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Writer tells of a forgotten giant

August 27, 2014 Politician, lawyer, and businessman Smith Weed is the subject of Mark L. Barie’s biography, “The President of Plattsburg. more »»

Memoir of Alexander Macomb

August 13, 2014 Celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a key event in the War of 1812, begins on Aug. 29. more »»

Knott presents Park’s knotty history well

July 2, 2014 I recently had opportunity to see the reading list SUNY Plattsburgh professor Gary Kroll used for his course in “Adirondack Environmental History” last semester. more »»

Donohue creates compelling stories set the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley

June 18, 2014 Writer Dave Donohue, the force behind Ra Press and Ra Films, has provided support and a platform for local writers for many years. more »»

Terrorists on the St. Lawrence Seaway

June 4, 2014 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... more »»

Author whets appetite for more about Amish

May 21, 2014 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 selectio. more »»

Good tale of hot summer in Cold War

April 23, 2014 Summary: Sex, violence and anti-communist hysteria in a 1958 Adirondack town makes for a good novel. more »»

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

April 9, 2014 Recently I reread “Durant: The Fortunes and Woodland Camps of a Family in the Adirondacks,” by Craig Gilbor. more »»

‘Caretakers’ is a fast-paced follow up for Sheffield

March 26, 2014 Jamie Sheffield’s new installment in the Tyler Cunningham series is another fast-paced thriller with the intimate knowledge of the Adirondacks that will give local readers some satisfying context. more »»

Character seeks solitude in the wilderness

March 12, 2014 It is minus 28 degrees when we meet Lily Martindale. more »»

‘Hides, Hemlocks and Adirondack History’

February 26, 2014 Every now and then I pick a book off my shelf that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Sometimes a "while" calculates to a few years. more »»

‘Among Friends: A Quaker Boy at the Battle of Plattsburgh’

February 12, 2014 What do you get when you mix a troubled dreamer with a young man itching to join the Battle of Plattsburgh? Toss in an abolitionist preacher for good measure. more »»

Review: ‘JFK’s Last 100 Days’

January 29, 2014 Thurston Clarke, who lives on Lake Champlain in Willsboro, authored “Ask Not,” which describes the composing of President John Kennedy’s inaugural address. more »»

Exciting account of Rogers’ rangers

January 15, 2014 When we read about the exploits of Navy Seals, Green Berets and other elite military groups, we should understand that all these groups had their progenitor in a man named Robert Rogers. more »»

‘The Ruby Seat’ turns coping into mysticism

January 2, 2014 (Editor’s note: “Read in the Blue Line” normally runs on Wednesdays, but since there’s no Enterprise New Year’s Day, it’s running today. more »»

‘Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska’

December 18, 2013 When he was 59, Rockwell Kent Jr. told his famous artist-father, who would soon pass away at his AuSable Forks farm, “The year we spent together on Fox Island was the happiest of all my life. more »»

‘Neighbors of Yesterday’

December 4, 2013 Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. For me it's a family occasion, one that's not diluted by the need to think about what presents everyone might like. more »»

‘Mothers in Academia’

November 6, 2013 ‘Mothers in Academia,” a book of essays by and about women studying and working in universities, is not my usual fare, which runs toward novels set in small towns and Adirondack nonfiction. more »»

Book adds to Adirondack history

October 23, 2013 An old adage asserts that the best way to get a million dollars is to begin with two million. Certainly such opportunity has been available in the Adirondacks. more »»

Girl flees from bullies into wilderness

October 9, 2013 LeeAnne Baker’s debut young-adult novel, “Lost,” is a sensitive portrayal of teenage bullying. more »»



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