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Poetry informed by the unique perspective of an EMT

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copyright the Chronicle April 12, 2017   Reviewed by Tena Starr    A Life Lived Backwards, by Mark Creaven. Paperback. 76 pages. Available on Amazon.com, $9.99.   Longtime West Glover resident Mark Creaven has been, among many other things, an EMT, a job that,... More »

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Les Misérables comes to Orleans

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copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015 by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph ORLEANS — The cast of Vermont Family Theatre’s Les Misérables nailed the opening night of their show on Friday, remembering every line and singing every note. Friday was the first of a three-day run... 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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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 »