A fine local history, February 29, 2004 (Barnes & Nobel.com)
| Reviewer: Geoffrey
Megargee from Arlington, VA United States
(Note: Doctor Megargee is a professional Historian and Researcher)
Karl and Sue Wick have combined a fascinating collection of original
photographs with clear, accurate explanatory text to provide a rich set
of insights into the people and places of Esopus. The book lets us see what
life has been like for four centuries and more in a land of farmers, ice
cutters, bootleggers, philosophers, politicians, and ordinary folk of every
other description. Along the way it illuminates the varied contributions
of Native Americans, Dutch, English, Germans, African Americans and all the
other peoples who have created the story of Esopus. The style is lively and
engaging, the information enlightening. This book is both a fun read and
a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in the past.
(February 2004) From Dorothy Gruner - Former Town of Lloyd Historian
When I began my day this morning I had a list of things I planned to
get done today ... one of them was to go to xxxxxx.com and order your book.
Since I have borrowed the one you were so kind as to give our St. Remy Church
as a gift, and just hadn't had the time to sit down and enjoy it, decided
I should purchase one so I could return the one belonging to the church.
When I arrived at xxxxxx.com and did my search, it didn't produce your
book, so decided to do an advanced search and opened the book in the front
to get the necessary information to enter -- which also exposed me to the
index in the front --
saw St. Remy -- opened to that area -- and here it is afternoon
and I haven't managed to get away from this book since! I didn't
find that it could be ordered on xxxxxx.com, but when I reached the back
of your book, it sent me to your website to see the additional pictures
that wouldn't fit in the book -- which also listed local people who have
your book for sale (which I will check out!)
This book is a treasure!
I could go on and on and on, but it truly is a special treasure.
I LOVED it. Thanks for turning my day from "all work" to "all play"!!
Polly Marcotte (15 Jan 2004)
"About Town" Winter 2003-2004 Edition
has a four column review, interview and excerpt by Traci Kohn. It is
too large to reproduce in full here, but begins:
"New on the historical literary front is
a lovely pictorial entitled Esopus: Images of America by Karl
R. and Susan B. Wick. Both are natives to the mid-hudson valley ---
Karl was born and raised in St. Remy and lives a few houses away from
the home he grew up in. (Hilltop House - also in the book); Sue is an
Esopus Lenape Indian and has lived here her whole life. Approximately
half of the book's photographs are from the authors' collection; about
twenty percent came from a couple who live down the street from Karl &
Sue (they handed them at least 300 photos they had collected over their
lives in the Hudson Valley and said, 'just give them back when you're done.');
the remaining photos were donated [by others] or [a few] taken by
Karl [or Sue]. "
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Ask for Traci or Joed.
Karl & Sue,
Hope all is well. The book is exceptional
! In terms of photograph selection, as well as written text, the book
filled in many gaps of the historical evolution of the area. The chapter
on "Bridging the Towns" as well as the photographs of Diamonds [sic]
Pond had the most powerful effect on me.
The photos enable the reader to appreciate
the enormous efforts involved in ice harvesting and bridge construction.
The photographs on pages 27 - 33 are most intriguing.
My friend Kristie, who lived in my house the 11 years prior to me,
found the photo on page 27 to be most revealing. Kristie keyed into
the fact that the house, in earlier days, was quite literally situated
on the banks of the Rondout, lying low to the ground in an "almost" valley
setting between the bluff across 213 and the bluff adjacent to the driveway.
If one looks closely at this photo and the photo on the top of page 31,
the peak of what appears to be a Dutch barn is evident beyond the house.
This in conjunction with the photo on the bottom of pg 44, leads me to
believe a Dutch barn may very well have existed opposite the house on New
One of many questions to you is, do
you have any knowledge of the existence of a Dutch barn in that area?
Anyway, the purpose of this e-mail
was to thank you as well as congratulate you on an excellent perspective
of the area, which truly conveys your passion & countless hours
of research. As you can imagine both Kristie & I have quite a
few questions & comments regarding the book. Hopefully we can arrange
to get together in the coming weeks. I will be in contact with you soon.
Thanks again for a great book !