Friday, October 31, 2014

The Everything Chinese Cookbook: From Wonton Soup to Sweet and Sour Chicken-300 Succelent Recipes from the Far East

From My Shelf Books is having a HUGE cookbook sale. Every book in our cookbook section is on sale from November 1st to November 15. Everyone save 20% off any cookbook new or used, and if you are a member, you get 30% off!

Cookbooks like, The Everything Chinese Cookbook. This book starts with basic Chinese flavors and dipping sauces to Chinese cooking methods and meals, this cookbook offers a diverse set of recipes perfect for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Two-color throughout.

Cryptozoology A To Z

The ultimate quest for the world's most mysterious creatures

The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman -- these are the names of the elusive beasts that have caught the eye and captured the imaginations of people around the world for centuries. Recently, tales of these "monsters" have been corroborated by an increase in sightings, and out of these legends a new science has been born: cryptozoology -- the study of hidden animals.

Cryptozoology A to Z, the first encyclopedia of its kind, contains nearly two hundred entries, including cryptids (the name given to these unusual beasts), new animal finds, and the explorers and scientists who search for them. Loren Coleman, one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, teams up with Jerome Clark, editor and author of several encyclopedias, to provide these definitive descriptions and many never-before-published drawings and photographs from eyewitnesses' detailed accounts. Full of insights into the methods of these scientists, exciting tales of discovery, and the history and evolution of this field, Cryptozoology A to Z is the most complete reference ever of the newest zoological science.

The Grain Brain Cookbook: More Than 150 Life-Changing Gluten-Free Recipes to Transform Your Health

From My Shelf Books is having a HUGE cookbook sale. Every book in our cookbook section is on sale from November 1st to November 15. Everyone save 20% off any cookbook new or used, and if you are a member, you get 30% off!

The Grain Brain Cookbook is the authorized companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, with more than 150 life-changing gluten-free recipes for complete health and vitality.

Dr. David Perlmutter's groundbreaking bestseller Grain Brain revolutionized the way we think about our health, exposing the devastating effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain. By eating the right foods, you can profoundly affect how your brain will be working next year, in five years, and for the rest of your life.

The Grain Brain Cookbook presents more than 150 delectable recipes to keep your brain vibrant and your body fit, all while dramatically reducing your risk for - and treating - Alzheimer's, depression, ADHD, and epilepsy, as well as relieving everyday conditions like headaches, insomnia, and forgetfulness. With delicious recipes for every meal -- including Spicy Chicken Burgers with Guacamole, Gruyere-Glazed Pork Chops and Cauliflower "Couscous," and many more -- The Grain Brain Cookbook gives you all the tools you need to build a gluten-free diet full of wholesome, flavorful, easy-to-make meals.

What you eat is the most important decision you make every day in terms of your health, and once you've tasted how good the Grain Brain diet can be, you'll want to keep making the right choices day after day.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

The holiday favorite, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, is now available in an exciting interactive format as an 8x8 with stickers! On Halloween will the Great Pumpkin rise and fly through the air with his bag of toys for all the children? Join Linus and Sally as they embark on a spooky adventure to find out!

Philadelphia Spiritualism and the Curious Case of Katie King

In the wake of the Civil War, Spiritualism--and its promises of communication with the dead--reached its peak as grieving families hoped to reunite with men lost in battle. In the face of an uncertain future, people sought comfort in the messages of mediums, and for Philadelphians, that reassurance was found in Katie King. Katie was a spirit who materialized at the seances of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Holmes--or so attendees believed. For eight months in 1874, she captivated every level of Philadelphia society, including Vice President Henry Wilson, who clamored to speak with the lovely apparition. When a believer-turned-skeptic decided to investigate Katie King for himself, the "spirit" was quickly revealed as a hoax. From the rise of Spiritualism in the city to the aftermath of the scandal, author Stephanie Hoover reveals the personalities and chicanery behind the curious case of Katie King.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Everything College Cookbook

From My Shelf Books is having a HUGE cookbook sale. Every book in our cookbook section is on sale from November 1st to November 15. Everyone save 20% off any cookbook new or used, and if you are a member, you get 30% off!

