cover image The View from the Kingdom: A New England Album

The View from the Kingdom: A New England Album

Reeve Lindbergh, Richard Brown. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P, $29.95 (144pp) ISBN 978-0-15-193637-3

""The kingdom'' (a name bestowed by native son, Senator George Aiken) is 2,000 square miles and three counties of northeastern rural Vermont where Reeve Lindberg (daughter of Charles and Anne) and her husband, photographer Richard Brown, have lived for seven years. As chroniclers of regional life, they capture not just the spectacular scenery of Vermont, but the quality of the peoplestubborn, egalitarian and attractive in their homeliness. Lindberg's essays are graceful evocations of the farmer's year: ``Spring, the adolescent of seasons; Summer lives longest in the imagination.'' The photographsquintessential Vermonters, tomatoes ripening in serried ranks on a sill, lambing, sugaringare equally eloquent. This is a stunning rendering of life defined by land and climate. (October 5)