Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence by Karen Crouse - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501119897
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 23rd, 2018

Read why this small Vermont town has produced more Olympic athletes per capita than any other town in the nation. The author interviews past Olympians who were raised in Norwich and the people who work, teach, and coach these kids. She discovers that these gifted athletes were encouraged to experience multiple sports, participate in activities in which they might enjoy, but not excel in and how the hands-off approach to parenting has worked not only in sports, but in fostering future community leaders. A must read for athletes, coaches, and, especially, parents. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice

Salt Pork & Apple Pie

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Salt Pork & Apple Pie: A Collection of Essays and Photographs About Vermont Old-Timers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780971399822
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ravenmark - January 1st, 2004

A beautiful tribute to some salt of the earth Vermonters. The light of our green mountains cannot be extinguished because they are lit with the stories of our elders. I was moved to tears. ~ Reviewed by Martha Cornwell

A Lifetime of Vermont People

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ISBN: 9780974989075
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Published: Silver Print Press - July 1st, 2013

Miller's exquisite photos are well known from his previous books about rural Vermonters. His latest includes more than 200 photographs shot during his 60 years as a photographer profiling 60 residents of the Green Mountain State. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Something Abides

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Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881509816
Availability: Backordered
Published: Countryman Press - May 6th, 2013

County by county and town by town, Coffin brings Vermont's rich Civil War history to light. This important guide not only makes you want to explore, but lets the reader know how great a sacrifice our tiny state made. A must for a native Vermonter. My own ancestor: Col. Wm. T. Nichols, page 326. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner

How Carrots Won the Trojan War

Once upon a time I meet an author. Not an unusual event in a bookstore, but this author stuck in my mind because she was fun and giggly and very much a kindred spirit!  Her name is Rebecca Rupp. Her middle-reader novel, The Dragon of Lonely Island is still one of my favorite books. But a new book of hers, How Carrots Won the Trojan War (while like her other non-fiction works) is not my usual reading. First it is non-fiction. And while I've read some non-fiction (even willingly and not mandatory for a class assignment) it is not first on my list of readings.

But when I heard that carrots helped win the Trojan War, I had to take a chance on a friend. And it was a chance worth taking! Rupp has taken vegetables to a new level. She has traced the funny, serious and unusual facts and stories of 20 different vegetables: such as asparagus (a least favorite veggie of mine due to an unfortunate dinner preparation for a couple of children I was babysitting) and how it seduced a French King. Such as corn with its connection to a famous Transylvanian. Such as Pumpkins (a favorite pie of mine and a food for a family legend) and of course turnips (that vegetable that ties in with pumpkins and has a history that would give me a starring role in a Junior-High Play—which to this day I've still not gotten my academy award for!) (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781603429689
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Published: Storey Publishing - October 7th, 2011

Sending Milk - three quick questions for photographer Skye Chalmers.

On Saturday, June 16 at 7 pm, Skye Chalmers presents his arresting collection of black and white photographs of the dairy farms of the northeast - Sending Milk. Following the slideshow and discussion please join us for a selection of Cabot cheeses and wine. In the meantime, we posed three questions...

Northshire: You must go to jail - you can take one book with you - which one?

SC: Yikes. Lets see....Encyclopedia Britannica.

Northshire: Very practical of you! Do you have a literary hero/heroine?

SC : My photography hero would be Joseph Koudelka. He is one of my favorites - the Hungarians and Czechs have amazing visual style- not sure what it is about that area that fosters that genius. His book Chaos is a must.

Northshire : Agree completely! I don't know what it is either - maybe the isolation for so much of the last century? Kept them free (ironically) of trends for the most part. I see it in their, of all things, animation, too - wonderful stuff.

Northshire: Did you have a favorite book as a child?

SC : The Adventures of Huck Finn - though I did try reading the dictionary when I was about seven but got to like page 6 in the letter A.

Northshire: That's further than I got. Thanks, Skye - looking forward to seeing you here this weekend!

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Sending Milk: The Northeast Farms and Farmers of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative Cover Image
By Skye Chalmers, Stephen Kiernan (Introduction By)
ISBN: 9780985167615
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Published: 3X120 Press - May 1st, 2012


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