Save on books like the Everything College Cookbook This book presents three hundred quick, easy-to-prepare, and economical recipes for students on the go, with innovative suggestions for simple snacks, easy lunches, and tasty dinners, including take-along treats and vegetarian alteratives.

Eagles, Lions & Football

I work in a bookstore in Wellsboro Pennsylvania. So, when a customer asked me how the eagles were on a Monday morning, I was sure he was asking me about the American Bald Eagles that we have nesting out in the Pine Creek Gorge. No, he was asking out the Philadelphia Eagles, the football team.

If you haven't figured it out, I don't really follow football. I'm a big guy, and I guess I look like I played, but I was never really interested. Sure, I played some backyard football, even tried small fry, but it just wasn't for me.

You can't, however, get away from football in Pennsylvania. We have two professional football teams, The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. It depends where you are from who you favor. If you are from Southeast Pennsylvania there's a good chance you favor the Eagles, and the rest of the state tends to favor the Steelers. There are exceptions of course, but that's from my personal observations.

If you are into college football, and you live in Pennsylvania, chances are the team you root for is Penn State. I'm not into football, but even I know about the Nittany Lions. I remember the Joe Paterno show that used to be on the radio. I'd listen to it if it was on. My uncle's business was a frequent sponsor, and even though football wasn't much of an interest, it was still enjoyable to listen to Joe.

Joe was an important part of Penn State, and a lot of my classmates went to college there. When Kasey, the manager of the bookstore, heard that his son, Jay Paterno had a new book out, she was determined to get him to Wellsboro. I didn't think we'd be able to convince him to come. Kasey was successful.

The book event with Jay Paterno is our second event so big, that we couldn't fit it into the bookstore. Our first was our premiere of our webseries From My Shelf Books Vs. The Evil Empire This event is also going to be hosted by the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in the lobby.

Jay will be talking about his new book "Paterno Legacy, Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of my Father." Jay will speak, have a brief Q&A period, and sign books.

You can pre-order your books at From My Shelf Books, receive a 20% discount, and get FREE admission to the event. This event is open to the public and cost is just $5 without purchase of a book. Cost is only $3 seniors or students.

So, if you already own a copy, come by and get it signed, or just listen to Jay speak. He's quite a good speaker. There will also be books will also be available at the event if you haven't had a chance to get one yet.

Wellsboro may be hours from the fifty yard line of Beaver Stadium, but we are Penn State...


Snowpiercer is the enthralling and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic graphic novel that inspired the critically acclaimed movie starring Chris Evans (Captain America, Fantastic Four). Originally published in French, this marks the first time that Snowpiercer will be available in English.

In a harsh, uncompromisingly cold future where Earth has succumbed to treacherously low temperatures, the last remaining members of humanity travel on a train while the outside world remains encased in ice.

The surviving community are not without a social hierarchy; those that travel at the front of the train live in relative luxury whilst those unfortunate enough to be at the rear remain clustered like cattle in claustrophobic darkness. Yet, things are about to change aboard the train as passengers become disgruntled...

Rochester Haunts: A Ghost Hunter's Guide

Tour Rochester's haunted locations and read about a black mass at the Childtime Learning Center that knocked down the children's cubbies and dark-hooded individuals that hold rituals at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visit a spirit at Farmer's Tavern and Inn that chases away guests, and encounter moving shadow figures in the basement of the Main Street Armory. Whether you are looking for things that go bump in the night or simply want a chill down your spine, this guide will take you on a journey of the undead that you won't soon forget.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without

From My Shelf Books is having a HUGE cookbook sale. Every book in our cookbook section is on sale from November 1st to November 15. Everyone save 20% off any cookbook new or used, and if you are a member, you get 30% off!

Great cookbooks like The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without Sometimes we need a little inspiration when it comes to adding more vegetables to our plate. Thankfully for us, Mollie Katzen knows a thing or two about vegetables!

On the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie presents just under 100 delicious vegetable side dishes in this delightful and beautiful cookbook. Whether you need an appetizer, a quick and easy snack for the kids, or something to accompany a main dish, this cookbook offers creative recipes and countless ways to infuse more vegetables into our diets.

