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Susquehanna Life

By the Book [Fall 2018]

Scenes from the Country Fair

 By Michael P. Gadomski.

Schiffer Books

For more than 250 years, local fairs have been a symbol of grassroots America. They’re a place to show pride in the homegrown and handmade, connect with neighbors and friends and compete for the best draft horses and dairy cows, pumpkins and cherry pie. Featuring photographs of 13 country fairs in eastern and central Pennsylvania, the book captures scenes of farm implements, sideshows, funnel cakes, cotton candy and the magic of the midway after dark.

Love and Death in the Sunshine State

 By Cutter Wood

$26.95, Workman Publishing

Author Cutter Wood was a guest at Sabine Musil-Buehler’s hotel on Anna Maria Island, FL, when she went missing, and the search for her gained momentum. Driven by his own need to understand how a relationship could erode in such a fatal fashion, Wood began to meet with the eccentric inhabitants of Anna Maria Island, the earnest but stymied detectives and with the affable man soon presumed to be her murderer. Wood carries the investigation beyond the facts of the case and into his own life, crafting a tale of misguided love, writer naiveté and the dark and often humorous conflicts at the heart of every relationship.

The World is Our Classroom

 By Cindy Ross

Skyhorse Publishing

In this age of world connection, it is important to raise broad-minded and empathetic children who are knowledgeable about other cultures. To accomplish this goal, Ross orchestrated learning opportunities for her children, Sierra and Bryce, in 12 countries. The family traveled the world, moving about on foot and bicycle, living simply and intimately. These adventures brought intangible gifts: values, such as compassion, empathy, resilience, self-reliance and gratitude, not always fostered in a traditional curriculum but crucially important to raising children. For parents who seek inspiration, and an unorthodox way to raise the happiest, healthiest and brightest children they can.   

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.

Historical Picks

Taken Beyond the Ohio

 By Michael Wescott Loder

$12.75, Hemlock Lodge Press

At the outbreak of the French and Indian War in Pennsylvania, Indian raiders took prisoner two neighboring, 12-year-old girls, Marie LeRoy and Barbara Leininger. Both witnessed the killing of their fathers and destruction of their homes, then lived with their captors for over three years. In March 1759, along with two other young captives, they escaped, walking almost 200 miles through near-winter wilderness to Fort Pitt and freedom. Through the first-person voice of Marie LeRoy this historical fiction provides an understanding of what they experienced.

Images of America: Muncy

 By Maggie S. Rymsza and M. Earl Smith

21.99, Arcadia Publishing

Located along the banks of the Susquehanna River, Muncy was the center of action during raids and battles on the frontier. After the American Revolution, the town prospered as the lumber industry profited from bountiful mountains and waterway accessibility. A key stop on the Underground Railroad, Muncy’s history remains preserved in the architecture of the town. A celebration of the history of Muncy, including archival photographs.

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