Book Reviews

Elizabeth Man Sarcka Honored in New Book

Elizabeth Man Sarcka Honored in New Book

By Michelle A.L. Singer Inspired by The Bridge’s 25th anniversary, I recently looked back at my own history with the paper as a writer. As synchronicity would have it, the first piece I wrote for The Bridge was published on December 19, 2003, almost 15 years to the day of this issue. (It was about […]

New Bestselling Children’s Books

Compiled from various lists Little Excavator Fun, fast-paced construction story is truck lover’s delight By Anna Dewdney   She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World Short, inspiring profiles of groundbreaking women By Chelsea Clinton   The Legend of Rock, Paper Scissors A laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Button Thief Who’ll Make Off With Your Heart

BOOK REVIEW: A Button Thief Who’ll Make Off With Your Heart

by Robbie Harrold Fay Webern. “The Button Thief of East 14th Street: Scenes from a Life on the Lower East Side 1927-1957.” Sagging Meniscus, 2016. 311 pages. $19.95. Paperback. Sentiment, nostalgia, self-pity, recrimination, revenge — Montpelier resident Fay Webern has brilliantly resisted all of these temptations that face the memoir writer in “The Button Thief […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective ‘Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence’

BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective ‘Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence’

by Nathan Grutchfield Editor’s Note: This is a corrected/updated version of a book review The Bridge published in the December 1 issue. Due to an editing error, the wrong version ran. We regret the error. Paul Levy was only a year old when his uncle Phil was killed, on Jan. 7, 1945, in the European […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective: “Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence”

BOOK REVIEW: A Humane Perspective: “Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence”

by Nathan Grutchfield Paul Levy was only a year old when his uncle Phil was killed, on January 7, 1945, in the European theatre of World War II. He was largely oblivious to the man’s ideals, the story of his death, and how his life had led him to that fateful moment. The cause of […]

BOOK REVIEW: ‘If I Forget You’ by Thomas Christopher Greene

by Carla Occaso Crawl out of a cheap dark dive bar and enter a sumptuous banquet hall overlooking a lake. White table cloths and sparkling chandeliers. Would you know which fork to use for the pate de foie gras? Which wine to choose? Meet Henry Gold, poet and baseball player. Meet Margot Fuller, socialite and […]

BOOK REVIEW: “The  Geometry of  Light” — Photographs by Andrew Kline

BOOK REVIEW: “The Geometry of Light” — Photographs by Andrew Kline

by Daniel A. Neary Jr. Get ready to enter the visual world of Andrew Kline of East Montpelier — grand master of black and white film photography. This book of some 100 photographs adds ammunition to those people who have favorites in the dying world of creating images that can be called art. This book, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Vermont Moments: ‘A Celebration of Place, People, and Everyday Miracles’

by John O’Brien M. Dickey Drysdale who published and edited The Herald of Randolph for 43 years (from Nixon to Obama) has written a first-rate book, “Vermont Moments: A Celebration of Place, People and Everyday Miracles.” His book is a collection of his stories that appeared in The Herald, Vermont Life, The Boston Globe, as well […]

BOOK REVIEW: Secrets to Investing in Vermont Review of ‘Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense’

BOOK REVIEW: Secrets to Investing in Vermont Review of ‘Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense’

by Carl Etnier Four years ago, Michael Shuman spoke at the State House on economic development based on small, locally owned businesses. He asked the audience members in the House chamber to raise their hands if they shopped at the farmers market. Of course, most people raised their hands. Then he asked for a show […]

BOOK REVIEW: From Red Flannel Hash to Bean Hole Beans: New Cookbook Dishes Out Village Secrets

BOOK REVIEW: From Red Flannel Hash to Bean Hole Beans: New Cookbook Dishes Out Village Secrets

by Carla Occaso “The Adamant Co-op Cookbook” contains recipes, original art by Janet MacLeod and more from the “oldest cooperative food store in Vermont and the United States,” according to its cover. This treasure trove of food, art and essays was compiled by volunteers and staff of the Adamant Cooperative and serves as a fundraiser. […]