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Re: “Book Review: 'Burntown' by Jennifer McMahon

Great review! Looking forward to Jennifer's Book Launch & Reading here at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier on May 9th at 7:00PM.

Posted by Samantha Kolber Pyatak on 05/08/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Book Review: 'Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes' by Philip Baruth

Join us for the launch party and reading on May 2nd at Noble Lounge at VCFA, Montpelier!

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Posted by Samantha Kolber Pyatak on 04/27/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Book Review: In the Country of the Blind by Edward Hoagland

Edward Hoagland writing about his blindness is most compelling. Keep in mind he also has written a great deal about his stuttering. The website of The Stuttering Foundation has a biographical article on Hoagland and his stuttering. This is the link:

Posted by George Lawrence on 02/23/2017 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Long-Distance Rower Kathleen Saville on Oceans, Deserts and Vermont

Dear Kathleen-what a life, what a live! Thank you for putting it all down in a book for us poor wanderlust thirsties rooted on land... I am honoured to call you my friend and colleague. Sherin D.

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Posted by SD on 02/19/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Book Review: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, Sen. Bernie Sanders

Long after the blatant myth of "Bernie Bros" has been disproven, Kevin Kelley insists on perpetuating it. Nice "journalism."

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Posted by Jane on 11/28/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Book Review: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, Sen. Bernie Sanders

John, it's true that Bernie's 1998 book was called "An Outsider in the House," but in this review, the "earlier tome" to which Kevin Kelley is referring is Bernie's 2015 book, "An Outsider in the White House."

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Posted by Cathy Resmer on 11/26/2016 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Book Review: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, Sen. Bernie Sanders

His first book was entitled "An Outsider in the House," not the White House.

Posted by John Gallagher on 11/25/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “A Burlington Collection of Rare Books Is Museum Bound

This collector must be a hermit. I just can't believe she knows of nobody who collects these publishers trade bindings. What of Herbert Kleist of Boston who gave his huge collection to the Boston Public Library many decades ago. Then there were my two mentors, Charles Gullans and John Espey at UCLA that launched Margaret Amstrong and a host of other designers with three exhibitions in 1968 and 1970. I celebrated my Golden Anniversary collecting such treasures 1966 to 2016 with a slide show/talk at San Francisco's Roxburghe club. Title was "How to Judge a Book by its Cover". Then their is Richard Minsky of Hudson New York who, with moi as his principal advisor, has put together five collections of cloth bindings, published color illustrated books on them, and placed them in major American universities. Even the MET has started to collect fine examples for its Watson Library. Since I live in the Bay Area, I can hardly wait to see the collection when it gets to SF.

Posted by John Lehner on 07/18/2016 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Book Review: Aliceheimers: Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass, Dana Walrath

Beautiful review. It's wonderful to reframe the discussion about these conditions into things can can be positive. Thanks!

Posted by rip7d on 06/09/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Quick Lit: Polly and the One and Only World by Don Bredes

Vermont, My Kind of State'' (to set a cli-fi novel) -- Vermont Authors Explain Why. (Is this a trend atrending?)

Posted by Dan Bloom on 01/23/2016 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Ashgate Publishing Closure Sparks Concern, and a Petition

Margot, thank you for this article and the history of Ashgate. As a librarian I was fond of Ashgate's books. Ashgate did great things from Vermont, but now, along with other similar academic publishers, has been thrown on the dustbin of history. Welcome to the new dark ages.

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Posted by Mark Hewes on 12/05/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Dear Camp

Diane Wright Simcox

Posted by Diane Simcox on 11/05/2015 at 5:48 AM

Re: “Dear Camp

Paula. I loved reading this article. I was at camp with you, along with Bonnie Brooks and her sisters. Do you still keep in touch with former camper?
Diane Wtight Simcox

Posted by Diane Simcox on 11/05/2015 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Books: What One Vermonter Found When Her Husband Lost His Memory

Interesting experience. Two ex husbands with mental deterioration, Alzheimers and Dementia. Wow. Later on you met a special someone and you never knew how such a love was possible. I didn't either until I met the love of my life, the gentleman in the next door condo in the Senior HOA condo complex. I met Gino, my sweetheart, after my professorial husband had a never ending affair with a young woman. It was one of those life's lessons that started out bitter and ended up sweetly delicious.
I too have been told that my spiritual path is an escape from reality, when in actuality it is a face to face experience with reality, both confrontational as well as a totally accepting experience both without and within myself. I'm sure that my EVENTUAL acceptance and mindfulness in every situation associated with my divorce resulted in my finding the love of my life. I know that I have known Gino in a very sweet almost idyllic prior life and that he is my reward for learning all the lessons presented to me by this so called "negative" divorce experience.

