Rooted in Rock: New Adirondack Writing, 1975-2000

Rooted in Rock: New Adirondack Writing, 1975-2000

by Jim Gould

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PW Daily
With the recent anthology, Rooted in Rock: New Adirondack Writing, 1975-2000, editor Jim Gould makes the case for "a true Adirondack literature." The collection is especially strong on environmental writing and, accordingly, prize-winning author Rick Bass and Adirondack Museum director Jacqueline F. Day contribute thoughtful forewords.

The anthology brings together a mix of new and previously published works of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction and essays by 43 established and up-and-coming writers, including novelist Russell Banks (Cloudsplitter), essayist Sue Halpern (Migrations to Solitude), Native American poet Joseph Bruchac (three of whose poems are published here for the first time), poet Michael Coffey (Publishers Weekly's managing editor), and natural history writer Michael G. DiNunzio (Adirondack Wildguide). Among the more amusing pieces are an interview by James Howard Kunstler with a New Jersey hot-dog millionaire who wants to buy and develop the whole of the Adirondack area and John Quenell's instructions for winning in "how cold was it last night" conversation competitions.
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Library Journal
In recent years, a group of resident writers has gained regional and national attention using the Adirondacks as setting or subject. This anthology collects the work of 43 of these new and emerging writers, including both original and previously published pieces of literary nonfiction, poetry, and short fiction. The result is a lively portrait of the region. Gould, a professor of writing and literature in the environmental studies program at Paul Smith's, the College of the Adirondacks, describes how a community discusses, with maturity and civility, the idea of reintroducing wolves to the area. Poet Maurice Kenny celebrates the beauty of "green pristine only a miracle could devise," while James Howard Kunstler interviews a New Jersey hot-dog millionaire who wants to buy and develop the whole Adirondack area. Further, John Quenell gives tongue-in-cheek instructions for competing in "how cold was it last night" conversations. Given the current interest in regional and environmental writing and the variety and quality of the pieces included here, this collection is recommended for public and academic libraries. Nancy P. Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
After an introduction making the case for Adirondack literature, the anthology presents published fiction, essays, poetry, and excerpts by 43 writers who make the eastern US mountains their subject and often their home. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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