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Misty Valley Books is known for its excellent selection of books by Vermont authors as well as books on Vermont history. Recent additions to our collection include:

Slavish Shore, by Jeffrey Amestoy

In 1834 Harvard dropout Richard Henry Dana Jr. sailed to California as a common seaman. His account of the voyage, Two Years Before the Mast, quickly became an American classic. But literary acclaim could not erase the young lawyer’s memory of the brutal floggings he had witnessed aboard ship or undermine the vow he had made to combat injustice. In Slavish Shore, Jeffrey Amestoy tells the story of Dana’s unflagging determination to keep that vow in the face of nineteenth-century America’s most exclusive establishment: the Boston society in which he had been born and bred.

The drama of Dana’s life arises from the unresolved tension between the Brahmin he was expected to be on shore and the man he had become at sea. Dana’s sense of justice made him a lawyer who championed sailors and slaves, and his extraordinary advocacy put him at the center of some of the most consequential cases in American history: defending fugitive slave Anthony Burns, justifying President Lincoln’s war powers before the Supreme Court, and prosecuting Confederate president Jefferson Davis for treason. Yet Dana’s own promising political career remained unfulfilled as he struggled to reconcile his rigorous conscience with his restless spirit in public controversy and private life.

Moses Robinson & the Founding of Vermont, by Robert A. Mello




The Vermont Difference, by J. Kevin Garaffagnino et al



This is the Water, by Yannick Murphy





Mud Season, by Ellen Stimson

After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont—its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming—Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis: “We’re moving to Vermont!”

The reality, they quickly learn, is a little muddier than they’d imagined, but, happily, worth all the trouble.

In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson’s transition from city life to rickety Vermont farmhouse.

When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that “improvements” are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they’d always been.

The Man from Vermont: Charles Ross Taggart, The Old Country Fiddler by Adam R. Boyce

In 1895, East Topsham's Charles Ross Taggart set his sights on becoming a traveling musical humorist. His uproarious ventriloquist and musical performances brought rave reviews in his Vermont community. He was soon thrust into the world of the lyceum and Chautauqua circuits, journeying far and wide across North America. His forty-three-year career spanned some of America's most exciting and most difficult times, and his folk performances--especially his beloved "Old Country Fiddler"--brought smiles to all who experienced them. He was also an innovator in the entertainment industry, recording his music and humor, as well as appearing in one of the first "talkie" films

Lake Champlain: A Natural History by Mike Winslow

Written in a light, engaging style by LCC staff scientist Mike Winslow with black and white photographs and detailed pen and ink illustrations by Libby Davidson, this book will help people discover and understand the lake’s rich and diverse resources. The book builds on a series of monthly columns, “Lake Look”, which LCC has distributed to its members and local and regional newspapers since 2002. Lake Champlain: A Natural History is one of LCC’s officially designated Quadricentennial projects. The publication won an IPPY silver medal for regional publication.

David Blistein, David’s Inferno, My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression

David’s Inferno combines intensely personal reminiscences of the author’s two-year nervous breakdown with contemporary insight on depression and its treatment. This is, however, more than a memoir. With gentleness and wry humor, he includes very readable and often humorous discussions of neuropsychology, prescription medications, and alternative therapies, helping us see beyond the judgments and prejudices that all too often influence an individual’s treatment decisions.

The book also interweaves reflections on Dante’s The Divine Comedy with insights into depression’s profound short and long term impact on an individual’s relationships, creativity and spiritual life, and how the experience of deep depression has the potential to be transformative in unexpectedly positive ways. With a forward by Ken Burns.

Watch this trailer with David and Ken Burns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieyjW7uBG8Y&feature=youtu.be

Grants Ferry by David Chase

Following a thirty year absence, Kenneth Forbes is summoned back to his home town, Grants Ferry, Vermont, to settle his recently deceased Aunt Fanny's estate. Still furious at his escape all those years ago, Fanny takes elaborate revenge through her will. Kenneth inherits her considerable holdings but with strict criteria and a challenge that risks everything if he fails. The alternative to failure or simply walking away, at least in Kenneth's mind, is even worse. Add the people Kenneth left behind when he ran away, the steady decay of the town itself, and what Kenneth views as provincial simplicity of the generation now in charge, and Kenneth finds himself soundly ensnared in Fanny's trap. Grants Ferry's history is long and peppered with local characters, often a touch eccentric, who create a pleasant mix of humor, cruelty, tenderness, and violence.

