By the Book [Fall 2016]
Aug 30, 2016 07:12PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State
By Michael P. Gadomski
$19.99, Schiffer Books
Striking images and informative captions, the book takes readers on a journey through one of the country’s most significant and diverse states.
By Walter M. Brasch
$34.95, Greeley and Stone
An overview of the issues surrounding the natural gas industry and fracking. Although it focuses upon the Marcellus Shale, it looks at cases and issues in other parts of the country.
Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: A Visual History of Pennsylvania’s Railroad Lumbering Communities
By Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell
$39.95, Penn State Press
The authors draw on the documentary photography of William T. Clarke to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s lumber heyday. Discovered in a shed in upstate New York and a barn in Pennsylvania after decades of obscurity, Clarke’s photographs offer an unprecedented view of the logging, lumbering, and wood industries during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania
By Stephanie Longo
$9.99, Arcadia Publishing
Every Labor Day weekend, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Courthouse Square in Scranton for the largest ethnic festival in northeastern Pennsylvania: La Festa Italiana. Using vintage and recent photographs, Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania shows how the Italian immigrants to this area, some of whom arrived with little more than the clothes on their back, became well-respected community leaders.
By Tomie dePaola
$7.99, Aladdin Paperbacks
Author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story of Big Anthony and the magic pasta pot to its hilarious climax.
A Worldwide Vegetarian Journey to Discover the Foods That Nourish America’s Immigrant Soul
By Judith Ader Spinzia
$35, Virtual Bookworm Publishing
Spinzia searched and experimented for years to present what she calls an introduction to the world—two volumes of recipes that celebrate the immigrant in each of us that brought our culinary ideas to the New World. The result is a richness of culture and cuisine.
Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson
By Benny Golson and Jim B. Merod
Saxophonist Benny Golson learned his instrument alongside John Coltrane while Golson was still in high school in Philadelphia. Quickly establishing himself as an iconic fixture on the jazz landscape, Golson performed with dozens of jazz greats, from Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins and Jimmy Heath to Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and others. An acclaimed composer, Golson also wrote music for Hollywood films and television. An eloquent account of Golson’s exceptional life.