Adirondack names, mysteries in Catskill and more tied into local books – Times Union


After a long, cold winter the temperatures are warming, and the days are getting brighter. Very soon now, those of us who are avid readers will be sitting in our favorite outdoor place and losing ourselves in a good book. Here are a few suggestions  by some local authors. Many of the books can be found in area independent bookstores. 

 “Franklin and Eleanor in New York: The Progressive Agenda for Security and Prosperity that Became the New Deal” by Michael J. Burgess (The Troy Book Makers)

Delmar resident Michael Burgess has written a very readable account of the many accomplishments of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during their years when he was the governor of New York. Burgess does a wonderful job of bringing these two icons alive and showing how much they cared especially for New Yorkers who were struggling and needed help. I was impressed with how Franklin would read so many letters from ordinary New Yorkers and do whatever he could to help them even if that meant trying to enact a new law. The book also goes into much detail about how Eleanor supported her husband and guided him along. For those of us who live in the area, it is a wonderful book because it reminds us they lived here and were such a vital part of the Capital Region.

“The Perfect Escape” by Leah Konen.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin RandomHouse

“The Perfect Escape” by Leah Konen (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

Konen, who lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, has written a mystery that will keep you up all night to finish it. The story involves three girlfriends: Sam, Margaret and Diana, who are all struggling in their relationships and decide to take a girls’ weekend out of New York City. At a gas station in the town of Catskill they lose the car key and now must stay the night at a local rental until the locksmith can make a new key. After a night out at a townie bar, they discover the next morning that one of the friends is missing. Konen knows how to write great dialogue and keep readers surprised. The book will also make you wonder who your friends really are.

 “Sharkey: When Sea Lions Were Stars of Show Business (1907-1958)” by Gary Bohan Jr. (Excelsior Editions)
Gary Bohan lives in Kingston, and as a child he heard stories about his great-grandfather who had trained a seal in Kingston named Sharkey. The seal performed on stage with just about every popular entertainer in the first half of the 20th century, from …….


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