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Jun 19, 2014 — Maria Venegas' emotionally raw, technically complex new memoir chronicles her troubled relationship with her father, a man whose life was dominated — and eventually ended — by violence.
May 22, 2014The Essential Ellen Willis focuses on the writer's explicitly feminist culture criticism. It was edited by Willis' daughter, who published an earlier collection of her mother's essays in 2011.
May 21, 2014 — Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.
May 5, 2014 — Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deeply into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.
Apr 6, 2014 — Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

Books review: Two books with a passion for nature

It's almost time to get out hiking, but while we wait for the snow to melt and the mud to dry up, we still have time to learn more about our northern woods. Betsy Kepes reviews two new books by knowledgeable Adirondack naturalists: Why the Adirondacks Look the Way They Do, by Mike Storey, and The Great South Woods II, by Peter O'Shea.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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...  Go to full article

Book review: "No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century"

In the evolution of dance in the 20th century, such dancers as Isadora Duncan, Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova were revered as artists and celebrities -- but these famous...  Go to full article

Book review: Traveling light with Phil Harnden

Neal Burdick reviews Phil Harnden's new book, Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others, a book about...  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...  Go to full article

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