Mysteries and More: The Latest Regional Reads
by Niki Kourofsky
Two desperate men escape from an Adirondack prison and terrorize a family whose perfectly isolated home makes them perfectly vulnerable. No, this isn’t a recent write-up from a North Country newspaper. It’s the plot of As Night Falls (Ballantine Books, 2015), the strangely prescient third suspense novel by Hudson Valley author Jenny Milchman (367 pages, $26, hardcover, www.jennymilchman.com).
In Mystery Under the Midnight Moon: A Collection of Short Stories (Adirondack Kids Press, 2015)—the latest Adirondack Kids installment from father-and-son writing team Gary and Justin VanRiper—the crew finds a missing feline, has a close encounter of the turtle kind and uncovers a shadowy vessel bobbing by starlight (80 pages, $9.95, softcover, black-and-white illustrations, www.adirondackkids.com).
A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: The Story of the Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks (Cornell University Press, 2015), by James Schlett, chronicles the escapades of William James Stillman, Louis Agassiz, Ralph Waldo Emerson and other would-be woodsmen on the shores of Follensby Pond in 1858 and considers the encampment’s lasting legacy (256 pages, $29.95, hardcover, black-and-white and color images, www.adirondacklifestore.com).
Chuck D’Imperio samples everything from poutine to Croghan bologna—but strangely, no michigan hot dogs—in his ode to Empire State eats, A Taste of Upstate New York: The People and the Stories Behind 40 Food Favorites (Syracuse University Press, 2015, 246 pages, $29.95, softcover, color photographs, www.syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu).
Imaginary Brightness: A Durant Family Saga (privately published, 2015), a thoroughly researched novel by Sheila Myers, follows the Adirondack adventures of William West Durant and his sister, Ella (294 pages, $12.99, softcover, www.wwdurantstory.com).
If you like a side of verse with your views, toss David Crews’s High Peaks (Ra Press, 2015) into your backpack. Each of the poems in this portable volume is dedicated the Adirondacks’ highest hikes (45 pages, $12, softcover, www.davidcrewspoetry.com).
Frontier Town: Abandoned Theme Park Then and Now (privately published, 2015), by Jennifer St. Pierre and Tammy Whitty-Brown, remembers North Hudson’s Wild-West wonderland with a bonanza of oral histories and photographs (200 pages, $29.99, softcover, color photographs, www.jenniferstpierrephotography.com).
Ever wonder what Cold River hermit Noah John Rondeau added to his notorious Everlasting Stew or how to cure a cold sore with a mix of moss? Then pick up William J. O’Hern’s Spring Trout & Strawberry Pancakes: Borrowed Tales, Quirky Cures, Camp Recipes and the Adirondack Characters Who Cooked Them Up (In the Adirondacks, 2015, 298 pages, $25.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.adkwilds.com).
In Plattsburgh Through Time (Arcadia Publishing, 2015), historian Anastasia Pratt contrasts photographs from yesteryears—including the old military barracks, Dr. Hagey’s 19th-century rehab, and the Margaret Street trolley—with their modern-day counterparts (96 pages, $22.99, softcover, black-and-white and color photographs, www.arcadiapublishing.com).
Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series (www.arcadiapublishing.com) introduces two new regional offerings this year: Around Keeseville by Kyle M. Page (128 pages, $21.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs) and the timely Dannemora by Rod Bigelow and Walter “Pete” Light (128 pages, $21.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs).
The Adirondacks’ best-known suffragist is saluted in Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr (American Graphic Press, 2015), edited by Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. Milholland, whose family owned an estate in the town of Lewis, was a prominent rabble-rouser for the vote until her untimely death in 1916 (90 pages, $14.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.rememberinginez.com).
Nancy M. Kimball, a founding member of North Country Wild Care, recounts tales from two decades of caring for critters in Possums to Porcupines: The Wild Life of an Adirondack Rehabilitator (privately published, 2015, 105 pages, $19.95, softcover, color photographs, www.possumstoporcupines.com).
Adria Townsend gives readers A Remote Chance (privately published, 2015), a contemporary romance set on the shores of a fictional Adirondack lake (ebook, $2.99, www.amazon.com).
Gail Huntley’s Long Lake: Adirondack Heartland (privately published, 2015) is a follow-up to her 2013 Conquering the Wild: A Novel of the Life and Times of the First Settlers of Long Lake, New York. The sequel covers events from 1910 to 1980 and beyond. (338 pages, $25, softcover, www.gailhuntley.com).
Murder in the North Country: An Adirondack Mountain Mystery (North Country Books, 2015) is a thriller by first-time novelist A. M. Rowlands (256 pages, $19.95, softcover, www.amazon.com).
Stuart Bartow, who teaches writing and literature at SUNY Adirondack, explores the joys of pool-rippling moments in Teaching Trout to Talk: The Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing (Ra Press, 2014, 175 pages, $12, softcover, www.lulu.com).
In Creating Sustainable Communities: Lessons from the Hudson River Region (SUNY Press, 2015), Rik Scarce presents sustainable-living success stories from Mount Marcy to Manhattan (257 pages, $24.95, softcover, www.sunypress.edu).