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Somewhere in France

Previously unpublished letters and private journal provide an intimate view of World War I through the eyes of an ordinary soldier from western New York.

Elder Care Journey

Combining expert knowledge and first-hand experience, a noted elder care researcher confronts the long-distance care of her own mother.

Between Stony Brook Harbor Tides

Examines the ecological and historical significance of the harbor and what it can bring to future residents.

Running the Long Path

An ultrarunner’s fast-paced narrative into the wilds of New York’s Hudson Valley, as he attempts to set a new record for completing the Long Path, a 350-mile hiking trail that links New York City and Albany.

The Smalbanac 2.0

A quirky survival guide to New York's Capital District.

American Chartres

Photographs by Bruce Jackson
Text by Bruce Jackson
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

Documents the city’s surviving grain elevators and their profound influence on twentieth-century architecture.

FDR on His Houseboat

Edited by Karen Chase
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Presents and expands upon Roosevelt’s daily nautical log as he was trying to regain the use of his polio-damaged legs.

Knickerbocker Commodore

Explores the life and times of John Drake Sloat, the US Navy Pacific Squadron commander who occupied Monterey and declared the annexation of California at the beginning of the war with Mexico.

Beer of Broadway Fame

Explores the hundred-year history of Piel Bros. , one of the prominent German American brands that once made New York City the brewing capital of America.

Our Time at Foxhollow Farm

Chronicles the life of an upper-class, mid–Hudson Valley family during the first three decades of the twentieth century.

Seeking Alice

A haunting story of the disintegration of an American and Italian family caught in Europe during World War II.

The Death of Fred Astaire

When, in the late eighties, the author chooses to raise a child with her lesbian partner, she embraces a life outside the lines—one full of curious adventures as well as the usual catastrophes and everyday pleasures.

Dead Reckoning

A poet and essayist attempt to find their bearings in a civilization lost at sea.

Creating Nonfiction

A diverse collection of essays and companion interviews that offer insight into the inspiration, drafting, and revision process.

The Heroic Age of Diving

By Jerry Kuntz
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

A comprehensive history of the first three decades of underwater exploration in antebellum America.

Preaching in My Yes Dress

The frank and funny story of a church-geek girl who spent twenty years in the ecclesiastical trenches as a Lutheran pastor, preaching weekly words of hope she wasn’t sure she even believed.

Flight Paths

How a small group of New York biologists brought the peregrine falcon and bald eagle back from the brink of extinction.

Yonkers in the Twentieth Century

Traces the economic, political, and social evolution of New York State’s fourth largest city during the twentieth century.

Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island

By Colette
Translated by Zack Rogow & Renée Morel
Subjects: Literature
Series: Excelsior Editions

A collection of Colette's best writings that have never before appeared in English.

Forgetting Fathers

An eloquent personal reflection on the fascination of family history and the desire to both discover and escape origins.

From Loyalists to Loyal Citizens

Challenges the traditional perception that Loyalists were ostracized as traitors to the United States, after the American Revolution.

Nearer to Never

A poetic examination of what’s waiting just beneath everyday experience.

Reality Crumbs

By Raquel Chalfi
Translated by Tsipi Keller
Afterword by Dan Miron
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

First book-length collection of the work of the celebrated Israeli poet.

Swimming

Compelling stories of intercultural contact and emotional survival in a complex world.

Grain Dust Dreams

Explores the history and present-day reality of grain elevators on the Great Lakes.

The Senator from New England

Chronicles JFK’s growing confidence and ambition while a member of the US Senate.

In the Hamptons 4Ever

More stories of the outsized and the ordinary from the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers.

Frank

The first full-length biography of America’s youngest, and perhaps most underrated, First Lady.

River of Words

By Nina Shengold
Photographs by Jennifer May
Foreword by Dennis Stock
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An intimate group portrait of contemporary Hudson Valley writers.

Feathers of Hope

A joyful journey through Pete Dubacher’s Berkshire Bird Paradise, and a thoughtful contemplation of our relationship to birds and nature.

