One-Minute Book Reviews

“Way Out West”
Wyn Cooper, Concord ePress, 2022. Wyn Cooper is well known as a writer of short stories, essays, reviews, and five books of poetry. Behind this steady-seeming career there lurks an artist willing to take a chance. Most notably, Cooper’s the guy who, when asked by Sheryl...
“Granite Kingdom: A Novel”
Eric Pope, Rootstock Publishing, 2022. This impressively researched historical novel revolves around a major business rivalry in Granite Junction, a fictive village in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom at the time Vermont’s granite industry was at...
“No Excuses”
Stephen L. Harris, Rootstock Publishing, 2022. This 1980s sports story has two unlikely heroes. The first is 16-year-old Skeets Stearns, a farm boy who has grown up in the Northeast Kingdom and found his greatest pleasure on Catamount Ridge, the mountain...
“The Children on the Hill”  
Jennifer McMahon, Scout Press, 2022 The children on the hill are Violet (Vi) and her brother Eric, who, in 1978, are living with their grandmother near a picturesque town in Vermont.  Gran is a psychiatrist famous for her brilliant treatment...
“The Girl in the Yellow Pantsuit”
Becca Balint, Green Writers Press, 2022. “The Girl in the Yellow Pantsuit” is a collection of 66 short essays selected from the weekly columns Becca Balint published in the Brattleboro Reformer between 2012 and 2019. Though the date of...
“The Lioness”
Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday, 2022 After years of disappointing gossip columnists by staying single, Katie Barstow, 1960s Hollywood’s brightest movie star, marries David Hill, a Los Angeles gallerist. Such a great event, Katie decides, demands an exotic...
“Uncertain Fruit: A Memoir of Infertility, Loss, and Love”
Rebecca Majoya and Sallyann Majoya, Rootstock Publications, 2022. In a jointly-told memoir, Rebecca and Sallyann Majoya tell the sad tale of the loss of their beloved adopted baby in 2014. Their story, narrated...
“Fall Guy”
Archer Mayor. Minotaur Books, 2022 The book opens on a cold late-winter evening, as Joe Gunther looks down a Vermont hill at the flashing strobe lights dominating the scene he is about to join: the state police, sheriff’s deputies, Joe’s colleagues at the...
“Ice Out: A Novel”
Susan Speranza, She Writes Press, 2022. On the first snowy day in December, Francesca, her husband Ben, and their 4-year-old daughter Addie ride Ben’s new snowmobile through the Vermont woods where they have built the house of their dreams. Suddenly,...
“Walking Home: Trail Stories”
Celia Ryker. Rootstock Publishing, 2021 When Celia Ryker turned 59, she made a list of things she had hoped to accomplish but hadn’t (yet). Foremost among these was hiking Vermont’s Long Trail, which stretches 279 miles from the Vermont-...

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