Pick of the Month

witf’s Pick of the Month is back by popular demand! We’ve teamed up with the folks at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg to bring you the very best books and more. Here’s how it works! Every month we’ll recommend a great book for you to check out--from biographies and novels to poetry, children’s books and more. We’ll promote selections monthly on witf TV and on witf FM 89.5. Read along with us as we discover literary finds that engage, enlighten and entertain. Bookmark this page to keep up to date with the latest info about monthly picks—including details on how you can meet the authors. The witf Pick of the Month will be available for purchase anytime at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg and online at midtownscholar.com. So pick up a copy and start reading today!

August's Pick of the Month: A Kid's Pick and an Adult Pick

Written by witf.org, | Aug 2, 2013 2:01 PM

witf is proud to bring two great titles for this month’s Pick of the month, one being a Kid’s Pick of the Month and the second your normal Pick of the Month. Both of these Titles will be available at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on the witf Pick of the Month Shelf at the end of Local Authors on the Main floor.

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witf August Kid’s Pick of the Month -
Building Our House” By Jonathan Bean


In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities! As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, this is Jonathan Bean’s retelling of his own family’s true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author’s collection.

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witf August Adult Pick of the Month -
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care” by T.R. Reid


The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care is a New York Times bestseller from journalist T.R. Reid. The book gives of an overview of health care systems in several different countries and contrasts them with the health care model followed in the United States. The countries whose systems are discussed are: France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and a specific example from India. Reid visited all these countries personally and claims to have chosen them since they exemplify specific kinds of health care system models. The book also discusses transitions in the health care systems of Taiwan and Switzerland.

The major theme of the book is the contrasting of health care in other developed countries with health care in the United States. Reid is critical of the United States for not being able to provide guaranteed health services to all its citizens, in a manner done in virtually all developed countries. Along with the study of various health systems, Reid also documents his attempts to get treatment for his shoulder during the journey described in the book. Reid finds suitable treatment in India, which has an out-of-pocket model, the only one Reid considers to be worse than the American system of health care.

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