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By the Book - Winter 2015

Nov 20, 2015 06:08AM ● By Erica Shames

Personal Struggle Picks


From Sled Dogs to Celiac,

The Scenic Detour of my Life

By Tara Caimi

$17.95, Plainview Press

When Tara Caimi was 28 years old, she moved from Pennsylvania to Utah to support her boyfriend’s dog mushing dream. The culture she encountered rendered her a perpetual outsider. The only comfort she found was in her surrogate family of sled dogs. Mush is the story of Tara’s journey toward someone else’s cream and the lifesaving self-discovery it revealed.


Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul

by Laurie Jean Cannady

$19, Etruscan Press

A coming-of-age memoir that chronicles a young girl’s journey through abuse and impoverishment. The effusive narration descends into the depths of personal and sexual degradation, perpetual hunger for food, safety and survival. While moving through gritty exposés of poverty, abuse and starvation, Crave ultimately is a narrative about a victim who becomes a survivor.


Rain at Midnight

By Kelly Pretz

$9.95, MediKidz

Christina guards a secret even Carter, her first boyfriend, and her best friend Faith don’t know. The secret, once revealed, might ruin everything—or might make life easier. Rain at Midnight was written after Pretz, now a third-year student at Bucknell University, was diagnosed with Rolandic Epilepsy as a child. The book explores the power of love and truth in the heartfelt voice of a narrator who desperately wants both.



Kid Pick

Mr. and Mrs. Sock

And the True Spirit of Christmas

By Loretta Radeschi

Illustrated by Cindy Inman

$12, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Using a child’s imagination, and the wonder inherent in two mismatched socks, Radeschi brings to light the story of Christmas.


History Pick


First Pennsylvanians

The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania

By Kurt W. Carr and Roger W. Moeller

$29.95, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

(Distributed by Penn State Press)

A broad, accessible and wide-ranging overview of the archaeological record of Native Americans in Pennsylvania, from early prehistory through the Paleoindian, Archaic, Transitional, Woodland and Contact periods. Includes personal stories and anecdotes from archaeologists about their experiences in the field as well as a wealth of illustrations and diagrams. 

Additional Picks


Philadelphia Perspectives

By Antelo Devereux Jr.

$16.99, Schiffer Publishing

From the “most historic square mile” in the

Country through one of the largest urban

Parks in the world to the world of sports and

Cheesesteaks, 120 images take the viewered on a

Journey that touches on the rich history, sights and

Culture of Philadelphia—in the past and today.


The Poconos: Pennsylvania’s Mountain Treasure

By Michael P. Gadomski

$34.99, Schiffer Publishing

Covering parts of six Pennsylvania counties—

Monroe, Pike, southern Wayne and Lackawanna,

northeastern Carbon, and eastern Luzerne —

this book celebrates the beauty and history of the region,

including 400 images.

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