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Hudson Valley Wine: A History of Taste & Terroir

Tessa Edick and Kathleen Willcox

Arcadia Publishing, 2017, $21.99

Wine lovers will love this book, which explores vintages in the "birthplace of American wine," the Hudson Valley, from the 17th-century Huguenots who brought French winemaking skills to the New World to contemporary winemakers like Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, the oldest vineyard in America sprouting grapes since 1772. The book includes paragraph summaries and tidbits on on the many regional wineries.

Who Did You Say Your Father Was?

Sam Tallerico

2017, $16.99

Sam Tallerico, host of WVKR's "Lost and Found Oldies Show," was raised by an adopted family in a suburb of Detroit. At age 51, he found out his biological father was the singer Bobby Darin, and his musical talents and fondness made more sense. What follows is Tallerico's journey to establish a connection with his late celebrity father. This memoir wrestles with the many different layers of family and what a past secret means for a future life.

Mad Monk: Improper Parables

Larry Littany Litt, Drawings by Wonsook Kim

Silver Hollow Press, 2017, $14.99

Chichester-based Litt's latest protagonist Mad Monk is far from your typical Chan/Zen Buddhist Monk. These 60 stories are quick, witty reads that allow Mad Monk to teach readers valuable, life lessons in subtle ways. Take Mad Monk's funny interaction with Buddha: "All that we are is a result of what we have thought; it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts." Mad Monk: "Whatever happened to 'You are what you eat?'" Buddha: "Okay, that too."

The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

Brooke Kroeger

Excelsior Editions, September 1, 2017, $24.95

Just in time for the November centennial anniversary of women's suffrage in New York, The Suffragents examines men's roles in the historical feminine milestone. With the formation of the Men's League for Woman's Suffrage in 1909, the league soon grew from 150 founding members to thousands advocating across over 30 states in 1917. Kroeger details how key members of the league fought relentlessly to alter the course of history.

Lao-Tzu's Shoe

Bob Grawi

White Bear Enterprises, 2017, $16

Existential questions have flooded Bob Grawi's mind for most of his life. When he had his first son at age 48, the magnitude of these questions changed. Lao-Tzu's Shoe chronicles philosophical conversations between Bob Grawi and his teenage son as they reflect upon deep subjects like the nature of the universe. A guidebook appropriate for all who are curious about the peculiarities of life, the dialogue between the two is clearly written and followed by insightful reflections by Grawi.

Savage Joy

Robert Dunn

Coral Press, 2017, $27

At age 25, Robert Dunn landed in the East Village in the heat of the `70's, scoring a job at the New Yorker and throwing himself into the gritty New York scene. This is the basis for his latest novel, which follows narrator Cole Whitman in his life and struggles in mid-seventies New York navigating the agressive worlds of punk music and young love.

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