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Regional Reads 2014

A selection of new Adirondack titles

This year’s bumper crop of local literature—listed below—has something for every Adirondack-junkie, from the joys to be found on our highest mountains to memories made in their shadows.

Grab Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country, by Martin Podskoch, and take off on a tour of all the towns and villages in the Adirondack Park. The volume includes history, points of interest, annual events, and a spot for readers to record their own impressions of each community (Podskoch Press, 2014, $20, hardcover, black-and-white photographs, www.adirondack102club.com, podskotch@comcast.net).

In naturalist Ed Kanze’s latest, Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East (SUNY Press, 2014), we meet Kanze’s furry and flowery neighbors, while learning about his and his ancestor’s struggles to put down roots in the stubborn North Country soil (212 pages, $19.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.sunypress.edu).

Adirondack Panoramas, a coffee-table book by Lake Placid photographer Rolf Schulte, explores both waterscapes and mountain views (privately published, 2014, $39, 167 pages, hardcover, color photographs, www.amazon.com).

Prolific author William “Jay” O’Hern offers three new titles this year from his In the Adirondacks press: In Adirondack Wilds: Exploring the Haunts of Noah John Rondeau, readers can follow the author and his wife on their annual pilgrimages through Cold River country (312 pages, 25.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs). The Hermit and Us: Our Adirondack Adventures with Noah John Rondeau shares a pack-basketful of first-person accounts of the beloved backcountry character (340 pages, $25.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs). And Adirondack Memories and Campfire Stories: Honoring the Mountains and their History is an anthology of articles from North Country Life and York State Tradition magazines between 1946 and 1974, covering a wide range of North Country histories, mysteries, legends and lore (327 pages, $25.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs).

Adirondack Outlaws: Bad Boys and Lawless Ladies, by Niki Kourofsky (full disclosure: that’s me!), takes readers on a rip-roaring ride through Adirondack history, introducing a cast of scofflaws and scallywags—and a few murderous maniacs—that lend a new meaning to Forever Wild (160 pages, $14.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.farcountrypress.com).

In Alone in the Woods: Cheryl Strayed, My Daughter, and Me (Shebooks, 2014), Micah Perks—author of Pagan Time, a memoir of growing up in an Adirondack commune—teases out the troubles of raising a brave daughter while recounting the trials of her own coming of age on a two-week solo trek through the Adirondack wilderness (34 pages, $2.99, ebook, www.shebooks.net).

For more than a decade, Bill Ingersoll has been updating Barbara McMartin’s classic Discover the Adirondacks series of guidebooks, adding new trail information and route descriptions, as well as trip suggestions and redesigned trail maps. This year’s edition is an exhaustive revamp of Discover the South Central Adirondacks: Four-season Guide to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness (Wild River Press, 2014, 273 pages, $20, softcover, black-and-white photographs and maps, www.hiketheadirondacks.com).

From Dirt to Design (privately published, 2014), by Tim Follos, tracks the path of a troubled teen who turns his life around—thanks, in part, to the support he found in his adopted hometown, Lake Placid. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit a summer arts scholarship for local teenagers (145 pages, $12.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.thebookstoreplus.com).

Edward W. Larkin Jr. shares his enduring love for his family’s favorite campsite in Good Ol’ Fish Creek: Fifty-Eight Years of Adirondack Camping (74 pages, $11.52, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.lulu.com).

High Places: Awe and Misadventure in the Adirondack High Peaks (privately published, 2014), by artist Lynn Benevento, chronicles a family’s joy, heartache and sore feet on a journey that spanned 26 years and 46 mountains (160 pages, $27.95, softcover, color illustrations, www.lynnbeneventohighplaces.com).

David Starbuck, professor of anthropology and author of Massacre at Fort William Henry, offers new revelations—based on forensics and archeological finds—in The Legacy of Fort William Henry: Resurrecting the Past (University Press of New England, 2014, 130 pages, softcover, color photographs, www.upne.com).

Jeremy Davis follows his 2012 roundup of bygone bunny hills in the Southern Adirondacks with Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks (History Press, 2014), an homage to forgotten slopes like Lake Placid’s Fawn Ridge and Crown Point’s Baldpate Ski Club. Davis also profiles some spots that have come back from the brink, including Big Tupper and Otis Mountain (188 pages, $19.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.nelsap.org).

Murder on the Mountain (privately published, 2014), by M. J. Rossi, brings mystery and suspense to the town of Keene (306 pages, $17.95, softcover, www.hudsonhousepub.com).

Jenny Milchman, author of 2013′s Cover of Snow, takes readers back to the fictional Adirondack town of Wedeskyull in the suspense novel Ruin Falls (Ballantine Books, 2014, 339 pages, hardcover, www.jennymilchman.com).

Tahawus Memories (Hungry Bear Publishing, 2014) is a touching portrait of a bygone Adirondack community from native son Leonard Gereau. The volume covers the history of the small town that housed the world’s largest titanium mine through news reports, photographs and anecdotes from former residents (312 pages, $20, softcover, www.adirondacklifestore.com).

In The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale (SUNY Press, 2014), Mary Sanders Shartle tells a tale of a broken woman who tries to find peace in the solitary life of an Adirondack caretaker—until she smashes the calm with her own impulsive act (250 pages, $24.95, softcover, www.sunypress.edu).

The Tumble Inn (Syracuse University Press, 2014), William Loizeaux’s novel exploring love, grief and the power of place, is set in an isolated Adirondack bed-and-breakfast. It follows a young couple’s adventures as new innkeepers, their struggles to conceive a child, and, finally, a husband and daughter’s efforts to rebuild their family in the aftermath of a tragic car accident (176 pages, $19.95, softcover, www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu).

Transitions: Notes on a Proud Past with Attention to Future Annals (privately published, 2014) compiles 15-years of historian William C. Frenette’s folksy columns for the Tupper Lake Free Press—a collection packed with local history, memorable characters and outdoor adventures (694 pages, $24.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.facebook.com/TransitionsByBillFrenette/info).

Lake George mayor Robert M. Blais gives readers A View From the Top (privately published, 2014), with remembrances of the village during his four-plus decades in office (196 pages, $24.95, softcover, color photographs, www.facebook.com/LakeGeorgeAViewFromTheTop).

 

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