ďThe new edition contains rare photographs and an insightful foreword by the authorís daughter.Ē
-Dr. Barbara Tomlinson, Princeton, N.J.
This is basic history, geography, psychology, economics, and folklore all
rolled into one top-quality volume.
-The New York Times
ďa Jerseyana journalistĒ
-The New York Times
"The collapse of American towns and cities is now so complete that our collective memory of why they existed and how they came to be is nearly lost. Helen-Chantal Pike's history of Asbury Park is a worthy, lively, and well-researched effort to correct this cultural amnesia."
- James Howard Kunstler, author of "Geography of Nowhere".
"Although its rock-and-roll legacy is well known around the world, other music forms - gospel and blues, jazz and even classical - have an Asbury Park address that contribute to the American music treasury." - Bob Santelli, author of Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Four volumes of illustrated history about New Jersey's North Shore communities.
Tracks the evolution of leading industries across a 300-year span.
"In the swish of a flapper dress, the smell of the potato mash or the shape of looks-just-like-it liquor bottle, the period details are superb."
- Pamela Waterman, Mesa, AZ
June 9, 2013
Terri Williams mixes up a new business on Route 2 in Concord, VT, that's a whimsical blend of baking and antiquing, farmer's market and live music.
For just about all of us couch potatoes, the winter was a marathon of snow storms, school closings, and endless mornings of below-zero temperatues.
But for effervescent entrepreneur Terri L. Williams of Concord, the Northeast Kingdom's longest season was an idea incubation period for repositioning her latest business.
To read the rest (more…)
March 19, 2013
Trading Places: tall trees for concrete canyons
Two years. Two months. Two days.
I might not make.
Thatís the record Thoreau set with his little experiment of living by himself in a cabin by the pond outside of Concord, Massachusetts. A little more than 780 days. Me, Iím 420 days living in rural America, and Iím not sure Iím (more…)
February 6, 2013
Wrapped and warm.
The Scandinavian survival guide laughed when he saw me decked out in clothing mail-ordered from a so-called Arctic outfitter. Then he led me to a corner of the rustic lodge and rolled back a barn door. (more…)
January 6, 2013
My longest-running friend from high school and fellow Vermonter: Lindsay Cobb.
Like a first high school crush, some of us never get over the stories of Ernest Hemingway and his Parisian-based copains. While neither Vermont nor New Hampshire have cosmopolitan cities to rival Paris, they do have expatriates, none more obvious to me than the one-time New Jersey residents who voluntarily left home for the romance of (more…)
December 3, 2012
Itís been a long time since Iíve been wooed.
Though, to be honest, the ever-present beckoning of chocolate anything
can make my glands go Pavlov in a nanosecond. On a magazine assignment Saturday I drove north more than 60 miles in lightly falling snow. The itineraryís bonus was the (more…)
November 26, 2012
Old Cuss and Lil Cuss circa 1959.
It was late August by the time my Vermont plates arrived, three months after I moved across the river and only eight months since I came here from the Jersey Shore. My aging SUV was undergoing its final inspection. Looking her over was mechanic Frank Bullock, a man who has lived in Waterford his (more…)
July 28, 2012
Tall dog or bear cub: What do you think?
If you, like me, never heard of fly tape, don't feel bad. Means you live in a well-sealed suburban-looking home with a concrete cellar floor, factory-direct vinyl windows with fitted screens, and floors at 90 degrees to their walls.
Good for you!
When I moved from the Jersey Shore suburbs to 50 miles south of the Canadian (more…)
June 12, 2012
We compartmentalize our lives to organize the chaos: Is that good? How you apply the pronoun is a step to figuring out your own M.O.
Interested in the discoveries captured in this photo? Follow the Pike Log to the end for the extended caption. Thanks!
Youíve probably read at least one story about somebody who turned 50 and decided to change her or his lifeís trajectory: lose weight, get a divorce (or married), change jobs (or where you live), take up sky-diving (or sing in a rock-and-roll band). For me it stacked up like this: one third of (more…)
April 30, 2012
From a squiggly black line on an 1875 map to the real deal: Instead of prettily meandering through a colonial village on its way to 15 Mile Falls, Trout Brook now empties into the river much higher up the hill thanks to the dam built in 1954. Behind me New Hampshire's Presidential Range defines the skyline.
It was so early that March morning fog sat on Moore Lake like a giant cotton puff, hiding not only the snow-capped Presidentials but also the ice blue of the dammed up Connecticut. Unlike the '90s when it took equipment to break into Asbury Park's Casino Arena and Palace Amusements to find forgotten stories, here all I had to do was waited patiently. This ritual, my life-long ritual, (more…)
April 4, 2012
Author Bob Pike in his study where he wrote
Tall Trees, Tough Men more than 45 years ago.
When I moved to the Upper Connecticut River Valley for a new adventure, I hadn't done the math. Nor had I found the W.W. Norton
letter about the official release date of Tall Trees, Tough Men
- my dad's book whose research and writing occupied a goodly portion of my childhood. (more…)