Books of local interest – November 2012

Raymond E. Petersen, Redwood, a political science professor at Jefferson Community College, has written his second book, titled “The Middle of Everywhere.” Published by the State University of New York press, “The Middle of Everywhere” is the story of a young man’s quest to keep his hometown’s papermill from closing, which turns into an odyssey across a rural upstate New York county. The book is available for $24.95 at or at the JCC campus bookstore.

Mr. Petersen’s first book, “Cowkind,” was published in 1996. Mr. Petersen has taught at JCC since 1985.


‘Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows’ is published by Syracuse University Press and sells for $24.95

Mark Monmonier, a distinguished professor of geography at Syracuse University has written a book that takes a comprehensive look at lake-effect snow.

“Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds and Recurrent Snows” has been published by Syracuse University Press. Mr. Monmonier blends meteorological history with the history of scientific cartography for the book. He also explores the social effects of extreme weather such as lake-effect snow.

The book costs $24.95 and is available through the publisher’s website at


Glover Publishing, Canton, has released the book of poetry “Eating the Bread of this World” by West Potsdam resident Becky Harblin.

“The poet expresses with clarity the importance of the simple things in her environment and pinpoints the outdoors that we all absorb but may file away too quickly,” the publisher notes. Ms. Harblin is a wellness practitioner, artist, herbalist and outdoorswoman. She has spent a winter alone in the woods with only the barest necessities, has rescued animals and is “a keen observer of life.”

The book costs $19.95 and is available at


Frederick Rycroft, Canton, has self-published, through Xlibris, the novel “Young World — Book One — The Beginning.”

The novel begins in 1957 in Canton when three teenaged boys develop a friendship that will last a lifetime.

“The book recalls many of the now-defunct or gone landmarks of the village, its diversified citizens, the uniqueness of a small Northern New York town and the many adventures that young teenage boys can get into,” Mr. Rycroft notes.

Mr. Rycroft worked for SUNY Canton for 35 years, where he last held the position of director of facilities.

His book is available at the SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University bookstores. It’s also available at online bookstores and at, where it sells for $23.99 and for $3.99 as an eBook.


Adams Center resident Klaus Ebeling has written a memoir about his 56-year marriage to Barbara E. (Eldridge) Ebeling with glances back at their ancestors in Germany and New England.

“Tree and Pyramid: The Memoir of a Friendship, Its Endless Roots and Sprouts” costs $4 as an eBook at

Mr. Ebeling said the first 10 percent of the book is free for sample reading.

“This memoir is an optimistic and healing documentary,” Mr. Ebeling writes in the book.

Mr. Ebeling, a retired professor at Jefferson Community College, is also a world-class snow sculptor.