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Susquehanna Life

By the Book [Spring 2019]

Kid Picks

Bunny Bath

By Heather Herzog

$14.99, Eifrig Publishing

Join the bunny fun as seven little bunnies get ready for bed. Watch them create counting chaos as they hop in the tub one by one. Whimsical rhymes and vivid illustrations bring life to a counting book that’s fun for kids of all ages.


 By Donna J. Stoltzfus

$12.99, Schiffer Publishing

Everything is about to change for John, a 13-year-old budding artist who always keeps a sketch pad handy, goes to live and work on a Mennonite neighbor’s farm during WWII. John’s father is fighting in Europe, and to make matters worse a group of German prisoners of war arrives to work on the farm. How can John remain loyal to his father and hold onto his anger at the enemy when a POW begins to encourage his art, noticing his talent in a way no one ever has before?

Historical Picks

Troublesome Women: Gender, Crime and Punishment in Antebellum Pennsylvania

 By Erica Rhodes Hayden

$94.95, Penn State Press

A retrospective look at the experiences of women lawbreakers in Pennsylvania from 1820 to 1860 through the records of more than 6,000 criminal court cases. Their experiences offer valuable insight into the era’s criminal justice system.

The Schenley Experiment: A Social History of Pittsburgh’s First Public High School

By Jake Oresick

$19.95, Penn State Press

Established in 1855 as Central High School and reorganized in 1916, Schenley High School was a model of innovative public education and an ongoing experiment in diversity. Its graduates include Andy Warhol, actor Bill Nunn and jazz virtuoso Earl Hines, and its prestigious academic program (and pensions) lured such teachers as future Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather. The subject of investment as well as destructive neglect, the school reflects the history of the city of Pittsburgh and provides a study in both the best and worst of urban public education practices there and across the Rust Belt.

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