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Read in the Blue Line

Revisiting Barrett’s ‘The Air We Breathe’

A chance encounter at a local venue with author Andrea Barrett prompted me to reread her “The Air We Breathe,” published in 2007. Barrett, who lives in the Champlain Valley, is renowned for skillfully weaving science into her fiction — her “Ship Fever,” about a Canadian doctor and an ...

A look inside environmental advocacy

Lobbying isn’t for everyone. It takes long hours, patience, skill at cajoling and horse-trading, willingness to buttonhole busy legislators and to accept victory humbly and defeat graciously. It demands the ability to roll with the punches, be in for the long haul and see beyond the ...

Murder mystery on the upper Hudson River

I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of murder mysteries that take place in the Adirondacks. Mostly it’s a matter that I love this region, and I relish the time I get to spend out of doors here. There’s no need to spoil that by making me worry about people out there trying to get ...

A murder-mystery perfect for skiers and history buffs

Skiers, mystery lovers and history buffs will enjoy Phil Bayly’s newest novel, “Back Dirt: A Murder on Skis Mystery.” In the third book of the Murder on Skis Mystery series, the author weaves together a tale of multiple murders, ethics violations, fraud, a love of skiing and the ...

A guide for both the expert and novice hiker

Marking its centennial, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s recently published “Peaks and Ponds: Adirondack Day Hikes,” by Bobby Clark and Cat Hadlow is an intelligent and welcome resource for both the expert and novice hiker. The Adirondack Mountain Club, which now has 30,000 members and 27 ...

‘Chlorine Sky’ is a nuanced, fascinating read

Mahogany Browne’s new novel, “Vinyl Moon,” came out in January through Crown Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Browne—a poet, activist, and teacher— is based in Brooklyn but visits the North Country frequently thanks to the Adirondack Center for Writing, on whose advisory ...