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Books of local interest heavy on Adirondacks


William J. O’Hern of Cleveland, Oswego County, has released “Adirondack Kaleidoscope and Fireside Stories — Lifestyles, Culture and North Country Characters.”

Mr. O’Hern is a prolific writer about Adirondack history and its culture. His latest book is a compilation of stories from the magazine North Country Life, later called York State Tradition.

In those publications, G. Glyndon Cole entertained readers with recollections, stories and histories of the Adirondacks. Hundreds of readers asked Mr. Cole to assemble a collection of stories from his magazine in book form, but he never did. Mr. O’Hern picked up that task with his latest book.

Among the book’s topics are facts and mysteries surrounding lumber camps, how Eagle Lake got its name, stories of “North Woods outlaws,” an explanation of the creation of the Adirondack Park, explorations of little-known caves and early days of living and working in the Adirondacks.

The book, illustrated with photographs, costs $26.95. It’s available on Mr. O’Hern’s website at or by calling North Country Books at 342-7209.

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History Press, Charleston, S.C., has released two books exploring the culture of the north country and the Adirondack Mountains.

“North Country Reflections on Life and Living in the Foothills and the Valleys” and “Adirondack Reflectionson Life and Living in the Mountains and the Valleys” were edited by Neil Burdick, Canton, a writing instructor and publications editor/writer at St. Lawrence University, Canton, and Maurice Kenny, a Watertown native and award-winning American Indian poet.

Their books, both of which are collections of stories, photographs and drawings, explore the north country’s “land and the voices of the people who treasure it.”

“If you lived here, or visited the region with any regularity, each of these essays will get the bells ringing for you, about wood-splitting or hiking, hobby farms and rural poverty,” Ellen J. Rocco, station manager of North Country Public Radio writes in the foreword to both books.

The books sell for $19.99 and are available on the publisher’s website,

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North Country Books, Utica, has released “The Allure of the Deep Woods: Backpacking the Northville-Placid Trail” by Walt McLaughlin of St. Albans, Vt.

The book is a detailed account of Mr. McLaughlin’s solitary trek along the Northville-Placid Trail, which meanders for 125 miles through some of the most remote backcountry of the Adirondacks.

While skirting ponds, crossing bogs and tramping through rain-soaked forests during the waning days of summer, the author reflects upon the region’s history and origins and importance of the wilderness preservation movement.

Mr. McLaughlin’s stories, essays and poems have appeared in dozens of periodicals.

“The Allure of the Deep Woods” sells for $17.95 at

Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Brock

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