Finally! Vanishing Vermonters…Loss of a Rural Culture is Out, in my hands and being Shipped!
Glory be!. After two months the printer and binder finished their job and Vanishing Vermonters is in my hands. Wow! I received the first copies on Friday Oct. 6 and immediately delivered 200 to bookstores that ordered early and now I am in the process of mailing out 93 books to Kickstarter donors who requested the gift of the soft cover (you 33 who ordered the hardcover, that beautiful book will be sent next week if they keep their promise of finishing the binding.)
I started this book in the late summer of 2015. So many Vermonters read my comments on changes in Vermont since I took my first photograph of a Vermonter in 1950 to 2015, when I published A Lifetime of Vermont People. I received emails, visits and letters from Vermonters who couldn’t afford to live in Vermont due to the high cost of taxes and energy. Some sold, some couldn’t find a buyer. One visitor said he felt violent due to the onus of permits and taxes. Another told me he cried after reading my book and realizing how much we have lost as Vermont loses its culture. Well, here it is:
ISBN: Hard Cover 978-0-9749890-1-3. Soft Cover: 978-0-9749890-8-2
Size: 8 1/2 x 11 inches oblong. 168 pages. 91 duotone photographs. 23 interviews with rural Vermonters.
Cost: Hard Cover: $44.95. Soft Cover: 24.95
Available in Independent bookstores and directly from my website (Vermonters include 6% sales tax but shipping is free). Use Pay Pal, a credit card, or send a check to Peter Miller, Vanishing Vermonters, 20 Crossroad, Waterbury, VT 05676.
This book is different. The photos are more realistic than pretty, the interviews are about what rural Vermonters like and dislike about our government and also the sadness they feel at losing our rural culture.
I think it is an important book as the rural Vermonter is, well…ignored might be the best word…by our government.
Great to finally have the books on-hand Peter! ‘Tis been a long road indeed!
Thank you for your book, Mr. Miller and for your “Kickstarter” financers to help make it a reality…Thank you, too, for remembering Romaine Tenney in your dedication of the book to him…To help keep his memory alive, do a book now on Vermont Volunteers who will never appear on WCAX TV’s “Super Seniors” feature but work tirelessly, sturdily and independently in the background and on the small scale to help the poor, the vulnerable, the exploited. P.S. — I bought my softcover copy from Ms. Kim Crady-Smith in Lyndonville, who was the first in the lineup of your two dozen photo profiles on vanishing Vermonters. Thanks for listening. Have a great 2018!