Both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can benefit from these tasty and healthy side dishes, many of which you can even serve as stand-alone meals. The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without is an assortment of mostly new recipes, with new twists on some old favorites. Presented in her signature style and with her classic hand-drawn illustrations, these are the recipes she loves the most, and the recipes her millions of fans will most cherish.

The Walking Dead Volume 22: A New Beginning

We have the new issue of the Walking Dead in trade paperback!

In the aftermath of ALL-OUT WAR we discover... A NEW BEGINNING. Collects The Walking Dead #127-132.

UFOs Above PA

Alien abductions, wild, silent spacecrafts, and magical extraterrestrial technology all come together through eyewitness accounts in UFOs Above Pennsylvania! Read new, never-before-told sagas of sightings that are similar to others around the world. Told in a short-story format to enflame the imagination and satisfy the intellect, feel the wonder, terror, and revelation of folks seeing objects and beings from other planets. Return to the 60s when a UFO was seen above a prominent eastern PA university. Witness a young boy being chased by an alien craft through the streets of his western PA suburb. Feel a womans terror as alien lights blast through her vacation cabin in central PA. Discover the real, nightly alien invasion that nobody has talked about, and no one can stop!

Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History & Lore

Since William Penn presided over the state's only official witch trial in 1684, witchcraft and folk magic have been a part of the history of the Keystone State. English and German settlers brought their beliefs in magic with them from the Old World--sometimes with dangerous consequences. In 1802, an Allegheny County judge helped an accused witch escape an angry mob. Susan Mummey was not so fortunate. In 1934, she was shot and killed in her home by a young Schuylkill County man who was convinced that she had cursed him. In other regions of the state, views on folk magic were more complex. While hex doctors were feared in the Pennsylvania German tradition, powwowers were and are revered for their abilities to heal, lift curses and find lost objects. Folklorist Thomas White traces the history and lore of witchcraft and the occult that quietly live on in Pennsylvania even today.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1,001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes: The Only Slow-Cooker Cookbook You'll Ever Need

From My Shelf Books is having a HUGE cookbook sale. Every book in our cookbook section is on sale from November 1st to November 15. Everyone save 20% off any cookbook new or used, and if you are a member, you get 30% off!

Save on such great books like 1,001 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes. Slow-cookers are a great complement to today’s busy lifestyles. Once the ingredients are added, the virtually meal cooks itself. This collection brings together a huge number and variety of recipes that show off the value, ease, and versatility — not to mention delicious taste — of this cooking method. Seasoned cookbook author Sue Spitler covers every aspect of using slow-cookers.

The book explains the various kinds and sizes of cookers, from 1-1/2 quarts to seven quarts, and shows what recipes work best in each type. From there, readers learn to prepare all the necessary ingredients beforehand so that they can refrigerate the food and the crock for anywhere from hours to overnight and then plug the appliance in when it's time to cook. Included are more than a thousand scrumptious recipes — all thoroughly tested — for appetizers, entrees, side dishes, breads, sandwiches, and desserts.

Woodstove Cookery: At Home on the Range

From My Shelf Books is having a HUGE cookbook sale. Every book in our cookbook section is on sale from November 1st to November 15. Everyone save 20% off any cookbook new or used, and if you are a member, you get 30% off!

Great books like Woodstove Cookery: At Home on the Range

From the Back Cover

A wood cookstove, for me?
Sure, if you like delicious food, want to save money, and believe that a stove should do more than cook food.

But isn't it difficult to use?

There are some techniques to learn, and they're described in this book. Take Jane Cooper's warm hand and be guided into the world of woodstove cookery. You'll learn how to buy a stove, new or used, how to set it up, how to fuel it for various uses, how to keep it clean and in peak operating condition.

And how to cook on it?

Yes, a lot about that. And dozens of recipes, with emphasis on cooking best adapted to the kitchen range -- baking bread that tastes as good as it smells, cooking stews that gain goodness in hours on the back of the stove, roasting meats. Mouthwatering dishes that would make even Grandma envious. And you know how Grandma used to cook.