Something Abides by Howard Coffiin

Howard Coffin’s fourth book on Vermont Civil War history, Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont lists some 2,500 Civil War sites that survive throughout the state. James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian, in his foreward to the book, says, “In his writing, Howard Coffin has taken us to Gettysburg and the Wilderness and Cedar Creek and Petersburg and other fields where Vermonters fought and died. And now he takes us to hundreds of places in Vermont where these soldiers came from and where their families and friends worked to support them and hoped, often in vain, that they would return home safely. Something Abides took six years and 150,000 miles of travel to compile. The result is commensurate with the effort. It is a tour de force.

Vermont’s Haunts by Joseph Citro

Finally, a new book from Vermont’s most well known master of the mysterious tale, Vermont’s Haunts explores questions such as: Do unknown populations live hidden in the Green Mountains?, or Was a full blown exorcism performed at a local college? Vermont’s Ghostmaster General gives you the answers you want- and maybe some you don’t- in this latest addition to Citro’s ongoing collection of Vermont oddities.

Paradise City by Archer Mayor

In his 23rd appearance, Joe Gunther, with his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation, is alerted to a string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont. Someone, in addition to flatscreens, computers, and stereos, has also been stealing antiques and jewelry. Meanwhile, in Boston, an elderly woman surprises some thieves in her Beacon Hill home and is viciously murdered. The Boston police find that not only is the loot similar to what’s being stolen in Vermont, but it may have the same destination. Word is out that someone powerful is purchasing these particular kinds of items in the “Paradise City” of Northampton, Mass. Gunther, the Boston Police, and the vengeful niece of the murdered old lady convene on Northampton, eager to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the “responsible parties”—although each is motivated to mete out some very different penalties. Understated, occasionally very funny (see Kunkle) and very intelligent. The Sage of Brattleboro remains as appealing as ever.

Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish and Game Wardens, Books 1,2 & 3 by Eric Nuse & Megan Price

Vermont Wild is a collection of 13 short stories as told by Eric Nuse of Johnson, VT. Nuse spent 32 years working as a state game warden and somehow, he says, "never lost his sense of humor." Instead, he would regale his young daughter with bedtime stories about his often amusing experiences on the job, which years later provided the genesis for "Vermont Wild."

Barrie Dunsmore, There and Back , Commentary by a former Foreign Correspondent

With a foreword by Ted Koppel In an era of instant access to worldwide news, we are lucky to have voices who can speak from the vantage point of many years of on-the-ground experience. Barrie Dunsmore, who traveled the world for over thirty years as a foreign correspondent with ABC News, has one of those voices. He is able to analyze current events with a veteran reporter's eye, a humble sense of humor, and a longer view of history than most contemporary opinion-based news sources. He is a careful keeper of our collective world history, and as such offers an important and increasingly rare perspective on current events.

The collection of pieces in There and Back offers quick and sometimes witty entrances into decade-long discussions about Middle East policy, superpower strategies, and controversial domestic issues. Dunsmore comments on various aspects of recent Middle Eastern history: the Arab Spring revolutions, America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the nuclear threats posed by Iran's theocratic government. He takes us inside the arms races of the Cold War, relying heavily on his coverage of the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Soviets during that time. He also takes us through a tour de force of commentary on politics, current events, cultural phenomena, and leadership within the U.S. Dunsmore's grounded and non-sensational approach to writing allows him to thoughtfully explain the world issues inherited by this generation. It is because of his experience abroad that Dunsmore is able to observe domestic events with such accurate focus. He uses his deep knowledge of historical events, many of which he lived through and reported on, to simplify the decades of policy and diplomacy that have led us to today. After reading Dunsmore's careful encapsulations of complicated international relationships, today's global situations suddenly become clearer. This collection of columns are the offerings of a mind sharply tuned to the long view of truth and to a lifetime of practicing thoughtful reflection.

Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry

While standing on the deck of the Lake Champlain ferry bound for Vermont, Troy Chance sees a small boy tossed over the side of a ferry going the opposite direction. Without thinking, she jumps to his rescue, setting off a chain of events that see her embroiled in a kidnapping plot with tendrils in the Adirondacks and Vermont as well as Ottawa and Montreal.

