YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
Laura is hanging on to summer. Here are two books that have stuck with her. “These books are not new, but both are perspectives on our region, Long Island Sound, and the Hudson River Valley, which will make you want to explore and know more about these amazing waterways. First is The Hudson, A History, by Tom Lewis. What I didn’t know was that the Hudson River was the engine behind the development of our country. Albany was the most important city during the 1800’s, and when Lincoln was campaigning for President, Albany was the place he needed the votes, because industry and westward expansion was at its utmost. Not only were artists mesmerized by the river’s landscape and beauty; industrialists and inventors were captured by its potential which, in turn, fueled the emerging region into the powerhouse it still is today. The story about Long Island Sound is beautifully rendered in Tom Andersen’s This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound. From the Indians, to pirates, to the colonies fighting for independence, to the present day city expansions and pollution; this is the story about how the Sound is coming back thanks to the efforts of environmental watch groups. It is a strongly written account of the history of our failures and our successes. This is a must-read.”
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