The Secret Life of It Girls
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007, $14.99
Lane’s perfect-pitch affinity for teenage emotion informs every page of this vividly designed graphic “reality novel” featuring photos of actual local teens in fictional stories displayed like an ultrahip scrapbook. Book signing and casting call for teen photo models for an upcoming volume on June 29 at 7pm at the Kingston Barnes & Noble.
A Kayaker’s Guide to the Hudson River Valley: The Quieter Waters: Rivers, Creeks, Lakes, and Ponds
Black Dome, June 2007, $16.95
Where others have charted the region’s whitewater, Aber explores the mellower paddles in Tivoli Bays, Harriman’s Seven Lakes, the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, and area creeks. Each entry includes mileage, put-in points, hazards, and scenic rewards. Launch party at the Kingston Kayak Festival on June 9 from 10am to 4pm at Kingston Point Park.
The Weight of Smoke
George Robert Minkoff
McPherson & Co., 2006, $24.95
Kingston publisher Scott McPherson has released the first of three volumes in Hudson Valley author Minkoff’s epic historical fiction. Set in the Jamestown, Virginia, of 400 years ago, this richly imagined book re-creates the early contacts between Europeans and Amerindians from the viewpoint of a very poetic Capt. John Smith.
Teachers United: The Rise of New York State United Teachers
State University of New York Press, 2007, $25
SUNY Albany journalism professor Gaffney’s well-researched, gripping labor history describes NYSUT’s rise from a group of idealists battling such obstacles as second-generation leftists whose parents “would die” if they joined a trade union. Led by Albert Shanker, it became an international force that advised Solidarnosc and other unions.