Skip to main content

Susquehanna Life

By the Book [Summer 2018]

Folk Religion of the Pennsylvania Dutch

By Richard L.T. Orth

$39.95, McFarland

For almost three centuries, the Pennsylvania Dutch—descended from German immigrants—have practiced white magic, known in their dialect as Braucherci (from the German “brauchen,” to use) or Powwowing. Practitioners draw on folklore and tradition dating to the turn of the 19th century, when healers like Mountain Mary—canonized as a saint for her powers—arrived in the New World. A description of the practices, culture and history of faith healers and witches.

On Course: Become a Great Leader and Soar

By Ken Pasch

$17.95, Morgan James Publishing

After a successful flying career in the USAF, Ken used his education to lead medical centers where he struggled to be a good leader. Pasch had an epiphany and worked for 30 years to explore, test and develop the process that gives people the tools needed to develop and hone their own leadership skills.


Heirloom Vegetable Gardening

By William Woys Weaver

$40, Voyageur Press

This updated edition of the classic best-selling book for gardeners and cooks interested in unique flavors, colors and history in their produce has been improved throughout with growing zones, advice and new plant entries. Originally published in 1997, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening is a timeless reference about food—who controls the seeds and food sources? How does food nourish us? According to its author, “This is a book construed around food stories, and why this food is important to our identity.”

Growing Heirloom Flowers

By Chris McLaughlin

$25, Cool Springs Press

A tour of heirloom flowers, explaining in simple terms how to grow the fullest, richest and most aromatic blossoms.


The Outdoors


Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches

By Tim Palmer

$34.95, Penn State Press

Illustrated with photographs taken throughout the range of the Eastern Hemlock and American Beech, Palmer shows the irreplaceable beauty of these magnificent trees, and explains the invasion of exotic insects and pathogens that are tragically decimating one of the most beloved forest types in eastern America.

America’s Great River Journeys: 50 Canoe, Kayak and Raft Adventures

By Tim Palmer

$55, Rizzoli New York

(Pictured Above) From the Penobscot to the Potomac, the New to the Suwannee, the Colorado to the Snake, America’s Great River Journeys entices readers to experience America from its free-flowing waterways. Vivid descriptions of our nation’s 50 finest river trips are complete with stunning photos of each leg of each journey, an engaging narrative, and practical tips about the length of trips, seasonal preferences, difficulty of white water, joys of camping along the shores, availability of professional outfitters and other details.
To view our picks from the previous issue, click here.   

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Susquehanna Life's free newsletter to stay informed