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A history of Vermont through architecture

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copyright the Chronicle April 23, 2014 Buildings of Vermont, by Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Published by University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville and London, 2014.  504 pages. Hardbound.  $85. Reviewed by Joseph Gresser Buildings of Vermont mee... More »

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Book review: Bird seeks truth about God

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copyright the Chronicle April 16, 2014 The Starling God, by Tanya Sousa.  Paperback.  265 pages.  Published by forestrypress.com.  $12.50 Reviewed by Tena Starr Tanya Sousa’s The Starling God is part allegory, part adventure story, part coming of age tale, and... More »

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Poetry book on fall light, picking stone, cutting corn

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copyright the Chronicle March 26, 2014 Winter Ready, by Leland Kinsey.  Published by Green Writers Press. 85 pages.  Paperback.  $14.95 Reviewed by Tena Starr It was yet another cold and snowy March day in this cold and snowy winter of 2014, and Leland Kinsey’... More »

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How Barton’s founder became a war hero

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copyright the Chronicle March 5, 2014 Kidnapping the Enemy, The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott, by Christian M. McBurney.  325 pages.  Hardcover.  Published by Westholme Publishing, LLC.  $29.95. Reviewed by Tena Starr It... More »

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Did slavery in Vermont really end in 1777?

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copyright the Chronicle February 26, 2014 The Problem of Slavery in Early Vermont, 1777-1810.  By Harvey Amani Whitfield.  Published by the Vermont Historical Society 2014.  140 pages with notes, documents and index.  $19.95 Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre The asser... More »

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Vermont history through the eyes of a lawyer

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Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History, by Paul Gillies.  Published by the Vermont Historical Society. 2013.  414 pages with index. $24.95. Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre People who major in history in college often find themsel... More »

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Peter Miller captures Vermont characters

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A Lifetime of Vermont People, with photographs and text by Peter Miller; 208 pages in hardback; published by Silver Print Press; $49.95. Reviewed by Chris Braithwaite Any Northeast Kingdom resident who picks up Peter Miller’s extraordinarily handsome new book ... More »

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Potter spins yarn of magic in trilogy debut

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Reviewed by Joseph Gresser Fantasy novels generally fall into the pattern set for the genre by J.R.R. Tolkien in his Lord of The Rings trilogy.  A group of men with swords, axes, clubs and other whacking and hacking implements go off to set a wrong to rights. ... More »

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An overdue look at a complicated subject

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copyright the chronicle September 4, 2013 The Disenfranchised, Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-spouse Dies, edited by Peggy Sapphire.  Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., Amityville, New York.  Paperback.  217 pages.  $49.95. Reviewed by Tena Starr Some tim... More »

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Hand Artists introduces sign language

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by Natalie Hormilla When Jan Caswell was growing up in Derby Line, she had no idea what sort of career lay in her future.  Now, after 40 years of working with deaf people in a variety of ways, she’s created a book that introduces American Sign Language and dea... More »

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A practical guide to the future of farming

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Farms With a Future; Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business, by Rebecca Thistlethwaite, foreword by Richard Wiswall, published by Chelsea Green in White River Junction, Vermont, 2013; paperback, 336 pages, $29.95. Reviewed by Bethany M. Dunbar Rebecc... More »

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Hoagland novel tells tales of human courage

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Children are Diamonds, by Edward Hoagland.  Published by Arcade Publishing, New York, New York, 2013.  213 pages. $23.95. Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre  What to think of a 30-something-year-old schoolteacher who got fired from his job in New Hampshire, absconded f... More »