Downtown & Business Staff Picks
This coming of age story introduces us to Kenya, a black girl growing up in Philadelphia in the 1980s and 1990s. As Kenya matures, she navigates majority black schools, where her family's Afrocentric and sometimes militant political viewpoints make her an oddball and the target of teasing. Later, as one of only two black girls in her class at a private school, she finds herself outcast again. Kenya turns to her parents and the communities she feels estranged from as she grows into herself. Released during Black History Month, Asali Somolon's debut novel is a sensitive reminder that Black History is not monolithic - it is personal, individual and communal.
Selected as one of the New York Times’ Best Books of 2014, this tender novel follows the Mishra family in its journey from Delhi to the United States. Their American dream is quickly derailed when a tragic accident compels each family member to focus on things within the walls of the home rather than find the promise of a better life that sustained them in India. Ajay is the young boy through whose haunted eyes we see the complex relationships of his parents, his damaged brother, and the world just outside his reach.
Author and University Archivist, Thomas White, takes on us another thrilling dive head first into local paranormal phenomenon with his new book Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania: Ghosts, Monsters and Miracles. Explore the strange creatures and curious tales that have outlived the individuals and truth of their origin.
This collection of essays, recited by historians, researchers, genealogists, ministers, and practitioners, investigates the cultural and historical significance behind chilling Keystone State legends like the Ghost of Betty Knox, the Weeping Squonk, the Phantom Train on the Great Allegheny Passage and more.
Skeptics and believers alike will enjoy this analytical plunge into the legends that have shaped our region's rich cultural identity.
Ellie is a Preliator, a centuries old angelic warrior who is reborn as a clueless teenage girl who just wants to be that--a clueless teenage girl. Weighed down by tradition, secrecy, and the overwhelming responsibility of saving all of mankind from Reapers, demons that devour the souls of humans and sends them straight to hell, Ellie constantly denies her role in preventing Armageddon. Will is a mysterious older "hot guy" whom Ellie later discovers has been her guardian and trainer for over 500 years.
Ellie slowly begins to remember her past lives as a warrior and soon discovers her romantic connection to Will. For centuries they have sacrificed their lives and their love for the good of the world, but no longer can they deny the draw each feels to other. A pull so tangible and deeply rooted that it survives even in death. Forged in the swells of heaven and shrouded in divine secrecy, Ellie and Will are forced to make a decision; adhere to their divine purpose and forgo their passion or give in to their centuries' old love and destroy the world.
Many reviewers have proclaimed that this book is formulaic and predictable and have often likened it to the 90s television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer with reapers replacing the vampires.
-- Leah and Danelle
By Andrew Tobias
No matter how much money you have, Andrew Tobias will teach you how to invest it for the best return. His book covers everything from investing in stocks to exactly what you should do when you get that big inheritance or win the lottery. Witty and easy to understand, you will refer to this investment book time and again throughout the many phases of your financial life.
By Charles D. Cohen
Enjoy Geisel’s lesser known works that yield valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes of one of the 20th century’s most original thinkers.
by the writers of Wise Bread
We hear a lot about “doing more with less” in the workplace, and many are trying to do the same thing at home. Tight budgets don’t have to mean we stop living well though, this compendium of tips from the personal finance blog Wise Bread will help you make the most of your money.
by Leo Babauta
How can you motivate yourself to make the changes you need to make when even thinking about change is too exhausting to contemplate? The answer can be found in "The Power of Less."