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Vermont seems to be a haven for writers, as well as readers. (We think it might have something to do with opportunities to live off the beaten path and long winters.) You'll find a bounty of books by Vermonters and about Vermont at The Galaxy Bookshop, in our "Vermont" section. Here are a few titles by some of the authors who have called our region home.

Brendan Buckley
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Joyce Slayton Mitchell
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More than “the good old days,” destined only for the memoir and history-buff markets;  more than the “community-building” market to describe America’s fall from working and playing together books, Landmark Memories tells stories, vignettes, really, of a Vermont village. Describing the school, the li ... Read More about
What if society looked at addiction without judgement? Unstitched shares the powerful story of one librarian’s quest to understand the impact of addiction fed by stigma and inevitable secrecy. The opioid epidemic has hit people in communities large and small and across all socio-economic classes. Wh ... Read More about
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Brett Ann Stanciu
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Hidden View is a short novel set in the Vermont agrarian landscape, a story of Fern Hartshorn, unworldly, and unexpectedly pregnant at nineteen. Marrying an older man she barely knows, Fern begins her adult life on an isolated and hardscrabble farm named Hidden View.  Shortly after the birth of her ... Read More about
Howard Frank Mosher
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This novel of murder and its aftermath in a small Vermont town in the 1950s is “reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird...Absorbing” (New York Times). In Kingdom County, Vermont, the town’s new Presbyterian minister is a black man, an unsettling fact for some of the locals. When a French-Canadian woman ... Read More about
Before Kip Tiernan came along, the US had no shelters for women. Here is the inspirational story of a singular woman and what her vision and compassion have brought to life. “Justice is not three hots and a cot. Justice is having your own key.” —Kip Tiernan When Kip Tiernan was growing up during the ... Read More about
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Daphne Kalmar
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"Daphne Kalmar has created a wonderfully imperfect cast of characters and gathered them into a story that will break your heart. . . and heal it again. Stealing Mt. Rushmore has it all." —Marion Dane Bauer, author of the Newberry Honor novel On My Honor In Stealing Mt. Rushmore, Daphne Kalmar br ... Read More about
Beyond Denial is an essay collection that sketches a spirituality for our time that is life-affirming and inclusive, intellectually viable and socially responsible. The author, an ordained minister, integrates Judeo-Christian insights with the rich resources of the world’s other religions and wisdom ... Read More about
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David Budbill
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New England mountain recluse's poems reminiscent of those of the great Chinese and Taoist poet-sages. ... Read More about
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Sean Prentiss takes readers into what it means to be a rookie trail-crew leader guiding a motley collection of at-risk teens for five months of backbreaking work in the Pacific Northwest. It is a world where the sounds of trail tools--Pulaskis, McLeods, and hazel hoes--filter into dreams and set the ... Read More about
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David Martin
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It’s sleepover night for good friends Peep and Ducky—lucky, lucky, lucky! Ducky’s in his pj’s.Ducky’s all ready.Peep’s in his footies,and so is his Teddy. When Poppa leaves Ducky at Peep’s house for a sleepover, the little visitor is a bit teary at first. But Peep and his momma give Ducky a hug, mak ... Read More about
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Wallace Stegner
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Introduction by Terry Tempest WilliamsAfterword by T. H. Watkins   Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most c ... Read More about
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Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Helen Kinsey
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An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book. The drama of this unbelievable but true story is enhanced by Ted Rand’s stunning illustrations. In June 1783, three-year-old Sarah Whitcher wanders into the woods and disappears. For three long days, friends and neighbors search fruitlessly for her. Then a stranger ... Read More about
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Dolores E. Ham
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At the top of Vermont is a region known as the Northeast Kingdom. It is composed of three counties, and one of those counties is Caledonia. Images of America: Caledonia County presents the history of this area, taking you back to rural America as it used to be, with its slower pace of life unimpeded ... Read More about
Jennifer Churchman, John Churchman
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Meet the adorable orphan lamb Sweet Pea and discover why her true story has become a picture book phenomenon and enchanted readers of all ages! One cold winter night, Sweet Pea the orphan lamb becomes very sick. Everyone in the farmyard is worried about her! Under the watchful care of Farmer John, ... Read More about
Leland Kinsey
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Leland Kinsey's much-anticipated new and selected poetry collection, Galvanized, ranges from Kinsey's home in the rugged mountains of northern Vermont to the towering stone lighthouses and highland shielings of his ancestors' Scotland. Drawing from seven previous, acclaimed collections, and with mor ... Read More about
Sydney Lea (Editor)
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With its mystical landscape and fiercely self-reliant citizenry, Vermont has inspired poets from its earliest days. This anthology of contemporary Vermont poets represents a wide range of accomplished voices?both young and old, both renowned and relatively unestablished. Their poems reverberate with ... Read More about
Jody Gladding
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"A powerful, eerie book." --CECILIA VICU A In this inspired collection, acclaimed poet and translator Jody Gladding takes the physical, elemental world as her point of inquiry, examining how language arises from landscape, and deriving a lexicon for these poems from the rich offerings of the world a ... Read More about
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John Elder (Foreword by)
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Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology is a 244-page collection of short fiction by established Vermont-based writers, each rendering their own unique and diverse perspectives on the cultural and physical landscape of the Green Mountain State.   Featuring stories by Howard Frank Mosher, Annie Pr ... Read More about
Total Loss Farm in Guilford, Vermont, was and is a wordy place. Its hilly acres and flimsy buildings provided a refuge from a riven country, a place to grow paragraphs and stanzas, among the tilled rows of the market garden. Peter Gould’s first novel Burnt Toast was a youthful exploration of this my ... Read More about
