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Susquehanna Life

By The Book [Fall 2019]

Pennsylvania Picks

Delaware Water Gap

By Michael P. Gadomski

$24.99, Schiffer Publishing

Born out of a disastrous flood and one of the first large environmental protests in the U.S., the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area now provides a 70,000-acre connection to the natural world for four million visitors a year. This unit of the National Park Service preserves historical sites that predate English settlement in the New World and evidence of Native Americans going back 13,000 years. Through over 120 photographs, Delaware Water Gap chronicles one of the most beautiful places in Pennsylvania.  


By Elaine M. Decker

$22.99, Arcadia Publishing

Located along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Williamsport has a unique history. Two key economic expansions brought millions of dollars to the area, but devastating disasters took their toll on the city, resulting in multiple transformations over time. A contrast of modern-day images with vintage postcards and photographs reveals differences and similarities of Williamsport’s past and present.

Farms and Rolling Hills of Chester County

By Jerome M. Casey

$24.99, Schiffer Publishing

Find out what makes Chester County, Pennsylvania, worthy of a day trip, in this photographic journey from east to west, from sunrise to sunset, and in all four seasons. 

Seasons of Lancaster County

By Don Shenk

$24.99, Schiffer Publishing

From barn raising to haymaking and buggies kicking up snow, photographer and lifetime resident Don Shenk captures the uniqueness of Lancaster County, Pa, in more than 100 extraordinary photographs and four seasons. 


Women in History Picks

The Writings of Elizabeth Webb

Edited by Rachel Cope and Zachary McLeod Hutchins

$24.95, Penn State Press

This comprehensive collection brings together every extant text known to have been penned by Elizabeth Webb, a missionary for the Society of Friends whose work circulated widely in manuscript form during her lifetime, but has since become scarce. 

Sentiments of a British-American Woman

By Owen S. Ireland

$24.95, Penn State Press

At the time of her death in 1780, British-born Esther DeBerdt Reed—a name few know today—was one of the most politically important women in Revolutionary America. Her treatise, “The Sentiments of an American Woman,” articulated the aspirations of female patriots, and the Ladies Association of Philadelphia, which she founded, taught generations of women how to translate their political aspirations into action. Her life yields insight into the scope of women’s political influence. 

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

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