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The Night We Broke Into The Northfield Chateau By Susan Chapman Melanson
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The Northfield Chateau was a landmark in western Massachusetts from the time it was built in 1903 until it was demolished in 1963. A year before the magnificent structure met the wrecking ball the... More > author and several friends spent an unsanctioned evening exploring the 125-room summer home of the Schell family of New York. The memories and images of that evening were captured on a primitive Brownie camera. The photographs and negatives became dog-eared and faded over the years until Sue Melanson resurrected them through her watercolor paintings. Along with her detailed artwork, she has included vivid descriptions of the Chateau as well as background information about its owners and their lifestyle, and even floor plans for the reader to enjoy.< Less
If You Can't Have Lemonade By Susan Chapman Melanson, Kristen Horn Guerrieo
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This is a charming story about a little boy who wants to have a lemonade stand. Unfortunately, Lack of Lemons thwarts his fledgling entrepreneurial enterprise. Our young hero uses his creativity... More > (with the help of his Mom) and comes up with something different… maybe even better.< Less
Radiation Buddies By Susan Chapman Melanson, Archie Campbell
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This is the first person account of two high school friends who found themselves going through radiation therapy for cancer the year they turned 60. They emailed each day and those emails as well as... More > Melanson's journal are the basis for this insightful, personal journey. A must read for anyone facing radiation therapy.< Less
Confessions of the Classmate Who Never Was, Northfield School for Girls Class of 1964 By Susan Chapman Melanson
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At 16-years-old, Melanson spent the summer waitressing at the summer conferences at Northfield School for Girls. The New England backdrop included the 125-room Schell Chateau. Her adventures include... More > a grand tour of the Chateau under the cloak of darkness and is documented with photos and floor plans. She pleaded with her parents to send her to the boarding school, but their answer was “No”. Nevertheless she retained an attachment to the school. When she became an adult she began giving to the alumnae fund because she believed in the ethic of the school. One year a flustered alumnae secretary phoned asking what class she had been affiliated with, presuming the undocumented alum had probably flunked out. Her answer was “Why 1964!” After that she was invited to reunions and her "news" appeared in the alumnae publications. In 2004, came the announcement that the Northfield campus was closing. That was the spark that prompted her to return for "her" 40th Reunion. This is that story.< Less