Vermont books to consider as the holiday shopping season arrives
You can’t do better than buying a book (or more) for the people on your holiday shopping list. Whether it’s a headline you know your principal desires or a book you think your Aunt Margaret would like, it’s hard to go wrong with something that could enlighten and inform the recipient of the gift.
Especially when this book is from or about Vermont.
All of these recently published books have some connection to Vermont, making them suitable gifts for your Vermont gifts or Vermont expats who would love to have a book that reminds them of Green Mountain State. Read below to find out more about the Vermont books you can read.
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Katherine paterson, “Birdie’s Bargain” – Renowned children’s book author of fame “Bridge to Terabithia” tackles a difficult subject through the lens of a 10-year-old girl who makes a deal with God to return in all safety of his father from Iraq War.
Brad kessler, “North” – Vermont goat breeder and award-winning author of “Goat Song” memoir, Kessler tells the interwoven story of a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
James patterson and Matt Eversmann, âER Nursesâ – Patterson is best known for his highly popular works of fiction, but this collection of non-fiction tells the stories of nurses who have long been at the forefront of the medical world. One of them is Louisa Pratt, a nurse in the emergency department at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
King Arthur Baking Co., “The Essential Cookie Companion” – The Norwich-based flour maker covers the basics (chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies and more) to more complicated concoctions such as macaroons and chocolate biscotti in this updated compendium. day of more than 400 baked goods.
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John and Jennifer Churchman, âThe Happy Garden: Best Friendsâ – The Essex couple who created the bestselling âSweet Peaâ children’s books delve into the life of the Vermont state butterfly, the Monarch, in this picture book .
Jeff Dantziger, “Lieutenant Dangerous: A Vietnam Memoir” – The nationally unionized political cartoonist who lives in Vermont tells his story as a lieutenant in the US Army during the Vietnam War, sharing his thoughts on the war and the ‘army.
Don Hooper and Bill Mares, “I Could Barely Help But Laugh: An Illustrated Collection of Vermont Humor” – Speaking of Danziger, the cartoonist offers a glimpse of this take from two former Vermont state lawmakers on the evolution of humor in the state over the past 150 years.
Archer mayor, “Marked Man” – The prolific Vermont author of Joe Gunther’s novels has a new book in which the fictional board member of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation explores the mysterious death of a millionaire in his huge mansion.
John killacky, “Because Art: Commentary, Critique & Conversation” – Former executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and current state lawmaker presents essays and conversations on issues and topics related to the arts.
Amy Belding Brown, “Emily’s House” – The historical novel by the Vermont-based author features the longtime maid of Emily Dickinson who preserved Dickinson’s work after her death, securing the poet’s place in history.
Trevien Stanger (editor) and ME Sipe (photographer), âOur Pool of Relationships: The Art of Science and Living with Waterâ – Stanger, professor at St. Michael’s College, led a photographic project including essays and poems exploring the lake basin Champlain.
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Nancy marie brown, “The Real Valkyrie: The Hidden History of Viking Warrior Women” – Burke-based author uses archeology, history and literature to imagine the life of a Viking warrior whose grave was discovered in Sweden in 2017.
Marc Redmond, âCalled: A Memoirâ The director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington has published a book detailing his life and work with the non-profit organization that helps homeless and at-risk teens and young adults.
David Holmes, “On Being a Vermonter and the Rise and Fall of the Holmes Farm” – This memoir details the Holmes family’s ownership of an apple orchard in Shelburne, taking time to recount the family’s century-old journey and reflect on the character of Vermont.
Greg Guma, “Restless Spirits and Popular Movements” – Guma, community organizer and author, explores Vermont’s political identity in this expanded print edition of a book that was released digitally in 2017.
Joie Cohen, “37: A Novel” – Cohen has been active in the Vermont theater community and is the author of non-fiction works, but first dives into fiction with this novel which mixes elements of discovery of self, historical fiction and magical realism.
