go to full article

Book Review: The Purchase

Each year Canada's Council for the Arts awards the Governor General's Literary Awards to the best books of the year. The winning novel for 2012, The Purchase, chronicles what happens when a Quaker man in Virginia "accidentally" buys a slave. The author, Linda Spalding, born and raised in Kansas, has lived in Canada for 30 years. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

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