The Sugar Season (Google eBook)

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Da Capo Press, Jan 1, 2014 - Cooking - 304 pages
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From the award-winning author of A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time, a year in the life of one New England family as they struggle to preserve an ancient, lucrative, and threatened agricultural art--the sweetest harvest, maple syrup.

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Review: The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest

User Review  - Handan - Goodreads

OVERVIEW Over the course of a year, one man discovers the ins and outs of the maple syrup business. Bits of history are included, but much of the book devotes itself to the years 2010-2012 and the ... Read full review

Review: The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest

User Review  - Karlene - Goodreads

With my strong love for both New England and maple syrup, I didn't see how this book could go wrong. But it did. I think I wanted to read a book about how fantastic maple syrup is, but instead got ... Read full review


The Extent of the Shock Is Equivalent to the Rate of the Flow
The Public Still Thinks Were Doing It in the Mythic
Earliest Boil Ever
Straight At It and All
The First FullTime Sugarmaker
A Gallon Every 22 Seconds
A Sugarhouse Fullof Sound andEverybody Coming Around 8 Short Sweetand ofHigh Quality 9 Here for the History
The Sugar Machine 11 You Needa Mountain 12 Why Be Competitors When You CanBe Cooperators?
The Forecast
Arent You Afraid Mr Bureau? 15 The Sugar Camps ofSt Aurelie 16 The Routeof the Sugarmakers 17 Seasons of Change 18 Summer in March 19 S...
Most of Maine Is Downstairs Epilogue
Postscript Acknowledgments

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About the author (2014)

Douglas Whynott is the critically acclaimed author of four nonfiction books. He has written articles and essays for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Discover, Smithsonian, Outside, Islands, Reader’s Digest, Yankee, and other publications. In True Stories, a history of literary journalism by Norman Sims published in 2008, Whynott is described as “an accomplished master of the literary journalism of everyday life.”

His book about migratory commercial beekeepers, Following the Bloom, was published in 1991 by Stackpole Books, in 1992 by Beacon Press in the Concord Library Series, and in 2004 in a Penguin/Tarcher edition with a new preface and epilogue. It was optioned for development as a feature film. Giant Bluefin, his book about the New England bluefin tuna fishery, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in hardcover in 1995 and North Point Press in paperback in 1996. It was a highly recommended selection in the New York Review of Books Reader’s Catalog and was reviewed widely, including a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” A Unit of Water, A Unit of Time, a book about a boatyard in Maine owned by the son of E. B. White, was an independent bookstore bestseller, and was read in its entirety on an NPR books program at the affiliate in Ames, Iowa. It was published by Doubleday in 1999, by Washington Square Press in 2000. Australian rights were purchased by Hodder Headline. A Country Practice, his book about a veterinary clinic and a woman just out of vet school, was published by North Point Press in 2004. It was optioned for development as a television series by Creative Convergence, and selected as one of the best 10 nonfiction books of 2004 by New Hampshire Public Radio.

Whynott has taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, and Columbia University. He is currently an associate professor of writing in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Program at Emerson College, where he served as director of the MFA program from 2002-2009. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia in the spring of 2013. In addition to his writing and teaching, he has been at different times a concert piano tuner, a dolphin trainer, a commercial fisherman, and a boogie-woogie pianist. Whynott is an eleventh generation Cape Codder. He lives in Langdon, a small town in southwestern New Hampshire.

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