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Best 2013 books about New England

Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region” by David Little (Down East)

Little, a Maine artist who has climbed and painted Katahdin for decades, remains in its thrall. Presenting 200 images created over the past 200 years, his book is a colorful study of the artists driven to capture the rugged mountain. This is history at its finest: first-person accounts of wilderness expeditions illustrated with changing views of the mountain, depicted in dozens of paintings and illustrations.

“A Lifetime of Vermont People” by Peter Miller (Silver Print)

Miller, worried about the future of his beloved Vermont, has packaged in this handsome volume one of the state’s best hopes: its plainspoken, hard-working, community-minded rural characters. His exquisite black-and-white portraits accompany essays in which he largely lets the people speak for themselves.

“Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings” edited by Marta Werner and Jen Bervin (New Directions)

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New England’s favorite mystery woman remains a vibrant presence in the literary landscape more than 125 years after her death. Here, the poems she wrote on envelopes are presented as visual art. Facsimiles of the yellowed scraps bearing her handwriting and distinctive punctuation bring her into the room, among us once again.

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