The freshly scattered leaves pave beckoning paths for fall reading in the Adirondacks. Here are 7 recent Adirondack-themed books from local authors you must read this fall.
Transitions: Notes on a Proud Past with Attention to Future Annals by Bill Frenette
Bill Frenette’s career spans a decade with the Tupper Lake Free Press, sharing engaging stories of defiant mountaintops and hidden streams. Transitions includes all of Frenette’s columns in their originally published state – a sharp, dry wit, told in the no-nonsense voice of a true son of theAdirondacks. The book is available at The Wild Center and The Goff-Nelson Memorial Library in Tupper Lake as well as Amazon.
The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale: An Adirondack Novel by Mary Sanders Shartle
Fiction writer and poet Mary Sanders Shartle writes about a woman living alone for over 10 years in the Adirondacks in the recent The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale. This novel follows a successful New Yorker escaping her publicly tragic life, soon to realize she cannot run from her mistakes. You can get this book on Amazon or through the Northshire Bookstore.
Tahawus Memories 1941-1963 by Leonard Gereau
The urgencies of World War II expedited the mining of titanium. Tahawus, New York, an Adirondack community that only lasted for 22 years, was the world’s largest titanium mine. Author Leonard Gereau’s Tahawus Memories captures the daily life of his hometown through the recollections of former residents and contemporary news accounts. The 312-page book also includes over 500 photographs. Tahawus Memories can be purchased at various regional locations such as Newcomb Historical Society, The Adirondack Museum and the Adirondack Mountain Club in Lake Placid.
High Places: Awe and Misadventures in the Adirondack High Peaks by Lynn Benevento
A personal journey of family and the prodigious 46, Adirondack artist Lynn Benevento weaves her personal accounts of hiking the Adirondack High Peaks with her popular paintings. High Places includes excerpts from letters from Grace Hudowalski, the first woman to climb them all. You can purchase High Places on Amazon or by stopping in at her Lake Luzerne gallery.
Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East by Edward Kanze
Adirondack chronicles the personal journey of author and naturalist Edward Kanze and his wife as they settle in the Adirondack heartland. Kanze shares the history of the region as he unfolds his riskiest adventure renovating their tumbledown home and starting a family. Adirondack can be purchased on Amazon and through the Northshire Bookstore.
Well Diary…I Have Tuberculosis: Researching a Teenager’s 1918 Sanatorium Experience by Shirley Morgan
After the diary was found in a library, the story of 16 year old Evelyn Bellak unravels in Shirley Morgan’s new book, Well Diary. Hospitalized in 1918, this historical account follows the treatment regiment called “rest cure” and the social scene at a sanatorium. You can find this book on Amazon and at Hoss’s Country Corner.
Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country by Martin Podskoch
If you are looking for the ultimate Adirondack travel guide, this is the book for you. Adirondack 102 Club is a directory and diary of towns and villages off the beaten path. Author Martin Podskoch has traveled throughout the Adirondacks gathering stories for his five books on fire towers. Now, he shares his journey in an easy-to-follow guide ready for your next Adirondack visit. You can find this book on Amazon.
Looking for activities to do this Fall in the Adirondacks? Check out our Adirondack Fall Guide for more things to do!