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Susquehanna Life

By the Book [Winter 2018]

Nov 21, 2018 07:00AM ● By Emma Eldridge

The Arts

Life Signs and Fortune Cookies

By Melanie Simms

$7.99, Brown Posey Press

A collection of poems and short stories related to personal situations and experiences throughout the author’s life.

101 Art Destinations in the U.S.

By Owen Phillips

$35, Rizzoli Electa

This compact armchair guide is for everyone who loves the arts and wants to make the most of their travels throughout America. From the most important rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Closer to home, even the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama, in nearby Gettysburg, gets a nod.

Shale Play

 By Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Steve Rubin

$24.95, Penn State Press

Acclaimed poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf and award-winning documentary photographer Steven Rubin explore the small towns, farms and forests of Appalachian Pennsylvania to gather the stories of these places and the working people who inhabit them.


Wolf Sanctuary

 By Chuck Rineer

$24.99, Schiffer Publishing

Discover the world of the wolves of Speedwell Forge Wolfe Sanctuary, a refuge for displaced wolves in the hills of Pennsylvania. Through captivating and startling images, experience wolves at work and play.

Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic

By Sarah Chamberlain

$29.95, Penn State Press

Grasses are among the most ubiquitous plants on the planet. They inhabit a wide geographic range and are found in a variety of natural habitats. This book makes identification simpler for everyone—regardless of previous botanical knowledge. Featuring an easy-to-use dichotomous key, this user-friendly guide includes more than 300 types of grasses found from the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern plains to the Appalachians and the Allegheny Plateau.

Evan Pugh’s Penn State

By Roger L. Williams

$44.95, Penn State Press

When Evan Pugh became the first president of Pennsylvania’s Farmers’ High School—later to be known as The Pennsylvania State University—a small campus was in disrepair and in dire need of leadership. Pugh was young, barely into his 30s, but he was energetic, educated and visionary. During his tenure, he molded the school into a model institution of its kind: America’s first scientifically based agricultural college.

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