Regional Reads 2019

by | December 2019

A sampling of the latest titles of local interest

Guidebook veteran Bill Ingersoll has packed 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains (Countryman Press, 2019) with a user-friendly sampling of greatest hits (240 pages, $22.95, softcover, color photographs, www.countrymanpress.com).

Color Remote: Bushwhacking the Adirondack Mountains (Beechwood Books, 2019) is a collection of more than 300 images by Erik Schlimmer, founder of Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route, a booster for the 240-mile primitive pathway across the park (340 pages, $40, softcover, color photographs, www.beechwoodbks.com).

The fictional Adirondack town of Downtown (independently published, 2019) comes to life in Ginger Henry Kuenzel’s collection of tales (106 pages, $14.99, softcover, www.amazon.com).

Jeff Bigelow’s quirky novel Emerson’s Adirondack Secret (independently published, 2019), set in a not-so-distant dystopian future, follows an out-of-work archeologist as he searches for an alien artifact hidden in the Adirondacks (218 pages, softcover, $22.95, www.shoptbmbooks.com).

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out (Henry Holt, 2019) is environmentalist Bill McKibben’s latest call to arms (304 pages, hardcover, $28, billmckibben.com/falter).

SUNY Press has released a 30th anniversary edition of the weighty wilderness classic Forest and Crag: A History of Hiking, Trail Blazing, and Adventure in the Northeast Mountains (2019, third edition) by Laura and Guy Waterman (978 pages, $34.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs and maps, www.sunypress.edu).

In Ghost Fleet Awakened: Lake George’s Sunken Bateaux of 1758 (SUNY Press, 2019), maritime archaeologist Joseph W. Zarzynski tells the tale of 18th-century British warcraft deliberately sunk for winter wet-storage and never raised, touching on the history of these versatile vessels and the shipwreck preservation techniques taken to protect them (262 pages, $24.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs, www.sunypress.edu).

Champlain Valley farmer Kristin Kimball follows up her agri-memoir The Dirty Life with Good Husbandry: Growing Food, Love, and Family on Essex Farm (Scribner, 2019). The sequel takes up the tale one-and-a-half children and more than 200 CSA members later, when Kimball and her husband Mark’s whole-diet, horse-powered experiment is almost plowed under by injury and drought (304 pages, $26, hardcover, www.simonandschuster.com).

Grow Great Vegetables in New York (Timber Press, 2019) by master gardener Marie Iannotti breaks down advice by crop, month and zone, and offers tips for keeping critters out of your munchables, composting, storing the harvest and more (243 pages, $19.95, softcover, color photographs, www.workman.com).

J.S. Wooley: Adirondack Photographer (Syracuse University Press, 2018), an image-heavy biography edited by Richard Timberlake and Philip Terrie, cements Wooley’s place in regional history (176 pages, $49.95, hardcover, color and black-and-white photographs, press.syr.edu).

Justin, Jackie and Nick explore one of hermit French Louie’s hidey-holes in Phantom of the Talus Caves (Adirondack Kids Press, 2019), Justin and Gary Van Riper’s latest addition to their Adirondack Kids series (96 pages, $9.95, softcover, black-and-white illustrations, www.adirondackkids.com).

Rural Indigenousness: A History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples of the Adirondacks (Syracuse University Press, 2018), by Melissa Otis, chronicles the often overlooked experiences of Native Americans in their Adirondack homeland (377 pages, $39.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs, press.syr.edu).

Jerry Jenkins’s Sedges of the Northern Forest: A Photographic Guide (Cornell University Press, 2019) is the latest installment in his easy-to-use Northern Forest Atlas Guide series (96 pages, $16.95, softcover, color photographs, northernforestatlas.org).

Tish Cohen’s The Summer We Lost Her (Scout Press, 2019), a novel set in Lake Placid, follows the struggles of a married couple after the disappearance of their daughter (352 pages, $16.99, softcover, www.simonandschuster.com).

Where the River Flows Both Ways (independently published, 2019), by Stephen Densmore, is a historical novel based on the Civil War odyssey of the author’s ancestor Ransford Densmore, of Corinth (298 pages, $19.99, softcover, www.amazon.com).


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