Best Books of 2017

Children’s Literature
Mommy, Baby and Me” by Linda Elovitz Marshall (Peter Pauper Press, Inc.)

Fiction
The Night is Done: A Durant Family Saga” by Sheila Myers (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

Memoir
Barn Stories by Mary Cuffe Perez (North Country Books)

Non-fiction
Blacks in the Adirondacks: A History by Sally E. Svenson (Syracuse University Press)

Poetry
Body of Water by Madeline Hennessey (RA Press)

People’s Choice Award
FM 101-5-1, Operational Terms and Graphics by Paul David Adkins (Lit Riot Press, LLC)


Best Books of 2016

Children’s Literature
The Great North Woods by Brian Heinz and Michael Rothman (Creative Editions)

Fiction
Lay Down Your Weary Tune by W.B. Belcher (Other Press)

Memoir
In Praise of Quiet Waters: Finding Solitude and Adventure in the Wild Adirondacks by Lorraine Duvall (Bloated Toe Publishing)

Non-Fiction
Voyager: Travel Writings by Russell Banks (HarperCollins Publishing)

Poetry
Bird Light by Elizabeth Cohen (Saint Julian Press) and “Pastoral Habits: New and Selected Poems” by George Drew (Texas Review Press)

People’s Choice Award
“Strange Appetites” by Lale Davidson (Lale Davidson)


Best Books of 2015
Fiction
The Pinch by Steve Stern

Memoir
My Adirondacks: Ten Stories in Twenty Years by Erik Schlimmer

General Non-Fiction
A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden: A Philosophers’ Camp in the Adirondacks by James Schlett

Poetry
Immortal Medusa by Barbara Ungar and Einstein’s Lawn by Stuart Bartow

Children’s Literature
Forte by JD Spero and Walking Two Worlds by Joseph Bruchac

People’s Choice
The Pinch by Steve Stern


Best Books of 2014
Children’s
Young Adult/Middle Grade: The Woodsman’s Boy by April Peterson
Picture book: Forest Green: A Walk Through the Adirondack Seasons by Liana Mahoney

Fiction
Short Story Collection: The Striker by Luis L. Tijerina
Novel: The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale: An Adirondack Novel by Mary Sanders Shartle

Memoir
And I know too Much to Pretend, by Lorraine Duvall
Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East by Ed Kanze

General Nonfiction
Teaching Trout to Talk: The Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing by Stuart Bartow

Poetry
Fishing on the Pole Star, by Paul Pines

People’s Choice Award:
The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale: An Adirondack Novel by Mary Sanders Shartle


Best Books of 2013
Children’s
Lost by LeeAnne Baker

Fiction
Short Story Collection: The Hypothetical Girl by Elizabeth Cohen
Best Novel: Here Be Monsters, by Jaime Sheffield

Memoir
Wet Socks by Carol Gregson

Nonfiction
General: Out of the Blue; Blueline Essays 1979-1989 by Alice Wolf Gilborn.
Edited Collections: North Country Reflections/Adirondack Reflections edited by Neal Burdick and Maurice Kenny.

Poetry
New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros, Paul Pines

People’s Choice Award:
Never a Dull Moment; A Tapestry of Scenes & Stories from an Adirondack Medical Practice by Daniel Way, M.D.
Race to Incarcerate by Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer


Best Books of 2012
Children’s
Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey The War of 1812 by Hope Irvin Marston

Fiction
Far Alaska, by Mason Smith

Memoir
How Was I Supposed to Know? The Adventures of a Girl Whose Name Means Lost by Lorna Lee

Nonfiction
Women on the Water by Ruth Dandrea, Kathy DeLong, Carol Moseman, and Bonnie Sanderson.

