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By the Book [Summer 2017]

Jun 06, 2017 11:21AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Kid Pick

Pirates of the Caribootin

By Bethanie R. Allen, MS, OTR/L

CreateSpace, $11.99

Allen, a pediatric occupational therapist based in the Lewisburg area, published this book as a fun, attention-grabbing story to teach children the task of shoe tying. “It fills my heart to help children, and the information in this book fuels independence!”


Young Adult Pick

The Gold-Son

By Carrie Anne Noble

$9.99, Skyscape

Following on the heels of the highly acclaimed Mermaid’s Sister, Montoursville author Noble has written a novel that continues her trademark style of blending historical folk mystique and heartwarming characters. The novel transports readers to an enchanting world inhabited by leprechauns where humanity and vice battle it out. Which will win?


Misc. Picks

The Martin Archives—A Scrapbook of Treasures from the World’s Foremost Acoustic Guitar Maker

By Jim Washburn with Dick Boak

$45, Hal Leonard

A unique inside look into C.F. Martin & Co.’s reign as America’s oldest and most revered guitarmaker.


Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe

By Robert Matzen

$29, Paladin Communications

In March 1941, Stewart joined the U.S.Army Air Corps. He rose to colonel and participated in 20 World War II combat missions before returning home suffering what we now know as PTSD. Then came “It's a Wonderful Life.” For the next half-century, Stewart refused to discuss his combat experiences. Mission presents the first in-depth look at Stewart's life during and after the war.


Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale

By Dan Pearson and Larry McShane

$25.99, St. Martin’s Press

An insider’s perspective on the mafia through Ralph Natale, the last Don of the Philadelphia mob and the first-ever mob boss to turn state’s evidence.


Extra By the Book

The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster

By JoAnne O’Connell

Rowman & Littlefield

An engaging reassessment of the life, politics and legacy of Pittsburgh native, Stephen Foster, the misunderstood creator of classics “Swanee River,” “Beautiful Dreamer” and “My Old Kentucky Home.”


To view our picks from the previous issue, click here 

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