November 14, 2012GORHAM — "Mountain Voices: Stories of Life and Adventure in the White Mountains and Beyond," compiled and edited by Rebecca Oreskes of Milan and Doug Mayer of Randolph, was rolled out locally on Sunday afternoon at the White Mountain Café and Bookstore, along with other recently published books on the North Country.
The book-signing event was timed to appeal to those who buy books for Christmas and other holiday giving.
"Mountain Voices" is a collection of 15 well-shaped interviews first published in "Appalachia," the nation's longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation.
Over nearly two decades, Oreskes and Mayer talked with people whose lives had made a positive impact on the White Mountains — including some who either lived in or regularly visited where they could look south to the northern slopes of the Presidential Range: Casey Hodgdon, Bill Arnold, Fran Belcher, Doug Philbrook, Paul Doherty, and Brad and Barbara Washburn.
The paperback is dotted with historical photographs and portraits, plus a preface by wilderness writer Laura Waterman.
WMNF Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner, with whom retired USFS staffer Oreskes worked for some years, praised the book: "Rebecca and Doug have captured the unique voices of many people in a way that is as inspiring as the place called the White Mountains. One is left wondering, as their individual stories unfold, how people and place interact to build values and character. Consistent words flow from the stories to describe the mysteries of that interaction: humility, persistence, honesty, adaptation, beauty, love, fun and giving back.
"A necessary read for the newcomer and old timer alike to be introduced (or reminded) how this beautiful place and the many wonderful voices shape our lives."
Teen- and college-age readers are likely to be particularly interested in how many of those profiled were able to figure out how to make a living in a region they were determined to call home.
This and other AMC Books are available at bookstores and are distributed by The Globe Pequot Press, Inc., Guilford, CT 06437. "Mountain Voices" may also be ordered directly from the AMC at www.outdoors.org/amcstore or by phoning 800-262-4455.