New England

American Bloomsbury

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American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work By Susan Cheever Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743264624
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2007

What a marvelous job Susan Cheever does of unearthing all the interesting facts and juxtaposing them, so they tell the fascinating story of the American literary stars of mid 19th century Concord and how they intermingled and affected each other. Louisa May Alcott, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller were part of that explosion of ideas and an intellectual community which occurs every so often in history and bequeaths us such a rich literary heritage. I am itching to read again all those works, taking in the context of the real writers Cheever so masterfully describes. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler

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The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler: A Story of Rape, Incest, and Justice in Early America By Irene Quenzler Brown, Richard D. Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674017603
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Published: Belknap Press - April 1st, 2005

This is "small" history at its best. It is fascinating, well-written and compelling; a perfect little gem. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The Rutland Road

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The Rutland Road: Second Edition (New York State) By Jim Shaughnessy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780815604563
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Published: Syracuse University Press - March 1st, 1997

Jim Shaughnessy is well known throughout the rail fan community as one of the premier scholars of New England Railroading. Jim manages to marry fine attention to detail and technical accuracy in a book which is accessible to all. The Rutland Road is a book that anyone interested in the unique and fascinating story of one of America's most storied roads should pick up. It is the definative short work on the Rutland Railroad and it is also a pleasure to read. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

Revolutionary Outlaws

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Revolutionary Outlaws: Ethan Allen and the Struggle for Independence on the Early American Frontier By Michael Bellesiles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813916033
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Published: University of Virginia Press - March 1st, 1995

By law and by logic Vermont should not exist...but it does...and the amazing story is wonderfully told in this modern, deeply researched history. Outstanding! ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

Counterfeit Man

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ISBN: 9780870238376
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - April 13th, 1993

Manchester, Vermont & Murder Most Foul!...(or not.) This is one of those "small history" titles that are such a delight to discover and that simultaneously entertain and enlighten. And who doesn't love a true murder mystery tale that features ghostly specters and villagers in a frenzied search for evidence that may (or may not) be found "where the potatoes don't freeze." University of Massachusetts historian Gerald McFarland originally intended to write a conventional history explaining the formative years of a Vermont town. But while investigating early Manchester he became fascinated with the notorious Boorn-Colvin story that, in the early 19 century, caused an uproar throughout the Northshire and a sensation all along the American sea board. And it turned out to be a marvelous vehicle for understanding the volatile tensions, stresses, and strains at work in a still developing New England village. Whether you live in Manchester, or are just visiting, COUNTERFEIT MAN is a wonderful read. The sites described are still here (including the house where it all started), the descendants numerous, and the mystery remains as intriguing as it was nearly two centuries ago. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

New England Outpost

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New England Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Deerfield By Richard I. Melvoin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393308082
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 1992

A practically perfect portrait of perhaps New England's most famous frontier settlement. NOTE: February 28/29, 2004 marks the 300th anniversary of the Deerfield Massacre. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis


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