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Book review: "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf"

What item fills up an aisle at most North Country grocery stores, a food so common we don't even see it? White bread, the All-American food. Betsy Kepes has this review of Aaron Bobrow-Strain's book, "White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf."  Go to full article

Book review: Half-blood Blues

Each year, one Canadian author receives the Giller Prize, Canada's premier literary award for fiction in English. In 2011, the novel Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan won the prestigious award. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Future Babble"

Ottawa writer Dan Gardner doesn't have much use for experts who forecast the economic future. He says their predictions are less likely to be correct than a coin toss. Betsy Kepes has this review of Gardner's new book, Future Babble.  Go to full article

Book review: "Dust to Dust" by Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch grew up in rural New York State south of the Adirondacks. He ran through the woods, made forts and played war. Later, as an officer in the Marines, he served several tours in Iraq. Betsy Kepes has this review of his memoir, Dust to Dust.  Go to full article

Book review: "Mudwoman"

In the opening scene of Joyce Carol Oates' new novel, Mudwoman, a religiously deranged woman sacrifices her young daughter, throwing her into the mud flats of the fictional "Black Snake River," in the Adirondack fooothills. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

Book review: "Twin"

When Vermont writer Allen Shawn was eight years old, his parents placed his twin sister Mary into an institution for disabled children. In his new memoir Shawn explores how that loss has shaped his life. Betsy Kepes has this review of Twin.  Go to full article

Magic, charm in new teen novel

Many of us read The Secret Garden when we were kids. Children's author Ellen Potter takes that story and sets it in the Thousand Islands in her new book The Humming Room. Her characters live in an old children's sanatorium on an island the locals call "Cough Rock." Our book reviewer Betsy Kepes spoke with Ellen Potter about her latest novel.  Go to full article

Book review: "Ethan Allen, His Life and Times"

Vermont might have become the eastern side of New York State if it hadn't been for the bold action of patriot and land speculator Ethan Allen. Betsy Kepes reviews William Sterne Randall's new biography of Vermont's first hero.  Go to full article

Book review: "Breakfast at the Exit Cafe"

Though Canadian writers Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady live near the border in Kingston, Ontario neither of them had traveled in the United States. A long road trip seemed an excellent way to explore the landscape and attitudes of their southern neighbor. Betsy Kepes has this review of their new book, Breakfast at the Exit Cafe.  Go to full article

Book review: "The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want"

Vermont writer Garret Keizer lives in a quiet part of the world, but his new book, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want, explores the history of noise. He writes that noise equals power, and problems, in the industrialized world. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article

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