A laminated, double-sided map of Pennsylvania by National Geographic. Includes insets of many towns, including Harrisburg, Erie, Lancaster and Allenton-Bethlehem.
Philadelphia Fire, A Novel
In this novel, an African American writer returns to West Philadelphia to write a book on the 1985 police bombing of a black organization and searches for the one surviving child. Winner of the Pen Faulkner Award.
Frommer's Philadelphia Day by Day
A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map of the city center.
Historic Houses of Philadelphia, A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes
A photographic tour of 50 distinctive residences in the Philadelphia area.
Literary Philadelphia: A History of Poetry and Prose in the City of Brotherly Love
Nickels unearths Philadelphia’s literary landscape in this illustrated history, which covers artists influenced by the eastern city, from Walt Whitman and Edgar Allen Poe to Pearl S. Buck and Daniel Hoffman.
A laminated, flexible map of the center of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Then and Now
An illustrated chronicle of Philadelphia's development over the decades. Archival photographs are paired with modern ones, their contrast demonstrating the city's change. Each pair is accompanied by a brief, historical description.
Black Holes and Time Warps, Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
A masterful account of both science history and the physics of black holes.
The Elegant Universe, Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.
Benjamin Franklin, An American Life
A New York Times Bestseller, Walter Isaacson's sweeping biography hones in on the genius of a man who dramatically shaped American history. Without shying away from Franklin's shortcomings, Issacson manages to paint an entertaining and complex portrait of "the most accomplished American of his age".
Bad Astronomy, Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing Hoax
Plait (badastronomy.com) is wonderfully witty and educational as he debunks the myths, legends, and conspiracies that abound in our society.
Independence, A Guide to Historic Philadelphia
Meticulously researched and fabulously illustrated with photographs and early American art, Boudreau's book traces the history of America's first capital from its founding in 1681 to its vital role in the war for independence.
American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Pennsylvania
A colorful guide to more than 275 species common to the Keystone State. The book includes hundreds of crisp photographs, descriptions of each bird and tips on when and where to see them.
Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation
A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.
An extended poem that reflects on William Penn's vision for America and the conflicts that have arisen to challenge this ideal.
Origins, Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
A lively, illustrated primer on astrophysics and cosmology, published in conjunction with the NOVA series of the same name.
Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Gorgeously illustrated and with excellent maps, this compact book is a handsome overview of the history, traditions, cultures and sights of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.