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Susquehanna Life

By The Book [Winter 2019]

Storytelling Apes

By Mary Sanders Pollock

$29.95, Penn State Press

The annals of field primatology are filled with stories about charismatic animals native to some of the most challenging and remote areas on earth. Mary Sanders Pollock traces the development and evolution of primatology field narratives while reflecting upon the development of the discipline and the changing conditions within shared primate habitat. 

After Gun Violence

By Craig Rood

$13.77, Penn State Press

Mass shootings have become the “new normal” in American life. The same can be said for the public debate that follows a shooting: blame is cast, political postures are assumed, but no meaningful public policy changes are enacted. In this timely book, Rood reveals how the gun debate is about far more than just guns, and suggests how we might discuss the issues more productively and move beyond our current, tragic impasse. 

The Hidden Life of Life

By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

$22.95, Penn State Press

An iconoclast and best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking and writing about the cultures of animals, including lions and wolves, dogs, deer and humans. In this readable book, she provides a plainspoken, big-picture look at the commonality of life on our planet.


By Michael P. Gadomski

$9.99, Schiffer Publishing

From the founding of democracy in the Western Hemisphere to the modern skyscrapers, Philadelphia takes readers on a quick yet in-depth tour of America’s sixth-largest city. 

Glenhill Farm

By Richard L. Hart

$24.95, Penn State Press

For decades, the innovative paper manufacturer Ernest Behrends and his wife Mary had lived on the grounds of the Hammermill Paper Co. on the Lake Erie shoreline in Erie, Pa. By 1930, they were ready for a new home. This books recounts the planning and development of the unique residence which, in 1948, became a campus of Penn State University.  

Dinor Bleu: The Vanishing American Diner

By Chuck Fong

$37, Self-published

This true-to-life photographic essay of the family-owned neighborhood American diner documents these slowly disappearing icons. A photographic artist, Fong has spent years traveling thousands of miles documenting both exterior and interior architecture of these factory-manufactured eateries.   

Fiction Pick

The Indigo Scarf

By PJ Piccirillo

$19.95, Brown Posey Press

The book takes readers from a forbidden slave marriage on a plantation in Virginia’s tidewater region to the tragic end of a whiskey and timber-pirating operation on the Susquehanna’s un-peopled and feral West Branch during the frontier, decades after Pennsylvania’s last Indian purchase. 

Kid Pick

The Chadwick Treasury

By Priscilla Cummings

$26.99, Schiffer Publishing

The book begins with the original story of Chadwick the Crab, a little crab in the Chesapeake Bay who has big dreams of becoming a star at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The adventures continue when Chadwick teams up with friends Bernie the Sea Gull, Toulouse the Canada Goose and Baron Von Heron. Chadwick hopes readers will be inspired to help keep the Chesapeake Bay a safe place to live.

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