Westfield books: The Town Book Store – Westfield, NJ

The Town Book Store – Westfield, NJ

Welcome to The Town Book Store

The Town Book Store has been serving Westfield and neighboring communities since 1934. We are one of the last independent bookstores located in Union County, New Jersey. In today’s rapidly changing retail environment, The Town Book Store remains one constant where shoppers can find a first-rate literary selection with friendly, personalized service in an attractive, convenient setting. Whether you are reading for escape, for comfort, to gain knowledge, for pure pleasure or as a source of lively conversation, visit or call us at The Town Book Store and we can match you up with the right book.

Anne Laird

Owner, The Town Book Store


~ Satisfying Book Lovers Since 1934 ~

Anne’s Pick of the Month

                       American Rust   

                       by Philipp Meyers


                            NOW A SHOWTIME ORIGINAL TV SERIES • A

                            “bold, absorbing novel” (The New York Times Book

                            Review) of the lost American dream, the acts of

                            friendship, loyalty, and love that arise from its loss, and two young men, bound to their hometown, who crave an escape.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Economist Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • Newsweek • Kansas City Star • Idaho Statesman

Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother dies by suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown, a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town. But when he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, former high school football star Billy Poe, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.

Evoking John Steinbeck’s novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust takes us into the contemporary American heartland at a moment of profound unrest and uncertainty about the future. It is a dark but lucid vision, a moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us.

Voted Best Independent Book Store in NJ!

Update November 30, 2021 

Open for in-store browsing from 10:00-5:30 Monday-Saturday and 12:00-4:00 Sunday.  


Our whole staff is fully vaccinated and while we will not require you to wear a mask to

come into the store, we do respectfully ask that, if you are not fully vaccinated, that you continue

to wear one for the safety of others.


Please call the store during these hours to speak to someone personally or leave a message at any time and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also email [email protected] or [email protected] at any time (please include your phone #) Our orders arrive as early as the next day, with no shipping charges.

The Town Book Store – Staff Picks

Anne’s Pick

American Rust  

by Philipp Meyerss


NOW A SHOWTIME ORIGINAL TV SERIES • A “bold, absorbing novel” (The New York Times Book Review) of the lost American dream, the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love that arise from its loss, and two young men, bound to their hometown, who crave an escape.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Economist  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • Newsweek • Kansas City Star • Idaho Statesman.

Left alone to care for his aging father after his mother dies by suicide and his sister escapes to Yale, Isaac English longs for a life beyond his hometown, a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town. But when he finally sets out to leave for good, accompanied by his temperamental best friend, former high school football star Billy Poe, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives forever.

Evoking John Steinbeck’s novels of restless lives during the Great Depression, American Rust takes us into the contemporary American heartland at a moment of profound unrest and uncertainty about the future. It is a dark but lucid vision, a moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us.

Lisa’s Pick

Cloud Cuckoo Land

by Anthony Doerr


From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we’re gone.

Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet.

Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of gravest danger. Their lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own. Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” Cloud Cuckoo Land is a beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship—of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.

Mary Jane’s Pick

Three Sisters

by Heather Morris


From Heather Morris, the New York Times bestselling author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey: a story of family, courage, and resilience, inspired by a true story.

Against all odds, three Slovakian sisters have survived years of imprisonment in the most notorious death camp in Nazi Germany: Auschwitz. Livia, Magda, and Cibi have clung together, nearly died from starvation and overwork, and the brutal whims of the guards in this place of horror. But now, the allies are closing in and the sisters have one last hurdle to face: the death march from Auschwitz, as the Nazis try to erase any evidence of the prisoners held there. Due to a last minute stroke of luck, the three of them are able to escape formation and hide in the woods for days before being rescued.

And this is where the story begins. From there, the three sisters travel to Israel, to their new home, but the battle for freedom takes on new forms. Livia, Magda, and Cibi must face the ghosts of their past–and some secrets that they have kept from each other–to find true peace and happiness.

Inspired by a true story, and with events that overlap with those of Lale, Gita, and Cilka, The Three Sisters will hold a place in readers’ hearts and minds as they experience what true courage really is.

Jenny’s Pick

Wishin’ and Hopin

by Wally Lamb


Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First BelievedI Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries, Lamb’s Christmas tale focuses on a feisty parochial school fifth grader named Felix Funicello—a distant cousin of the iconic Annette!

