Monthly Archives: September 2013

Civil War correspondence discovered in a shoe box in Ohio — includes Andersonville prison letter

CANTON, Ohio — Sunbury Press has released Jim Dohren’s compilation “Letters from a Shoebox: The Civil War Correspondence of John Huffman, David Huffman and William Bowman.”

lfasb_fcAbout the book:

Author Jim Dohren was the lucky inheritor of a shoebox full of old letters from the Civil War. In Letters from a Shoebox, Jim unveils his findings from many years of study of the correspondence, including the context and meaning of them.

The authors of these letter include:
William Bowman – a private in the 126th Ohio Volunteers
John J. Huffman – a private in the 85th Indiana Volunteers
David L Huffman – a sergeant in the 8th Indiana Volunteers
Matilda Huffman – sister-in-law to John & David Huffman
C J Huffman – sister of John & David Huffman
Eve Ann Huffman – sister of John & David Huffman
Ruth Davy – friend of Eve Ann Huffman

Events mentioned and places visited include Parkersburg and Martinsburg, WV, Danville, KY, Tullahoma, TN, Battle of Chickamauga, Fosterville, TN, Kingston, GA, Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison), New Cumberland, OH, Atlanta, GA, Sherman’s March, Johnston’s Surrender, Goldsboro, NC, Raleigh, NC and Indianapolis, IN.

Letters from a Shoebox: The Civil War Correspondence of John Huffman, David Huffman and William Bowman
Authored by Jim Dohren
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
106 pages
Sunbury Press Inc
ISBN-13: 978-1620062944
ISBN-10: 1620062941
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War Period

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Pennsylvania Coal Region subject of new history by John R. Lindermuth

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released John R. Lindermuth’s history “Digging Dusky Diamonds” recounting life in Pennsylvania’s Coal Region.

About the book:
ddd_fcBased on contemporary newspaper accounts and genealogical records, Digging Dusky Diamonds tells the story of the people who made the anthracite coal mining industry a major economic force in Pennsylvania in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

How the miners and their families lived and worked, loved and died is recorded in old newspapers and reveals their daily concerns, their diversions, social attitudes and prejudices. The accounts reveal what was different about those people and what has remained constant in us, their descendants.

Though the focus is mainly on Northumberland and Schuylkill counties, similar conditions prevailed across the anthracite mining region.

About the author:
A native of Shamokin, Northumberland  County, Pennsylvania, J. R. Lindermuth worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for nearly 40 years. Since retiring, he has served as librarian of the Northumberland County Historical Society where he assists patrons with genealogy and research.

He is the author of 12 novels and his short stories and articles have been published in a variety of magazines. He is a member of International Thriller Writers, EPIC and the Short Mystery Society.

He is the father of two grown children and has four grandsons. To learn more about the author, visit his website at

Digging Dusky Diamonds: A History of the Pennsylvania Coal Region
Authored by John R. Lindermuth
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
160 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062685
ISBN-10: 1620062682
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

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Memorial Hospital back in the news thanks to Sheri Fink’s new book recalling hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital is back in the news thanks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink’s new book Five Days at Memorial recalling the events at the hospital during hurricane Katrina.  Carolyn Perry’s bookFor Better, For Worse also tells the patient’s perspective.

About Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (from
In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better.  A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.

5daysHardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Crown (September 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307718964
ISBN-13: 978-0307718969
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#2 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Sociology > Medicine
#3 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Sociology > Death
#3 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Disaster Relief

Hurricane Katrina AftermathAbout For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom by Carolyn Perry
A hospital. A hurricane. An English professor in the throes of chemotherapy, his wife at his side. Carolyn Perry and her husband Bob were that couple, trapped by Katrina and marooned at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after the levees breached, flooding the city. In For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom, Carolyn Perry tells the gripping story of two people in a loving marriage, fighting a relentless disease and swept up in the chaos of a man-made disaster.

Carolyn Perry is the former Director of the Writing Center at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, where she and her husband taught in the English Department. She’s a graduate of the University of Dallas and Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in New Orleans.

For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom
Authored by Carolyn Perry
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
218 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597422
ISBN-10: 1934597422
BISAC: Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement

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