Reading, obviously, is something we love and encourage others to indulge in. So, too, is the place we live - the Adirondacks. Fortunately, there is a wealth of literature about the Adirondacks and/or by Adirondack authors: fiction and nonfiction. A great deal of it is brilliant and life-improving.
But where to start?
New Adirondack books are constantly being published, but most readers are hesitant to dig into hundreds of pages' worth of uncharted waters. It's a time-consuming endeavor, and while it's often rewarding, it's hard to know which books are most worth investing that time, considering the kind of thing one likes to read. One wants someone whose opinion one trusts to say, "I read this, and here's what you're likely to get out of it."
Look no further than the Enterprise, starting today.
"Read in the Blue Line" is a new, biweekly column on page 5 and online, written by members of the Adirondack Center for Writing. ACW members, all of whom are writers by trade, will read and review books by Park residents and/or about the Park, and we'll publish it every other Wednesday.
Keep in mind that these reviews reflect only the opinions of the reviewers, not the ACW or the Enterprise. These writers choose what books to cover and are free to review them however they feel is appropriate, independently of their group and this newspaper. So, feel confident that Read in the Blue Line is an honest discussion of books, not a ploy to sell them - although we'd be lying if we didn't admit we think books are a good thing to buy. Knowing more about them helps you select them more confidently.
It's a service the Enterprise newsroom staff has struggled to provide over the years. Reporters did what they could, but it was never enough to consistently review books that we felt our readers should know more about. So we're thrilled about this venture.
Authors who want their books to be considered for review may continue to send them to us, now with more confidence that they'll be reviewed - although our reviewers won't be able to get to all of them.
In launching Read in the Blue Line, we must say good-bye to Deborah Donaldson's Outskirts, formerly known as Lake Clear News. Her biweekly column has been a steady presence in the Enterprise for many years, with no birthday or card party in Lake Clear being too small for its focus. Some of the items that appeared there can be found in the Enterprise's daily Tri-Lakes Calendar and Religious Directory on Saturdays.
We thank Mrs. Donaldson for her dedication to her neighbors and this newspaper, and we thank the writers of Read in the Blue Line for helping make the Enterprise even more essential to anyone who lives in or otherwise cares about this wonderful part of the world.