S. Lee Manning, “Nerve Attack” – Manning, who lives in Elmore, is featured in her novel (which is partly set in Vermont) former US intelligence officer Kolya Petrov is brought back into the spy world to help stop an attack from terrorists who possess a lethal agent nerve.
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Gale M. Sinatra and Barbara k hofer, “Science Denial: Why It Happens and What to Do About It” – This book co-authored by Hofer, professor of psychology emeritus at Middlebury College, examines an issue that has been in the news in recent years.
Kevin Pierre, âThe Onion Ring Lovers (Guide to Vermont)â – Stone, a first-time novelist, draws on his experience living as an alien in Vermont in this book which follows the lives of a family that moves to ‘State to work in a Christmas Theme Park.
Tom murphy, â13 Pillows for Effective Teachersâ – The St. Albans-based creator of the student empowerment program Sweethearts & Heroes has written an allegorical novel exploring themes integral to his program’s anti-bullying agenda.
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Rachel Hinton, “Hospice Plastics” – The Vermont native creates semi-autobiographical poems focusing on the illnesses and deaths of her parents during her teenage years by examining hospice care and objects used in the medical world.
Tal Birdsey, âHearts of the Mountain: A Teacher, Adolescents, and a Living Schoolâ – Birdsey, co-founder of The North Branch School, writes about a year of learning and living in the small independent school for grade 7 students in grade 9 which is near Robert Frost’s summer home in Ripton.
Bernie lambek, “An Intent to Engage” – A Montpellier lawyer and board member of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union writes a legal thriller that focuses on the First Amendment and follows his 2018 novel “Uncivil Liberties “.
Lars DH Hedbor, “The Will: Tales from a Revolution – Pennsylvania” – The author who grew up in South Hero has released the 13th novel in his American Revolution series, this one focusing on a Philadelphia man who confronted John Hancock in such a way drunk in a tavern.
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Ed barna, âA Reporter’s Vermont: An Eclectic Look at a Diverse Stateâ – Barna, a longtime journalist from Vermont, writes in the introduction to his book that the content is a âdistillationâ of more than 30 years of journalism.
Michael Freed-Thall, “Horodno Burning” – A debut work of historical fiction by the author who lives in Fletcher, “Horodno Burning” explores the migration of 1.5 million Jews from Tsarist Russia to America in the late 19th and early 1900s. early twentieth century.
Peri Chickering, âLeadership Flow: The Unstoppable Power of Connectionâ – Chickering, originally from Montpellier, delves into the wisdom of Indigenous cultures for this non-fiction book offering insight into effective leadership.
Meg reynolds, âA Comedic Yearâ – The Old North End resident in Burlington has released her first graphic novel, which uses text and images to dive into the year after a long-term relationship ended.
Stephane Belcher, âThe Golden Secret of Kri Koroâ – Belcher, originally from Vermont, spent his childhood in Africa as the son of a foreign service officer and wrote this first novel which takes place at the dawn of the French colonial rule in Mali and Guinea.
Jack T. Scully, “Mianus Village” – This Vermont writer has published an early collection of open-verse poems telling the story of children growing up in basic housing reserved for poor WWII veterans and their families.
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Brett Ann Stanciu, âUnstitched: My Journey to Understanding Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Healâ – âUnstitchedâ is a self-proclaimed work of creative non-fiction by the writer who lives in Hardwick.
David Pearson, “Upon a Peak in Darien” – The Bennington native’s second book is a short story that tells a coming-of-age story in a small Vermont resort town in the summer of 1956 with a precocious young man named Baker Murray.
Michael necklace, “The Missing Mountain” – Collier, a longtime writer living in Cornwall, has a new collection of poems focusing on everything from aerial disasters to Lebanese beekeepers to finding a piano in the woods.
Stanley sloan, “Destroying US Foreign Policy: Can Biden Bring America Back?” – Originally from Vermont, the author of 2020 “Defense of the West: Translatlantic Security from Truman to Trump” addresses the news for his latest book.