Read in the Blue Line

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 ...

Writer tells of a forgotten giant

Politician, lawyer, and businessman Smith Weed is the subject of Mark L. Barie's biography, "The President of Plattsburgh." Weed was born in Belmont in 1833 but lived most of his life in Plattsburgh, where he died in 1920. In his almost 87 years, he profoundly influenced the North Country, and ...

Memoir of Alexander Macomb

Celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a key event in the War of 1812, begins on Aug. 29. Festivities, including concerts, re-enactments, fireworks displays, and an original musical, will continue for two weeks.Commodore Thomas Macdonough, commander of American ships on ...

Knott presents Park’s knotty history well

I recently had opportunity to see the reading list SUNY Plattsburgh professor Gary Kroll used for his course in "Adirondack Environmental History" last semester.There was one book I'd never heard of -?"Living with the Adirondack Forest," by Catherine Henshaw Knott.Naturally, I promptly ordered ...

Donohue creates compelling stories set the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley

Writer Dave Donohue, the force behind Ra Press and Ra Films, has provided support and a platform for local writers for many years. He has also mined his own Port Henry/Moriah memories, turning the experiences into memoirs and fiction.Two of Donohue's recent efforts are especially effective in ...

Terrorists on the St. Lawrence Seaway

In the second installment of the Adirondack Treasure Trilogy, "Isle Royale," co-authors Matthew Glavin and Michael Dolan build a sweeping tale of treasure, terrorism and old-fashioned Adirondack rambling.The book is broader in scope and style than the first installment, though its pacing is ...

Author whets appetite for more about Amish

Occasionally I come upon a book serendipitously, then find it sufficiently interesting that I decide to review it. Such is the case with this week's selection. I was browsing a used book store when I came upon "New York Amish," by Karen Johnson-Weiner (Cornell University Press, 2010).Quick ...

Good tale of hot summer in Cold War

Summary: Sex, violence and anti-communist hysteria in a 1958 Adirondack town makes for a good novel.In the summer of 1958, 17-year-old Kevin Boyle is living in Hawk Cove, a small town in the southern Adirondacks that depends on summer visitors to survive. Kevin's family rents cottages to those ...

Durant reached high, sometimes too high, in developing Great Camps

Recently I reread "Durant: The Fortunes and Woodland Camps of a Family in the Adirondacks," by Craig Gilborn. Published in 1981 by North Country Books, in cooperation with The Adirondack Museum, it's still an essential read for anyone interested in the early development of the Adirondacks, and ...