If you’re planning a vacation to Stowe, VT, chances are you are taking advantage of all of the opportunities we have for activities and recreation. Great idea! After all of that activity and fresh air you will feel great about getting in a little downtime as well.
Consider cozying up by the the fire with a good book to wind down your day.
If that sounds like your way to relax, here are is a list of 3 great books for your Vermont vacation:
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
Accomplished author Chris Bohjalian started his career at an ad agency in New York, but conflict drove him and his wife to settle in Lincoln, Vermont in 1987. It was in this sleepy town of less than 1,000 residents that Bohjalian found his love of writing.
In his 19th and latest published work, The Sleepwalker, Bohjalian paints a picture of the mysterious midnight disappearance of Annalee Ahlberg. A notorious sleepwalker, Ahlberg’s children become alarmed at her sudden disappearance and enlist the help of a local detective. As the story unfolds, more layers of the mysterious departure are uncovered.
Fearing the worst, Annalee’s oldest daughter Lianna who is drawn to the peculiar detective, Gavin Rikert, begins to suspect that Rikert knows more about the disappearance than he is letting on.
A suspenseful, yet well-rounded work, The Sleepwalker may be a perfect addition to your fireside reading during your stay in Stowe, but be wary of the mysterious woods of your beautiful Vermont surroundings.
Disappearances by Howard Frank Mosher
Howard Frank Mosher, a Vermont native, wrote Disappearances over a decade ago, but the cast and characters of his novel may very well be some of your Stowe neighbors.
Set in the early 1930’s in Vermont and Quebec, Disappearances chronicles a teenage Wild Bill Bohomme and his father Quebec Bill as they traverse the waterways between Canada and Vermont as whiskey smugglers.
The novel takes you along with the protagonists as they embark on a once in a lifetime adventure through the American Northeast where they encounter unusual characters on their way to an iconic and legendary tale.
This story will help make you feel more at home on your Vermont vacation as you read like a local.
A west coaster by birth but New Englander by chance, Robert Frost is one of the most heralded poets of the twentieth century and considered one of the greatest poets in America of his era. Frost’s focus on the ordinary man often using the New England area as his canvas gained praise throughout his life and beyond.
If you’re short on time or perhaps the commitment to a full book doesn’t appeal to you, consider taking a collection of Frost’s poetry and picking out some pieces that interest you during your vacation.
Many of Frost’s work ranges from short, traditional poetry to lengthier short story-like pieces and were largely inspired by surroundings similar to the ones you’ll be in.
Find some extra room in your suitcase to tuck in one of these books and take full advantage of your time away while you are enjoying our beautiful state!
Jesse Mae Stacy