Category Archives: The Vermont Book Shop

VT Book Shop: Bill McKibben, author of “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon”

“I’m curious about what went so suddenly sour with American patriotism, American faith, and American prosperity.”

Like so many of us, McKibben grew up believing—knowing—that the United States was the greatest country on earth. As a teenager, he cheerfully led American Revolution tours in Lexington, Massachusetts. He sang “Kumbaya” at church. And with the remarkable rise of suburbia, he assumed that all Americans would share in the wealth.

But fifty years later, he finds himself in an increasingly doubtful nation strained by bleak racial and economic inequality, on a planet whose future is in peril.

And he is curious: What the hell happened?

In this revelatory cri de coeur, McKibben digs deep into our history (and his own well-meaning but not all-seeing past) and into the latest scholarship on race and inequality in America, on the rise of the religious right, and on our environmental crisis to explain how we got to this point. He finds that he is not without hope. And he wonders if any of that trinity of his youth—the flag, the cross, the station wagon—could, or should, be reclaimed in the fight for a fairer future.

 Recorded 6/20/22 at CVUUS.

Producer: VT Book Shop

VT Book Shop: Maria Padian, author of How to Build a Heart

Maria Padian, author and Middlebury College alumna, will read from and discuss her new novel for young adults, How to Build a Heart.

Kirkus Reviews calls How to Build a Heart “an absolutely enthralling depiction of family and self-discovery” in a starred review!

How to Build a Heart is the story of one young woman’s journey to find her place in the world as the carefully separated strands of her life — family, money, school, and love — begin to overlap and tangle.

 Recorded 2/27/20.

Producer: VT Book Shop

VT Book Shop: Mary Beth Stevens, author of Tippy Finds a Home

New England picturebook author Mary Beth Stevens shares Tippy Finds a Home, a true story of a little rescue dog who is all alone in the world and searching for his forever home.  It takes some doing, but Tippy has faith, and eventually he finds a family that is perfect for him. With beautiful illustrations by Susan Spellman,

Presented with Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, a community-centered shelter that supports the human-animal bond through compassionate care, adoption, education, and advocacy. Recorded 9/28/19.


Producer: VT Book Shop