In the News

When I shared my Reading List with one of my college roommates, he suggested that I write a book review column for a local newspaper.  When the editor of the Bennington Banner in southwest Vermont expressed interest, I began to write a book review column, BookMarks.  The column now appears every two weeks in two Vermont newspapers, The Bennington Banner and Brattleboro Reformer and occasionally in the Manchester  Journal and the Valley News, which serves 46 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire along the Connecticut River.   I’ve reviewed novels, short story collections, mysteries,  poetry, essay collections, and biographies, nearly all of them written by Vermont authors and/or about Vermont topics.  The book reviews are listed here and linked to the newspaper columns themselves.

  1. Henry David Thoreau:  July 12, 2017
  2. The Grace Paley Reader:  Stories, Essays, and Poetry:  July 26, 2017
  3. Robin MacArthur and Bill Schumbert:  August 12, 2017
  4. Howard Norman: September 12, 2017
  5. Howard Frank Mosher: September 28, 2017
  6. Archer Mayor:  October 16, 2017
  7. Two Vermont Poets:  October  25, 2017
  8. The Point of Vanishing, Howard Axelrod:  November 18, 2017
  9. Radio Free Vermont, Bill McKibben, November 25, 2017
  10. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, Ruth Franklin: December 7, 2017
  11. Bread and Roses, Too, Katherine Paterson, December 20, 2017
  12. Swallowed by the Cold, Jensen Beach: January 4, 2018
  13. Heart Spring Mountain, Robin MacArthur: January 20, 2018
  14. The Unexpected President: Life and Times of Chester Arthur, Scott S. Greenberger, January 31, 2018
  15. Points North, Howard Frank Mosher, February 15, 2018
  16. Reservoir 13, Jon McGregor: February 28, 2018
  17. Vanishing Vermonters, Peter Miller: March 23, 2018
  18. A Matter of Fifty Houses, Walter Hard: April 5, 201
  19. Summer Hours in the Robbers Library, Sue Halpern: May 3, 2018
  20. The Flight Attendant, Chris Bohjalian:  May 3, 2018
  21. The Vermont Plays, Annie Baker:  May 17, 2018
  22. Legends of the Slow Explosion, Barron Wormser, May 31, 2018
  23. Patient Care, Paul Seward, July 18, 2018
  24. A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety, Donald Hall, August 2, 2018
  25. The Underneath, Melanie Finn, August 15, 2018
  26. Vermont Book Awards: Part 1, August 29, 2018
  27. Vermont Book Awards: Part 2, September 13, 2018
  28. Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, Madeleine May Kunin, October 24 ,2018
  29. Wild Mountain, Nancy Hayes Kilgore, November 8, 2018
  30. Vermont’s Cartoonists: Bechdel, Koren, Lutes, December 5, 2018
  31. Vermont End to End with Mr. Tonino, December 19, 2018
  32. Turbulent Sons of Freedom, Christopher Wren, January 17, 2019
  33. March: Books One, Two and Three, John Lewis, January 23, 2019
  34. Children’s Picture Books, February 6, 2019
  35. Black is the Body and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, March 6, 2019
  36. Off Season, James Sturm, March 28, 2019
  37. Falter, Bill McKibben, April 19, 2019
  38. Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poets, May 1, 2019
  39. Peter Orner’s Maggie Brown & Others, May 15, 2019
  40. Two Award Winning First Novels, June 3, 2019
  41. Shirley Jackson’s Legacy: The Haunting of Hill House, June 19,2019
  42. Garret Keizer: The World Pushes Back, July 5, 2019
  43. Nicholas Christakis: Blueprint, July 25, 2019