Who is the author, Jane Cooper?

She 's a professional writer with a lot of experience using a wood range. Before writing this she called on wood cookstove cooks across the nation, and they responded with recipes, ideas, warnings, hints. Only then did she sit down -- at the kitchen table, of course -- and write this book that is a source of both knowledge and enjoyment.

'Salem's Lot

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

Blood Magick: Book Three of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love…

Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Blood Magick

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.
Don’t miss the first two books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy

Dark Witch


Shadow Spell

The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows....

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

Paterno Legacy

Jay Paterno, son of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, will be at the Deane Center in Wellsboro on Thursday, November 6th, 2014, at 7pm for an author event, sponsored by From My Shelf Books & Gifts. Paterno will be speaking about and signing his recent book, Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father. Though the book deals mostly with his father Joe's career and legacy, son Jay's perspective is not one of a son who admired from the sidelines: Jay himself was a Penn State football coach for 17 seasons, 12 of which he served as the quarterback coach. Furthermore, this book stands out from many sports memoirs and biographies in that it is not “ghost-written”. Jay Paterno has a lot of experience in sports writing, with his pieces regularly appearing in numerous publications, and often cited on ESPN and quoted by Sports Illustrated.

The event in Wellsboro will include a talk with a question-and-answer period, followed by a book signing. Books may be purchased in advance at From My Shelf, at 25 Main Street, Wellsboro, for a 20% discount off the normal cover price of $26.95. Purchase of the book at From My Shelf entitles the buyer to free entry to the event at the Deane Center, with receipt. Books will also be available at the event on November 6th, while supplies last. Without book and receipt from From My Shelf, entrance to the event is $5.00 for adults, and $3.00 for students and seniors. “Students” includes all children 18 and under, and college students with official ID. “Seniors” are 65 and older, with ID. Tickets purchased at the event can be returned to From My Shelf for a 20% discount of a book in the bookstore, to be used before December 25, 2014. For more information, call From My Shelf at 570-724-5793, or stop in the bookstore during business hours. The bookstore is open 7 days a week.

UFOs in Pennsylvania: Encounters with Extraterrestrials in the Keystone State

Reports of bizarre sightings Encounters with extraterrestrials UFO flaps throughout the state Accounts of alien abductions Connections with Bigfoot and other phenomena.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bacon 24/Seven: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating

From My Shelf Books is having a HUGE cookbook sale. Every book in our cookbook section is on sale from November 1st to November 15. Everyone save 20% off any cookbook new or used, and if you are a member, you get 30% off!

Great books like Bacon 24/Seven: Recipes for Curing, Smoking, and Eating. Even as pork prices rise and the economy fluctuates, consumption of bacon remains steady. The American Meat Institute reports that bacon has an almost cultlike following; the Facebook page About Bacon has more than 10 million Likes.

Its sublime savory taste has been endorsed by scientists as well: Bacon boasts umami, the seductive fifth taste that heightens and rises beyond sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. Bacon isn t just an infatuation it s a way of life. In Bacon 24/7, author Theresa Gilliam and photographer E Jane Armstrong have teamed up to create a fun and current cookbook to feed the need for bacon.

They include recipes for every hour, from dawn through dark, as well as info on topics such as how to cure and smoke your own bacon. Drool-worthy photographs highlight dishes such as Pasta Carbonara, Pork Belly Hash with Kale and Sweet Potatoes, and Apple Pie with Bacon Strudel. Any evening that begins with a Bacon-Infused Manhattan holds the promise of being an unforgettable night."

Spooky York, Pennsylvania

Take a ghostly tour of York, Pennsylvania, to learn about myths, legends, and ghost stories that haunt this historic town! Visit ghosts at the Goodridge House on a stop at the Underground Railroad or a ghost rider at Crispus Attucks Learning Centers play.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Phantom Hitchhikers and Other Urban Legends: The Strange Stories Behind Tall Tales

Have you heard the one about…
• Walt Disney’s frozen body?
• Coca-Cola owning Santa Claus?
• Alligators living in New York City sewers?
We all love a good story. But where do the urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives’ tales we hear every day really originate? Albert Jack explores the best, strangest, and funniest of the tales so many of us take as gospel, and uncovers some eye-popping true stories that are even more far-fetched than their mythical counterparts. From Robin Hood to JFK’s brain, from hamsters under carpets to mysterious travelers, you’ll never be short of a scary or bizarre anecdote again.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Think: Why You Should Question Everything

Think more critically, learn to question everything, and don't let your own brain trip you up.

