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By the Book [Fall 2017]

Sep 06, 2017 12:33PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

History Picks

Gifford Pinchot: Selected Writings
Edited by Char Miller

$24.95, Penn State Press

The founding chief of the U.S. Forest Service and twice governor of Pennsylvania, Gifford Pinchot was central to the early 20th century conservation movement in the U.S. and the political history and evolution of the Keystone State. This collection of his essays, articles and letters reveals a gifted public figure whose work and thoughts on the environment, politics, society and science remain relevant today.

Lair of the Lion
A History of Beaver Stadium

By Lee Stout and Harry H. West

$29.95, Penn State Press

Historian Lee Stout and engineering professor Harry H. West show how Beaver Stadium came to be, and how the structure has evolved, along with the university’s celebrated football program.


Plain Meetinghouses:
Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship

By Beth Oberholtzer; Photographs by John Herr

$34.99, Schiffer Publishing

Over 300 photos and diagrams document all aspects of 22 meetinghouses, from the design of their benches and buggy sheds to the arrangement of tables central to worship in this rare look at Lancaster’s austere houses of worship. 

Misc. Picks

Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic

By Bill Russell

$24.95, Penn State Press

This revised and expanded edition of mushroom expert Bill Russell’s popular guide provides both novice and experienced mushroom foragers with detailed, easy-to-use information about more than 100 species of these fungi, including 25 varieties not found in the previous guide.


Among the Woo People
A Survival Guide for Living in a College Town

By Russell Frank

$19.95, Penn State Press

Among the Woo People recounts Frank’s two decades living in State College, Pennsylvania, the often-chaotic home of Penn State University. This humorous peek at life in a college town by a professor of journalism and columnist for the local newspaper, the Centre Daily Times, offers a unique perspective on living in the shadow of a university—especially on the tribe of nomadic young adults known as the “Woo people,” so named for their signature mode of celebratory communication.

What Money Can’t Buy

By Michael J. Sandel

$15, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Should we pay children to read books or get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? 

To view our picks from the previous issue, click here.  

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