Read in the Blue Line

Delving into the stories of Millhauser

Bedtime in suburbia is subtly strange in novelist and short story writer Steven Millhauser's universe.Words exchanged at the end of the day before the lights are turned out between a husband and his wife; a different conversation with each of 13 wives in 13 beds.An insomnia cycle: 4 a.m. on a ...

Chinlund tells the story of her marriage, husband’s passing in artful way

The subtitle of Phyllis Chinlund's memoir, "Looking back from the Gate," accurately describes what she has composed. This is, indeed, "A Story of Love, Art, and Dementia."Ms. Chinlund worked as a documentary filmmaker, and that experience is evident in the montages, cuts and different points of ...

Detailing the nature around you

"The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling," by John Muir Laws, Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2016.---Surrounded by beauty as I am in this region, I worry some days that I take it for granted - wash of thin clouds over the hills, burble of bird and quick glimpse of copper feathers, shimmer of ...

E.L. Trudeau’s life and legacy in Saranac Lake

An important new biography of Edward Livingston Trudeau provides an opportunity to reflect on one of the North Country's most illustrious and important citizens.In "A Rare Romance in Medicine: The Life and Legacy of Edward Livingston Trudeau," author Mary Hotaling combines extensive research ...

Artists poured out their hearts in letters

In 1915, Georgia O'Keefe, an art school teacher, sent a series of abstract lines in watercolor to famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz at his 291 Gallery in New York, confiding in a friend that she wanted Stieglitz "more than anyone else I know" to "like something - anything I had done."O'Keefe, ...

Photographer’s book opens eyes to Adirondacks

"North County, Forever Wild: The Adirondacks" by Eliot Porter---This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of publication of Eliot Porter's book of photographs taken in the "North Country, Forever Wild: The Adirondacks." One of the earliest published collections of color photos taken in our ...

New edition improves Keene artist’s book

Painter Harold Weston's "Freedom in the Wilds" was first published in 1971, a year before he passed away. In 2007, Rebecca Foster edited and improved that 1971 book.Written at the request of his Keene Valley neighbors, "Freedom" is Weston's relaxed, eclectic history of the Adirondack Mountain ...

A look at famous women from Clinton County

"Remarkable Women of Clinton County," Anastasia L. Pratt, Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2015.----What is remarkable about the women of Clinton County, and indeed women throughout the history of recorded history, is that they remain largely unremarked upon.Oh, we know a few ...

Paddler’s guide is funny and thoughtful

"A Paddler's Guide to the Champlain Valley: Exploring the Rivers, Creeks, Wetlands and Ponds," by Margaret Holden and Catherine Frank, (Black Dome Press) 2015---I confess, I write this today as an armchair paddler. I have not yet tried any of these tantalizing trips, but I wanted to alert ...

Writing contest lists Adirondack non-fiction

The Adirondack Center for Writing will announce the winners of its annual literary contest on June 5 at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake. For entries to be eligible, the ACW guidelines require authors to "Live in region part or full-time OR include the Adirondacks in your ...

A look into the life of Grenville Clark

Early in the introduction to Nancy Peterson Hill's "A Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark" (University of Missouri Press, 2014), the author writes: "It is not too big a statement to say that Grenville Clark remains one of the most important Americans that most Americans ...

Book details Cole’s time in upstate New York

As a young Englishman, Thomas Cole immigrated with his family to America, eager to behold the rugged beauty he had only traversed in the turning of pages.In early 19th-century New York, his artist's dreams of the New World were at times tempered by what Cole described as the sad, repulsive ...

Poems from a neighbor to the north

I reached a bit outside the Adirondacks for this one, but not too far. Montrealer Carolyn Marie Souaid has crafted a delightful book of poems that consider small details in the context of larger concerns, from a parent's fears about real and imagined futures, to the post-9/11 anxious world, to ...

‘North of Here’ needs direction

In Laurel Saville's "North of Here," Miranda Steward's Connecticut family had vacationed in the Adirondacks for many years. The summer home was beautiful, but the family living in it was damaged, partly by alcohol. And when her brother is killed in an automobile accident, her father dies, and ...

Land rights history in New York is complex

'A History Of Native American Land Rights In Upstate New York' by Cindy Amrhein---A newly-published book entitled, "A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York," by Cindy Amrhein, addresses age-old issues about claims made by modern Native American groups to their ancestral ...

Snapshots give a glimpse into history of war

Tell me a story, we begged as children, and stories still entrance us - from "reality TV" to the hot sales of memoirs to fiction in all its forms. But sometimes the very stories we miss are the stories of people close to us, especially if those stories are painful to the teller. But a true and ...

Barrett and Murray, separated by 150 years, write of the Adirondacks

Rereading a collection of Andrea Barrett's short stories reminded me of her interest in Saranac Lake and also encouraged me to visit an Adirondack classic from the 19th century.Readers are likely familiar with Barrett's novel, "The Air We Breathe," set in Saranac Lake during its early years as ...

Cook your way through Adirondack history

A new offering by Hallie Bond and Stephen Topper entitled "Adirondack Cookbook" (Gibbs Smith Books, 2014) meshes history and tradition with up-to-date kitchen techniques."Recipes to please the modern palate that were inspired by the foods and foodways of the Adirondack past," the introduction ...

Two children’s books to enjoy

Special to the Enterprise"Harriet's Big Adventure," written' by Glenn S. Guiles and illustrated by Raymond J. Whalen, is a charming story about a miniature donkey, Harriet.On an early spring day, Harriet's owner, Mr. Michael, mistakenly leaves the pasture gate unlatched, and Harriet goes on an ...

SUNY Plattsburgh professor pens poetry collection

Some of the richest literature of the world is the literature of exile - artists driven from their homelands by war or hatred and who cannot return seem to wring passion from the loss and pour it into their art. But departure inevitably changes one, and time inevitably changes place, so return ...