Gloria’s Pick

Oh, William!

by Elizabeth Strout


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they’ve come from—and what they’ve left behind. 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • NPR.

I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William. 

Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are. 

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret—one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout’s “perfect attunement to the human condition.” There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children. On every page of this exquisite novel we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together—even after we’ve grown apart. 

At the heart of this story is the indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. “This is the way of life,” Lucy says: “the many things we do not know until it is too late.”

Kim’s Pick

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

by Marianne Cronin


A charming, fiercely alive and disarmingly funny debut novel in the vein of John Green, Rachel Joyce, and Jojo Moyes—a brave testament to the power of living each day to the fullest, a tribute to the stories that we live, and a reminder of our unlimited capacity for friendship and love.

An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories.

Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Though the teenager has been told she’s dying, she still has plenty of living to do. Joining the hospital’s arts and crafts class, she meets the magnificent Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel, who transforms Lenni in ways she never imagined.

As their friendship blooms, a world of stories opens for these unlikely companions who, between them, have been alive for one hundred years. Though their days are dwindling, both are determined to leave their mark on the world. With the help of Lenni’s doting palliative care nurse and Father Arthur, the hospital’s patient chaplain, Lenni and Margot devise a plan to create one hundred paintings showcasing the stories of the century they have lived—stories of love and loss, of courage and kindness, of unexpected tenderness and pure joy.

Though the end is near, life isn’t quite done with these unforgettable women just yet.

Delightfully funny and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot reminds us of the preciousness of life as it considers the legacy we choose to leave, how we influence the lives of others even after we’re gone, and the wonder of a friendship that transcends time.

The Town Book Store – About Us


~ Satisfying Book Lovers Since 1934 ~

History of The Town Book Store 

The year was 1934: America was in the midst of “The Great Depression,” Good Bye, Mr. Chips topped the bestseller lists, and paperback books were still on the horizon when The Town Book Store opened its doors on East Broad Street in Westfield. Today, Amazon dominates the retail landscape and books can be read digitally. But through all the challenges the past 8 plus decades have thrown at us, The Town Book Store is still going strong in downtown Westfield.

On September 4th, we will celebrate 85 years of good, old-fashioned bookselling here in Westfield. One of the last two independent bookstore in all of Union County, TBS has been serving Westfield and neighboring communities for 85 years, seven owners and two locations. 

In today’s rapidly changing retail environment, we remain one constant where shoppers can find a first-rate literary selection with friendly, personalized service in an attractive, convenient setting. For this little store to have been able to hold on for this long is truly a testimony to the loyal customers who have supported us for so many years.

According to the original business ledgers on display in the shop, TBS first opened its doors on September 4, 1934. After operating from the same address for 72 years, we relocated across the street in 2007 to 270 E. Broad Street, the site of Westfield’s first library (see our website for the history of our building). This location at the eastern gateway to Westfield’s downtown offered easier parking, ample window space and greater visibility for the store.

Though modest in size, TBS’s inventory is well-edited and caters to the interests of our customers. Individualized services like fast turnaround on special orders, friendly, helpful staff, author signings, out-of-print book searches, book club discounts, and free gift wrapping are part of the shop’s appeal. And while occasional blockbusters like the Harry Potter series have been a boon to struggling booksellers, it is avid readers and parents with young children who have been our mainstay throughout the years. 

History of Westfield’s First Library Building

The Westfield Library has its roots in the Every Saturday Book Club which started way back in 1873. At that time, women got together to discuss books, as they still do today. Their books were collected and made available to those who could afford to purchase a library card. The library moved from place to place as space in downtown businesses was rented or donated by local residents.

In the latter part of the 19th century, the public library movement began to grow. People believed that libraries could be forces for moral good and should be open to all. In fact, in a 1905 speech promoting the establishment of the Westfield Library, Westfield resident and Library Trustee Salter S. Clark claimed that Westfield would be better off spending its tax dollars on a library rather than an additional policeman because the moral benefit that a library could bring would be far greater than that of a policeman.

Philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie also believed very strongly in the good that public libraries could bring. Largely self-educated, he had benefited from using a Pittsburgh library on his way to becoming one of the richest men in the world. He was an advocate of democracy and capitalism and favored “Let There Be Light� over the doorways of library buildings. Carnegie funded a huge grant program that resulted in over 2500 library buildings libraries across the English-speaking world from 1898 to 1917.

Westfield applied for a $10,000 Carnegie grant in 1905. Westfield voters, all men at the time, had to vote to agree to support the library with $1000 of tax revenue per year. Fortunately, a majority of men supported the ladies’ movement, the grant was awarded, and the original Carnegie library was completed in 1906. An architectural treasure and true Westfield landmark, an addition to the original building now houses The Town Book Store. Look carefully on the Elmer Street side and you will see the author’s name “Hawthorne” over one of the windows. That is a hint to the building’s rich past. No doubt the members of the Every Saturday Book Club are smiling down on the many Westfield book lovers, and the building, which are their legacy.

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  • Evvie Drake Starts Over

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Holmes
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Linda Holmes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them. Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and, even worse, he can’t figure out why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Something made me keep listening….

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Stories, books drive ambitions of Westfield woman | News, Sports, Jobs

Submitted Photo Shannon Reber stands in her bookstore in Westfield.

WESTFIELD — Westfield resident Shannon Reber has spent the last several years publishing an astonishing amount of books. Since she started writing in 2015, she estimates she’s written 56 books, 30 of which are novels, while the others are short stories, anthologies or novellas. But with all her books written, and with the ones on the way, Reber is looking to make them accessible in a different medium.

Reber is in the process of transferring her written books into audio books, which she has recently found a good service for. Until recently, every service Reber had found required a big payout, but the program she is in currently shares royalties with everyone involved. Reber’s passion is in writing, but the push to get as many of her things in the audiobook format is personal to her.

“I’m legally blind,” Reber said. “So audiobooks are the way I get books as often as I can. It was really important to me to do this. I’ve heard some amazing audiobooks recently, and I was really excited for this. They’re really well acted.”

As of now, Reber has five of her books available in audio. Two each from different series, and the first book she ever published is available as well, which is the first of a trilogy. The transition to audio does not mean that Reber is going to stop publishing other books. Though she admits she’s experiencing a little burnout right now, there are still things in the tank for her.

“I am a little burnt out right now but I’m still working,” Reber said. “Honestly I’m so obsessed with stories that it’s really hard for me to stop writing. Even when I have writers block on one, I’m always writing something else. I’m working on four different things but nothing is actually getting completed. I haven’t published anything since February, and that’s massively unusual for me.”

Burnout is certainly understandable for anyone in this circumstance, but Reber’s passion for writing allows her to keep going. She’ll tell you she’s obsessed and has a problem, but this is her way of dealing with her own insecurities. Because she is legally blind, she started telling tales at a young age, but learned to write them down instead of saying them out loud.

“Being legally blind messes with your psyche when you’re a kid, when you know everybody else is ‘better than you,’” Reber said. “So I started lying. It took me a long time to stop doing that, and the way I worked out my issues was instead of speaking my lies, I was writing them. It’s my way of dealing with my own insecurities about who I am. My way of dealing with life.”

Reber’s blindness is due to her being albino, meaning she has a huge sensitivity to light. Because of this, the way she writes is also impacted to accommodate for that.

“All I do is write on Google Docs and jack the font up to 48,” Reber said. “When I have to format for a publication, it obviously has to be taken down to a normal size. Sometimes I can make out letters but I can’t always read them.”

Reber’s continued inspiration for ideas comes from her interactions with people and her own experiences. Her specialization in writing is fantasy writing, meaning that the topics of her books can come from any source.

“It can pretty much come from anywhere,” Reber said. “The first book I finished came from a dream I had. It was this image that stuck with me and that image translated into a book after a while. I have conversations with people and get inspired by them.”

Reber’s most popular work is her novel “The Girl in White,” which is a paranormal mystery series. “The Girl in White” is the first in a series that is currently on it’s ninth iteration, and will continue for the foreseeable future, as it’s the series that Reber is most attached to.

“I will not kill the main character,” she said. “That is a serious contract I have with myself that I will not kill Madison Meyer. I have such an attachment to the series. I know all the characters and I have a relationship with each one. Every book is different but it refers back to things from the past. Currently Maddy is 19 and she’ll be 97 in a nursing home still solving mysteries.”

