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Susquehanna Life

By the Book [Winter 2017]

Nov 17, 2017 02:33AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Keystone Fly Fishing

Various Editors

$29.95, Headwater Books

Pennsylvania has 86,000 miles of rivers and streams, including freestone streams, tailwaters and spring creeks, flowing through 46,000 square miles of diverse country ranging from mountainous terrain to farm land. For this new guide, a team of experts shares their insights, tips and favorite fly patterns for their local waters to share complete and in-depth information on the best fishing opportunities in the Keystone State.

Silk Stockings and Socialism

By Sharon McConnell-Sidorick

$29.95, University of North Carolina Press

The 1920s Jazz Age is remembered for flappers and speakeasies, not for the success of a declining labor movement. The young people who flooded into the booming silk stockings industry were avid participants in Jazz Age culture; they also embraced a rights-based labor movement. McConnell-Sidorick reveals how activists ingeniously fused youth culture and radical politics to build a subculture that included dances and parties as well as picket lines and sit-down strikes.

Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife & Bartending Tradition

By Cody McDevitt and Sean Enright

$21.99, The History Press

During Prohibition, the Hill District became a center of jazz, speakeasies and creative cocktails. In the following decades, a group of Cuban bartenders brought the nightlife of Havana to a robust café culture along Diamond Street. Disco clubs gripped the city in the 1970s. Today, pioneering mixologists are forging a new and exciting bar revival in the South Side and throughout the city. The history of Steel City drinking, along with cocktail recipes.

The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates

By Richard Peterson and Stephen Peterson

$24.95, University of Pittsburgh Press

In the deciding game of the 1992 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered the most dramatic and devastating loss in team history when former Pirate Sid Bream slid home with the winning run. Bream’s infamous slide ended the last game played by Barry Bonds in a Pirates uniform and sent the franchise reeling into a record 20-season losing streak. The story of the myriad events, beginning with the aftermath of the 1979 World Series, which led to the fated 1992 championship game and beyond.

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania

By Gregory D. Huber

$50, Schiffer Publishing

For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, this is the story of that barn and many others in the Pennsylvania hearth, the area of the state east of the Susquehanna River and south of Blue Mountain—one of the earliest-settled areas in North America.  


Welcome Home, Bro

By Robert Scott Franks

$15, West Branch Heritage Publishing Co.

Franks, a Vietnam Veteran, served as an Airborne Infantry Platoon leader. The title of this book is the statement used by many Vietnam veterans when they meet each other, always accompanied by a handshake. The idea: no one welcomed them home when they returned from Vietnam, so it is a greeting with meaning. Many Vietnam Vets do not admit they served in the war, or discuss it with families and friends. Through personal experiences, Frank relates the difficulties faced by many veterans while in Vietnam and after returning home.  

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