Adirondack Flashes and Floaters, A River of Verse
by Caperton Tissot
A book of verse humming with soul storms, longings, and laughter... From Adirondack nature to human nature, work to play, youth to old age, whatever their interests, readers will find something here to enrich the moment.
Writing in such a deeply personal, open-hearted way was a courageous act for Caperton Tissot, and the foundation of genuine humility and compassion from which that courage rises, makes these poems deeply stirring. Bravo!”
Edward Kanze, author/naturalist/photographer/Adirondack guide
"Caperton Tissot invites us to her own neck of the woods in Adirondack Flashes and Floaters and shares her deepest feelings. Immersed in her verse, I ride the rhythms of mountain life, its triumphs and challenges, and reflect on my own feelings for this special place. Once again, I'm called to the wild of the Adirondack Park with Caperton's Flashes and Floaters."
Andy Flynn, author/publisher, Hungry Bear Publishing
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Tibetta's World High Jinks and Hard Times in the North Country
by Caperton Tissot
The story of the child Tibetta, her parents, family and friends is a story of self-discovery and transformation. In the ebb and flow of daily adventures, affection and humor tackle conflict, while a pet woodrat lends a touch of magic with his caustic philosophical commentary.
"Tibetta's World honors the vitality and mutual support of the local community that so ably serves the Adirondack Great Camps. As one who has witnessed those camps from both sides — as a visitor and as an employee — I can attest to the fact that Ms. Tissot has captured perfectly the world of these fine folks, who live out their too often marginal lives almost entirely behind the scenes." Gerry Rising, Buffalo News "Nature Watch" columnist
"Caperton Tissot knows the geography and people of the Adirondacks. Icons of mountain culture—great camps and hunting clubs, wealthy seasonal visitors and year-round working people—come to life because Caperton has a keen eye, warm voice and reminds us that telling a good story is at the heart of Adirondack history." Ellen Rocco, Station Manager, North Country Public Radio.
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ISBN # 978-0-615-66898-7
Saranac Lake's Ice Palace
a History of Winter Carnival's Crown Jewel
Sponsored by members of the local community, this 54-page booklet contains extensive text plus forty-five, black- and-white historic and contemporary photographs. In a carefully researched and at times humo/ous account, answers are provided to questions about the when, why, where and how of Saranac Lake's Crown Jewel of Winter Carnival. A portion of this booklet appeared previously as a chapter in Adirondack Ice.
All proceeds benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace fund.
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ISBN # 978-0-615-61961-3
Adirondack Ice: a Cultural and Natural History
by Caperton Tissot
Ice has determined the course of Adirondack history in many surprising ways. This book traces the evolution of that influence, touching on everything from ice industries and transportation to recreation and accidents. In 360 pages of personal stories, observations and over 200 historic and contemporary photos, the author pays tribute to a fast disappearing era.
"This book, providing a relatively unknown history of ice
in the region, is very thought provoking. It describes the cultural
relationships over the years and ends with a discussion of climate
change and how this will reshape ice and associated activities in the
Elizabeth M. Lowe,
Region 5 Director, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Founder of the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, "The Wild
"My favorite moment each year is when winter takes control
and friction loses its grip--when all of a sudden even the ungainly
among us acquire a kind of grace as we skim across the world.
This book captures every element of that moment, in the most beautiful
place in the world. I hope only that those who read it will rise
to the defense of winter, so that we can keep the great warming at bay
and preserve these scenes for centuries to come."
Author, environmental activist and resident scholar at Middlebury
"In Adirondack Ice, a Cultural and Natural History, author
Caperton Tissot illuminates the history of our relationship with a
defining element of winter. Valued and reviled, ice is an unavoidable
fact of life in the Adirondack Mountains. As Tissot points out, it has
‘substantially determined the natural, economic, and cultural history
of the North Country, yet it is an often overlooked and
underappreciated influence'. Filled with surprises, Adirondack
Ice is a fascinating look at the many ways ice touches our lives
in the Adirondack Mountains."
Chief Curator, The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake
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ISBN # 978-0-615-38993-6
History Between the Lines, Women's Lives and Saranac Lake Customs
Authored by Caperton Tissot, edited by Willem Tissot and published by Graphics North, this book traces Saranac Lake's spirit of goodwill from mid-nineteenth century to the present. Sixteen individual stories, based on interviews, illustrate the important role women play in carrying on traditions that define the unusual character of a small mountain village.
Both researched and anecdotal history, inserted in italicized paragraphs, fill out the history and place the stories in context. Footnotes, a bibliography and index provide follow-up information for the researcher.
In the final chapter, Caperton shares her experience in researching, organizing and writing this book. She gives step-by-step "how-to" tips and encourages others to undertake similar projects in their own communities.
A full set of portrait photographs by Mark Kurtz, as well as thirty more personal and archived photos, round out the text.
"If you want to know how passion and perseverance keep a
town not only afloat but sailing into the future with a strong sense of
its past, you'll find the answers on these pages. The remarkable lesson
of the women Ms. Tissot portrays is that they did not come from great
power and high privilege, but they turned the power of their character
to the task of making our lives as a community more than a little
richer. In reading these stories, our lives as individuals become
richer, as well."
Philip L. Gallos,
Author of Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake: Architecture and History of a
Pioneer Health Resort.
"Saranac Lake is that rare place in modern America, a
living breathing small town. Caperton Tissot's oral history teases out
the threads that make up that tapestry, weaving the personal stories of
some very unique women with fascinating bits of historical context.
This isn't just the story of one small town, but the story of how
small, quiet contributions make all communities richer. The book is
also a great model for other local and oral history projects."
Adirondack Bureau Chief, North Country Public Radio.
"Caperton Tissot has demonstrated the important role
community scholars can play in documentation of local history. Her
profile of one group of women provides a path to follow in trying to
understand local culture. Her tips for would-be historians remind us
that there are plenty of other stories to record for posterity."
Program Director, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).
"...a fascinating undertaking, one I think will generate
considerable interest in and around Saranac Lake."
Professor of History and Co-director for the Historical Study of Women
& Gender, State University of New York at Binghamton.
"Oral histories are one way of capturing the essence and
personality of an era... (Tissot) successfully captures the social
history of a small Adirondack community in the mid-twentieth century. A
rich history of the Adirondack region and park exists; however, it is
filled with great men and landscape. Tissot provides the much-needed
answer to the question "What about the women?" Through oral
interviews and other primary sources she recreates an era of Saranac
Lake history that has not been well recorded."
PhD, Professor of History, State University of New York, Canton
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ISBN # 978-0-615-49710-5
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ISBN # 978-0-615-38993-6
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|Saranac Lake's Ice Palace, a History of
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|Adirondack Flashes and Floaters, A River of Verse|
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