The pandemic affected Reber in an interesting way as well, in that her sales went way down. Even with people looking for ways to spend time, the sales of her books dried up. On the flip side of that, in October, Reber and her husband opened a small bookstore in the YWCA in Westfield, which has been a great place for Reber to do her writing and share her passion with others.

“The bookstore was supposed to be a pop-up store,” Reber said. “But they liked having us and asked if we wanted to stay. We’ve got local authors and used books. It’s small but we have a big variety.”

Reber said that writing is something she’ll continue to do forever, and her passion for it will never run dry. Reber’s bookstore, Genres Bookstore, is at the YWCA in Westfield, and all of Reber’s novels can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Shannon-Reber/e/B0141BHIDK%3Fref=dbs–a–mng–rwt–scns–share

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Books – Faculty Center | Westfield State University

The faculty center houses books and periodicals on topics relevant to teaching such as assessment, critical thinking, teaching portfolios, service learning, active learning and more. If you are cleaning out your office and have any books that fit our collection, your donation is welcome! Come browse our collections and feel free to sign out any of the books available (sign books out with the binderlist of titles shelved alongside the books). 

If you published a book and have an extra copy for us, we will gladly include it in the Faculty Center library. Please contact the Faculty Center coordinator, so that the library collection files can be updated.

The following books are available in the Faculty Center library. For a complete list of all books that allows you to search for titles or authors, open this spreadsheet.


Books by our own Faculty

Bellico, Russel P. (1995). Chronicles of Lake George – Journeys in War and Peace. Purple Mountain Press.

Cook, William (2016). Religion and Criminal Justice. Cognella Academic Publishing.

Classen, Albrecht and Sandidge, Marilyn (2010). Friendship in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age – Explorations of a Fundamental Ethical Disclosure. DeGruyter.

Desrosiers, Lori (2009). Three Vanities. Pudding House.

Engel, Michael. (2000). The Struggle for Control of Public Education – Market Ideology vs. Democratic Values. Temple University Press.

Knowles, Trudy and Brown, Dave F. (2000). What every Middle School Teacher Should know. Heinemann.

Konig, Michael F. and Kaufman, Martin. (1989). Education in Massachusetts – Selected Essays. Institute for Mass. Studies.

Lovejoy, David A. (2008). Vascular Flora of Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield Museums.

Mangaliso, Nomazengele A. (1994). The South African Mosaic – A Sociological Analysis of Post-Apartheid Conflict. University Press of America.

Price, Daniel E. (1999). Islamic Political Culture, Democracy, and Human Rights – A Comparative Study. Praeger.

Roberts, Bette B. (1994). Anne Rice in Twayne’s United States Authors Series. Twayne.


Teaching & Learning

Anderson, Erin (1993). Campus Use of the Teaching Portfolio –Twenty-Five Profiles. AAHE.

Bean, John C. (2001). Engaging Ideas – The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. Jossey-Bass.

Bender, Tisha (2012). Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning – Theory, Practice, and Assessment. Stylus Publishing.

Bosworth, Kris, Hamilton, Sharon J. (1994). Collaborative Learning: Underlying Processes and Effective Techniques – New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Jossey-Bass.

Boyer, Ernest L. (1990). Scholarship Reconsidered – Priorities of the Professoriate. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Bransford, John D., Brown, Ann L., Cocking, Rodney R. (1999). How People Learn – Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. National Academy Press.

Braskamp, Larry A., Trautvetter, Lois Calian, Ward, Kelly (2006). Putting Students First – How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully. Anker Publishing Company.

Breivik, Patricia Senn (1998). Student Learning in the Information Age   American Council on Education; Series on Higher Education. Oryx Press.

Brown, David G. (2000). Teaching with Technology – Seventy-five Professors from Eight Universities Tell Their Stories. Anker Publishing Company.

Bruffee, Kenneth A. (1999). Collaborative Learning – Higher Education, Interdependence, and the Authority of Knowledge. John Hopkins.

Christensen, C. Roland, Garvin, David A., Sweet, Ann (1991). Education for Judgment – The Artistry of Discussion Leadership. Harvard Business School.

Colby, Anne, Ehrlich, Thomas, Beaumont, Elizabeth, Stephens, Jason (2003). Educating Citizens – Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility. Jossey-Bass.

