Books by Joanne Michaels

Joanne Michaels

Joanne Michaels, formerly the editor-in-chief of Hudson Valley Magazine and host of The Joanne Michaels Show, is the author of Hudson River Towns, Hudson River Valley Farms, The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains: Only The Best Places, Let's Take the Kids, Famous Woodstock Cooks, and The Joy of Divorce. She is the coauthor, with renowned photographer Hardie Truesdale, of Hudson River Journey and Adirondack High. She lives in Woodstock, New York where she is an editorial consultant and distributor of regional books.

The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains

The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains: Only The Best Places
Recommended by The New York Times and Boston Globe

“Many guides claim to be insider takes on travel, but few deliver truly out-of-the-ordinary info. This one does. Many listings will surprise even natives.”

—New York Daily News

“A classy book with encyclopedic coverage.”

—National Geographic Traveler

Rich with historical and cultural attractions, the Hudson Valley and Catskills is also a burgeoning mecca for travelers seeking outdoor adventure and family fun; five-star dining and the best American cuisine using the freshest locally grown produce; luxurious resorts, cozy bed & breakfasts and inns; as well as galleries, antiques shops, wineries, farm stands, hiking and bike trails, and places to kayak and canoe. With detailed maps, an indispensable guide for discerning travelers, families, and local residents. In print for 30 years, this 10th edition should be in everyone‘s car!

Let's Take the Kids!

Let's Take the Kids: Great Places to Go in the Hudson Valley

“Good details on weekend trips in the manner of the old-time guides.”

—The New York Times

“Dozens of delightful spring and summer jaunts.”

—New York magazine

“A breath of cool country air, especially for city dwellers seeking a great escape.”

—Family Travel Times

“An essential resource for every parent, grandparent, and teacher-it should be kept in the car at all times.”

—John Heard, father in the Home Alone movies

Let's Take the Kids! features hundreds of family activities for an afternoon, weekend, or a whole week in the Hudson Valley, Catskill Mountains, and beyond. From picnic spots to riverboat cruises, every listing in this guide is written with a kid's interests and attention span in mind. If you are the parent of a child 2-12 years of age, this is an indispensable resource that will keep your family delighted for years to come.

This fully updated and expanded 5th edition includes:
•  Water Activities: boat cruises, fishing, canoe trips, and swimming holes
•  Educational Stops: kid-friendly museums, historical sites, and nature centers
•  Winter Sports: skiing, sledding, and ice-skating
•  Seasonal Events: festivals, pick-your-own farms, theater and air shows
•  Kids' Favorites: biking and hiking trails, amusement parks, zoos and picnic spots

Famous Woodstock Cooks

Famous Woodstock Cooks

“The recipes include temptingly original dishes, uncompromisingly healthful creations and inspired junk food. The text is enhanced by biographies of the contributors.”

—The New York Times

“Undoubtedly, Famous Woodstock Cooks will be an instant collector's item among local history buffs, celebrity addicts and serious cooks. It serves up a zesty potpourri of Woodstock lore and legend sprinkled among the recipes, includes flavorful tidbits of good old-fashioned gossip. Absorbing commentary, appetizing additions to any self-respecting recipe file.”

—Times Herald Record, Middletown, New York

“Famous Woodstock Cooks is a wonderful mixture of humorous anecdotes, interviews, and eclectic recipes that give a broad glimpse of an eccentric town.”

—Catskill Mountain News, Highmount, New York

“I enjoy reading and using Famous Woodstock Cooks. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

—Vladimir Feltsman, Pianist

Enjoy specialties like Judith Crist's Fruit Salad for the Non-AA Crowd, Gail Godwin's Southern Family's Fried Chicken, and Jane Brody's Anti-Cancer Soup. The book reads like a chronicle of Woodstock's subculture, recording the confessions, revelations and adventures of the town's luminaries. The fifty-one personalities included offer insight into what's really cooking around this renowned village. The book is as much a serving of Woodstock in the Eighties, as it is a collection of the wizardry of local chefs.

Back Rooms

Back Rooms

“If a single book could shake the young, even the not so young, out of their complacency, it is this one…powerful stories of desperation and courage.”

—New York Times Book Review

To order a copy, send a check for $25.00 (includes sales tax & postage) made out to “JMB Publications” and mail to:
JMB Publications
PO Box 425
Woodstock, NY 12498
For additional copies, add $22.00 per copy. The first copy will be $25.00 and others in the same order will be shipped free.