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Exploring the confluence of ancient Chinese spirituality and modern Western environmental thought, Wild Mind, Wild Earth reveals the unrecognized kinship of mind and nature that must be reanimated if we are to end our destruction of the planet. Earth is embroiled in its sixth major extinction event— ... Read More about
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M. T. Anderson
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From the singular imagination of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson comes a magical adventure about a boy and his dog—or a dog and her boy—and a forest of wonders hidden in plain sight. Clay has had his fill of home life. A global plague has brought the world to a screeching halt, and with li ... Read More about
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A National Book Award FinalistA Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor BookA Michael L. Printz Honor BookA Walter Dean Myers Honor Book With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential account of the Black Panthers—as militant revolutionaries and as human rights advocates working to defen ... Read More about
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Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason
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The action of Moana meets the humor of books like Dog Man in this sidesplitting graphic novel about a young Berzerker who has to rescue her fellow warriors from the evil villain Witch Head before he destroys the world! Barb is a Berzerker, one of a group of warriors sworn to protect the land of Bail ... Read More about
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Stephen P. Kiernan
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From the critically acclaimed author of Universe of Two and The Baker’s Secret, a novel of hope, healing, and the redemptive power of art, set against the turmoil of post-World War II France and inspired by the life of Marc Chagall. One month after the end of World War II, amid the jubilation in the ... Read More about
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With brand new cartoons by Don Hooper, and a foreword by Jeff Danziger, I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing is a potpourri of art and words documenting how Vermont humor has evolved over 150 years. While re-telling some stories from previous collections, the authors gather together more than a dozen m ... Read More about
Brad Kessler
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Award-winning author Brad Kessler’s North is a powerfully moving novel about the intertwined lives of a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and an Afghan war veteran by the author of the acclaimed memoir Goat Song.  Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace PrizeFinalist for the Vermont Book Award   As a l ... Read More about
Nathaniel Ian Miller
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In this "briskly entertaining" (New York Times Book Review), "transporting and wholly original" (People Magazine) novel, one man banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog, and a surprise visit that changes everything. In 1916, Sven Ormson le ... Read More about
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Alison Bechdel
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The Best Graphic Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly | A New York Times Best Graphic Novel of 2021 | A New York Times Notable Book | An Autostraddle Best Queer Book of the Year | A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year | A St. Louis Post Dispatch Best Book of the Year | NPR, 12 Books NPR Staffers Loved | ... Read More about
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Jeff Danziger
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"A must-read war memoir… with zero punches pulled, related by one of the most incisive observers of the American political scene." —KIRKUS (starred review) "Funny, biting, thoughtful and wholly original." —Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They CarriedJeff Danziger, one of the leading political cart ... Read More about
Chris Bohjalian
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in a riveting historical thriller the New York Times calls “Wildly entertaining.” • From the bestselling author of The Flight Attendant. "The best possible combination of Hemingway and Agath ... Read More about
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Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Alternatingly heart-pounding and heartbreaking. This collaboration between two best-selling authors seamlessly weaves together Olivia and Lily’s journeys, creating a provocative exploration of the strength that love and acceptance require.”—The Washington Post  GOOD MORN ... Read More about
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Jason Chin
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Jason Chin, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Watercress, dives into the microscopic building blocks of life in this companion to the award-winning Your Place in the Universe. In Your Place in the Universe, Jason Chin zoomed outward, from our planet, solar system, and galaxy to the outer reaches  ... Read More about
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Jo Knowles
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A musical treat for the ear and eye, this antic tale of a worm on a mission doubles as a cozy bedtime book. One summer day, as Little Worm heads out to play, he discovers he has a song stuck in his head. “What’s that you’re singing?” Owl asks, but Little Worm can’t say. He wriggles past, determined ... Read More about
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Madeleine May Kunin, Governor
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Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. In her newest book, a memoir entitled Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, the topic is ... Read More about
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“Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably. . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book ... Read More about
Cory McCarthy, A. R. Capetta
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King Arthur as you've never seen her! This bold, sizzling YA novel reimagines the Once and Future King as a teenage girl determined to save the universe from an evil curse. My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start. I've been chased my whole life. As a fu ... Read More about
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A. R. Capetta
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A Lambda Literary Award Winner Teenage baker Syd sends ripples of heartbreak through Austin’s queer community when a batch of post-being-dumped brownies turns out to be magical—and makes everyone who eats them break up. “What’s done is done.”Unless, of course, it was done by my brownies. Then it’s g ... Read More about
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Ann Braden
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One of Edutopia's "25 Essential Middle School Reads from the Last Decade," NPR Best Book of 2018, Bank Street List for Best Children's Books of 2019, Named to the Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher List, Maine's Student Book Award List, Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award List, Rhode Island Middle Sc ... Read More about
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Kate Messner
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A wonderful winter book for kids from the author and illustrator of the beloved Over and Under series, now in paperback! Part of the acclaimed nature book series that includes Over and Under the Pond, Over and Under the Rainforest, and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, this volume takes reader ... Read More about
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