Howard Frank Mosher, The Great Northern Express: A Writer's Journey Home

Several months before novelist Howard Frank Mosher turned sixty-five, he learned that he had prostate cancer. Following forty-six intensive radiation treatments, Mosher set out alone in his twenty-year-old Chevy Celebrity on a monumental road trip and book tour across twenty-first-century America. From a chance meeting with an angry moose in northern New England to late-night walks on the wildest sides of America's largest cities, The Great Northern Express chronicles Mosher's escapades with an astonishing array of erudite bibliophiles, homeless hitchhikers, country crooners and strippers, and aspiring writers of all circumstances. Full of high and low comedy and rollicking adventures, this is part travel memoir, part autobiography, and pure, anarchic fun. From coast to coast and border to border, this unforgettable adventure of a top-notch American writer demonstrates that, sometimes, in order to know who we truly are, we must turn the wheel towards home.

Linda Cunningham, Small Town Girl

When Lauren Smith begrudgingly returns to the small Vermont town where she grew up to arrange for the sale of her late grandmother's old farmhouse, she has everything she's always worked for. Lauren drives a Mercedes. She's engaged to one of the most powerful businessmen in the country and wears a three-carat diamond ring to prove it. She lives in a penthouse on Central Park West. Yes, Lauren has everything she considers important. She is smugly prepared for any eventuality in dealing with these country people so Lauren isn't surprised when the hot water isn't working at the old house. No problem. She simply looks in the phone book and calls the local plumber. The moment Caleb Cochran steps through the old screen door to fix the hot water, the glittery facade that masquerades as Lauren's life begins to crumble around her. Though she tries hard to deny their mutual, magnetic attraction, Lauren is finally forced to reevaluate her focus and come face-to-face with her true self. Small Town Girl is a story of discovering the true meaning of life and love.

Ethan Allen: His Life and Times by Willard Sterne Randall

While Ethan Allen’s legend has endured through four centuries of American history, he remains, perhaps, the least understood of America’s founding fathers. Willard Sterne Randall, author of Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor, finally gives a three-dimensional portrait to this venerated leader of the Green Mountain Boys, a man whose fame was so great that he became a mythical figure, even in his own lifetime. Randall chronicles Allen’s upward struggle from precocious, if not unruly, adolescent to commander of the largest American paramilitary force on the eve of the Revolution. He traces Allen from his modest beginnings in Connecticut and illuminates his deeply rebellious nature, his attraction to deism, his dramatic defense of smallpox vaccinations, and his early support of separation of church and state. Allen emerges as a fascinating public spirited leader but also as a self-interested individual, often no less rapacious than his archenemies in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.

The Call by Yannick Murphy

The daily rhythm of a veterinarian’s family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of their great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences—testing a loving father’s patience, humor, and resolve and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what “family” truly means.

A Dream of Dragons by Willem Lange. Illustrated by Mary Azarian

The Viking Age began over a thousand years ago when the ancient Norse perfected their swift-sailing, dragon-headed longships. Young men, and later whole families, left Norway's rugged fiords in search of open land, trade, treasure, or fame. Many others took to the unknown sea simply because something vague and irresistible beckoned to them. They settled islands all across the North Atlantic and landed in North America over four hundred years before Columbus. Their exploits are recounted in the ancient Norse sagas.

Revolutionary Westminster by Jesse Haas

The Battles of Lexington and Concord have long been considered the beginning of the American Revolution. However, Vermonters know that the first blood was actually shed in Westminster in March 1775. Over a month before Lexington and Concord, Westminster Whigs endured an attack from their own Loyalist sheriff and his men that left two dead. In response, the county rose in revolt in what became known as the Westminster Massacre. This bloody event set the stage for Vermont's separation from New York and its position as a mainstay of American independence throughout the entire war. Jessie Haas and the Westminster Historical Society vividly retell the story of the real first battle of the American Revolution and Windham County's important role throughout the war.

Springfield (VT) by Rosanne E. Putnam

Although Springfield was chartered in 1761, residents did not begin taking advantage of the waterpower on the Black River until the 1800s. Once dams were built to harness the water, mills and factories followed. Innovation could not be stopped, and for the next 150 years one invention or improvement after another emerged from this little town. Things like the spring clothespin and sandpaper were invented in Springfield as well as world-famous tool-making machines such as the turret lathe and gear shaping and grinding machines. Improvements were also made to textile-processing machinery. A combination of the right people at the right place and time allowed Springfield, the "little town that did," to transform from an agrarian and mill town to the home of a world-renowned machine tool industry.

