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Book review: "Oliver's War," a David and Goliath tale

Imagine picking a fight with William D. Rockefeller, one of the richest men in the world during the Gilded Age. Imagine publicly trespassing, fishing on his 50,000-acre, very private, Adirondack estate. Oliver Lamora knew he'd end up in court, his meager Civil War pension pitted against Rockefeller's millions. He went fishing anyway. Betsy Kepes reviews Oliver's War, An Adirondack Rebel Battles the Rockefeller Fortune.  Go to full article

Book review: "Seven generations of Iroquois Leadership"

The Iroquois lost over 95% of their land base to European settlers. How is it possible to be an Iroquois leader when your people are impoverished anmd the dominant government pursues an aggressive policy of assimilation and termination? Laurence Hauptman considers these issues in his new book, Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership, the Six Nations since 1800. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "My Brother's Madness"

How do we help a relative who is mentally ill? In My Brother's Madness, Glens Falls resident Paul Pines stuggles to find an answer. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "On Kingdom Mountain"

Betsy Kepes found lots of books by western authors in a crowded bookstore in northern Idaho last summer, and one with a more familiar name. On Kingdom Mountain by Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher.  Go to full article

Book review: "All Shall Be Well"

What does a B&B have to do with the Middle Ages? Tod Wodicka explains in his new novel, All Shall Be Well, and All Shall be Well and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. The book is set near Glens Falls and in eastern Europe. Betsy Kepes has our review.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Far Traveler"

Nancy Marie Brown is a Vermont writer fluent in Icelandic. For her new book, The Far Traveler, she researched the life of a woman who lived over a thousand years ago. Her subject, Gudrid, wasn't just any Viking woman, but the first European woman to set foot in North America.  Go to full article

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

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