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June 15, 2008
By BRADLEY K. STEPHENS, Director, Salem Public Library
Akron Beacon Journal columnist, David Giffels, has authored an intriguing new book titled “All The Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House.” Mr. Giffels tells the story of beginning a new family in new a house.

The only problem is that this house is a money pit which is literally falling down around them. Built in 1913, the house is filled with termites, dry rot, large holes in the roof, vermin and a few more surprises.Giffels’ story of remodeling the house is an entertaining read filled with humor, tragedy, and triumph.

Have you ever wondered why some states have such unusual shapes? In almost every case there is a story behind those shapes. Some state boundaries follow natural lines, like rivers or lakes; however, other states such as Oklahoma, Michigan, and Maryland, have unusual shapes and each of those oddly shaped states has an interesting reason for the location of their state boundaries.

Author Mark Stein’s new book “How the States Got Their Shapes” provides readers with an interesting look at the map of the United States and the reasons that it is divided in the way that it is.

A new book by Maury Klein, “The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America” retells the story of how steam and electrical power were developed and changed the United States.

The author focuses particularly on the inventors, entrepreneurs, and financiers who developed and brought to market new technologies such as the electric motor, incandescent light bulb, and steam engine – technologies which led to a technological revolution that brought inexpensive power and production to America.

For more information on these or other titles visit our website at or call the library at 330-332-0042.



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