Fat People by Bill Schubart

For most of us, food is a source of sustenance and pleasure. But for some, it is their only friend and main source of comfort. and it may become their addictive nemesis. Bill Schubart, a man of girth, is a keen and sympathetic observer of those whose lives become defined by their obesity. Fat People adds to our understanding of how easily food can overwhelm a life. Schubart’s fourteen stories are poignant and evocative, touching on all aspects of obesity-addictive behavior, the pressure of prejudice, how food comes to rule a life, and the intimate psychological development of people for whom food becomes both companionship and family. Schubart is a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio. He lives in Vermont with his wife and family.

A Year on the Bus by Dan Close

On any given day in the United States of America, there are approximately 480,000 school buses on the road. They transport 26 million students. Not too many people care about these statistics. The school bus comes. It picks up the kids. It drops them off at school. It picks them up after school and drops them at home. It disappears into the evening dusk, not to be seen again until the next morning. But there’s more to it than that. Here’s the story of one bus driver’s first year driving a bus. His name is Phil. Phil retired at 66 when the real estate market tanked and got his Commercial Driver’s License. This is his story.

Almost Utopia: The Residents and Radicals of Pikes Falls, Vermont, 1950.

This is a book of photographs taken in Southern Vermont in the summer of 1950 by Rebecca Lepkoff, a native New Yorker, known for her photographs from the Lower East Side in the 1930s and 1940s with text by Greg Joly.

In Almost Utopia: The Residents and Radicals of Pikes Falls, Vermont, 1950, Lepkoff captured the lives of the local Vermonters and the people "from away" at work and play during this historic time, as the Korean War made national headlines. Many of Lepkoff's photos chronicle the lives of former urbanites Scott and Helen Nearing, who had purchased land in Jamaica, Vermont, with the vision of creating a homesteading lifestyle and teaching others to live simply in a troubled world. The Nearings later published Living the Good Life in 1954, documenting their homesteading experiences and lifestyle philosophy of non-exploitation, and the book became a classic.

Paisley Pig by Willow Bascom

A delightful ABC book by this creative Vermont author/artist. Growing up in Saudi Arabia and Panama, Willow Bascom was exposed to different cultures and art. She was amazed by the way people loved to not only decorate themselves but their places of worship and vehicles. A survivor of Lupus, Bascom took her fascination with multicultural art styles, using it as inspiration for her drawings.

Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch

A new book from acclaimed author of Finn, Jon Clinch. His latest novel is the story of three elderly brothers living together on a farm in upstate New York. When the oldest, Vernon, dies in his sleep, questions arise as to whether one of the other brothers might be behind it. Telling the story in alternating voices that span a generation, Clinch' gives us a host of compelling characters that seem to have stepped out of a strange and remote agrarian past. Jon Clinch has been an English teacher, a metal worker, a folksinger, housepainter, and advertising executive. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Plymouth, VT with their daughter.

The Last Station by Jay Parini

In 1910 Count Leo Tolstoy, the most famous writer in the world, is caught in the struggle between his devoted wife and an equally devoted acolyte over the master's legacy. Sofya Andreyevna fears that she and the children she has borne Tolstoy will lose all to Vladimir Cherkov and the Tolstoyan movement, which preaches the ideals of poverty, chastity, and pacifism. Jay Parini has created a stunning portrait of an enduring genius and a deeply affecting novel.

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

The 12th page-turning novel from Chris Bohjalian follows territory familiar to those who know his breakthrough novel "Midwives": a young mother's death in a small Vermont town, an investigation raising troubling questions, a teenage girl trying to make sense of it all. Alice Hayward, the town of Haverill knows, is a battered wife, struggling to find meaning in her life with her brutal husband. The same day that she is baptized by the town's minister, Stephen Drew, she is murdered by her husband, who then turned a gun on himself.