Truckin' with Sam

A father and son travel across North America in a pick-up truck--talking, laughing, fighting, and bonding.

Stairway to Empire

The story of the Erie Canal’s completion and its place in the larger narrative of American modernity and progress.

Forgotten Borough

Twenty-four contemporary writers reflect on life in New York City’s biggest underdog, the “forgotten borough” of Queens.

The Affair of the Veiled Murderess

An account of a mysterious murder committed in nineteenth-century Troy, New York, and the sensational trial that ensued.

Letters to a Best Friend

A lively and intimate selection of letters on life, literature, and art from one of America’s finest prose stylists.

Breaching Jericho's Walls

An award-winning African-American historian and novelist takes the reader on an exciting journey from a segregated Philadephia childhood in the 1930's to mid-century Paris, Moscow, Cambridge, and Manhattan.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Southern Life, Northern City

The inspirational story of an African American community that migrated from the Deep South to Albany, New York, in the 1930s.

The Journal of Ann McMath

By Ann McMath
Edited by C. Stewart Doty
Introduction by C. Stewart Doty
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An account of an ordinary young woman coming of age in the "Burned-Over District" of Western New York during the Second Great Awakening.

Creating Sustainable Communities

Explores efforts aimed at creating sustainable communities throughout the Hudson River region.

Freedom Journey

The story of thirty-six African American men who drew upon their shared community of The Hills for support as they fought in the Civil War.

An Iceberg in Paradise

Offers a healing and insightful examination of the issues involved in Alzheimer’s for family and caregivers.

The City That Never Sleeps

An eclectic collection of poems about New York City.

The Three Graces of Raymond Street

A compelling story about three murders in Brooklyn between 1872 and 1873 and the young women charged with the crimes.

Fifty Years in Sing Sing

A fascinating personal account of life at this infamous prison during a bygone era.

The Worlds of the Seventeenth-Century Hudson Valley

Essays by eleven prominent scholars provide the latest insights into the seventeenth-century history of the Hudson Valley and its environs.

Six Weeks in Saratoga

The inside story of how a three-year old filly captured the hearts of racing fans and cemented her bid to be named Horse of the Year.

Capitol Story, Third Edition

A lavishly illustrated history of New York's Capitol and its recent renovation.

Stop at the Red Apple

An entertaining inside story of how Reuben Freed's roadside eatery became the famous Red Apple Rest.

An Irrepressible Conflict

Examines the pivotal role New York State played in the Civil War.

Ingenious Machinists

Uses the stories of two inventors who took different paths to examine the early industrial revolution in New York and New England.

How to Escape

Passionate and rollicking personal and intellectual essays by philosopher Crispin Sartwell.

From Kristallnacht to Watergate

An insider’s account of how the Washington Post broke the Watergate story, depicting the tensions, challenges, and personal conflicts that were overcome as it laid bare the criminal wrongdoings of the Nixon administration.

Circle of Vines

Traces the history of the New York wine industry as it evolved across the state.

The Last Amateur

The authoritative biography of a nineteenth-century polymath.

Polio Boulevard

A unique chronicle of childhood polio told with a remarkable blend of provocative reflection, humor, and pluck.

Vanished by the Danube

A story of loss and survival.

Inside Ocean Hill–Brownsville

The story of an Ocean Hill–Brownsville teacher who crossed picket lines during the racially charged New York City teachers’ strike of 1968.

Twenty West

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

Adirondack

Probes deeply into Adirondack Mountain lives, both human and otherwise, bringing the area to vivid and colorful life.

Farms, Factories, and Families

Documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut, including the crucial role they played in union organizing.

Jamestown, New York

A comprehensive guide to the architectural history of Jamestown, New York.

Casual Affairs

Follows the life and career of Sally Benson, acclaimed writer of New Yorker fiction and Hollywood screenplays.

Clear Skies, Deep Water

A memoir about loss, restoration, and finding home on a lake in western New York.

The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale

The Adirondack hamlet of Winslow Station is transformed by the unexpected return of its solitary prodigal child.

