Read in the Blue Line

‘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 ...

Veteran finds another war when he comes home

"A Slant of Light," by Jeffrey Lent---Early in Jeffrey Len't historical novel, Malcolm Hopeton says, "Since the war, little in the world makes sense, and once you see part of it that way, all else follows."Hopeton is a veteran of the American Civil War who has returned to his farm in New York ...

Inez Milholland: prototype of the ‘New Woman’

Recently I decided to catch up on some little-known people in regional history. Via a book written by scholar Linda Lumsden, I learned about a woman who played a significant role in the drive for women's right to vote. The biography, entitled "Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland," ...

Duvall helps make history in new book

Although history is often told through the tales of a handful of great people doing a handful of big courageous things, in fact, history plays itself out in the slow accretion of a large number of small acts of courage undertaken by a small number of regular people.The small number grows, and ...

Louise Penny’s latest is another page turner

Louise Penny has written 11 homicide procedurals with Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec as her main character. The action of most of these novels takes place in Three Pines, Quebec, and though there are sometimes references to previous books, each is a stand-alone.Three ...

Prose poems from a Potsdam prof

Rick Henry knows how to have a good time on the page. The prose poems in "Then" are packed with sly winks, wordplay and sometimes repeating words or phrases that set up a structure inside the four walls of the poems. But these are not necessarily lighthearted poems; this is serious play.In "J. ...

For those interested in northern N.Y. history

By RICHARD?FROSTSpecial to the EnterpriseMy reading took me just west of the Adirondacks this time. "Stone Houses of Jefferson County," a handsome volume edited by Maureen Hubbard Barros, Brian Gorman and Robert Uhlig, was published earlier this year by Syracuse University Press. Now I yearn ...

Examine your own beliefs, thinking

I am a great believer in bibliotherapy - turning to books in times when I need some fresh wisdom or some old reminders of how to think about life's tumbles and rolls.Books can offer practical solutions to everything from how to handle an impossible boss to how to use yoga to strengthen mind and ...

‘Dancehall’ author’s memoir has gossip, irony

Bernard Conners, a former FBI agent who lives in Loudonville and has vacationed in Lake Placid for many years, might be best known to Enterprise readers for his novel, "Dancehall." In that page-turner, Conners fictionalized the death of Mabel Smith Douglass, the New Jersey educator whose very ...

Brown’s handy, useful guide to hiking

A newly published book, "Twelve Short Hikes Near Old Forge" (Adirondack Explorer, Saranac Lake) by Phil Brown, offers a variety of relatively modest hikes within a localized region of the Adirondacks. That area may not have High Peaks to conquer, but few would disagree that it offers its own ...

Navigating the Adirondacks: a list of indispensable guidebooks

After over 13 years in the Adirondacks, my family is relocating to live near extended family and friends in Hot'lanta.I'm already missing the cool summer mornings and the way the loons keep me awake at night when I'm camping in the woods. The area has left a permanent impression on me, and if ...

The Internet reaches into an Adirondack town

Adirondack author T. J. Brearton's new novel, "Dark Web," begins at 3 a.m., in a blizzard, when Lenny Duso is plowing Route 9N for the town of New Brighton. Duso stops his truck when he sees something other than snow in the middle of the road. What he sees is a dead person.The dead person ...

Book makes you laugh and cry

On Helen's 80th birthday, she took her son aside and sat with him on the edge of her bed, procuring a worn faded letter which she asked him to read aloud. For the first time, Helen revealed the story of her first husband, Clarence Raymond Stephenson, who author Ray O'Conor never knew he'd been ...

A deep dive into the Philosophers’ Camp

James Schlett writes about a seminal piece of Adirondack history, the so-called Philosophers' Camp of 1858, in his newly published book "A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden" (Cornell University Press).Almost every major book on the Adirondacks mentions the event, but as Schlett points out, none do ...