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Guide gives rise to the baker within

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copyright the Chronicle April 8, 2015 Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes, 2nd Edition, by Jeffrey Hamelman, illustrations and photography by Chiho Kaneko; Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2014; Hardbound, 478 pages; $45. ... More »

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When a rock festival takes over a small town…

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copyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015 Shape of the Sky, by Shelagh Connor Shapiro. 242 pages. Paperback. Published by Wind Ridge Books. $15.95. Reviewed by Tena Starr   The Northeast Kingdom and rock festivals have a historic relationship, so Shelagh Connor Sh... More »

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A look at the internal struggles of an early feminist

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copyright the Chronicle March 25, 2015 by Natalie Hormilla Martha Oliver-Smith of Albany has written something like a memoir, except it’s not really about herself. The main character of Martha’s Mandala is another Martha, the author’s maternal grandmother, Mar... More »

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How to bring Town Meeting back to life

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copyright the Chronicle March 11, 2015 All Those In Favor, Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community, by Susan Clark and Frank Bryan. Paperback. 87 pages. Published by Ravenmark, Montpelier, Vermont. Reviewed by Tena Starr Frank Bryan is likely V... More »

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Novel brings Haitian slave children to light

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copyright the Chronicle February 11, 2015 Reviewed by Tena Starr The Gold Exchange, Exposing Haiti’s Child Slavery System, by Susan Belding. Paperback. 273 pages. Published by Willoughby Gap Press. $8.14 on Amazon. Susan Belding (who many of you would know as ... More »

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Stories reflect beauty, complexity of Vermont

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copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015 Reviewed by Tena Starr Contemporary Vermont Fiction, an Anthology. Edited by Robin MacArthur. Published by Green Writers Press. Paperback. 226 pages. $21.00. Vermont has a lot of writers. In fact, I’ve heard, or read, t... More »

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An easy read to fuel those spring dreams

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copyright the Chronicle December 23, 2014 The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening, by Ron Krupp. Published by Whetstone Books. Paperback. 247 pages. $18. Reviewed by Tena Starr Yes, it will be months before we see anything besides a Christmas tree that’s green, but... More »

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Biography pays heed to Governor Robinson

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copyright the Chronicle December 17, 2014 Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont by Robert A. Mello. Published by the Vermont Historical Society, 2014. 450 pages with footnotes and bibliography. $34.95 Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre Robert A. Mello is a better ... More »

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Navigating the complexities of the simple life

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copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014 The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit, by Ben Hewitt with Penny Hewitt. Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, 2015; Paperbound, 352 ... More »

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Debut novel draws page-turning journey

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copyright the Chronicle November 26, 2014 The Clever Mill Horse, by Jodi Lew-Smith. Paperback. 409 pages. Published by Caspian Press, Hardwick. $16.99 Reviewed by Tena Starr Jodi Lew-Smith has written a rollicking story here, as unlikely as that seems, given t... More »

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Miller speeds readers down American roads

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copyright the Chronicle November 12, 2014 Reviewed by Joseph Gresser Museum of the Americas, by Gary Lee Miller. Published by Fomite Press, Burlington, 2014. Paperbound, 169 pages, $14.95. Roads run through the 11 stories in Gary Lee Miller’s collection. Chara... More »