RECOMMENDED LOCAL READING

HISTORY BETWEEN THE LINES
BY CAPERTON TISSOT

MEMORIES OF SARANAC LAKE AS VIEWED THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR MOTHERS
AVAILABLE AT FACT AND FICTION BOOKSHOP OR FROM
SNOWY OWL PRESS




GET COREY PANDOLPH'S NEW BOOK, 'WELCOME TO BARKEATER LAKE'



ALSO CHECK OUT
COREY'S WINTER CARNIVAL '07 SHOTS




MORE GREAT READING !!!

SHEL DAMSKY

SARANAC LAKE REQUIEM

Return to Saranac Lake's past where those gun-toting crime czars, Dutch Schultz and Legs Diamond, sought retribution and famous celebrities mingled with factory workers in pursuit of a magical cure for that dreaded affliction, TB. Glitzy gamblers and kissing cousins drank bathtub booze in local speakeasies where it wasn't wise to comment too loudly about the odd looking "lady" with the hairy legs sitting at the dark table between the two serious looking goons. Saranac Lake was a bustling community where death was accepted and even expected on a daily basis. It came slowly for most and too sudden for a few and the night train never left empty.

But there were also good times in the cure cottages and speakeasies of Saranac Lake and many patients lived to return home and some stayed on to lead full active lives serving the community that healed them. One old timer was quoted as saying, "Before there were discos there were speakeasies and before there was viagra there was TB." (Find out what he meant on page 168 of "REQUIEM".)



SARANAC LAKE REVISITED
Shel's second look at Saranac Lake is even more entertaining than his first. Shel has again created his strange blend of fact and fantasy with this unusual tale of Saranac Lake and the people who once lived and died here. His tale literally pulls you through time and drops you into a cast of characters who seem to have been eagerly awaiting your arrival. What you first consider to be a case of mistaken identity turns out to be your destiny. You have a crime to solve, people to reunite with and all the time in the world to do it in --- OR MAYBE NOT!!

AND NOW SHEL HAS A THIRD BOOK

MAN'S DAYS ARE AS GRASS

"Old blood and old money become involved in a small town in upstate NY. Before the dust settles some of them will learn just how far out of balance the scales of justice can really be tipped."

"Shel just keeps getting better!!"--BUNK--

You can read more about Shel at his webpage and while you're there follow the link to the other half of Saranac Lake's creative "Red Gables" writing team. Shel's wife, DORICE NELSON has conjured up some innovative historical novels that you won't be able to put down until they're finished. Tell them Bunk sent you! You can email Shel here.


ANN AND HANK SNOW

Hank and Ann Snow, who took the BIRD'S EYE VIEWS which are on this site, have been photographing aerial views of the Adirondacks for over thirty years and have just released volume one of their greatest shots on DVD. You'll have to see this DVD for yourself to appreciate the beauty of the mountains, lakes and villages as seen from above. The special flying effects and music on this half hour, 291 photo, video add to the experience. I've watched my copy several times already and discovered something I had previously missed each time. This is a real treasure for any Adirondacks lover!! See more about it at their website.



FRANK HOUCK

SHADOWS OF THE SEASONS, A YEAR IN THE ADIRONDACKS

SARANAC LAKER FRANK HOUCK'S NEW ADIRONDACK PHOTO BOOK IS NOW ON SALE! CHECK IT OUT HERE! IT'S BEAUTIFUL!



AND SPEAKING OF SHADOWS---




A SMALL ITALIAN LIFE

JIMMY "PAISAN" CORSO

NOTE: Jimmy's book didn't make the Oprah list but maybe it's because it's all TRUE!!

My old buddy, Jimmy, "Paisan" (as he was known to his friends in Saranac Lake) Corso was born to Italian-American parents in 1940 in Syracuse, New York. His family life was chaotic, and before he was 15, Jimmy had attended TEN different schools in Syracuse, Oswego, and finally Saranac Lake, New York. This was where his life was turned around. He graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 1961.

Jimmy attended Paul Smithís Junior College from 1961 to 1963. In 1963, he enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo, and in 1967 he earned a Bachelorís degree in Biology. He completed his Masterís degree in Science Education in 1972.

In 1967 he married his college sweetheart Karren. Their two children are a son, Darren and a daughter, Kelley. He is also a proud grandfather. His wife, children and grandchildren never knew how hard Jimmy had to fight to attain his goals. Neither did any of his Saranac Lake friends, until now.

"Paisan" taught biology and coached athletics at North Arvada Junior High School, Bear Creek High School, and Arvada High School. In 1997, after 30 years of teaching, he retired from the Jefferson County School District. He was a constant inspiration to his students and many still keep in touch. His wild ties are now a legend in the school system. Today Jimmy lives with his wife Karren in Arvada, Colorado, and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

"Paisan" was a track star and basketball player at SLHS and was recently installed into the SLHS SPORTS HALL OF FAME. He no longer races people or burros (not since the accident) but still jogs twenty miles a day. Jimmy also keeps in touch with his Saranac Lake friends and occasionally returns to his hometown for visits.


VIEW SOME WRITE UPS HERE!


"Paisan's" inspiring book about how his seemingly hopeless life was turned around by an understanding and efficient staff of teachers and friends at Saranac Lake High School can be purchased HERE!

A SMALL ITALIAN LIFE CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED LOCALLY AT FACT AND FICTION BOOKSHOP IN SARANAC LAKE