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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 reviews Towards Polaris: A Novel of the Adirondack Foothills.  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 reviews an anthology about the Oswegatchie River.  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 inside. Fifty years later he organized a project that has sent over a million books to Native communities in northern Ontario. Our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, read Bartleman's new memoir, Raisin Wine: a Boyhood in a Different Muskoka.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Reserve"

The New York Times called Russell Banks' new novel, The Reserve, "cheesy and histronic." Alan Cheuse of NPR says the book has "grandly romantic figures" and according to to the New York Review of Books is has a "curiously cold-blooded and stagy quality." But what is The Reserve like for those of us who live in the setting? Betsy Kepes has a review.  Go to full article

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 review.  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 College. Betsy Kepes has a review of Barrett's novel, set in the pre-World War One "cure culture" of the Adirondacks.  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 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

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