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Read in the Blue Line

Book reveals stories behind state’s oldest long trail

My first Adirondack trail guide was a glossy booklet published by the state Conservation Department, “The Trails to Marcy,” by A. S. Hopkins, in 1961. It gave me, hefting my Trapper Nelson canvas pack, directions from Adirondack Loj to Indian Falls and the top of Marcy. I bought my last ...

Local poems, prose from Wilson, Moody

A new chapbook out from Snowy Owl Press commemorates the work of two recently deceased local writers, Lorraine Wilson and Valerie Moody. Both women were part of the Saranac Lake writing community, some of whose members — Ren Davidson Seward, Caperton Tissot, Tom Techman, Yvona Fast and ...

‘Valcour’ sheds light on historic 1776 campaign

To paraphrase Charles Dickens a bit, “he was the best of men, he was the worst of men.” I’m talking about Benedict Arnold. The new book “Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty,” by Jack Kelly, showcases much of Arnold’s heroism early during the American ...

‘Sworn to Silence’ isn’t enjoyable, but should be read

How far should a defense lawyer go in protecting his client? This is the question posed by Jim Tracy, author of “Sworn to Silence: The Truth Behind Robert Garrow and the Missing Bodies Case.” Tracy was an 8-year-old boy living in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, where he still ...

‘The Crazy Wisdom’ is no saccharine Hallmark card

Chris Shaw’s “The Crazy Wisdom — Memoir of a Friendship” begins with a picture of his friend, Jeff, Jeff’s sister, and himself from the mid-1950s, at a Mountain Days festival near Stony Creek. Shaw was visiting from Schenectady, staying at the camp Jeff’s family owned in the ...

‘Finding Lost Pond’ has strong vision and voice

Pamela A. Mitchell, as we learn from the jacket copy on her new book, “Finding Lost Pond,” “can often be found paddling her Hornbeck boat in the solace of mountain lakes.” Mitchell is an Adirondack native, so it’s no surprise that she likes canoes or even that she’d name her first ...