This fresh and exciting approach to science, skepticism, and critical thinking will enlighten and inspire readers of all ages. With a mix of wit and wisdom, it challenges everyone to think like a scientist, embrace the skeptical life, and improve their critical thinking skills.

Think shows you how to better navigate through the maze of biases and traps that are standard features of every human brain. These innate pitfalls threaten to trick us into seeing, hearing, thinking, remembering, and believing things that are not real or true. Guy Harrison's straightforward text will help you trim away the nonsense, deflect bad ideas, and keep both feet firmly planted in reality.

With an upbeat and friendly tone, Harrison shows how it's in everyone's best interest to question everything. He brands skepticism as a constructive and optimistic attitude--a way of life that anyone can embrace. An antidote to nonsense and delusion, this accessible guide to critical thinking is the perfect book for anyone seeking a jolt of inspiration.

Gamekeeping: An Illustrated History

A fascinating and comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping from the late seventeenth century until the present time, offering unique insight and an accurate record of gamekeeping in times past.

Aimed at gamekeepers, sportsmen, shooters, and anyone with an interest in country life or countryside historyInvaluable work of reference for the gamekeeper, the history student, the social historian, and those interested in life in the country estateIncludes snippets from tape recordings of gamekeepers' testimonies, contemporary newspaper clippings, and extracts from historic documentsBeautifully illustrated throughout

Ghost Stories of Pennsylvania

All aboard for a ghostly tour of the Keystone State's haunted history. The spirits of legendary Pennsylvanians such as Aaron Burr and Mad Anthony Wayne share pages with the ghosts of hounds, Hessians and tavern-keepers from the state's past.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Haunted Vagina

It's difficult to love a woman whose vagina is a gateway to the world of the dead...

Steve is madly in love with his eccentric girlfriend, Stacy. Unfortunately, their sex life has been suffering as of late, because Steve is worried about the odd noises that have been coming from Stacy's pubic region. She says that her vagina is haunted. She doesn't think it's that big of a deal. Steve, on the other hand, completely disagrees.

When a living corpse climbs out of her during an awkward night of sex, Stacy learns that her vagina is actually a doorway to another world. She persuades Steve to climb inside of her to explore this strange new place. But once inside, Steve finds it difficult to return... especially once he meets an oddly attractive woman named Fig, who lives within the lonely haunted world between Stacy's legs.

"A very strange and surprisingly touching love story, despite the deliberately asinine premise. With subtle humor, surreal erotica, and some genuinely creepy moments, The Haunted Vagina is a completely unique reading experience."

The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men

The shocking story of how America became one of the world's safest postwar havens for Nazis
Thousands of Nazis -- from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich -- came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war "refugees," their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler's minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories.
For the first time, once-secret government records and interviews tell the full story not only of the Nazi scientists brought to America, but of the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as ordinary citizens. Only years after their arrival did private sleuths and government prosecutors begin trying to identify the hidden Nazis. But even then, American intelligence agencies secretly worked to protect a number of their prized spies from exposure. Today, a few Nazis still remain on our soil.
Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau, relying on a trove of newly discovered documents and scores of interviews with participants in this little-known chapter of postwar history, tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men.

Spooky Pennsylvania: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore

A collection of thirty folktales highlighting famous and not-so-famous Pennsylvania ghosts, mysterious happenings, powers of darkness, and wonders of the invisible world.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Celtic Traditions

There is renewed fascination in all things Celtic. Discussing lore, traditions, beliefs, and customs, this book answers readers' desires to reaffirm their ancestral roots, bringing Celtic myth, legend, and modern practices to life. It discusses everything from the ancient Druids and faery traditions, right up to the beliefs and practices of today's neo-Pagans.

