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The Connecticut River from the Air: An Intimate Perspective of New England’s Historic Waterway

Written by Jerry Roberts and photographed by Tom Walsh • Globe Pequot Press • 256 pages, 2018

This oversize photography book is overflowing with stunning aerial images of the 410-mile Connecticut River, tracing it from its source on the Canadian border all the way to Long Island Sound. There are panoramic shots of Connecticut River towns like Essex and Hartford as well as images of more remote portions of the waterway including Fourth Connecticut Lake, the source of the river in the wilderness of New Hampshire. Photographer Tom Walsh, a former U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot and owner of Shoreline Aerial Photography, has an eye for impressive landscapes. Walsh’s powerful images are accompanied by “narration” from Jerry Roberts, former executive director of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex and current director of the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks. Altogether, the book is a beautiful ode to the mighty Connecticut River and a must-have for any river enthusiast. — Erik Ofgang

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A Noise Downstairs

By Linwood Barclay • William Morrow • 356 pages, 2018

Linwood Barclay is a Canadian novelist who spent 15 years as the humor columnist for the Toronto Star. But he was born in Darien (his family moved north of the border when he was 4) and his latest novel, a psychological thriller, is set along the shoreline in Connecticut. The protagonist, Paul Davis, is a professor at West Haven College. Late one night he spots his colleague, Kenneth, a man whom he considers a mentor, driving erratically along the Post Road in Milford. Paul’s concern morphs quickly into curiosity. When Kenneth turns off the road, Paul follows. He parks, gets out and approaches his friend. Paul sees two dead bodies in the back, but sees the shovel swinging toward his skull too late to react. The story resumes eight months later with Paul battling PTSD and depression. His wife brings home a vintage typewriter, encouraging him to write the novel he always talked about. But only Paul hears the click-clack of the keys coming from downstairs during the middle of the night. — Mike Wollschlager

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Lime Rock Park: Six Decades of Speed, Beauty and Tradition

Edited by Gordon Kirby • Lime Rock Park • 224 pages, 2018

Paul Newman, returning to Lime Rock Park after reaching great heights in auto racing, said the Lakeville track had taught him how to drive. “You get these five turns right and you’ll know everything you’ll ever need to know,” the late Westport resident says of the mountain-terrain, 1.5-mile track in a chapter by racing icon and Sharon native Sam Posey. It’s one of many stories of the colorful characters and heart-pounding moments of Lime Rock’s 60-plus-year history, as told by the people who were there. Edited by motorsports writer and historian Gordon Kirby, this compilation of trackside tales traces Lime Rock from its beginnings as a gravel pit to the heady days of Trans-Am and NASCAR and beyond. Highlighting recent fan-friendly improvements, Lime Rock president and racing legend Skip Barber says, “the book is sure to reveal something new for even the most dedicated fan. And even for those who have never been here, we hope the book paints a vivid picture of this beautiful place and its spirit that exists nowhere else.” — Albie Yuravich

This article appeared in the December 2018 issue of Connecticut Magazine. Like what you read? You can subscribe here, or find the current issue on sale here.

The senior writer at Connecticut Magazine, Erik is the co-author of Penguin Random House’s “The Good Vices” and author of “Buzzed” and “Gillette Castle.” He is also an adjunct professor at WCSU’s MFA Program and Quinnipiac University

Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.

Albie Yuravich is the editor in chief of Connecticut Magazine. A product of the Naugatuck River Valley, he's also been a newspaper editor and writer at the New Haven Register, Greenwich Time, The Register Citizen and the Republican-American.