Books about Vermont to gift or read in winter
A previous version of this article inaccurate the place of residence of author Carla Neggers.
Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s cozy inside, especially when you have a book to warm you up. Make it a book by a Vermonter or about the Vermonters and it’s even better.
Consider those Vermonty books that have come out in the last few months (or are expected to be out soon) as possible holiday gifts for friends and family. Or just save them for yourselves and we will keep this little secret for ourselves…
Meg little reilly, “Family Woes” – Let’s start with a book that you may not yet have, but that you could pre-order for the recipient of your gift. The third novel by the Hinesburg author comes out on February 4 and focuses on family dramas set in the Berkshires. It seems like the perfect book to read after all the family vacation get-togethers are on the books.
Archer mayor, “Bomber’s Moon” – The southern Vermont author has just published his 30th novel in the Vermont-based Joe Gunther mystery series. “Bomber’s Moon” details the murder of a small drug dealer in Vermont and the various investigations launched by the crime.
Carla Neggers, “Rival’s Break” – This Vermont resident also deals with crime stories, as her Sharpe & Donovan series this time focuses on a poisoning attack at a yacht party in Maine. The cover of the book indicates that Neggers is a veteran of several Covered Bridges half marathon races in Woodstock.
Paula Munier, “Blind Search” – Speaking of mysteries, this New Hampshire author has placed her latest mystery Mercy Carr in the Vermont wilderness. Mercy and her retired bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis, work to solve the case (during a snowstorm, of course) of a woman found shot in the heart by an arrow.
Susan z. ritz, “A Dream to Die For” – The first novel by the Montpellier author blurs the conscious and unconscious worlds. “A Dream to Die For” tells the story of a woman whose vivid dreams link her to the violent death of her therapist.
Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy, “Sword in the Stars” – Another book you may not yet read (it is due to be published in April by Little, Brown and Co.), the Vermont authors write about a girl named Ari dating back to the days of the King Arthur.
Louella bryant, “Cowboy Code” – Lincoln author and former English teacher at Mount Mansfield Union High School wrote a book set in 1940s Virginia and deals with race and gender issues as seen through the eyes by Bobbie Gray, 14 years old.
Katherine Forbes Riley, “The Bobcat” – The Norwich author is about an art student named Laurelie who transfers to a small college in Vermont after being raped at a major university. A boy she keeps goes missing, threatening the peace she found in Green Mountain State.
Catherine hutson, “Sleepwater Beat” – Featured as a “dystopian science fiction novel … around the theme of the LGBT community”, “Sleepwater Beat” is from the author of Colchester whose books include “Daughter of the Drackan” in 2015.
Harry goldhagen, “Green Mountain Sapsuckers” and “SapNet” – The East Fairfield writer / filmmaker has written a pair of short stories focused on investigative reporter Charlotte St. Johnsbury (named after not one but two communities from Vermont) by following stories and sap lines.
Allison stanger, “Whistleblowers: Honesty in America, Washington to Trump” – Whistleblowing is a big deal these days, and this professor of international politics and economics at Middlebury College is talking about it everywhere. “Whistleblowers,” published September 24, details the story of the revelation of hidden political behavior and its importance in a democracy.
Garrett M. Graff, “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11” – Graff, originally from Vermont, has compiled stories of Americans recounting in their own words what happened to them on the day of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Dale cockrell, “Everybody’s Doin ‘It: Sex, Music and Dance in New York, 1840-1917” – Cockrell, who divides his time between Vermont and New York City, is a musicologist who writes on the growth of popular American music of the old New York underground scene.
Jason barney, “Northern Vermont in the War of 1812” – The town of Plattsburgh, New York, on Lake Champlain, is named after a battle in the War of 1812, but the state on the east shore of the lake played a role in the war with Brittany as well. Barney’s book mentions the involvement of Vermont communities such as Burlington, Swanton and Isle La Motte in the war.
Cameron Clifford, “Town Founders: Officials, Entrepreneurs, and Settlers in Early New Hampshire and Vermont 1720-1810” – Clifford’s book presents the history of settlement in the two New England states divided by the Connecticut River.
Richie graham, “Tales of the Dandelion Commune” – The Vermont resident details his half-dozen years of living in the egalitarian community that gives the memoir its name.
Nancy Carey Johnson, “Life is Good: Wit & Wisdom from a Vermont Homesteader” – This former Brooklyn resident details the simple pleasures of her life in the town of Poultney, in southwest Vermont.
