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State University of New York Press has released “Up on a Hill and Thereabouts: An Adirondack Childhood” by Gloria Stubing Rist.

In the memoir, the author recalls her life from ages 5 to 16 in the quiet woodlands of the Adirondacks near Ticonderoga in the hamlet of Chilson. She moved there from the Bronx with her mother and brother. The book describes “a time of poverty and hardship tempered by compassion, hope and humor.”

Chapters include “The Day I Had To Change,” which relates what happened when the liquor inspector dropped by her property (during Prohibition), along with “On Swimming Holes and Pigs,” “Our Maine Adventure 1937,” “The Summer Picnic” and “Oh My God, Bedbugs.”

The book sells for $24.95 and is available at online bookstores including SUNY Press at

The author is a retired registered nurse and mother of three who lives in Marcellus, Onondaga County.

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Robert Egby, Chaumont and Pemberton, N.J., has self-published, through his Three Mile Point Publishing, “Unplugged: The Return of the Fathers.”

The novel, set in the near future, delves into the realm of science fiction and ancient history involving the creation of Homo sapiens.

“The Babylonian tablets say the Anunnaki ruled the Earth for thousands of years and 6,000 years ago left a highly advanced society called Sumerians who lived in Babylonia now known as Iraq,” according to a press release. “The book ‘Unplugged’ raises the question what would happen if they came back? Would a trigger-happy world shoot down the ancestors who created us?”

The book, and eight others by Mr. Egby, is available on Mr. Egby’s website, and through and other electronic bookstores. It sells for $14.99 and for $2.99 as an e-book.

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Lawrence P. Gooley, through his Bloated Toe Publishing, Poland, Herkimer County, has released “Killing in the Kuyahoora Valley.”

The book explores the true story of a murderous attack in 1914 by a teenager in the village of Poland. Kuyahoora, the Native American name for West Canada Creek, is in Herkimer County.

The death of petite schoolteacher Lydia “Lida Lou” Beecher at the hands of a former student proved to be a landmark insanity defense case.

“The viciousness of the crime, the intensity of the trial, and worst of all, the indifference and arrogance of the killer were all reasons why public mania surrounded the proceedings every step of the way,” Mr. Gooley said in a press release.

Mr. Gooley is also the author of “25 Diabolical Adirondack Murders: The Twisted, Fiendish Deeds of North Country Killers.”

“Killing in the Kuyahoora Valley” sells for $18 and is available on the publisher’s website at

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Potsdam College Press has released “Out of the Blue: Blueline Essays 1979-1989” by Alice Wolf Gilborn.

It features 18 essays written during Ms. Gilborn’s 10 years as founding editor of Blueline, the literary magazine dedicated to the spirit of the Adirondacks.

The collection includes two essays on the life and writing of Jeanne Robert Foster, a poet and editor who was close friends with some of the major writers and artists of the 20th century.

Ms. Gilborn’s passion for nature writing is also clear in her reflections on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

Ten years after its first issue, Ms. Gilborn transferred the magazine from Blue Mountain Lake to the department of English at SUNY Potsdam. Blueline will celebrate its 35th anniversary next year.

“Out of the Blue” sells for $15. Payment can be sent to Donald McNutt, c/o Blueline, 120 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676. Make checks out to “Blueline.”

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North Winds Publishing, Belfast, Maine, has released “Nature Reflections: A 90Day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love Nature,” by Patty Mondore of Jamesville.

The book is part of the author’s outdoor devotional series and is the sequel to her “River Reflections: A 90-day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love the Water.”

Her new book was written at her summer cottage in the Thousand Islands.

“Nature Reflections” sells for $14.95 and is available at online bookstores or on Mrs. Mondore’s website at

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Breathless Press, an e-book publisher specializing in steamy romantic fiction, has released “Bitten By Magic” by Ogdensburg resident Kelly Ashley, who uses the pen name Kelliea Ashley.

“Bitten by Magic” is Mrs. Ashley’s fourth book for Breathless Press and the second title in her “Sisters of Fate” series. Her latest book involves character Alexa Carver, who ties the knot with a vampire in order to save her kin. But she “finds an unexpected passion for his body and his bite.”

Mrs. Ashley’s other titles are “Winter Gifts,” “Anne’s Legacy,” and “When the Fur Flies,” the first book in the “Sisters of Fate” series.

“Bitten by Magic” costs $12.99 and can be downloaded at and other online bookstores.

Compiled by Times staff writer Chris Brock.

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