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Ruminations: On seasonal cooking in northern Vermont

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copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014 by Tena Starr Marcie Kaufman is a professionally trained chef who lives in Jay. She graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier in 1992, but began her career earlier, in 1987, as an apprentice boulange... More »

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Beer book serves up history, profiles, tales

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copyright the Chronicle July 30, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar Vermont Beer; History of a Brewing Revolution; by Kurt Staudter and Adam Krakowski, published by the History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 2014, paperback, 190 pages, $19.99. Since 1991, Vermont h... More »

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Putting Mosher in the pantheon

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copyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014 Howard Frank Mosher and the Classics, Echoes in the Vermont Writer’s Works, by James Robert Saunders. 208 pages. Softcover. Published by McFarland. $45. Reviewed by Tena Starr Four years ago, in June of 2010, Purdue Univers... More »

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In Glover: What you never knew about the toothbrush

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copyright the Chronicle June 25, 2014 by Joseph Gresser GLOVER — The word “everyday” means usual or common. It might seem, then, that the Museum of Everyday Life would be a humdrum collection of boring objects. The selection of themes covered in the museum’s f... More »

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Brown’s life made on the water, in the woods

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copyright the Chronicle June 11, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar For those who love the wilderness, northern Quebec and Labrador are close enough to be enticing. On Northern Waters, by Dave Brown of Craftsbury, will take you there vicariously if the complications of... More »

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ETA releases self-titled album of originals

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copyright the Chronicle May 28, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar The estimated time of arrival for the new ETA compact disc of original music is:  now. The Evansville Transit Authority (ETA) band has been a local phenomenon for a dozen years and got its first paid gi... More »

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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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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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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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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 »