Rooted in Rock: New Adirondack Writing, 1975-2000

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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815607014
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 429
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Case for a True Adirondack Literature
Day Trip 1
The Osgood River 5
Excerpt, Mitchell Stephens, Esquire 8
Excerpt, Cloudsplitter 15
Adirondack Smithsonian 21
The Last Stand 24
Adali Wassak 25
Carving 27
Into the Cedar River 28
Coming Down from Hurricane Mountain 29
Fitting the Ground to Plant 30
The Future of Adirondack Guiding 39
Cyber Woods and Virtual Mountains 42
A Century Wild 46
The 1812 Homestead 52
The Saranac River 56
Adirondack Sounds 58
Shadow Limb 59
Adirondacks, Easter Sunday 61
Cassie Pickett's Molasses Cookies 62
In and Out 63
When the Weather Turned Around 64
She Starts from sleep in Winter 65
Night Skiing 66
Standing in a Canoe 66
Islands in the Sky 67
Why We Bagged It 71
The Vanishing Cure Cottage 78
Tyson's 82
The Proving Grounds 90
Birds 93
Transit 93
The Night Rockwell Kent Showed Me His Etchings 94
Jewish Peddlers 96
The Wolf at the Door 101
A Letter to My Father in Winter 105
Great Blue 109
The Place of the Solitaries 114
Solo 120
Civic Literacy: The Johnsburg Library 127
A Bacillus Grows in the Adirondacks 130
All Aboard 136
The Seven Months of Winter 139
American Adam 143
Pen and Paddle 151
Preface, from An Adirondack Passage 158
Excerpt, Old Forge to Inlet 163
Rite of Passage: Why the Salamanders Cross the Road 171
An Adirondack Wilderness: The West Canada Lakes 175
Preface, from Is Summer This Bear 182
Listening for the Elders 183
Archeologist 184
Walking Woods with Dogs: After a Snow Fall 185
Garden 188
A New Blueprint for Adirondack Towns 189
The Man Who Would Be King 192
Opening Camp 203
Like a Kestrel 205
Ninety Miles into the Adirondacks 212
Deeper Twilight Still 218
Save the Black Flies, Sort Of 222
Home 230
Home Again 236
Forty-Six - But Who's Counting? 239
It's Not a Model; It's a Mess 242
How It Starts 253
Reuben Sanford and John Richards, Surveyors, Make Their Report, October 1827 254
I Do Not Know What I Did Do 256
Around Here 263
Glistening Slug on a Mountain Road 267
Water 268
Waking Alone in Winter, 5 A.M. 269
Diners, Drugstores, and Dives 270
Twenty-Five Years to Life 273
How Cold Was It Last Night? 281
The Old Log Cabin 286
A Day in the Wilderness with Zahnie 288
The Plantations 291
Preface, from Adirondack Explorations: Nature Writings of Verplanck Colvin 293
Empty at the Heart of the World 300
Camp Life 318
The Real Adirondacks 336
A Girl in Winter 347
You Hear Loons Calling 351
Lone Watch in a Gold-Fobbed Forest 363
What Should You Do When You See a Bear? 373
Snowfleas 381
Early Autumn in Keene Valley 389
White-Throated Sparrow 390
Fisher 390
Tea 391
What's So Funny? 392
A Crisis Looms 397
Kerosene 409
Snow 410
Visitors 411
Walking Meditation 411
Ghost Birches 412
The Pools 414
Bear on Scale 416
Early Bear Season 418
The Adirondack Painters 421
When It's Carrion Time in the Adirondacks 425
Two Existentialists 426
Acknowledgments 429
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