BookMark / Weekly Book Reviews
Find out about the books our listeners couldn't put down and submit your own review proposal. BookMark focuses on new releases and books by Pennsylvania authors. But sometimes you'll hear a new take on a classic.
BookMark features book reviews submitted by anyone who lives within the WPSU-FM listening area. Tune in biweekly at 5:45pm on Thursdays and at 9pm on Sundays.
Some Stones Shine, by Joseph C. Tarone, follows four brothers who find work in a coal patch after the death of their father. Our reviewer, R. Thomas Berner, is a 9th generation Pennsylvanian from the coal region where the book is set. He’s also a retired journalism professor who taught at Penn State for 28 years.
Major Erik Orient has been a Marine for 22 years. He works for Penn State’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. Major Orient reviews After Action: A Cobra Pilot’s Journey, by Dan Sheehan. Sheehan is a fellow Marine who came back from Iraq carrying the lingering impacts of war.
Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe by Andrea Strongwater contains descriptions and colorful illustrations of synagogues destroyed on or around Kristallnacht. The book is reviewed by Linda Short, a Jewish history lecturer at Penn State University Park.
Dead End in Norvelt won the prestigious John Newbery Medal for children’s literature in 2012. Our reviewer, Steven Herb, chaired this year’s committee to select the companion prize, the Randolph Caldecott Medal for Illustration. He’s also a child of the 60s, which is when today’s book is set.
Waterproof, a historical fiction by Judith Redline Coopey, paints the story of a woman who survived the Johnstown flood of 1889. Our reviewer, Denise Holliday Damico, is a professor of history at St. Francis University near Johnstown. Damico specializes in water history and has assigned class projects on the flood.
In October of 1962, the United States was held rapt by the Cuban Missile Crisis. This book tells the story of Navy members who held a little-known, but important job. They took aerial reconnaissance photos over Cuba.
Small town America is changing. Linda Short reviews Nude Walker, a book about the challenges in one Pennsylvania town when a group of soldiers returns from war. The author, Bathsheba Monk, lives in the Lehigh Valley.
Joe Posnanski had unprecedented access to Joe Paterno in the last two years of his life. Posnanski set out to write a biography and stumbled on a scandal. This book outlines Paterno’s life, including the last turbulent months before the longtime Penn State coach died of lung cancer. State College resident and Penn State grad Jonathan…
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