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Sweet Bird of Prey is the sensitive and surprisingly humorous
story of Shannon Bennet, a thirteen year old girl who narrates her
junior and senior years of high school. Shannon has a confusing
and complex relationship with her brother Phillip, who suffers
from undiagnosed depression, and his subsequent suicide throws
her into the midst of anger and guilt that suicide often brings on. .
Shannon describes the aftermath of loss and how it affects her
relationships, her thoughts on God, and her over-all social life.
Although, it appears melancholy, the book is filled with hope.
Sweet Bird of Prey is a story that highlights issues such as
bullying, loss, boyfriend drama, the relationship between mother
and daughter, gossipy girls, drinking, social dilemmas, depression,
suicide, and high school cliques. It also leaves the reader with an
understanding about death and loss at a young age.
Sweet Bird of Prey opens a discussion about a serious epidemic
that circulates in the halls of every high school through a dialogue
that easily flows from a 13 year-old girl’s perspective. Shannon
Bennet finds hope, love, and an understanding that loss is
inevitable. Through the process of death, Shannon finds peace. It
is the authors hope to pass this message along to those who have
suffered, as well as those who are suffering.
Sweet Bird of Prey
Author: Janice Brundage
$16.95 392 pages
ISBN 978-0-9842283-9-3 (Soft Cover)
Death on Shady Lane: The True Story of the
Geiger Nursing Home Fire
Author: Michael J. Worden
ISBN 978-0-9842283-8-6 (Hard Cover)
ISBN 978-0-9842283-7-9 (Soft Cover)
October 19, 1971. Shortly after 8 P.M. A fast moving fire tears
through the Geiger Nursing and Convalescent Home near
Honesdale, P.A. The lone nurse on duty manages to escape the
fire and run for help. The 15 elderly residents of the home were
not so lucky: none of them survived.
What started as a joint investigation between the Pennsylvania
State Police and the Wayne County Coroner quickly dissolved as
two competing theories evolved. The State Police concluded that
the fire was a tragic accident caused by a faulty gas dryer. The
Coroner suspected otherwise. In an investigation that would span
nearly six years, experts from across the country, including famous
pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, would build a case that supported
a startling and disturbing conclusion: that the Geiger Nursing Home
fire was a deliberate act of arson and homicide. Nearly forty years
later the nursing home fire still evokes strong opinions and
emotions in the Honesdale area.
Author and police detective Michael J. Worden has spent two
years researching this tragic event. Hundreds of pages of court
documents, transcripts, reports and photographs, along with
personal interviews have been collected with one purpose in mind:
to determine what really happened on the night of October 19,
In this fascinating new book Worden brings you back to the
terrifying night of the fire, the tragic aftermath and the forensic
investigations that follow. Fully illustrated with photographs,
diagrams and authentic documents, some of which have never
been published, you can immerse yourself in this investigation.
When you have finished what will you conclude? Was this a
terrible accident? Was this a mass murder? And if it was murder,
who did it?
A scene of utter detestation inside a patient room at the Geiger Nursing
Home near Honesdale, PA. Photo is from the PA State Police file.
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Author Lisa Melville has been awarded the
2011 Greater Hudson Heritage Network award
for community documentation for The Grace