Colby, Anne, Beaumont, Elizabeth, Ehrlich, Thomas, Corngold, Josh (2007). Educating for Democracy – Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Edgerton, Russell, Hutchings, Patricia, Quinlan, Kathleen (1995). The Teaching Portfolio – Capturing the Scholarship in Teaching. AAHE.

Filene, Peter (2005). The Joy of Teaching – A Practical Guide for New College Instructors. Chapel Hill.

Greive, Donald (2003). A Handbook for Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty and Teachers of Adults, 5th edition. The Adjunct Advocate.

Kaplan, Matthew, Miller, A. T. (2007). Scholarship of Multicultural Teaching and Learning – New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Jossey-Bass.

Livsey, Rachel C., Palmer, Parker J. (1999). The Courage to Teach – A Guide for Reflection and Renewal. Jossey-Bass.

Lowman, Joseph (1995). Mastering the Techniques of Teaching, 2nd edition. Jossey-Bass.

Magnan, Robert (1990). 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Professors. Atwood Publishing.

Sarasin, Lynne Celli (1999). Learning Style Perspectives –  Impact in the Classroom. Atwood Publishing.

Sledge, Robert W. (1997). Scholarship and Character – Seventy-five Years of Alpha Chi. The National Council of Alpha Chi.

Timpson, William M., Canetto, Silvia Sara, Borrayo, Evelinn, Yang, Raymond (2003). Teaching Diversity – Challenges and Complexities, Identities and Integrity. Atwood Publishing.

Whitman, Neal A. (1988). Peer Teaching – To Teach is to Learn Twice. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report.

Zubizarreta, John (2004). The Learning Portfolio – Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning. Anker Publishing Company.



Blum, Susan D. (2009). My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture. Cornell University

Collins, Sarah (2003). Guide to Winning Proposals. The Foundation Center.

Fader, Daniel N., McNeil, Elton B. (1968). Hooked on Books: Program & Proof  How to Get the Most Reluctant Reader to Read, Read, Read! Berkley Press.

Geever, Jane C. (2004). The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 4th edition. The Foundation Center.

Graff, Gerald, Birkenstein, Cathy (2010). They Say, I Say – The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. W. W. Norton & Company.

Howard, Rebecca Moore, Robillard, Amy E. (2008). Pluralizing Plagiarism – Identities, Contexts, Pedagogies. Heinemann.

Thaiss, Chris, Myers Zawacki, Terry (2006). Engaged Writers & Dynamic Disciplines – Research on the Academic Writing Life. Boynton/Cook Heinemann.



Booth, David, Thornley-Hall, Carol (1991). The Talk – Curriculum. Heinemann.

Walker, Decker F., Soltis, Jonas F. (1992). Curriculum and Aims, 2nd edition. Teachers College Press.


School Life

Clawson, Dan, Page, Max (2011). The Future of Higher Education. Routledge.

Flower, John A. (2003). Downstairs, Upstairs – The Changed Spirit and Face of College Life in America. The University of Akron Press.

Giroux, Henry A., Simon, Roger I. (1989). Popular Culture – Schooling & Everyday Life. Bergin & Carvey        .

Powell, Arthur G., Farrar, Eleanor, Cohen, David K. (1985). The Shopping Mall – High School  Winners and Losers in the Educational Marketplace. Houghton Mifflin.

Sizer, Theodore R. (1992). Horace’s Compromise – The Dilemma of the American High School. Houghton Mifflin.

Sizer, Theodore R. (1992) Horace’s School – Redesigning the American High School. Houghton Mifflin.



Aromaa, Kauko, Leppä, Seppo, Nevala, Sami, and Ollus, Natalia (2003). Crime and Criminal Justice in Europe and North America – Report on the Sixth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and Criminal Justice Systems. European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control.

Classen, Albrecht (2009). Urban Space in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age – Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture. De Gruyter.

Conway, Jill Ker (1992). Autobiographies of American Women: An Anthology. Vintage Books.

Jones, Richard M. (1981). Experiment at Evergreen. Shenkman Books, Inc.

Kristof, Nicholas D., WuDunn, Sheryl (2009). Half the Sky – Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Vintage Books.

