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Gift Idea: Adirondack Books from Trees

By Mirror Staff

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

“People who love the Adirondacks have an almost insatiable appetite for the history of the region;  that’s one reason why books make great gifts,” says Doug Deneen, an owner of Trees book and gift shop in Bolton Landing,

Here’s his list of new and recent books carried by Trees that will make excellent gifts.

Fiction:

The Beautiful Dismal Woods, by Ryan Schmit
Stories based on hikes in the Adirondack mountains.

Desperate Hours, by Thomas G. Kane
Terrorists plot to kill a U. S. president aboard a Lake George excursion boat.

The Empire of Shadows, by Richard E. Crabbe
A historical thriller set in the Adirondacks of W. W. Durant and the Great Camps.

Adirondack Detective, by John H. Briant
A private detective, living with his family in Old Forge, enlists the help of two Adirondack pilots and a guide in the investigation of a missing woman.

Short Stories and Strange Thoughts, by Ralph Kylloe
Best known for his books on Adirondack and rustic design, Kylloe turns his hand to fiction.

Non- Fiction:

Through These Doors, by Kathleen Larkin
The story of two women and their small business in the Adirondacks.

The Dirty Life, On Farming, Food and Love, by Kristin Kimball
The author abandons a career in New York City to restore a farm in Northern New York with her sexy husband.

The Biggest Kid at the Balloon Festival: The Walter Grishkot Story, by Maury Thompson
A biography of the local photographer, publicist and founder of the Adirondack Balloon Festival by a local reporter

History:

Lake George Shipwrecks and Sunken History, by Joseph W. Zarzynski and Bob Benway
Joe Zarzynski, underwater archaeologist, and Bob Benway, archaeological diver, present the most intriguing discoveries among more than 200 know shipwreck sites in Lake George. Most of the stories originally appeared in the Lake George Mirror

Adirondack Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC, By Martin Podskoch
A record of the accomplishments of the CCC camps throughout the Adirondacks and New York State.

Outdoors:

Well Seasoned in the Adirondacks, by Dan Ladd
A collection of Ladd’s newspaper columns about the people, places and outdoor pastimes of northern New York.

Adirondack Family Time
Tri-Lakes & High Peaks Regions, by Diane Chase
A four-season guide to more than 300 activities with GPS coordinates.

Poetry:

Winterberry, Pine, by Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe and Mary Sanders Shartle
Adirondack Center for Writing award-winning poets on Adirondack winter.

Transfiguration, by Pat Shannon Leonard
A book of new poems, some of which are inspired by Lake George and Warren County.

Cook Books:

Farmstand Favorites-Maple Syrup, Hatherleigh Press
New and fun ways to cook with maple syrup, from the Farmstand Favorites series, created to encourage buying fresh and local.

Learning to Cook Adirondack, by Nancy Pulling Best
A fourth-generation Adirondacker shares recipes and stories of friends and family who taught her to cook.

Children:

The Fall of Fort Ticonderoga, by Justin and Gary VanRiper
The adventures of The Adirondack Kids continues with a reenactment of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys and the capture of Fort Ticonderoga.

“I think of Adirondack books as modern balsam pillows – they put you back in touch with your favorite place,” says Deneen.

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