Retired lawyer James Dunn's book "Breach of Trust" looks at the scandal surrounding Chittenden County Assistant Judge Jane Wheel in the 1980s, tracing the growing controversy as it made its way up to the Vermont Supreme Court.
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Lying under oath. Twisting court decisions for personal gain. Misuse of public money. And corruption in the judiciary that went all the way to Vermont’s highest court.

It may sound like the latest legal thriller, but it's the true story that rocked the state in the 1980s, ending with an investigation that saw the first-ever felony charges brought against a Vermont judge.

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In his latest book, "Greeves Passing: A Novel in Fugue," Vermont author Richard Hawley weaves together the stories of three members of the same family. John Greeve is the headmaster of Wells School, a private New England prep school. And Meg is his wife, diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of the book. Their son, Brian Greeve, is a disaffected young adult who has cut ties while he's traveling abroad, "finding himself."


If you've read only one thing by author Shirley Jackson, it's almost definitely her short story "The Lottery," a taut narrative about a yearly small-town ritual - with nasty twist. But Jackson had a productive, masterful career beyond "The Lottery." Some might say, two careers.

In the early 1970s, Sam Lattimore and Elizabeth Church met in an art gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They fell for each other and married and moved into a hotel, where, less than a year into their marriage, Elizabeth was murdered by a bellman who had become obsessed with her.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:49 a.m. In the midst of the Civil War, a young man named Summerfield Hayes leaves his dear sister Sarah in Brooklyn to join the Union effort. He does so not because of patriotism, but to cure himself of the sexual feelings he has for his sister.

It’s not long before he finds himself injured and abandoned by his brigade, stuck in a hospital, suspected of desertion, for which the punishment is death. That’s the premise of Nostalgia, the new novel by Vermont author Dennis McFarland.