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March 1, 2013

North Country locals share their reading choices



For Scott Murray, owner and executive chef at Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro in Plattsburgh, reading goes right along with his work. He uses his time away from the kitchen to keep up to date with his profession and to continue to expand his knowledge of it.

Right now, he is reading a wine encyclopedia.

“Most of what I read in my spare time would be food and wine magazines. I read a lot of Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Wine Spectator.”

However, he said, “every year, I get a new wine encyclopedia, and I look up information in that.”

The books include vintages, tasting notes and background information for wines around the world.

Murray has three wine encyclopedias.

“My wife gave me one, my mother-in-law gave me one, and the restaurant got together and gave me another.

“That’s basically my literary thing,” he chuckled.


Plattsburgh City Mayor Donald Kasprzak likes popular novels and political nonfiction and reads more than one book at a time.

“I have always had an interest in reading political thrillers and espionage-themed books,” he said. “I am presently reading ‘The Panther’ by Nelson DeMille and ‘Private Berlin’ by James Patterson. Most Patterson books are very quick reads and entertaining.

“I am still reading and have not yet finished books on Presidents Truman, Theodore Roosevelt, Reagan and Bush.

“I make it a point to always read something at bedtime every evening.”


Press-Republican Facebook readers had a number of suggestions for good books. Here’s a sampling:

Cindy Drollette: “‘Awkward Bitch’ — about a lady with MS.”

Mia Young: “The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is amazing if you’re looking for a little fictional history, a lot of romance and a really good story.”

Katherine Wernier: “‘Cutting for Stone’ focuses on a pair of twin boys who are born and raised in an African missionary hospital. Everything about it flies in the face of what I normally read ... from the title to the locale to the basic medical storyline ... but somehow magic happened and I loved it.”

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