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Venice on the Susquehanna

Professor Emeritus, Michael Lee Barton, Ph.D., under the guise of "Feeney Tungsten," takes us on a tongue-in-cheek tour of the Shipoke neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, affectionately referred to as Shitepoke. Feeney, ever the curious ethnographer and social scientist, surveys the neighborhood and all of its human dimensions. What results is a hilarious exposé of a beloved section of the Keystone State's capital akin to the works of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor.

About the Author:

Dr. Michael Barton is Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Social Science at Penn State Harrisburg, where he was also Director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies. He received his Ph.D. in American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. Barton is known for his writings, both popular and scholarly, on Harrisburg history. His local histories include Life by the Moving Road: An Illustrated History of Greater Harrisburg (American Historical Press, 2009), now in its third edition; Harrisburg’s Old Eighth Ward (Arcadia, 2002), which became the basis for “The Bloody 8th,” an original musical theater production; To a Harmony with Our Souls: A History of Jazz in Central Pennsylvania (Benchmark, 2005), a team project for which he was editor-in-chief; Citizen Extraordinaire: The Diplomatic Diaries of Vance McCormick in London and Paris, 1917-1919 (Stackpole, 2004), which involved over fifty student co-editors; Steelton (Arcadia, 2008), a photographic history co-authored with Prof. Simon Bronner; and Bellevue Park: The First Hundred Years (Xlibris, 2009), co-edited with Judge Jeannine Turgeon and other residents of that neighborhood. Most recently he and his students have edited Paul Beers’ writings, published as City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg (Midtown Scholar Press, 2011). He has recently co-edited As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg (Sunbury Press, 2014), and Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community—Bethel AME Church of Harrisburg, 1835-2015 (Sunbury Press, 2015). The digital local history research of Barton and his students can be seen at <old8thward.com> and <Journals of Charles Rawn>. The latter site, an on-going project, shows selections from the multi-volume diary kept from 1830 to 1865 by Charles Rawn, a Harrisburg defense attorney and anti-slavery activist. While in college, Barton won a prize for his stand-up comedy.

What Others Are Saying:

A fine work by a very smart man--maybe too smart for his own good--about a river town. You know I love river towns, and Feeney Tungsten does a marvelous job of capturing the oddities of human nature in this particular haven on the east bank of the Susquehanna. As I always said, "The best place for a smart man in a river town is on the opposite shore." Well, I didn't actually say that, though I suppose I just did. Well, you know what I mean. Enjoy! But, don't read too much into it, unless you do! -- Mark Twain from Heaven

by Michael Barton, Ph.D.
BROWN POSEY PRESS
Cloth on boards - 6 x 9 x .5
9781620068120
108 Pages
FICTION / Humorous / General
FICTION / Satire
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