Hudson River Towns

Hudson River Towns

Treat yourself to a captivating journey through the cities and villages that are the lifeblood of one of America's most beautiful and historic regions. From Albany to Tarrytown, award-winning photographer Hardie Truesdale, and seasoned travel writer Joanne Michaels, have created a vivid portrait of contemporary Hudson Valley life, one that will delight and inform both visitors and residents alike. With over 120 full-color photographs, Hudson River Towns reveals a fascinating side of Albany, Coxsackie, Athens, Hudson, Catskill, Saugerties, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Beacon, Cold Spring, Garrison, Peekskill, Nyack, Tarrytown, Piermont, and more!

Hudson River Valley Farms

Hudson River Valley Farms

Know your local farmer! This fascinating portrait of 44 farms from Westchester to Albany unfolds tales of triumph over the elements and the economy. A colorful collection of maverick entrepreneurs reveals their life stories, accompanied by striking images, taking the reader on an amazing journey through the heart of the Hudson Valley. Some of the farms included:
•  Rogowski Farm
•  Ronnybrook Farm
•  Greig Farm
•  Old Chatham Sheepherding Company

Appendices include nearly 100 farmers markets in 8 counties, as well as driving directions to the farms.

Enthusiastically endorsed by National Geographic Traveler (January 2013).

Hudson River Journey

Hudson River Journey: Images from Lake Tear of the Clouds to New York Harbor

“Hudson River Journey is a visually enchanting and well interpreted tour of our valley that serves as a fitting tribute to the landscapes that define this region.”

—Congressman Maurice Hinchey

Bursting with historical, cultural and natural abundance, the Hudson River Valley has captured the hearts and imaginations of writers, artists and adventurers for centuries. Now two Hudson Valley natives have teamed up to document the beauty and passion of this special part of New York State. Their stunning photographic journey in words and images follows the path of this historic river from north to south, through the Catskill Mountains and surrounding valley region, through the Shawangunks, and past the Palisades, all the way to New York Harbor.

Nearly 100 photographs lavishly display the seasonal changes and varied terrain of the Hudson River Valley, from covered bridges to lighthouses, from ice climbers to bucolic vistas; there are images here for every set of eyes. The spectacular photographs are gracefully complemented by rich text.

A unique section in the back of this coffee table book includes detailed driving directions to every place included. A wonderful gift and keepsake for anyone who loves the region.

Hardie Truesdale's photography has been represented by galleries across the country. National Geographic Books, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, Mohonk Preserve, and The Nature Conservancy have all featured his work. He lives in Gardiner, New York.

Adirondack High

Adirondack High: Images of America's First Wilderness

“Hardie Truesdale, one of history's greatest landscape photographers, has accomplished the impossible; he has captured the incomparable Adirondack Wilderness on film.”

—Robert F. Kennedy Jr., President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, Senior Attorney of the National Resource Defense Council, and head of the Pace University Environmental Law Clinic

“A breathtaking tour over, under, and through one of nature's singularly unique places, guided by a man who has learned that the true wonders of the Adirondacks are revealed only to those who are willing to wait and watch.”

—National Emmy Award Nominee Derek Muirden, Senior Producer, Mountain Lake PBS

Adirondack High is a celebration of America's first wilderness, the Adirondack Park, created in 1892 out of a patchwork of public and private lands. Roughly the size of the state of Vermont, the park has neither an entrance gate nor an admission fee, and contains six million acres seamed with more than 2000 miles of trails—the nation's largest trail system. There are thousands of lakes, 1800 miles of rivers, the High Peaks (46 mountains more than 4000 feet high), countless trees, and rare vegetation that thrive under adverse conditions.

Hardie Truesdale has brought together some of the places that make the Adirondacks so spectacular. He works as a painter would, carefully seeking out each scene with his 50 pounds of large-format camera equipment. His commitment, patience, and, ultimately, his vision are unique. The images are not just beautiful, they capture the spirit of the Adirondacks. (There are driving/hiking directions to all the sites photographed in an appendix at the back of the book.)

Hardie Truesdale's photography has been represented by galleries across the country. National Geographic Books, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, Mohonk Preserve, and The Nature Conservancy have all featured his work. He lives in Gardiner, New York.

The Joy of Divorce

The Joy of Divorce

“This little book is terrific!”

—Geraldo Rivera

This compendium of humorous quotations is the perfect gift for anyone—man or woman—going through a divorce. A good sense of humor is an invaluable asset in surviving this time of transition. Featured on national television, the book includes pearls of wisdom from Katharine Hepburn, Cher, Johnny Carson, Gilda Radner, John Lennon and Dave Barry, to name just some of those who offer their pithy observations.