Reviews And Articles

Apples of New England, by Russell Steven PowellAPPLES OF NEW ENGLAND has been well received to date. Here are excerpts from and links to a few recent reviews and articles:

“The guide offers practical advice about rare heirlooms and newly discovered varieties, chapters on the rich tradition of apple growing in New England and on the ‘fathers of American apples’ – Massachusetts natives John Chapman (‘Johnny Appleseed,’ who married Lucy Cooley, of Longmeadow) and Henry David Thoreau.”

‘Apples of New England’ offers practical advice about apples, apple growing, The Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts, November 18, 2015

“New England residents are fortunate, Powell said, to live near their farmers. ‘It’s a very compelling experience to visit the orchard,’ he said. ‘It involves all the senses.’ ’’

Seeds for Powell’s fascination with apples planted a century ago, Boston Sunday Globe, January 18, 2015

“Like Thoreau and Chapman, Powell knows his apples. Like them, too, he is fundamentally an apple romantic. He writes eloquently and passionately about the lure of this ordinary yet infinitely appealing fruit.”

At its core, book eloquently pays homage to apples, The Recorder, Greenfield, Mass., December 5, 2014

“Powell’s guidebook is packed with information about each variety, from the ‘superstar’ Honeycrisp eating apple to the great keeper, Fuji. … From Winter Banana and Sheep’s Nose to Black Oxford and Hubbardston Nonesuch, and from Nodhead to Cathead, Powell’s guidebook abounds with stories.”

He’s an apostle for the American apple, The Recorder, Greenfield, Mass., November 17, 2014

“Powell dives deep into the subject, sharing facts about growing and using the fruit to how they connect us to our past.” 

Author is sweet on apples, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Worcester, Mass., November 9, 2014

“Readers who mostly know this fruit from their supermarket may be surprised to see how many varieties there are.”

Book Notes, The Salem News, Salem, Mass., October 25, 2014

“Apples of New England reflects a contemplative and literary approach to landscape, agriculture and the apple’s role both as fruit and symbol.”

Bookbag, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass., October 10, 2014

“Apple fans have a new resource to expand their appreciation of the fruit.”

Apple guide makes picking out fall’s iconic fruit easy, The Herald News, Fall River, Mass., October 22, 2014

“How much do you really know about these fruits? With this book, you’ll learn a lot more. … Colorfully illustrated.”

Bookshelf, Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass., October 5, 2014

“I discovered Powell’s book on my desk when I came to work Monday. It wasn’t there when I left late Sunday night, which means only one thing: the book fairy came sometime in the wee hours of the morning. Way better than the tooth fairy.”

Apples of my eye, The Daily Item, Lynn, Mass., October 1, 2014

“Powell, former executive director of the New England Apple Association, gets into the nitty gritty … describing more than 200 apple varieties found in New England, and sets out the history of the apple in the region in a detailed way.”

Books offer taste of a juicy history, The Valley News, West Lebanon, New Hampshire, September 20, 2014



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