Dave schaefer, “Ha $ h Tag” – Schaefer, of Burlington, focuses on the Billy Greer / Steve Hutchins Drug Trafficking Case along the Vermont / Quebec border and the South Burlington Drug Enforcement Agency employee who followed the case.
Margie Sims, “Throw: Getting Your Kids Ready for Take Off” – Sims is a former Essex resident who should know what she’s talking about when it comes to raising kids – she’s had 10.
Claire Lintilhac, “China in Another Time” – Lintilhac, a resident of Stowe who died in 1984, has written about her life growing up, working and living in China in the first half of the 20th century. His memoir filled with photos was published on October 10 by Rootstock Publishing of Montpellier.
Benson bobrick, “Returning from Afar” – A Brattleboro resident and Russian and American history writer wrote what he calls his “farewell memoirs”.
Emily casey, “Made Holy” – Community College of Vermont faculty member Casey posted a collection of essays and asked eight Vermont artists to respond to one. The work of these artists is exhibited in “The Essay Exhibits: Beneath a Sky of Gunmetal Gray” until November on the CCV site in Winooski.
Bob Shannon and Peter Shea, “Vermont Trout Streams: A Fly Angler’s Guide to the Best” – The title says it all, and these two Vermonters aren’t afraid to reveal the secrets of their favorite fishing spots. They also come into the best strategies for successful fly fishing.
Sam brakeley, “Skiing with Henry Knox” – Brakeley, a resident of Upper Vermont, experienced a turning point in his life hiking the Catamount Trail. He did so by reading an account of a similar trip by Henry Knox, who dragged captured artillery pieces at Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain through the snow to Cambridge, Massachusetts during the independance War.
Megan Price, “Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume Six” – Price, from Vermont, continues his series by telling the sometimes funny and sometimes dangerous tales of retired state game wardens.
Food and drink
Molly stevens, “All About Dinner” – Stevens is a Burlington area resident and a cooking instructor. “All About Dinner” focuses on proven recipes ranging from creamy parsnip and leek soup to butter poached shrimp with fresh tomatoes and garlic.
Rosemary Gladstar, “Fire cider! 101 Hot Recipes For Health Boosting Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies ”- Gladstar is a Vermont resident and herbalist whose book focuses on the healthy aspects of apple cider vinegar and various herbs.
Nancy and John Hayden, “Farming on the Wild Side” – The Haydens run The Farm Between in Jeffersonville. “Farming on the Wild Side” looks at the principles that guided them to transform their vegetable and livestock farm into an organic fruit farm, fruit nursery and pollinator sanctuary.
David Huddle, “My Surly Heart” – The University of Vermont professor emeritus who now teaches at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English is a double threat. “My Surly Heart” is his new book of poems, and he also has a recently released novel, “Hazel”.
Kristina stykos, “Ridge Runner: 100 Poems from Rural Vermont” – Speaking of double threats, Stykos is a musician from Vermont who published her first book of poems. The hardcover version includes color photos of woods and gardens and other examples of Vermont landscapes.
Sydney Lea, “Here” – The former Vermont Poet Laureate recently published his 13th collection of poetry. He will also soon be publishing “The Music of What Happens: Lyric and Everyday Life”, his newspaper columns collected from his time as a poet laureate.
Rebecca starks, “Time Is Always Now” – Starks, former director of the Burlington Writers Workshop, teaches at the University of Vermont and lives in Richmond.
Sara London, “Interview” – London attended the University of Vermont and grew up in Burlington. Her poetry book was released on September 3.
Jon meyer, “Vermont Love Poems: Reflections on an Inner and Outer State” – Meyer, a University of Vermont graduate who still lives in this state, wrote the poems and took the photos in this tabletop book. he has been working since 2003.
Katherine paterson, “The night of his birth” – The famous author of children’s books like “Bridge to Terabithia” lives in Montpellier. Paterson wrote a picture book (illustrated by Lisa Aisato) recounting the night Jesus was born from the perspective of his mother, Mary.
Jon clinch, “Marley” – The Vermont author takes Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and accompanies him in his exploration of the relationship between Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley, whose spirit haunts Scrooge in the classic holiday tale.
Paul Laud, “The House Santa (Almost) Missed” – Vermont author and illustrator recounts a rhyming story in which Kris Kringle inadvertently walks past a family’s house due to a snowstorm in the Christmas Eve.
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