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The Shaman's Dilemma

by Howard Hatton

The exhilaration that Pa-mi had felt earlier had dissipated. Something was wrong. Something indefinable; it gnawed at his bowels. There was a premonition of—bad fortune—no, danger. Yes, that’s what it was: Danger! At that moment, he felt his foot touch a soft spot in the narrow path, and before he could step back onto firm ground he was slipping on his back down the steep rock-covered slope. Shaman Pa-mi is one of the Kopu, a small tribe nestled in the Yunnan mountains. His people face the threat of losing their traditions when an American missionary family comes to Hsinshao; already the village is divided between those who listen to them and those, like him, who reject them. When Pa-mi plans to ambush a Chinese caravan, he injures himself badly. It will take friendship, communication, and understanding across cultural boundaries for the Kopu and the Americans to save him, and ultimately, when the Communists learn of the missionaries’ presence in Hsinshao, in return to save the entire family. Filled with emotion, grace, and the urgency of events unfolding as vividly now as they had in the past, Hatton brings to life an action-packed true story and gives voice to a people otherwise overlooked in history and literature. At the age of two years, Howard Hatton went with his missionary parents and siblings to live in a small tribal village high up in the mountains of Yunnan Province in southwest China. The village of Hsinshao, inhabited by the Kopu tribe, was little Howie’s Shangri-La for four wonderful years. But in 1934, Mao Tse Tung’s army marched north of the village, and a group of Communist soldiers was sent to capture them. Herein lies his story.

Published: | 120 pages | Categories: /

The Shaman's Dilemma

Looking for Lincoln

by Roland H. Wilkerson, Jr.

For young Tommy Wall from the shady little town of Mill Gate, Pennsylvania, America is baseball. Pinch hits and outs, best friends, an honest game, and the grass around the diamond make his world. But when Thomas Wall is forced to confront the reality in America around him as an adult, it is not so simple.

Published: 5 April 2012 | 352 pages | Categories: /

Looking for Lincoln

Where We Once Gathered, Lost Synagogues of Germany

by Andrea Strongwater

Lost Synagogues is a collection of vibrant paintings depicting synagogues that were eradicated before and during WWII. Andrea Strongwater has researched Jewish communities across Europe to connect archival photos with written records that together tell the story of European Jewish life before the holocaust. Collector's art edition

Published: 15 April 2014 | 92 pages | Categories:

Where We Once Gathered, Lost Synagogues of Germany

John Apostal Lucas

by John Apostal Lucas

Dr. John Lucas has dedicated his nearly half-century of academic life at Penn State University to researching and writing about his first love of sport, track and field, and the Olympics. He has attended every Summer Olympics since the 1960 Rome Games and has written several books, including Future of the Olympic Games. From his over 200 monographs and articles, Lucas has selected 23 of his articles written since 1953 for this anthology. They cover the range of his academic interests and reflect his passion for the Olympics and athletics. The work also includes an autobiography of a life dedicated to writing, teaching, coaching, and running.

Published: 1 November 2009 | 312 pages | Categories: / /

John Apostal Lucas: Teacher, Sport Historian, And One Who Lived His Life Earnestly - A Collection Of Articles And Essays

1989: Diary of a Revolution

by Penny Smith Eifrig

In the summer of 1989, a 21-year-old student from Cornell University set off to Germany to research the idea of the German Kulturnation, looking at the concept of culture on both sides of the Wall. What she did not know when she set out was that she would soon find herself in the middle of a revolution: a mixture of mass exodus and the masses taking to the streets. While the focus of this book, which is based on her honor’s thesis written in 1989-1990, was the concept of culture, she also captured the excitement and confusion of the months surrounding the collapse of East Germany and the rapid reunification of the two German states. This unique perspective of a young American studying and working in both East and West Germany provides an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of a nation.

Published: 9 November 2014 | 182 pages | Categories: /

1989: Diary of a Revolution, From East to West to Germany