Laplante, Lisa J., Kinsley, Carol W. (1994). Things that work in Community Service Learning. The Community Service Learning Center.

Lynton, Ernest A. (1995). Making the Case for Professional Service. AAHE.

MacGowan, Kenneth Melnitz, William (1959). Golden Ages of the Theater. Prentice Hall.

McDonell, Nick (2010). The End of Major Combat Operations. McSweeny’s.

Pore, Sally G., Reed, Kathlyn L. (1999). Quick Reference to Speech-Language Pathology. Aspen Publication.

The American Heritage Dictionary (2001).  4th edition. Houghton Mifflin.

Surviving Chaos read online for free

Ryan Westfield




M ax was tired, hungry, and weak. His leg was killing him. At least his face didn’t hurt as much as it had. He’d walked for three days straight, sleeping in the trees along the side of the road by night. It would have been better to walk by night, but he’d left his flashlight with Mandy. The batteries wouldn’t last much longer anyway.

Max had finished the meager amount of food he’d brought with him yesterday. And it hadn’t been much to begin with.

Max had woken early, before the sunrise, unable to get back to sleep from the hunger and the cold ground. So he’d waited until there was enough light to walk by, and then he’d started.

Would he ever find a town? They were really out there, away from everything. If he’d been unlucky and headed in the wrong direction, he could walk for weeks before he found anything.And at that point, it’d be likely that he’d first run into a car driving by. And who knew who’d be in the car and whether they’d be friendly or dangerous.

Max hadn’t seen a single car since leaving the Bronco. Nothing at all in the air but a chill and the sounds of small animals in the woods. Nevertheless, Max kept feeling for his Glock, making sure it was there. It was a reassuring presence at his side. But hopefully he wouldn’t have to use it. There’d been enough violence and death already.Not that’d he hesitate to use it if he had to.

His mind turned to Chad’s death. Chad had somehow gotten addicted to his pills again. He just couldn’t keep away. Who knew if it was something biological, some tweak in his brain chemistry, that made him more susceptible to chemical addiction than most. Or if it was simply the fact that Chad couldn’t handle life as it came. Max was inclined to go with the second option.

Up ahead, there was a sign, announcing arrival to a town named Antrim, Pennsylvania, population 804.

Max almost couldn’t believe it. It’d been three days since he’d seen anything man-made except for the road and the things he’d brought with him.

So they were still in Pennsylvania, not West Virginia as they’d suspected.

With the town name, they’d be able to figure out where they were once Max got back to Mandy and the others.

If he made it back.

The sign meant that gas was close. Unless it was like Albion and completely deserted, with no cars left.

Max was close to his goal.

He wasn’t going to make any mistakes this time. He’d made too many mistakes before, and allowed others to make them as well.

He needed to get a tighter handle on everything. He needed to operate with caution.

The problem they’d run into in the past was that there wasn’t always enough time to make the best decision. And they hadn’t been in the best state of mind, either. For instance, Max should have trusted his gut and never gone to the compound with Kara.But they’d been hungry and miserable and desperate. It’d simply been too tempting.

Max continued down the road, hoping to find another way to enter the town. Coming down the main drag probably wasn’t the best option if he didn’t want to get discovered.

But there weren’t any side streets to take.

The first building came into view about two hundred feet down the road.

Off to the right, there was an ancient cemetery. Max looked at the old broken headstones as he walked past.The engraved names sounded old, and the dates went back two hundred years.

A cemetery was a luxury for a civilized world. There wouldn’t be any cemeteries now. Not for a long while, until people got organized again. If that ever happened, that is. Now, the dead would be mostly left where they lay. Or buried in shallow graves, if the earth wasn’t too cold. Max thought of Chad and wondered what had happened to him. The people at the compound would have had to dispose of his body somehow.Maybe they’d burned it, or simply left it outside for whatever wild animals or stray dogs there were.

Max wondered briefly what would happen to his own body. Given the circumstances, it wasn’t too unlikely that at some point he’d be shot and killed. Or stabbed and killed. Who knew. Maybe his body would just lay there.

Max shook the thoughts out of his head. It wasn’t any good thinking about things like that. It didn’t help him. And he couldn’t really give a damn about what happened to his dead body.The thing now was to focus on living. On surviving.

