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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 coming of age of Vicky Finley, a farm girl who fights against tragedy to become a strong North Country woman. While some of the book's characters leave the North Country, staying put is a struggle for many. Betsy Kepes has our review.  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 Adirondacks.  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 Sunday. Grisha tells the story of famous Russian-American cellist Gregor Piatigorksy's childhood in Russia, his escape during the Revolution and as a refugee in Europe. He and his young family eventually made it to New York and the Adirondacks in the late 1930's. They found safe haven at the mansion "Windy Cliff" near Elizabethtown. Betsy Kepes has this review of Grisha.  Go to full article

Book review: "Lucy's Eggs"

So many books, so little time to read! Fortunately our book reviewer, Betsy Kepes, is keeping track of new books published in the North Country. Here she reviews Lucy's Eggs, a collection of short stories and a novella by SUNY Potsdam English professor, Rick Henry.  Go to full article

Book review: "Alec's Primer"

"Once you learn to read you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass spoke these words when black slaves in the American south were forbidden to learn how to read and anyone who dared to teach them could be charged with a crime. A new picture book published by the Vermont Folklife Center tells the true story of a slave boy in mid-nineteenth century Virginia. Alec Turner's forbidden education led him to freedom in the north, specifically to a farm in Grafton, Vermont. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Nehasane Fire Observer"

In the early '40s, the superintendent of Nehasane Park, the vast preserve west of Long Lake asked Francis Boone to be the observer in the Park's fire tower. Nehasane Fire Observer, An Adirondack Woman's Summer of '42 is the first-hand account of that summer in the wilderness--a young woman finding her way in life alone in a fire tower, immersed in the outdoors, and coping with the ever present danger of living alone in the woods. Betsy Kepes and her family spend their summers at a fire tower in Idaho. She has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Women On High"

A new book brings new attention to pioneering women mountaineers, who faced more than the usual obstacles as they explored the world's high peaks. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

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