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By The Book [Summer 2016]

Jun 03, 2016 05:48PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Sense of Place Picks

The Soul of Place: Re-Imagining Leadership Through Nature, Art and Community

By Michael Jones

$14.99, Friesen Press

Jones explores how our relationship with place aligns us with the underlying patterns of life through stories that ask: what is our experience of homecoming and how do we find our way there? What is our pattern of belonging — including our relationship with people and places — that we hold sacred? What are the conditions of regenerativity and craft that enable us to give birth to something new?  

Reimagining Nature: Environmental Humanities and Ecosemiotics

Edited by Alfred Kentigern Siewers

$90, Bucknell University Press

Through its various contributors, the book explores new horizons in environmental studies, which consider communication and meaning as core definitions of ecological life, essential to deep sustainability.

Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness 

by Mary Reynolds Thompson

$15.95, White Cloud Press

A journey into Earth’s five great landscapes — deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands — as aspects of our deeper, wilder selves. We see how deserts model simplicity and silence, how forests help us make peace with uncertainty, how rivers and oceans reveal the power of flow, how mountains inspire our highest purpose, and how grasslands teach us about giving back.


Misc Picks

Philadelphia: Portrait of a City

By Michael P. Gadomski

$19.99, Schiffer Publishing

A presentation of one of the United States’ oldest and most historically and culturally significant metropolises with photographs, from the detailed to the panoramic, of its architecture, art, and parks.


Hope in Hard Times: Norvelt and the Struggle for Community During the Great Depression

By Timothy Kelly, Margaret Power and Michael Cary

$79.95, Penn State Press

Of the many recipients of federal support during the Great Depression, the citizens of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, stand out as model reminders of the vital importance of New Deal programs. Hoping to transform their desperate situation, the 250 families of this western Pennsylvania town worked with the federal government to envision a new kind of community. 

Pittsburgh, A Renaissance City

By Michael P. Gadomski

$19.99, Schiffer Books

The Economist magazine named Pittsburgh the “most livable city in the United States.” The 163 photos in this book support this designation. Once regarded as part of the industrial rust belt, Pittsburgh today is known for its economic emphasis on education, research, healthcare, professional services and advanced technology industries and is a thriving cultural mecca. A celebration of the city’s heritage, beauty and diversity.

CD Pick

A Mountain Man’s Dream

By Van Wagner

Since the mid-1990s, when Van Wagner started writing folk songs about life, love and heritage in Pennsylvania, his goal was to release one CD a year; “A Mountain Man’s Dream,” featuring 13 acoustic songs, is his 20th CD release. Highlights include “Pennsylvania to Alamo,” based on the true story of three local Pennsylvania men who traveled to Texas and volunteered to fight for the Alamo, and “My One Regret,” featuring award-winning drummer Steve Mitchell, of Lewisburg, on percussion. All songs were recorded and engineered by Jason Perez, Danville.

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