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By the Book [Fall 2021]

Nonfiction Picks 


Walking Toward Peace 

By Cindy Ross 

$19.95, Mountaineers Books 

Intimate stories of those who have found new tools to deal with psychic wounds suffered as a result of serving in the armed forces. Scientific data explains why and how spending time in nature can help heal psychological scars.   


York: America’s Historic Crossroads 

By Scott D. Butcher 

$29.99, Schiffer Publishing 

York has been at the crossroads of American history for over 265 years. Take a tour of this historic town from humble 18th century buildings to brand new office towers that herald a 21st century revitalization.   


Bridges of Lancaster County 

By Bruce M. Waters 

$24.99, Schiffer Publishing 

For the past 30 plus years, the Lancaster Bicycle Club has sponsored a “Covered Bridge Century” ride, offering 100, 50 and 25 km rides that traverse six covered bridges. This book provides a multi-seasonal driving tour of all of Lancaster County’s 25 county’s covered bridges. These architectural treasures span rivers and streams in a scenic landscape dotted with Amish farms. 


Fiction Picks 



By Wendy Rich Stetson 

$18.99, Wild Rose Press 

When Tessa's big-city plans take the A Train to disaster, she lands in her sleepy hometown, smack in the middle of the most unlikely love triangle ever to hit Pennsylvania's Amish Country. Author Wendy Rich Stetson grew up in Lewisburg, Pa., and remains deeply attached to the beautiful countryside.  “I've learned that the tremendous growth of Amish communities is leading to more and more complex interactions between the Amish and their ‘English’ neighbors,” says Stetson. “I'm deeply interested in how folks from different backgrounds meet and relate—as well as just being a sucker for a good, old-fashioned love story.”   


The Forgone War: The Story of the Brave Keystone Grenadiers 

By Nathan Smithtro 

A story about honor, valor, bravery and friendship, The Forgone War is an adventure full of heart that creates a lasting reminder of the importance of the War of 1812 in America’s history. 


Misc. Picks 

Hell of a Hat 

The Rise of ’90s Ska and Swing 

By Kenneth Partridge 

$24.95, Penn State Press 

An homage to a time when plaids and skankin’ were king and doing the jitterbug in your best suit was so money. Hell of a Hat is an inside look at ’90s ska, swing and the loud noises of an era when America was dreaming and didn’t even know it. 


Craft Capital – Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making 

Edited by Glenn Adamson 

$39.99, Schiffer Publishing 

What does it take to build a creative community in the 21st century? Leading writers, curators and artists examine Philadelphia’s success as a craft capital, historically and currently.  

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