Read in the Blue Line

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 ...

Nonfiction entries for literary awards

Nine non-fiction titles were submitted to the Adirondack Center for Writing's annual Literary Contest.For the last nine years, I have been privileged to serve as a judge for the ACW. The center, headed by Nathalie Thill and located in Saranac Lake, provides wonderful support and resources for ...

Stories from the Iraq war

"Redeployment" by Phil Klay won the 2014 National Book Award in fiction and was selected as one of the New York Times top 10 books of 2014.It received accoladesfor a reason. It's a collection of a dozen short stories, each told by a different person, each exploring different aspects of the ...

Discovering new things about familiar places

When I first got my copy of Martin Podskoch's new book, "Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country," I thought to myself, this will be easy. I've traveled Adirondack back roads for years. There's no way he will have included anything that I haven't already ...

In ‘Renovation,’ author builds a home and her life in the Adirondacks

"Renovation: Restoring the Heart and Finding Home in the Adirondack Mountains,"by Jeanne Elizabeth Whyte---It's not unusual for a memoir to be centered on a metaphor. The subtitle of Cheryl Strayed's "Wild," which became a successful movie starring Reese Witherspoon, is "From Lost to Found on ...

Tales of criminals past

"Adirondack Outlaws" by Niki Kourofsky is the kind of book a person can enjoy in pieces.It's written in a lighthearted manner, and each chapter is a story in itself so it's easy to read a chapter one night and then pick the book up again a few days later and read another. But it's so endearing ...

Basketball great was an Adirondacker

My major complaint about the new book "Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball" by Dolph Grundman may be a selfish one. One of the all-time great basketball players in America, Schayes spent quite a bit of time in the Adirondacks. That connection, unfortunately, is barely ...

Kids learn about their parents, try to not make the same mistakes

"The Grown Ups" traces the lives of four suburban Westchester friends from their teen years to adulthood. Saratoga Springs author Robin Antalek's novel begins at 15-year-old Suzie Epstein's summertime birthday party in 1997. Antalek warns the reader, "It was the summer all the children in ...

A wilderness love story

Three months ago, I moved to Alaska with my partner. We had imagined a warm cabin from which we would occasionally sally, leaning horizontally into arctic blasts. We brought the classic book "Two in the Far North" by Mardy Murie to read through the long winter.Today was almost 50 degrees, ...

Book shows the power of nature to save a life

"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," by Cheryl Strayed, is about finding redemption one step at a time.Strayed (the author's self-selected legal name) chooses to hike the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother dies and her own marriage falls apart. Strayed has relied on her ...

Lost ski areas fascinate

When "Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks," the new book by Jeremy Davis, crossed my desk, I knew it would be appropriate for a review. What I didn't expect was how absorbed I would become in the book.After all, I'm not a downhill skiier. My wife and I cross-country ski and use ...

Author analyzes education in Afghanistan

Special to the EnterpriseNew York University Professor Dana Burde, who grew up in Plattsburgh and graduated from Peru Central School, analyzes education in war-torn Afghanistan in her remarkable book, "Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan."This is a serious, scholarly work, but the ...

Telling the story of the caribou

Moving north to live like an wild animal is a popular thing to do. I'm writing from Haines, Alaska, where bald eagles cruise the Chilkat River for late-migrating silver salmon. Here, and north of here, great migrations are still underway. Every year, thousands of salmon return to this river ...

Stories from Tahawus

The Adirondack village of Tahawus has a remarkable number of wondrous stories associated with it. Yet the place existed for a mere 23 years. A recent book written by former resident Leonard Gereau, "Tahawus Memories," will help preserve much of this heritage.Both the beginning and the end of ...

Wonderful novel tumbles in

William Loizeaux's "The Tumble Inn" is a novel about transitions in the lives of Mark and Fran Finley, most of which occur in the Adirondacks.When frustrated New Jersey high school teacher Fran Finley sees an ad for the manager of an Adirondack inn, she convinces her husband, who teaches ...

Author brings affection for famous hermit

Author William O'Hern appears to have a few goals in his new work, "Adirondack Wilds."First and foremost, he shares insights into the life of legendary self-styled hermit Noah John Rondeau. He also gets to rhapsodize about his own love of the mountains. And it's a paean of sorts to his marriage ...

T.J. Brearton’s ‘Survivors’ is a fine thriller

T. J. Brearton's"Survivors," the second title in his Habit Trilogy, begins with a phone call to Brendan Healy, a private investigator in Laramie, Wyoming. The call comes from the sheriff of central New York's Oneida County, where Healey used to work, and from the call he learns that one of ...

A U.S. vice president from Malone

Few North Country natives make it on to the national political scene. No president has been born in the region; none has lived a significant part of their life here. One native of the Adirondack foothills, Charles Evans Hughes of Glens Falls, earned the Republican presidential nomination in ...