No Longer and Not Yet

Stories of small-town life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

College Girl

The inspirational memoir of a woman who survived a brutal sexual assault and went on to become a university professor.

Endtimes?

A groundbreaking study of ten difficult years in the life of America's most important newspaper.

Oreos and Dubonnet

A behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's most colorful and influential governors.

Lost Orchard

Edited by Jo Pitkin
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

A unique literary anthology with contributions from former members of Kirkland College, the last established women’s college in the United States.

Enough Blame to Go Around

Veteran labor journalist Richard Steier explores the tensions between New York City's public employee unions, their critics, and city and state politicians.

America's First Crisis

Engaging and accessible account of the war that helped forge the American nation.

Nature of the Beast

While searching for a missing pit bull, private investigator Easy Taylor explores the unsavory worlds of animal laboratory testing and dog fighting, uncovering bizarre genetic testing that alters the nature of beasts.

Mr. New York

The life and times of an instrumental figure in New York City’s recovery from the fiscal and social crises of the 1970s and 1980s, and in the general revitalization of the city over two generations.

Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws

Uses previously unstudied Coast Guard records for New York City and environs to examine the development of Rum Row and smuggling in New York City during Prohibition.

William Almon Wheeler

An American success story about the life of William Almon Wheeler, a poor boy from northern New York who became the nineteenth vice president of the United States.

Unruly Catholic Women Writers

A literary anthology exploring contemporary Catholic women’s experiences.

Going the Distance

His major league baseball dreams dashed, a former pitcher returns home to make a life or death family decision.

Up on a Hill and Thereabouts

Childhood recollections of life in the Adirondack Mountains during the Great Depression.

Pardee Holler

Follows hapless private eye Easy Taylor as he investigates an eco-terrorist plot to stop development in the Catskill Mountains.

The Kingdom of the Kid

Recalls a childhood on Long Island as the counterculture sixties were sliding into the seventies and the Hamptons were still a middle-class sanctuary.

Opening Statements

Explores the influence of Dutch law and jurisprudence in colonial America.

Running on Empty

Explores how Southampton College went from “the jewel in the university crown” to an “albatross around the university neck. ”

Integral Leadership

A groundbreaking book that brings the insights of Integral Theory to business and organizational development.

Integral Recovery

Brings Integral Theory to addiction treatment, offering a more holistic vision of recovery and powerful practices for achieving it.

Around the World in 80 Days

Literature's classic race against the clock.

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking on the world's first global vendetta.

Saving Eagle Mitch

When a Navy SEAL and former Army Ranger rescue a wounded eagle in war-torn Afghanistan, a writer learns what it can take to do one good deed in a seemingly wicked world.

Life on a Rocky Farm

A folksy look at farm life in rugged Putnam Valley just as it was being transformed by industrialization and mechanization.

Here, Everything Is Dreaming

Poems and stories that stream directly from dreams and shamanic adventures in the world-behind-the-world.

The Untold Story of Champ

The definitive account of a Lake Champlain legend.

Fight All Day, March All Night

By Wayne Mahood
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

An inspiring narrative of a young Civil War soldier, as told though his letters from the battlefield.

The Gambler's Daughter

In exploring her father's own gambling addiction, the author uncovers a hidden history of gambling in the Jewish community.

The Middle of Everywhere

A young man’s quest to keep his hometown’s paper mill from closing turns into an odyssey across a rural upstate New York county.

An Uncommon Cape

Three mysteries precipitate an investigation into an otherwise ordinary suburban property, revealing a past inextricably woven into four centuries of American history.

Farmingdale State College

Fascinating history of the oldest public college on Long Island.

Liberty Street

By Peter Josyph
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

A haunting record of the destruction and rebirth of the neighborhood surrounding Ground Zero.

Water Drops

An introduction to our most precious natural resource.

John Emmett Connors

An artist’s appreciation of the Collar City, Troy, New York.

Still in the Hamptons

More encounters with sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of the Hamptons, by the editor and publishers of Dan's Papers.