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    • Out of Darkness
    • Out of Darkness

      Book review: The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
      What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “the Middle Ages”? Perhaps something like the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail…
    • Building Character
    • Building Character

      Vermont-raised sportswriter Buster Olney gets lucky
      Sportswriter Buster Olney ends all his columns with the same line: “And today will be better than yesterday.” It’s a curious signature, given that Olney’s…
    • Young and Restless
    • Young and Restless

      Excerpts From Young Vermonters: Not An Endangered Species
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    • Beauty and the Bank
    • Beauty and the Bank

      Book Review: American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection by Laurie Essig
      We all know the role subprime mortgages played in sending the U.S. economy into a tailspin. But how did breast implants contribute to the…
    • Race to the Bottom
    • Race to the Bottom

      A Waitsfield writer tells of the search for the world's deepest cave
      Two decades ago, writer James M. Tabor was exploring a cave called Run to the Mill in the Tennessee-Alabama-Georgia area. That’s as specific as he…
    • Hinesburg's Black History
    • Hinesburg's Black History

      Book review: Discovering Black Vermont
      Lincoln Hill is the official name conferred on a lonely corner of Hinesburg in honor of the president who decreed the end of slavery. South…
    • Of Tomes and Tommes
    • Of Tomes and Tommes

      How an award-winning writer got his goats in Vermont
      If you arrive at Brad Kessler’s southern Vermont farmhouse and don’t find him at home, he’s probably out walking the goats. In clement weather,…
    • Bullets and Bandages
    • Bullets and Bandages

      A Vermont combat medic tries to reconcile his roles as soldier, healer and man of faith
      When Thomas Middleton enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1985, he never actually expected to go to war. Then a 17-year-old high school student in…
    • Lake Lit
    • Lake Lit

      A new book tells old stories, in pictures and prose, of the Champlain watershed
      As this summer’s Lake Champlain Quadricentennial festivities wind down, celebrants may want a more lasting way to remember the anniversary than just scrapbooking their Tony…
    • A Rare Man of Peace
    • A Rare Man of Peace

      Book review: Champlain’s Dream
      Vermonters have christened everything from convenience stores to chocolate companies after Samuel de Champlain (ca. 1570-1635). The French explorer charted vast stretches of North America…
    • Health Insurance Rx
    • Health Insurance Rx

      In a new book, Howard Dean proposes a fix for a dysfunctional system
      Howard Dean is a former six-term Vermont governor, presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He’s also the founder of Democracy for…
    • Way Back When
    • Way Back When

      A new photo book recalls old Montpelier
      In the whir and blur of the YouTube era, the magnetic intrigue of historical photographs can be forgotten. Montpelier: Images of Vermont’s Capital City is…
    • Feats and Freaks
    • Feats and Freaks

      Vermonter Larry Olmsted writes his own book on Guinness World Records - and breaks a few himself
      You don't need to be creative to break a Guinness world record. Countless record holders have put thought into inventing unlikely categories, and to…
    • Reeve's Tale
    • Reeve's Tale

      Book Review: Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age - and Other Unexpected Adventures
      In Reeve Lindbergh’s new book Forward From Here, the youngest child of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and author and aviatrix Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes…

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