Thanks to all who responded to our call for recommended Adirondack, environmental and nature-themed reading to pass the time in COVID-19 quarantine.
We also reached out to a handful of Almanack contributors to ask for their input and here’s some additional suggestions to add to the list:
“The Adirondacks – Wild Island of Hope,” by Gary Randorf (John Hopkins University Press)
— David Gibson, Managing Partner, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve
From Ed Zahniser:
- I edited Adirondack writings by and about my father (Howard Zahniser)’s Adirondack conservation/wilderness work as the book “Where Wilderness Preservation Began,” still available from North Country Books.
- Paul Schaefer’s books “Adirondack Cabin Country” and “Defending the Wilderness” are also important and interesting books.
- Maitland Desormo’s book “Noah John Rondeau: Adirondack Hermit,” is a great read. Paul Schaefer’s grandson David Greene cracked Rondeau’s code writing. David noticed that Rondeau was listing weather and calendar days. From that he was able to interpret Rondeau’s “alphabet.”
- I also edited and produced “Ranger Bowback: An Adirondack Farmer,” memoir by Daisy Dalaba Allen, which recounts subsistence farming near the end of Edwards Hill Road well into the 1950s. There are not many books about Southern Adirondack farming.
- “Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act,” by Mark W.T. Harvey
- “The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser (anthology),” by Mark W.T. Harvey
- A Wilderness Original: Bob Marshall,” by James M. Glover
- Local Memoir North Creek area: Richard Stewart’s “The Recipe of Life”
- “Neighbors of Yesterday,” Jeanne Robert Foster
- “The Adirondack Park,” Frank Graham, Jr.
From Phil Terrie
- For the classics, I suggest you look up a piece I wrote for the Explorer on 19th-cent. travel narratives (May-June 2012, reprinted in my book, published by the Adirondack Explorer, “Seeing the Forest“).
- The best academic books with really good Adirondack history are Karl Jacoby’s “Crimes Against Nature” (only 1/4 about the Adks) and Melissa Otis’s “Rural Indigenousness.”
Ben Brosseau, Director of Communications for Adirondack Mountain Club, shared this post of ADK must-reads: https://www.adk.org/5-adk-publications/. He added: “‘The Adirondack Reader’ and ‘Adirondack Archangels’ are personal favorites.”
Check out writer/editor John Davis‘ suggestions here: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/04/reading-in-place.html