Long Island's 110 libraries voted , naming 'The Manor' Book of the Year for their LONG ISLAND READS program!

‘The Manor’ is strong in its vivid and compassionate description of the horrors of the slave trade...History buffs will love ‘The Manor,’ and it tells a story that needs to be told.
— The Washington Post
As the chairman of the East Hampton Library, I have read (and reprinted) dozens of local histories, and nothing compares to “The Manor,” published this summer. ..[it] is not a dry local history. It is not a historical memoir, nor an oral history. Nor is it historical fiction or biography. It is in a class all its own. Mac Griswold has created an exciting new style of historical writing, engaging the reader in her quest for what actually happened on the East End as it was settled by Europeans in the 17th century.
— Tom Twomey, The East Hampton Star
This ambitious narrative is well worth it... a transcendent saga about the power of history and place, about who we were as a people, centuries before, and how that identity is part of who we became.
— The Christian Science Monitor
Precise, beautiful....haunting
— The Boston Globe
...a step toward restoring these once-forgotten souls to a place in our shared history.
— The Daily Beast

"Excerpt: Downstairs / Upstairs at Sylvester Manor, Face to Face with Slavery in the North," Natural History. 27 August 2013.

"Review: The Manor," The Washington Post. 23 August 2013. 

"From the Slave Quarters: The Manor," The East Hampton Star. 13 August 2013.

"Learn History at the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm," Newsday. 5 August 2013.  

Publishers Weekly Named The Manor "Pick of the Week"! Starred Review, Publishers Weekly. 30 July 2013.

"'The Manor': Unearthing a History of Northern Slavery," The Seattle Times. 28 July 2013. 

"Slaveholder's Estate: Hiding in Plain Sight," The New York Times. 26 July 2013.

"'The Manor' Recounts History of Slavery on Long Island," Newsday. 24 July 2013. 

"Review: The Manor," Chicago Tribune. 19 July 2013. 

"Review: The Manor," Christian Science Monitor. 17 July 2013.

"The House that Slavery Built," The Daily Beast. 15 July 2013. 

"Island Profile: Mac Griswold, Telling the Story of Sylvester Manor," The Shelter Island Reporter. 12 July 2013.

"Review: The Manor," Women's Wear Daily. 8 July 2013. 

"Review: The Manor," The Boston Globe. 29 June 2013. 

"The Past is Never Dead. It's Not Even Past," The National Review. 6 June 2013.

"A Conversation with Mac Griswold," The Sag Harbor Express. 22 May 2013. 

"Life on the Plantation: Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island Returns to Its Roots," The New York Times. 10 April 2013.