Double Black by Wendy Clinch

Wendy Clinch’s debut novel is the literary equivalent of a perfect powder day: small town Vermont, characters who feel like old friends, and enough suspense to make closing the book before you’ve finished the last page nothing short of impossible. Set in the resorts of Vermont’s Green Mountains, it is full of old money, new money, locals on the make, and scuffling ski bums. A perfect whodunit for winter nights after a long day of skiing.

Not Too Awful Bad: A Storyteller's Guide to Vermont
by Leon Thompson

Vermont writer and journalist Leon Thompson delivers up a "guide" to the Green Mountain State as only a real insider can. The reporter and award-winning humor columnist for the St. Albans Messenger tackles his home state's history, culture, seasons, attractions, vernacular, and much, much more.

Minor Memoir, An Anecdotal Autobiography of a Country Doc
by Warner E. Jones, M.D.

The fascinating story of a Springfield area physician who practiced internal medicine for 46 years. He simultaneously achieved his goals of being a pilot and an Air Force officer, reaching the rank of Colonel as well as Chief Flight Surgeon and Commander of his military unit.

Amateur Barbarians by Robert Cohen

The intersecting and diverging paths of these two men take them from the grids of New York City to the domesticated gardens of New England to the wildest, most unstructured landscapes of all -- the bedroom, the classroom, the darkroom, and the far reaches of East Africa, where Teddy at last finds something akin to what he seeks.

Saber's Edge by Thomas A. Middleton

Thomas A. Middleton will tell the true story of a guardsman at war in Ramadi, Iraq. Saber’s Edge is the story of a middle-aged Vermont firefighter called to be a soldier in one of the worst places on earth- Ramadi, Iraq. This is war experienced from the ground up and a unique wartime perspective of our guardsmen.

The Brothers Boswell by Phillip Baruth

Baruth (The X-President) shows his versatility with this chilling literary thriller. In 1763 London, John Boswell, the resentful younger brother of Samuel Johnson's future biographer, is stalking Boswell and Johnson, who have recently become friends. John bribes the boatmen who ferry his quarry on the Thames for the smallest details of their conversations. As he remembers the past, John reveals a personal link with the great lexicographer, with whom he once shared a brief, close relationship. The psychological motivations of rivalrous siblings are compellingly portrayed in this meticulously researched book.

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

In January, 1945, in the waning months of the Second World War, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines. Among the group is 18-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats; her lover, Callum Finella, a 20-year-old prisoner-of-war brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labor; a 26-year-old Wehrmacht corporal who the pair know as Manfred - but who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed a daring escape from a train bound for Auschwitz, and who has been sabotaging the Nazi war effort in every way he can ever since. Bohjalian's best yet.

The Lamoille Stories by Bill Schubart

“Schubart’s Vermont Stories of a mostly forgotten time and place are fresh, authentic, funny in places, sad in others. He knows his corner of the Green Mountains inside and out and writes with honesty and grace about its people.” Howard Frank Mosher

Write Naked by Peter Gould

Write Naked is the story of sixteen year old Victor, a thoughtful loner who tries to live his life "under the radar" and wants to test out the saying "You have to be naked to write". When he sneaks off with an old Royal typewriter to his uncle's cabin deep in the Vermont woods and strips off his clothes, he discovers a face in the window watching him-Rose Anna, a spectacular, home-schooled free spirit with an antique fountain pen and a passion to save the planet. Of course they fall in love, and this beautiful story challenges the conventional, stripping down the barriers and fears that shield us from vulnerability, reminding us of how very important it is to be thoughtful and brave.

Vermont Seasonings by Steve Delaney

Delaney, a former NBC correspondent in Tel Aviv who has covered wars on three continents, has turned to Vermont years and ways, opening with the March traditions of Town Meeting and ruminating on terms such as” flatlander”, “downcountry”, and “from away” with delightful, humorous twists, often from his own life.

Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead by Madeleine M. Kunin

Former Vermont governor, Madeleine Kunin provides a guide for women at all levels who might seek to enter public life. She analyzes the challenges women face in their bids for elected office and offers real life, practical lessons on the nuts and bolts of politics.

Kingdom MountainKingdom Mountain by Howard Frank Mosher

The story of Miss Jane Kinneson, an endearing as she is odd librarian, bird carver, avid hunter and fisherman, and her heroic attempts to save her ancestral mountain from development. Delightful!