Tales of the Celtic goddesses and gods, and the stories of their descendants, thrive in the pages of this fascinating book. Focusing upon Celtic roots, goddesses, gods, and the Druids, as well as the Underworld of the faeries, and modern Celtic Wicca, Celtic Traditions explores how humanity and the land are connected as one, as inseparable energies. Celtic Traditions provides hands-on ways for making a positive difference in the world today, and for thousands of years to come.

Vampires Through the Ages: Lore & Legends of the World's Most Notorious Blood Drinkers

Interred in shadows no more, the vampire mythos is illuminated in this captivating exploration of one of the world's most sinister--and feared--creatures.

Join Brian Righi as he unearths the truth behind myths and beliefs, both ancient and modern. He traces the evolution of the vampire--from Dracula's mysteriously empty grave and the enduring legend it spawned to terrifying documented cases of the real-life blood drinkers of today. Sordid and sultry, the vampire's long and gruesome history is revealed:

--Various cultures' beliefs and superstitions surrounding bloodthirsty immortals--Chilling true accounts of the unquenchable bloodlust of historical figures such as Vlad the Impaler and Countess Bathory--Stories and lore from villagers, as recalled from the author's travels through Romania--Serial killers who suffered from delusions of vampirism--How the early Christian church inadvertently fed into the 18th-century Eastern European vampire scare.

A Letter to the Editor that the Local Paper Wouldn't Run

I'm not always thrilled with social media, but the nice thing is you can get your voice out there when local media won't print it. Here's a letter to the editor my sister wrote, but the Wellsboro paper refused to run it. It's nothing slanderous. It just makes me wonder about the Wellsboro Gazette.
From My Shelf Books is the type of bookstore I wish were here when I was growing up. I love to visit, and I hate to leave. I don’t know how they go home and leave all those books. Of course, I’m biased, he’s my brother.

When the store premiered their new web series in the Deane Center, the room it was held in was only rated for 50 people. There was concern that they would have too many people.

My question is, has the business known as Pop’s Culture Shoppe ever been fire rated. The shop is smaller than the room at the Deane Center, and when I was at the bookstore on a Friday night September 21st it sounded like quite a crowd. When I walked by, there were definitely more than 50 people.

I know there’s only one exit. So, my concern that the public and customers who patronize this establishment are at risk if there were to be a fire. Isn’t this a violation of fire code? For a business that runs a “family game” night. Putting area youth at risk isn't very family friendly…

Rebecca Coolidge, Wellsboro

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

True Ghosts 3: Even More Chilling Tales from the Vaults of FATE Magazine

Amidst the rustle of silken garments, an old woman in black appears to those near death at a Nevada hospital. A desperate swimmer on the verge of drowning is pulled to safety by a fair-haired young man--whom she later discovers is her long-deceased uncle. And a hooded specter without a face terrorizes a family, forcing them to flee from their home.

Since 1948, FATE magazine has published true eyewitness accounts from ordinary people who've had extraordinary run-ins with the inhabitants of the spirit realm. This bone-chilling collection of true paranormal encounters, dating back to the early 1900s, brings you dozens of compelling stories of ghosts and haunted places, time-bending vortexes, and divine guidance from beyond.

--Ghostly Apparitions--Messages from the Dead --Dream Visitations--Near-Death & Out-of-Body Experiences --Haunted Places--Spirits Helping the Living--Animal Spirits--Ghost Encounters of Children & Child Ghosts--Phantom Vehicles & Buildings--Vortexes, Time Slips & Portals--Spirit Guides & Angels--Poltergeist Activity.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Zombie Halloween

Kenny Manzetti is the new kid in town. His family has moved in to an old house to help take care of his grandfather. Everyone in his new neighborhood is obsessed with zombiesNeven Grandpa Mo. But then a new family moves in next door and there choice in furniture is . . . interesting.

Is There a Dog in This Book?

Equal time for canines! Three cats —Tiny, Moonpie, and AndrĂ© — think there might be a dog in this book, but it’s up to the reader to help them find out.

