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An old song becomes a new classic

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copyright the Chronicle November 25, 2015 The Devil In The Valley, by Castle Freeman. Published by Overlook Duckworth, New York City and London, 2015. Hardcover, 191 pages, $24.95. Reviewed by Joseph Gresser In jazz there are tunes known as standards. Those so... More »

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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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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 »