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Susquehanna Life

By the Book [Spring 2018]

Mar 19, 2018 06:45PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Hershey Gardens

By Pamela Whitenack and George Weigel

$9.95, Hershey Gardens

(Pictured Above) An 80-year history of Hershey Gardens, from a 3 ½-acre seasonal rose garden to a 23-acre year-round experience. Historical photos and colorful present-day images take readers through the gardens’ most transformative years.

Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes

By Sally McMurry

$49.95, University of Pittsburgh Press

Since precolonial times, agriculture has been woven into the fabric of Pennsylvania’s history and culture. The first history of Pennsylvania agriculture in more than 60 years, this book offers a new perspective by considering the diverse forces that helped shape the farming landscape, including a focus on the people who created and worked on farms.

Lost Coal Country of Northeastern Pennsylvania

By Lorena Beniquez

$21.99, Arcadia Publishing

A documentary of the region’s disappearing anthracite history—coal mines, breakers, coal miners’ homes and railroads, including the only coal breaker left in Pennsylvania.

The Burning

By J.P. Seewald

$8.99, Annorlunda Books

George Ferris has worked hard to make a good life for himself and his family without going into the coal mines that shortened his father’s life. Now, a slow-moving catastrophe is threatening to take it all away. Inspired by real events.


Reading Shaver’s Creek

Edited By Ian Marshall

$19.95, Penn State Press

What does it mean to know a place? What might we learn about the world by returning to the same place year after year? This collection explores these and other related questions through a series of reflective essays and poems on Pennsylvania’s Shaver’s Creek landscape.

Kid and Young Adult Picks


The Abode

by Patricia Mather Parker

$12.95, Indie Owl Press

This fantasy-genre novel, for readers ages 8 and up, tells the story of a group of children living isolated within ever-present mists, cold, hunger and misery. When the only child who has ever fled returns with a magical object, life at the Abode changes forever. Follow Molly, Fel and other characters—dragons, pirates and a sassy parrot—as they battle the evil force holding them captive and discover the truth of who and what they truly are.

Fisher’s Autism Trilogy

By Paul Nelson

$17.99, Amazon

The trilogy, consisting of Through Fisher’s Eyes, Dark Spectrum and A Problem with the Moon, takes readers on adventures with Fisher and his autistic friends as they encounter bullies, ghosts, demons and aliens. Nelson’s son Michael inspired him to write autistic fiction blending fantasy and adventure, true incidents and valuable information about how it feels to be autistic.

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

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