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
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.
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.
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.
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.