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Garage sale find tells woman’s long lost tale

“An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman,” by Susan M. Ouellette --- In an era of Facebook and Twitter, it can be a treat to find someone describing their thoughts and activities during an earlier era in longhand. Is it a love of history that makes discovery of a journal that valuable to us? ...

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Readers relive author’s childhood with ill brother

“Shadow Child” by Randall Stark Beach, 2017 --- In this engrossing memoir, Altona native Randall Stark Beach details an otherwise unremarkable childhood that suddenly becomes utterly changed when his younger brother is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In this sensitively presented ...

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Baltimore Orioles provide purpose for dying man

“Final Season,” by Richard Frost (who reviews books for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise), is a first-person novel about baseball and dying. When 55-year-old physician Dan Jameson’s cancer progresses, he rejects further therapies and follows his passion: the Baltimore Orioles. The novel ...

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A detective thriller set in Plattsburgh

“Dark Kills,” by T.J. Brearton, is a page-turning whodunit detective story. Set in Plattsburgh and the surrounding communities, the story follows Detective Gates in a race to solve the mystery behind multiple deaths. But the serial killer has another victim tagged to be next. The ...

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A guide to the man-made environment

“A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks,” by Richard Longstreth --- Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the historic preservation entity for our region, has just released its long-awaited guide to the North Country’s man-made environment. Entitled “A Guide to Architecture in the ...

Love and longing in local poetry book

‘Body of Water’ by Madeline Hennessey, Ra Press, 2017 --- Saranac Lake resident Madeline Hennessey’s book of poems takes off from the double-entendre of its title to dive deep into details of the natural world, absorbed and transformed into poems of memory, longing and ripples of sound. ...

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Bryjak creates vivid ‘Voices from the Civil War’

The America Civil War has been chronicled and analyzed so extensively (the SUNY Plattsburgh Feinberg Library, for example, has about 9,000 books related to it) that a writer might be foolhardy to think he can bring new light to the subject. But George Bryjak’s “Voices from the Civil ...

A couple of good reads

Books are beginning to pile up on my desk, so this week I’ve chosen to address two. For my money, New York Archives is one of the most underappreciated magazines around. Inaugurated in 2001, each quarterly issue offers well-written perspectives on aspects of our state’s history. Famous ...

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Benson nails retelling of prison escape

Ben Stiller should have talked to Michael Benson. There’s a great risk in retelling true events, especially events of the recent past. Michael Benson wrote “Escape From Dannemora.” He got it right. The book is a heavily annotated text with information drawn from interviews, press ...

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College readiness guide could be better

‘College for Every Student: A Practitioner’s Guide’ by Rick Dalton andEdward P. St. John --- In the mid-’90s, President Bill Clinton launched the School-to-Work Opportunities Act, pumping funds into states to implement career awareness/readiness efforts and partnerships with ...

Fiction entries for the Adirondack Center for Writing contest are diverse

Literary Contest fiction submissions - “Lay Down Your Weary Tune,” by W.B. Belcher “Strange Appetites,” by Lale Davidson “Freight Car and Other Stories,” by Jeff Kelly “God Made Us Monsters,” by Bill Neary “Leaves Torn Asunder,” by Glenn L. Pearsall “Rooster,” by ...

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‘Archangels’ blesses readers with passion for Adirondacks

I expected this anthology of essays to be informative — early explorers of the Adirondacks, efforts to preserve and educate, initiatives to maintain wilderness status and trails — which it certainly is. But I did not expect it to be so moving and full of passion as well as good humor and ...

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The importance of preserving the wilderness

‘Where Wilderness Preservation Began: Adirondack Writings Of Howard Zahniser’ By RICHARD FROST Special to the Enterprise I’ve again been stimulated to read up on an individual important in the environmental movement who was heavily influenced by time in the Adirondacks. For my ...

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Novella tells of woman’s survival in the woods

“Adirondacks Artemis,” written by D.L. Luke, is a novella set in Clinton County in the Adirondack wilderness. It’s a story about survival and healing. The premise is noted to be autobiographical, but the events are fiction. The main protagonist of the story is named after the ...

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Local novelist sets murder mystery in Florida

Elizabethtown-based author T.J. Brearton’s latest novel, “Dead Gone,” is a procedural set in southwest Florida. Brand-new Special Agent Tom Lange of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is called to Rookery Bay, Naples, where a decomposing body has been discovered by kayakers. ...

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Somber, meaningful poems

“Always Close, Forever Careless” by Michael Carrino, Aldrich Press, 2016 By MARILYN MCCABE Special to the Enterprise Plattsburgh resident Michael Carrino issued a new book of poems in 2016. “Always Close, Forever Careless” was published by Aldrich Press. The collection is ...

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Second read of Bob Marshall book is just as enjoyable as the first

“Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks,” edited by Phil Brown --- The opportunity to hear a talk recently by Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown led me to reread “Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks” (Lost Pond Press), a collection of Marshall’s writings that Brown edited and published in ...

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Ralph Edwards cut a farm out of the British Columbia wilderness

“Crusoe of Lonesome Lake,” by Leland Stowe --- In his award-winning “Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East,”  Ed Kanze described the struggle to make a home for his family — wife Debbie and two children — in the unforgiving Adirondacks near Saranac Lake. It ...

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How the town of Chester earned a spot in history

“The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Town of Chester” by Donna Lagoy and Laura Seldman --- What a fine bit of historical research these authors engaged in and presented in this book. In an effort to expand the understanding of the history of Chester, ...

Useful lessons in ‘The Woodsman’s Son’

“The Woodsman’s Son” by April Blanchard --- My friend Mary recommended I consider ‘The Woodsman’s Son” by April Blanchard for a review. I don’t read a lot of young readers’ fiction, but she suggested it as a heartwarming book to feature during the holiday season. Mary has ...