Can cats and dogs share the same turf? Revisit the age-old dilemma with a hide-and-seek romp among furry friends. Brimming with humor and featuring Viviane Schwarz’s exuberant artwork, here is a lively interactive exploration of the surprising joys of unlikely friendships from the creator of There Are No Cats in This Book.

The Martian

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

True Ghosts 2: More Haunting Tales from the Vaults of Fate Magazine

From the vaults of FATE Magazine--MORE true stories of encounters with the denizens of the spirit world A young man disappears while on a picnic in the Tennessee hill country--and his ghost returns to the same place a decade later, shrouded in a strange fog that blocks the road. An abandoned ship refuses to be brought ashore--after two crews inexplicably vanish from her decks, the ship herself disappears, taking one last group of doomed sailors with her. And a much-loved cat comes back from the spirit realm in the form of a kitten, after announcing her return to the family in a dream. Over the past sixty years, FATE magazine has published thousands of true ghost stories. This collection brings you more of the best of these bone-chilling, bizarre, and sometimes heartwarming personal accounts from ordinary people who have had extraordinary run-ins with the spirit world.--Messages from the Dead --Ghostly Apparitions --Dream Visitations --Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences --Haunted Places --Animal Spirits --Spirit Guides and Angels --Poltergeist Activity--Astral Phenomenon, Vortexes, and Space-Time Slips

Monday, October 20, 2014

One Woman's Vengeance

Butch Wheeler's gang shattered Nora Hawk's dream of a New Mexico horse ranch. The men savagely beat and murdered her husband, raped Nora and left her dying. But she survived, and with the help of retired bounty hunter Peter Clawson, Nora learned the art of killing. She forces her way into man's world of violence, finding the physical and spiritual strength to see that the killers feel the fury of One Woman's Vengeance.

True Ghosts: Haunting Tales from the Vaults of Fate Magazine

From the vaults of FATE Magazine come true stories of encounters with ghosts, phantoms, and haunted places. An elderly waitress silently serves breakfast to two friends at an eerily deserted diner--and the next day, the friends discover the diner is out of business and slated for demolition. A phantom train still blows its whistle more than fifty years after a gruesome accident. And a grandfather's spirit brings a warning that saves his family from a deadly house fire.

Over the past sixty years, FATE magazine has published thousands of true ghost stories-personal accounts from ordinary people who have had extraordinary run-ins with the spirit world. This collection features the best of these spine-tingling, bizarre, heartwarming, and sometimes humorous haunting experiences. These frightening firsthand reports include tales of: Ghostly Apparitions - Messages from the Dead - Dream VisitationsNear-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences - Haunted Places Spirits Helping the Living - Animal Spirits - Child Ghosts Phantom Vehicles and Buildings - Past-Life Memories Vortexes, Time Slips, and Portals to Other Dimensions - Spirit Guides and Angels.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Plants vs. Zombies: Save Your Brains!

Based on the bestselling game, Plants vs. Zombies, Save Your Brains introduces young readers to Crazy Dave and the fun-dead The zombies are coming If you want to save your brains, you'll need to know which plants to use. Don't worry--Crazy Dave is here to help guide you.

I Can Read books are designed to encourage a love of reading. Plants vs. Zombies: Save Your Brains is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

Field of Screams: Haunted Tales from the Baseball Diamond, the Locker Room, and Beyond

A collection of ghost stories collected from baseball players, stadium personnel, umpires, front-office folks, and fans, which explores the sometimes amusing and sometimes spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan [With Sticker(s)] (

Splat goes to a pumpkin patch with Seymour, and he is determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever. But when he finally does, Splat finds out the real challenge isn't the pumpkin picking. It's how to get the pumpkin home! Includes more than 30 stickers. Full color.

