North Country September ’22 Bookmarks


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It may be the next change of season, but I always find fall to be a time for reflection. Whether it’s a new school year for students and teachers, or just the leaves falling from the trees after a beautiful summer, we can always count on reflection to guide us forward. In today’s episode, we spoke with three authors who helped me peek into my own thoughts through the words they put into their books.

Keri Blakinger

Jessica LawrenceKeri Blakinger

Our first author has written incredible stories for her current job at the Marshall Project, where she covers criminal justice, and has featured essays in places such as the washington post. Ink corrections is the total reflection of her life: starting out as a figure skater, becoming an Ivy League student at Cornell University, being arrested for heroin possession and sentenced to prison. Keri Blakinger’s memoir caught my eye because of my own involvement in figure skating, but her own thoughts on drug addiction and the justice system captivated me. You can find a link to The Marshall Project, here:, and you can follow Keri on Twitter to follow her work and writings: @keribla

Erika Krouse

Jessica LawrenceErika Krouse

Okay, I admit it: sometimes I think I’m a private detective. Whether it’s diving deep into researching an author or finding a post on social media about a possible love interest, I can delve into research if I put my mind to it. Our next book featured a monumental case of Title 9 at a major Midwestern university. Half memory, half true crime, Tell me everything reflects on author Erika Krouse’s past and her new career as a private detective while helping a lawyer mount (and win) a national case regarding college recruiting ethics.

The school

Jessica LawrenceThe school

2016 was a tough year for many people – and one that certainly made the country reflective. The first novel by our next author, Grounds maintenance, shows a reflection not only on our own lives, but also on its main character, Owen: what led him to university and how, thanks to the maintenance of the grounds at the university, he is able to pay for registration. Whether your political stance is different from that of your family or co-workers, or you’re dating someone from an entirely different religious and economic background, there’s a lot to be said for author Lee Cole’s early life.

From Cornell to prison, from temp work to private detective, from couch surfing to college, all three authors have been thoughtful in the books they’ve written. From summer to fall, and from memoir to true crime to fiction, my own thoughts were also seen.


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