There wasn’t anyone on the main street of the town. Max approached the first building cautiously, hugging the shoulder of the road as he limped along, figuring it would make him a little less visible than walking down the dead center of the road.

He came to the first building, which was white, with fading paint. One story. Some kind of general store. Max flattened himself against the outer wall, staying still. He listened, trying to figure out if there was anyone around.

So far, he heard nothing.

There probably wasn’t much point in going into the store to look for supplies. For one thing, what he really needed was gas. And the store was probably already looted.

But Max’s stomach was still sending out shooting pains of hunger. He felt weak. If he had some food in his stomach, he’d be better at doing whatever it was he’d need to do to get the gas.

There also might be gas in the store. Unlikely, but Max had to check.

Around the back of the store, Max found an alley with a dumpster full of broken down cardboard boxes. It’d never been taken away, and now it never would. That cardboard would sit there until it decomposed on its own.

The backdoor was locked. But it wasn’t a thick steel door. It was wood, with a lock that didn’t appear too solid.

Max waited for a moment, making sure there were still no sounds. If he kicked the door, and someone was around, they’d undoubtedly hear him.

It was a risk.

Max didn’t think about it too much.

He lifted his good leg and kicked the door, aiming at a spot near the handle.

Three more kicks, and something in the lock disengaged, breaking.

The door opened easily, and Max moved into the dark passageway that led to the store.

He had his gun out, and he moved cautiously. It took a moment for his eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Max was mostly past the point of fear.But if there was something he feared, it was the sound of a gun cocking in the darkness. Or a voice telling him to lay down his own gun.

Of course, those were almost benign options compared to simply being shot. There very well could be someone in there with Max. And he’d never know it until it was too late.

Max’s heart rate was elevated, but not much. His body had been running on adrenaline for so long now that it didn’t have much more to give.

Max passed the cash register, which was wide open, no cash left in the drawer.Max shook his head in disbelief. Cash wasn’t going to do anyone any good.

The main room of the store was a complete disaster. It looked like a mob had entered and taken everything, overturning all the shelves in the process.

There was almost nothing left, but Max looked anyway. He felt like an animal, scavenging for scraps of food. But that was reality. That was what he had to do.

In a corner, underneath a piece of an overturned metal shelf, Max found a jumbo packet of Mounds bars.He got them out, opened them up. They were completely smushed, but he couldn’t have cared less. He knew he couldn’t eat them all at once. His body wouldn’t be able to assimilate such a great influx of sugar.

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J ames had been hunting for mushrooms on his own yesterday. He’d become the resident mushroom expert.

The rest of them, Max included, had been back at camp when James had come sprinting back, urgency on his face. He’d been so out of breath that he’d been unable to speak at first.

They’d all seen on his face that something was wrong. Very wrong.

“There’s someone here,” he’d finally said. “Someone from the compound. Less than a mile away. ”

“The compound?” Max had said. “Are you sure?”

James had nodded vigorously.

“How do you know?”

“I recognized him.He was in the dining hall with us when we were there. ”

“How can you be sure, though?” said Jake.

“He’s got a good memory for faces,” said Sadie.

“I would have just shot him,” said James. “But if there was someone else, I would have just drawn attention to us.”

“You did the right thing.”

It had been a blow to everyone. For the last week, they’d enjoyed an unusual sense of calm at their makeshift camp set up near Jake and Rose’s parked van.No one else knew they were there. They wanted to keep it that way.

It had been close to sundown, and they’d decided it’d be best to set out to investigate the following day. They’d doubled the watch, put out the fire, and suffered through the cold night.

No one had slept much, and when the morning had come, they were all tired and weak from lack of sleep.

“Thanks,” said Max, accepting the mug of coffee that Rose handed him.

He held the hot mug and took a sip of the strong, bitter coffee.It filled him with some much-needed warmth.

It was unusually cold. Winter had come early, and the air temperature was below freezing. Their water had frozen overnight.

“Looks like it might snow,” said John, looking up to the gray clouds that stretched across the entire sky.

“Let’s hope not,” said Max. “We don’t need any more problems. Although… ”

“ What is it? ”

“If there’s someone snooping around our area, snowfall could be a huge help.”

“ You’re talking about the tracks? ”

“Yeah, we’ll be able to see easily enough if someone’s been here.”

