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Friday, May 18, 2007

Multi faceted

Multi faceted

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2007
By Susan Green

<<"Distant relatives with names like Spicie Dewdrop Vanover and Ura Grizzle add a quaint Dickensian flavor to part-time Burlington resident Lisa Alther's quest to discern her elusive Southern roots.

The 62-year-old author has chronicled this decade-long investigation in a memoir, "Kinfolks: Falling off the Family Tree." The title is a nod to "Kinflicks," her equally witty best-selling 1976 novel about Vermont hippies -- a demographic that included Alther, who moved to Hinesburg amid the back-to-the-land euphoria of the late 1960s.

In the new book, she addresses the difficulties of the bygone era's rural renaissance: "Living in a crumbling brick farmhouse on a defunct dairy farm, we discover why our ancestors left the land in the first place." >>


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