Posted by Laurette Looney on 07/24/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Book Review: A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent

Thank goodness Lent offers us something different than the pacing of contemporary novels. I always find it interesting how different interpretations can be. Ms. Zapp refers to the 19th century life described in the novel as "at times unbearably dull." Was it? I wonder. It was, certainly, a life of unremitting work for farmers, but August Swartout, for example, seems to take great pride in such a life. For me, Lent's vision of this world--especially the natural world--is intensely beautiful and alive. But maybe it takes a certain slant of light to see it.

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Posted by Alec William Hastings on 05/14/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Book Review: 'Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women' by Nina Gaby

One of the ugly flaws in this "review" is the author's neglecting to supply a true literary description of the material, while using the easy out of drawing race into the equation. That's is a real shame. Though Zapp wanted to point out her disappointment in the lack of diversity racially, she was bound by duty to explore the quality and style of the actual prose of the collection, for her article to be of any use to the reader. Without that, she is just using a bully pulpit of her own. Being one of the Jewish writers involved, I am confused about her use of that as context. Does she feel there are too many Jewish writers? Or does she opine that as a positive finding? In a world where it is so hard to get published and writing is such a matter of courage and effort, this way of approaching the women writers of this book is in its own way marginalizing and quite insulting. Or is it lazy?

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Posted by Melody Breyer Grell on 04/03/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Book Review: 'Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women' by Nina Gaby

Why invent an "ugly flaw"? Dumped is a book about broken friendships and as a responsible reviewer, I would think you would stick to the subject of the book and not imagined slights by the editor. You obviously found it necessary to research the race of the contributors. If you found greater diversity in race would you then research their sexual orientation, religion, age, socio-economic conditions? I think the point of this book is that all woman have friends and that being "dumped" is a common occurrence, not that white woman represent all women.

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Posted by Lauri Allenbach on 04/03/2015 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Book Review: 'Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women' by Nina Gaby

Although honored that 7 Days chose to review my new anthology “Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women,” I’d like to add some clarification. Where the review begins to become confusing and loses track of the theme is when reviewer Zapp refers to an “ugly flaw” in the collection, citing a lack of diversity.

In the phone interview with Zapp I made clear that diversity is not simply the narrow view that it is uniquely about race. I also do not consider it a “glaring situation.” Any writer wanting inclusion chose to submit to my national calls for submissions, or responded to my invitation to submit. (Calls on Poets/Writers, Deconstructing Whiteness, VONA, through numerous professional contacts and at AWP.) As I told Zapp, women of color, as well as other minorities who were invited, did not follow up by deadline. Perhaps they were not interested, let us just respect that. And as I would tell any group of people who criticize “white women” for lack of validation, be they the “African American and Latina feminist women” that Zapp cites, or under represented groups of any kind– they need to reach out, follow up. Zapp failed to mention that I certainly did not ask a writer’s ethnicity as I reviewed the submissions. There were many, and the pieces included were chosen for merit and good overall fit. Ethnicity was not criteria for inclusion or exclusion. Nor was religion, and I find it equally confusing that the review pointed out the presence of Jewish contributors, of which I am one.

On her Facebook page yesterday, the brilliant memoirist Abigail Thomas laments that the upcoming NYT Review of Books reviewed her more than it reviewed her actual writing. While on a smaller scale, my contributors and myself are in good company.

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Posted by Nina Gaby on 04/02/2015 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Books: Murray Bookchin's 'The Next Revolution'

Thank you for an insightful overview of this newly published edition of work by such a stimulating thinker. Bookchin's prescience is amazing to see and it seems he still has much to teach us. It would be interesting to read more about the man and his development as a radical thinker- and especially the way Vermont helped to shape his ideas and approach. Kelley doesn't mention any biographical material in his piece but it looks like Oxford University Press is bringing out a memoir this year about Bookchin entitled "Ecology or Catastrophe," written by his long time copyeditor and partner, Janet Biehl. Hopefully this will give us a closer look at this iconic political philosopher.

Posted by Eve Thorsen on 02/07/2015 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Fiction: The Hit Deer

Great story! Emotionally moving with a kick!

Posted by John Rosenblum on 12/24/2014 at 8:52 AM

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