Suggested Reading List
50 Hikes in the Lower Hudson Valley, Hikes and Walks from Westchester County to Albany
Author: Stella Green, Neil Zimmerman
Description: An expert, up-to-date guide to exploring parks and reserves, most close to New York City.
Cape Cod Seashore Life, An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals
Author: James Kavanagh
Description: A handy foldup plastic card with color illustrations for easy identification.
Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season
Author: Jerry Monkman
Description: Capturing the spectacular fall display from the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the wilds of northern Maine in 75 color photos.
Eyewitness Guide New York City
Author: Eleanor Berman (Contributor)
Description: There are hundreds of guides, of course, but we like this one the best -- and we see more visitors in our neighborhood carrying it around.
Author: Jean Edward Smith
Description: Smith presents a multi-faceted study of the complex American president, detailing his diverse roles as commander-in-chief, leader of a social revolution, and statesman, and exploring his personal life and the physical disabilities that he hid from the general public.
Gardens of the Hudson Valley
Author: Steve Gross, Susan Daley
Description: Photographers Daley and Gross capture the landscape along the Hudson River and the gardens that have been integrated into it. They have selected 25 gardens, from formal Gilded Age estate gardens to private gardens among the forests and rolling hills.
Glories of the Hudson, Frederic Edwin Church's Views from Olana
Author: Evelyn D. Trebilcock
Description: The companion book to an exhibition a Church's Peesian-inspired estate on the Hudson, features 83 sketches and paintings.
Half Moon, Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World
Author: Douglas Hunter
Description: Published in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's remarkable voyage. Sailor and scholar Hunter explores all the backstage drama and importance of the 1609 adventure that put New York on the map.
Here is New York
Author: E.B. White
Description: Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue.
Hudson River Panorama, A Passage Through Time
Author: John Stilgoe (Contributor), Christine Miles (Foreword), Tammis K. Groft, W. Douglas McCombs
Description: The staff of the Albany Institute of History & Art produced this inviting book to accompany a 2009 exhibition of the same name commemorating Henry Hudson's 1609 exploration of the river.
Hudson Valley Map
Description: A road map of the Hudson River Valley from Albany to New York City, at a scale of 1:270,000. With a detailed view of the Catskills and other areas of interest.
Landscape Gardens on the Hudson
Author: Robert M. Toole
Description: Toole surveys the history of the great estates, the Romatic Age and the birth of American landscape architecture in this illustrated survey.
Author: Herman Melville
Description: This sturdy Modern Library edition includes Rockwell Kent's original woodcuts.
Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley
Author: Nikki Goth Itoi
Description: Hudson River Valley native Nikki Goth Itoi offers an insider's view of this scenic New York City getaway, from touring the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt mansions to the Dutchess wine trail and fly-fishing in the Catskills.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States
Author: Peter Alden, Brian Cassie
Description: A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Mid-Atlantic States.
New England Autumn
Author: Ferenc Mate (Photographer), Candace Mate (Photographer)
Description: Magnificent photographs of farmsteads, pastures, forests, wharves and villages from Maine to Connecticut are paired with the poetry and literature of Dickinson, Thoreau and Waldo Emerson in this pictorial celebration of season. With a 14-page section of maps and practical travel information.
Author: Pete Hamill
Description: Wounded in the war, abandoned by his wife and daughter, threatened by the mob, Dr. James Finbar Delanay improbably finds love in Hamill's rich tale, evocatively set in the 1930s West Village.
Author: William Kennedy
Description: A spirited history, street guide and memoir, subtitled "Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels."
October, or Autumnal Tints
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Description: Henry David Thoreau considers the red maple, elm, sugar maple and scarlet oak in turn in this classic ode to autumn -- not as the season of senescence but of ripeness, fullness, and maturity. Originally published in 1862, this handsome new edition is illustrated with Lincoln Perry's full-page watercolors and includes an introduction by Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson (Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind).
The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Author: Paul Schneider
Description: The natural and human history of Cape Cod and its surrounding islands, as written by a resident of Martha's Vineyard.
The Hudson River
Author: Gregg Miller
Description: One hundred panoramic photos capture the natural beauty of this majestic river and its attractions through the seasons. Produced in association with Scenic Hudson.
The Hudson River in Literature, An Anthology
Author: Arthur G. Adams (Editor)
Description: A collection of poems and excerpts from novels and essays about life, work and travel on and near the Hudson before the 20th century. With 65 period illustrations of sites and homes.
The Hudson, A History
Author: Tom Lewis
Description: This scholarly, illustrated history of the Hudson River traces its course through four centuries, recounting the stories of those who have been shaped by the river as well as those who have helped shape it.
The Hudson, America's River
Author: Frances Dunwell
Description: A richly illustrated, devotedly researched history of the great river from Dutch settlements to modern-day issues.
The Island at the Center of the World
Author: Russell Shorto
Description: Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
Author: Washington Irving
Description: The most famous works by one of America's early master storytellers -- some more frightful than others. Many are set in and around New England and Hudson Bay.
The Mightier Hudson, The Spirited Revival of a Treasured Landscape
Author: Roger D. Stone
Description: Environmentalist and journalist Stone celebrates the Hudson River and its transformation in this thoroughly enjoyable account of conservation efforts by friends and colleagues in the region. With line drawings by Michael Sloan.
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Author: Edgar Allen Poe, Jeffrey Meyers (Introduction)
Description: The richly imagined tale of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship. Inspired by a true life shipwreck, this story of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship famously includes poor Pym's ordeal in the Antarctic.
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
Author: David Sibley
Description: A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks.