Books of local interest

####_fea_sign up at sunsise book croppedFormer Port Leyden resident Steve Newvine has self-published a novel centered at a small, fictional, community radio station in the north country.

Mr. Newvine worked part-time at Boonville station WBRV from 1976 to 1979. ”Sign On At Sunrise” follows a few years in the life of a young man who gets hired at a local radio station. He meets a number of people who shape his life in profound ways. Mixed into the story is the death of Elvis Presley in 1977. The author details how radio and television stations across the country reacted to the story as well as how it affected the central character.

“People who know me will see some of the similarities in the narrative,” Mr. Newvine said in a news release. “But I hope anyone fascinated by the decade of the seventies will find something to like from this story.”
Mr. Newvine, who has written several nonfiction books, lives in Merced, Calif. He was a television journalist for more than 10 years, a chamber of commerce executive for more than 10 years and was an adjunct college lecturer teaching writing and public speaking at SUNY Geneseo.

“Sign On at Sunrise” is available at online bookstores and sells for $10.99.


####_fea_war of 1812 bookExelsior Editions, an imprint of the State University of New York Press, has released “America’s First Crisis: The War of 1812” by Robert P. Watson.

Mr. Watson describes how anger in America over the harassment of its merchant ships by the British Royal Navy turned into an all-out effort to fend off a British invasion. The author shares stories of battles, leaders and “the most important blunders and victories of the war.”

Mr. Watson is a professor of American studies at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla.
“America’s First Crisis” sells for $24.95 and is available at the publisher’s website,, and at online bookstores.


####_fea_ogdensburg bookFonthill Media has released “Ogdensburg Through Time” by Ogdensburg resident David E. Martin.

The book contains color pictures of some of Ogdensburg’s most notable businesses, bridges, stately residences, churches and public buildings. Each picture is accompanied with a picture of what the subject and sites look like today.

The book sells for $20 and is available at the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce, 1 Bridge Plaza. It is also available at online bookstores.
Mr. Martin, a retired registered nurse, has written other books on Ogdensburg’s history that have been published by Arcadia Publishing.

Top titles at Flower Memorial Library – November 2013

Top titles by checkout at Flower Memorial Library:

1) Gone by James Patterson
2) Never Go Back by Lee Child
3) Doctor Sleep: a novel by Stephen King
4) Second Honeymoon by James Patterson
5) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Top 5 eBooks at Flower:

1) Never Go Back by Lee Child
2) The Christmas Visitor : An Amish Romance by Linda Byler
3) 12th of Never by James Patterson
4) 11th Hour by James Patterson
5) Kentucky Home by Sara Title

NNY Living launches book club

wild-by-cheryl-strayed-a-trail-of-tears_articleimageNNY Living magazine is launching a book club. For our inaugural edition, to be published in our December/January issue, we are soliciting input on the memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed. If you would like to participate, please email with a two to three sentence review of the book for possible publication. We’re looking to publish brief reviews in your words, either positive or negative. Please call Leah, 661-2381, for more information or with any questions.

Wild tells Cheryl Strayed’s story as she embarks on a journey of healing her body and soul following the death of her mother by hiking more than 1,000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington state.

Books of local interest

L_UPF_RiversTale_1013WLost Pond Press, Saranac Lake, has released the suspense novel “The River’s Tale,” by Michael Virtanen, a political reporter in Albany for the Associated Press.
The book is a prequel to Mr. Virtanen’s first novel, “Within a Forest Dark,” which in 2007 won the Adirondack Center for Writing award for best fiction.

“The River’s Tale” centers on a woman who flees New York City and abandons an academic career to live with an aunt in a cabin on a remote stretch of the Hudson River in the Adirondacks. She lands a job as a whitewater-rafting guide and falls into a summer romance with her charismatic boss. Life is good until she discovers that the Adirondacks are not the safe haven she thought they were.

The book is $14.95 and is available at [Read more...]

Book lovers launch Web-based book club

A new book club open to anyone with Internet access recently debuted. “Unbound: A Book Club” allows readers to participate from anywhere in the world. Club members read and discuss books together online and learn how to moderate and participate in a live book clubs.

Moderators Betsy Cherepko, an Army wife who is moving from Spain to Texas, Maureen Cean, a grant writer, and Katie Stokes, a freelance writer and creator of the blog, are avid readers and writers. [Read more...]

Books of local interest

Arcadia Publishing has published “Association Island” in its Images of America series.

The island, part of the town of Henderson, was once a retreat for General Electric workers. The retreat was formed by a group of businessmen from the incandescent lamp industry whose association competed with GE. [Read more...]

Top titles at Flower Memorial Library – June 2013

The top five titles by checkout at Watertown’s Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library are:

1) “Dead, White and Blue” by Carolyn Hart

2) “Notorious Nineteen” by Janet Evanovich

3) “The Hit” by David Baldacci

4) “Gotcha” by Fern Michaels

5) “Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel” by Jonathan Kellerman

The top five e-books at Flower Memorial Library:

1) “Starting Now” by Debbie Macomber

2) “The House on Burra Burra” by Jennie Jones

3) “12th of Never” by James Patterson

4) “Joe Doe” by Tess Gerritsen

5) “Blind Alley” by Iris Johansen

Books of local interest

Erica Moulton, Adams, has self-published two books. The first, titled “What Happened,” is a story of 12-year-old Virginia who was “robbed of her childhood at the hands of a neighbor.” The guilt and secrets of what happened that day follow Virginia as she attempts to navigate through her troubled life battling addiction and self-mutilation. The book sells for $2.99 on Amazon’s Kindle store.

The second is “Miss Non-Perfectionist: Stories of Failure to Achieve SuperMom Status,” which is available for 99 cents in Amazon’s Kindle store. This book is a compilation of the author’s best blog posts from her site Penny Pinching Parents, Ms. Moulton takes everyday situations and finds humor among the chaos. [Read more...]

Top titles at Flower Memorial Library – April 2013

The current top five book titles by checkout at Watertown’s Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library are:

  1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
  2. “Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel” by Jonathan Kellerman
  3. “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling
  4. “A Question of Identity” by Susan Hill
  5. “Deadly Stakes” by Judith A. Jance

Top five eBooks at Flower Memorial Library:

  1. “14” by Peter Clines
  2. “The 13th Juror” by John T. Lescroart
  3. “27 Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders” by Nancy Pickard
  4. “Agnes Among the Gargoyles” by Patrick Flynn
  5. “61 Hours” by Lee Child

Effort to lure bookstore to Watertown gains steam as organizers get word out

Cathy M. Anderson displays Thursday the Facebook page she created to recruit a bookstore to the Watertown area. Photo by Norm Johnston/Watertown Daily Times.

After launching a Facebook page last summer to drum up support, a group of book lovers remains focused on luring a big bookstore, such as Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million, to Watertown.

The group now is making alliances with economic development specialists in the community to back the cause. [Read more...]