John nodded thoughtfully as he chewed his venison. Venison was practically their only food, aside from the mushrooms James hunted.

Their group was bigger than it had been. John and Cynthia, and Jake and Rose had joined their group less than a week ago. They’d all pooled their food together. But there really hadn’t been much. John had explained how they’d had to ditch most of their food when on the run from the militia scouts.

There’d been some food at the pot farmers tent. They’d had a stockpile of canned foods, along with long-lasting foods like rice and beans. But they’d all agreed that the best thing to do was save the shelf-stable items until they really needed it. If at some point in the future they couldn’t get venison, they’d be glad they’d saved the food. For now, the deer were plentiful. They’d shot two over the last week.

Max finished his portion of venison, drained the last of his coffee, and nodded to Mandy.“Come on,” he said. “Let’s get moving.”

“Almost ready,” said Mandy, not even glancing up. She was checking her rifle.

They finally had ammunition for their rifles. Not a lot. But some. The pot farmers had been fairly well armed. They’d even had ammunition for guns they didn’t have with them.

“You sure you don’t want me to come?” said John.

Max shook his head. “Better to have you here.”

John nodded.

“Ready,” said Mandy, shouldering her rifle.

She and Max set off, heading north, into the woods. They walked in silence for the first ten minutes.

The air seemed to be getting colder. Max had on his jacket, but it was far from being a winter jacket. At least they were moving. That was the best way to stay warm.

When the cold was really bad was at night. Especially without the fire. They had some sleeping bags and blankets. But not enough.

The group’s gear was really a hodgepodge. Bits and pieces.Nothing was complete. The things John and Cynthia had brought had been scavenged from various other peoples’ gear, and then they’d had to abandon half of it.

The things taken from the pot farmers had been useful, but obviously the pot farmers hadn’t been preparing for an event like this. They were just expecting to be out in the woods for a month or so, with regular trips into town, judging from what they’d had with them.

Jake and Rose were a whole different situation altogether.They’d had some invaluable things, like the radio. Not to mention a working van. And some treats, like plenty of coffee. But they had no guns, no knives. Nothing but basic camping gear.

A larger group had plenty of advantages. And a lot more problems.

More mouths to feed, more people to worry about.

Max walked along, lost in his own thoughts, his eyes scanning the cold forest.

Finally, Mandy spoke.

“Aren’t you happy to see your brother again?”

“Of course,” said Max.”Why?”

Frankly, the question puzzled him.

“You haven’t seemed happy since he got here. And you hardly talk to him. He clearly wants to talk to you. ”

Max shrugged. “We’re trying to survive,” he said. “There’s no time for happiness. We’re either alive or we’re not. ”

“But you know what I mean. He’s your brother. I hardly hear you two talking. Was that how your family was or something? ”

“I’m not going to get into my whole family history,” said Max.“It’s not important. Not now. Keep your eyes open for anything unusual. ”

“Nothing so far,” said Mandy. “I just don’t get the thing between you and John.”

Max sighed. “Fine,” he said. “You really want my thoughts on it?”

Mandy nodded. “It’s like prying nails sometimes with you. Go ahead. Please. ”

“We weren’t that close,” said Max. “I’m happy he’s alive, obviously. It’s very different now than he was. The EMP changed him. Probably for the better.I think he can be a big help to us. ”

“Real deep,” muttered Mandy.

Max shrugged and looked to the sky. A single snowflake fell onto his nose.

“Snow,” said Max. “I guess John was right.”

“I hate the snow,” muttered Mandy. “Makes me thinks of having to shovel out my car. And dealing with traffic. ”

“Well, that’s not going to be a problem. Although the roads could get bad without anybody plowing. Depends how much it snows. ”

“Hopefully it doesn’t come to having to deal with that.I’m liking having a camp, a home base. Rather than being on the move. ”

“Me too,” said Max. “But it doesn’t really matter what we like.”

“Yeah,” said Mandy, finishing his thought for him. “It’s about what keeps us alive. You’ve told us all countless times. ”

Over the next hour, they traveled in a large arc around the campsite. There were no signs of anyone. The snow continued to fall. It was picking up, and showed no signs of slowing down. Soon, there was a light covering of snow on the ground.

“We’re making tracks,” said Max, pointing down to their footprints.

“I don’t know if that’s good or bad.”

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