Searching for Thoreau: On the Trails & Shores of Wild New England by Tom Slayton

Slayton has written ten vivid essays that transport the reader to places in New England which were important to Thoreau. He retraces Thoreau’s steps from Cape Cod to the deep Maine Woods while attempting to encounter and understand Henry David Thoreau through place. “An unfailingly entertaining literary memoir’, says Howard Frank Mosher. At the bookstore.

Go With Me by Castle Freeman, Jr.

Newfane , Vermont author Freeman has written a gripping tale of determination set in the Vermont hill country. The local villain, Blackway, is making life hellish for Lillian, a woman from away. She finds unlikely allies- Lester, a crafty old-timer, and Nate, a powerful, naïve young man. A fascinating fable-like story of a community and the nature of choices. At the bookstore.

A Peculiar Grace by Jeffrey Lent

A touching story of Vermonter Hewitt Pearce, a 43 year-old blacksmith living alone,safeguarding his late father’s small art collection. With the arrival of a troubled young woman, Jessica, Hewitt is forced to confront his own dark history, his lost love, and comes to a realization that redemption is within reach. One of Lent’s best yet.

Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship by Ron Powers and John Baldwin

Powers (Flags of Our Fathers, Mark Twain) has written (with John Baldwin) another true tale that reads like one of the best novels. This is the story of the Shenandoah, a Confederate raider whose mission was to sink as many Yankee ships as possible in a desperate attempt to shatter the U.S. economy. The shocking discovery: after many moths of successful raiding, the captain and his crew learned that the war had been over for months. A poignant portrait of courage, nobility, and comradeship during one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history.

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life: A Guide to Many Practices by Michael Caduto

A Chester resident and co-author of the Keepers of the Earth series, Caduto invites the reader to share in the creative power of herbs through hands-on suggestions of rituals, ceremonies, and aplications across many traditions. An inspiring journey through the ancient and modern world of sacred herbs. With an introduction by Rosemary Gladstar.

The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont’s back roads, her life is changed forever. She withdraws into her photography and begins to work at a homeless shelter where she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs he won’t let anyone see. When Bobbie dies, Laurel discovers that although he was homeless, he had been a successful photographer who had worked with Robert Frost, Chuck Berry & Eartha Kitt. A literary thriller and Bohjalian at his best.

The Notebooks of Robert Frost, edited by Robert Faggen

This exceptional book offers Frost’s notebooks, transcribed and presented in their entirety for the first time and gives unprecedented insight into Frost’s complex and often contradictory thinking about poetics, politics, education, science, religion, Marxism, World Wars, Yeats, Pound, Santayana & William James. Edited by the preeminent Frost scholar Robert Faggens.

outside storyThe Outside Story. Chuck Wooster, editor

A wonderful collection of essays by local writers (including Grafton’s own Nora Lake) exploring the nature of Vermont & New Hampshire. From Northern Woodlands magazine.

Still As Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor

Taylor’s fourth Sweeney St. George mystery finds our heroine caught between solving a mystery & moving to London to be with her beau, Ian. When a museum housekeeper is found murdered and valuable piece of Egyptian jewelry is missing, Sweeney gets to work on the case which may be related to an unsolved murder of a museum intern back in the seventies. There’s also the problem of her attraction to detective Tim Quinn!

Weathersfield Tales edited by Steve Aikenhead

A delightful collection of stories of Weathersfield. Real Vermontiana.

Burr Morse, Sweet Days and Beyond

Seventh generation Vermonter Burr Morse is a maple sugarer par excellence and a storyteller who brings crowds to his East Montpelier sugarhouse. His handsome illustrated book is a compilation of distilled Vermontiana- as sweet as his syrup-tales of his sugarhouse experiences.

John Morton, A Medal of Honor: An Insider Unveils the Agony & Ecstasy of the Olympic Dream- a novel

John Morton has participated in seven Winter Olympic Games as Nordic athlete, coach, and biathlon team leader. He uses his experiences to draw readers into the crushing disappointments and euphoric victories that are part of the Olympic dream.

Vermont Gathering Places by Peter Miller. Author and photographer Peter Miller completes his Vermont trilogy with this collection of 38 stories of Vermonters and their gathering places.

A Guide to Fiction Set in Vermont
by Ann McKinstry Micou 

A comprehensive summary of descriptions of novels and short stories set in the Green Mountains from 1835 to today. Micou has produced an overview of the fiction inspired by the mystique that is Vermont. An invaluable resource.