Poetry
Perpetual Motion, Marilyn McCabe

People’s Choice Award:
What’s an Elephant Doing in the Ausable River? by George Speedy Arnold


Best Books of 2011
Children’s
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messer, with art by Christopher Silas Neal

Fiction
We Others: New and Selected Stories, by Steven Millhauser

Memoir
Earth, Air, Fire, & Water by Jean Rikhoff

Nonfiction
General: An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks by Gladys Montgomery
Edited Collections: Heaven Up-h’isted-ness! The History of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks edited by Suzanne Lance

Poetry
Reflections in a Smoking Mirror, Paul Pines

People’s Choice Award
Questions for the Sphinx by Stuart Bartow


Best Books of 2010
Children’s
The Rock Singer by Betsey Thomas-Train

Fiction
Tailings, Jeffrey G. Kelly

Memoir
Green Fields by Bob Cowser
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball (honorable mention)

Nonfiction
Adirondack Nature Notes: An Adirondack Almanac Sequel by Tom Kalinowski
Why We Are Here edited by Bob Cowser (honorable mention)

Poetry
Winterberry Pine: Three Poets on Adirondack Winter by Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe & Mary Sanders Shartle

People’s Choice Award
Karma in the High Peaks, a poetry collection with contributions by David Parkinson, Charles Watts, Mary Randall, Mary Anne Johnson, Judith Dow Moore, and Chuck Gibson


Best Books of 2009
Children’s
Bug Boy, Eric Luper

Memoir
American by Choice by Walter Kroner

Nonfiction
Photography: The Adirondacks In Celebration of the Seasons, Mark Bowie and Lake George, Carl Heilman (tie)
Collected works: The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park, edited by William F. Porter, Jon d. Erickson and Ross S. Whaley
General: Short Carries, Essays from the Adirondack Life, Elizabeth Folwell
Dog Hikes in the Adirondacks, edited by Annie Stoltie and Elisabeth Ward (Honorable mention)

Poetry
American Cool by George Drew

People’s Choice Award
Short Carries, Essays from the Adirondack Life, Elizabeth Folwell


Best Books of 2008
Children’s
March Toward the Thunder, Joseph Bruchac

Memoir
Breaking Out of Prison; A Guide to Consciousness, Compassion, and Freedom, Bernice Mennis

Photography
In Stoddard’s Footsteps; The Adirondacks Then & Now, Mark Bowie and Timothy Weidner

Non-fiction
Freedom in the Wilds; An Artist in the Adirondacks, Harold Weston
Edited Collection: Stories, Food Life, Editor, Ellen Rocco

Fiction
The Wettest County in the World, Matt Bondurant

Poetry
The Threat of Pleasure, Philip Memmer

People’s Choice Award
Lemon Peeled, The Moment Before;
 New and Selected Poems 1967-2008, Roger Mitchell


Best books of 2007
Children’s
Picture book: My Little Book Of Manatees, Hope Irvin Marston
Young Adult: Spitfire by Kate Messner

Memoir
My Brother’s Madness by Paul Pines

Nonfiction
Oliver’s War: An Adirondack Rebel Battles the Rockefeller Fortune, Lawrence P. Gooley

Special recognition: Editor Lee Manchester for the collection and preservation of Mary MacKenzie’s The Plains of Abraham: A History of North Elba and Lake Placid.

Fiction
Within a Dark Forest; an Adirondack Tale of Love and Suspicion by Michael Virtanen

Poetry
Wet Apples, White Blood by Naomi Guttman and The Origin of the Milky Way by Barbara Louise Ungar (tie)

People’s Choice Award
Actively Adirondack; Reflections on Mountain Life in the 21st Century by Randy Lewis


Best Books of 2006
Children’s
Adirondack Mouse and the Perilous Journey by Irene Uttendorfsky

Memoir
Schroon Lake by Lueza Thirkield Gelb

Nonfiction
General: Welcome to the Homeland by Brian Mann
Photography: Adirondack Waters: Spirit of the Mountains by Mark Bowie
Edited Collection: Oswegatchie: A North Country River by Christopher Angus
No Place I’d Rather Be: Wit and Wisdom from Adirondack Lean-To Journals by Stuart Mesinger (tie)

Fiction
Lucy’s Eggs by Rick Henry

Poetry
Glacial Erratica: Three Poets on the Adirondacks, Part 2 by Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe, Mary Sanders Shartle

People’s Choice Award
Welcome to the Homeland by Brian Mann


Best Books of 2004/2005

Children’s Literature
Islands in the Sky by Justin and Gary Van Riper

Fiction
The Darling by Russell Banks

Non-fiction
Grisha by Margaret Bartley

Photography
All in a Day’s Work: Scenes and Stories from and Adirondack Medical Practice by Daniel Way, M.D.

Poetry
Notes from the Firetower: Three Poets in the Adirondacks by Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe, Mary Sanders Shartle

People’s Choice
Florida by Mason Smith

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