Star Lake focuses on the community that was the setting for Gem of the Adirondacks and asks what made the place and time uniquely attractive to those who experienced them. Arrival of mining in the 1940s brought people from all over the nation to an isolated corner of the Adirondacks. Throughout subsequent decades, people with little else in common forged a tight-knit community. At a time when mobility was the norm and the growth of suburbs left most people with little sense of place, this one seemed to be different. Was it the result of: geography and a brutal climate, uniquely appealing natural features, a time in the nation's history when possibilities seemed limitless, the time in the lives of the author and his colleagues, or some combination of these?
2006 Quality paperback, 203 pages, illustrations
ISBN: 0-9764263-2-3 $12.00