Haunted Finger Lakes

Explore thirteen haunted Finger Lakes of New York State to learn about this supernatural region. Listen to unexplained noises at the Bristol Town Hall, view changing photographs that were taken at Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua, and see a mirror that reflects spirits at John Cuddleback's Antique Store. Meet a woman in white who vanished without a trace at Sonnenberg Gardens, hear a ghost whistling in an empty room at the Woodworth House in Cohocton, and observe a ghostly man and boy who are seen at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Lysander! The haunts await you in the Finger Lakes!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ghosts of Southern Tier, NY

Grab your camera and flashlight as you travel into one of the most haunted regions of New York State, the Southern Tier. Learn of a deformed figure that wanders Holland Road in Angola looking for peace; and walk the cursed land in Hinsdale, whose evil energy has reached out to bring ruin to the lives of many. Find out about the fabled Pink House of Wellsville, where a spirit child waits for the candlelight to fade, and the ghostly man and dog who return to haunt the Murderer's Shack. Come along as the author uncovers the truth about hauntings and introduces you to new tales of specters and phantoms from the country hillside. Are you ready for the journey?

Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father

This biography of Joe Paterno by his son Jay is an honest and touching look at the life and legacy of a beloved coaching legend. Jay Paterno paints a full picture of his father's life and career as well as documenting that almost none of the horrific crimes that came to light in 2012 took place at Penn State. Jay Paterno clear-headedly confronts the events that happened with cool facts and with passion, demonstrating that this was just one more case of an innocent man convicted by the media for a crime in which he had no part. Noting that the scandal itself was but a short moment in Joe Paterno's life and legacy, the book focuses on Paterno's greatness as a father and grandfather, his actions as a miraculous coach to his players, and his skillful dealings with his assistant coaches. A memorial to one of the greatest coaches in college football history, the book also reveals insightful anecdotes from his son and coaching pupil.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bat Jamboree

The Bat Jamboree was held early this year, at the old drive-in movie not too far from here. It was standing room only as the houselights went down. The spotlight came up -- there wasn't a sound! Then: 1 bat sang.2 bats flapped. 3 bats cha-cha-ed4 bats tapped.
Every year a troupe of 55 buoyant bats comes up with 10 fabulous acts to entertain and instruct an enthusiatic audience. And every year the bats top themselves when they perform the grandest finale of all . . .
With its exuberant text and enchanting illustrations, Bat Jamboree is both a counting book and a thrilling theatrical event.

The Big Book of Pennsylvania Ghost Stories

A treasury of 125 ghost stories from the Keystone State makes up this huge volume. Each region of Pennsylvania is represented by an assortment of eerie tales, gathered by two of the state's best-known authors on the subject, including:
Tragic specters of Gettysburg Pittsburgh's legendary Green Man Revolutionary spirits in Philadelphia Foreboding Ax Hollow near Erie Mysterious mountain tales of the Scotia Barrens, Captain Phillips's murdered rangers, and the Lost Children of the Alleghenies

The Hunt for the Buru

This firsthand account of a 1948 journey to a treacherous valley in northern India in search of a mysterious creature is both a classic travel adventure and a graphic record of an amazing expedition. The book chronicles the group's movement into a remote valley in Assam, where the inhabitants had only recently given up headhunting, on a quest for the Buru--an elusive, monstrous reptile well documented by those native to the area. The Buru, like the Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness monster, has captured the imagination of adventurers around the world, and remains a popular subject of cryptozoology--the study of animals yet to be discovered by science. Recalled in vivid detail are treks through hazardous swamplands filled with cobras and leeches, and campaigns through perilous jungles where thumbnail-sized ticks and wild boar are indigenous, all in the hunt for the legendary saurian.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Drop of Blood

You've seen your own blood, when you have a cut or a scrape. You can see the veins in your wrist, and you've seen the scab that forms as a cut heals. But do you know what blood does for you? Without blood, you couldn't play, or grow, or learn. That's because just about every part of your body needs blood, from your muscles to your bones to your brain. How does your body use blood? Read and find out!

Ages 10 – 14

Japanese Ghost Stories: Spirits, Hauntings, and Paranormal Phenomena

Japanese Ghost Stories is a collection of the eerie and terrifying from around Japan. This book opens a window into the hidden aspects of the Japanese world of the paranormal, a place where trees grow human hair, rocks weep and there's even a graveyard where Jesus is reputed to have been buried. Covering ancient and modern times, Japanese Ghost Stories offers not only good, old-fashioned scary stories, but some special insights into Japanese culture and psychology.