Letters to a Young Doubter
by William Sloane Coffin

Modeled after Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, Coffin's latest book is in the form of letters to a young student, Tom, and offers Coffin's cumulative wisdom from his tenure as minister at Riverside Church in New York City and as chaplain at Yale University during the tumultuous 60's.



Sarah Stewart Taylor
Judgment of the Grave

Gravestone expert Harvard art professor Sweeney St. George arrives in Concord, MA to study an 18th century stonecutter. Touring the burial site of Revolutionary War victims, she meets Pres Whiting, a precocious young boy who seems to know a lot about battlefield reenactment.On the way home, they come across a dead man clad in a Revolutionary War-era soldier's uniform. As in all of Sarah Stewart Taylor's novels, there are eerie coincidences for which only Sweeney St. George can find explanations. Stewart Taylor's best yet!



Marc Estrin
The Education of Arnold Hitler

A brilliant and imaginative satire in which Estrin introduces a baby boomer unfortunately named, who must navigate an absurd world of activists, academics, street warriors, and their meaningless words. Estrin's cutting intellect along with his powerful sense of humor examines the darkest issues of the age: the persistence of war and racism, the intractable forces of history and the lies that words conceal. Estrin is the author of Insect Dreams, Rehearsing With Gods, and is a cellist and activist as well as a successful writer.


The Art of Teaching by Jay Parini

Middlebury professor and author, Jay Parini, looks back over his decades of trials, errors, and triumphs in an intimate memoir that brims with humor, encouragement, and hard-won wisdom about the teacher's craft. He explores facets of teaching that include the theatrical, the sartorial, and the political. An eloquent look at teaching and its role in our civilization.


Life With History, John Morton Blum

A splendid memoir by one of America's most distinguished historians and
an Andover, Vermont resident as well.




All Those in Favor, Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting &
Community by Susan Clark and Frank Bryan

A timely book that explores ways for improving and preserving town
meetings across the state.




Chris Bohjalian
Before You Know Kindness

A nightmarish accident tests the values and changes the lives of the members of this privileged family. Bohjalian is a master at exploring family loyalty and love.



Howard Frank Mosher:
Waiting for Teddy Williams

In this funny, heart-felt book Mosher has the Red Sox beat the Yankees and then the Mets to win the World Series. E.A. (for Ethan Allen), a Vermont home- schooled boy in northern Vermont, longs to play baseball and find his long-lost father. When a drifter named Teddy shows up at the farm, he teaches E.A. to pitch and more. Another rollicking, not to be missed Mosher book.

Gael Shephard:

Tranquil Vermont

Shephard’s pastels of Vermont capture the exquisite beauty of our state.

Sarah Stewart Taylor:

Mansions of the Dead

Taylor’s second novel promises to be as good as O’Artful Death, with Sweeney St. George and funereal jewelry!


Ronald Simon & Marc Estrin:

Rehearsing with Gods: Photographs
& Essays on The Bread & Puppet Theater

A wonderful tribute to The Bread and Puppet Theater with stunning photographs by Ron Simon and essays by Marc Estrin.

Freedom & Unity, A History of Vermont

by Michael Sherman, Gene Sessions,
& P. Jeffrey Potash

At last, a readable history of Vermont from prehistory to the present, with maps and illustrations.

Civil Wars, A Battle for Gay Marriage

by David Moats

Moats has documented Vermont’s historic struggle to create civil unions.


Idyll Banter

by Chris Bohjalian

Bohjalian’s collection of columns from the Burlington Free Press is a wonderful glimpse into small town Vermont life.



M is for Maple Syrup, A Vermont Alphabet

by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds/Ginny
Joyner, ill


A Cow's Alfalfa-Bet

by Woody Jackson




Mirror Lake

by Thomas Christopher Greene




Log Drives on the Connecticut River by Bill Gove;

Writing for Her Life
a biography of Grafton writer
Mildred Walker, written by her
daughter, Ripley Hugo



O'Artful Death
by Sarah Stewart Taylor

Sweeney St. George spends Christmas in Byzantium Art Colony (loosely based on the Cornish Colony) and becomes involved in a 100 year-old mystery.

and histories of Townshend, Vt, Grafton, Vt and Weston, VT.

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