Postcard History Series: Lower Merion
Lower Merion Historical Society
(Arcadia Publishing, 127 pages)
The Main Line ain’t what it used to be. That much is evident from the dozens of classic images collected here. Gazing upon Lower Merion and Narberth as they were from around the turn of the 20th century to 1950, one gets a real sense of the evolving manmade landscape and its sometimes uneasy coexistence with the grandeur of the countryside. The history lessons are plentiful, and there are a few curiosities—like the peculiar costumed shot of Haverford College’s Class of 1888. Visit arcadiapublishing.com.
Main Liners: The Blue Fahua
By Barbara K. Clement
(Kay Square Press, 285 pages)
Often, even the most desirable zip code isn’t enough to quell the wanderlust of a suburban housewife. In the second installment of her Main Liners mystery series, former Villanova University public relations guru Barbara K. Clement leaves the white picket fences behind for more exotic—often dangerous—corners of the world. The Blue Fahua follows two women as they venture outside the safety of their Main Line bubble. But can they ever really come home again? Visit kaysquarepress.com.
Five by Five
The Hooters (Hooters Music)
Celebrating 30 years together, the Hooters show no signs of slowing down. Their new EP, Five by Five, captures the esteemed Main Line band mixing new and old at Conshohocken’s Elm Street Studios. In the former category, “Silver Lining” is an up-tempo feel-good nugget, while the Cajun-spiced “Really Fine Wine” and “Pissing in the Rhine” (sung in German) are just plain fun. Elsewhere, the band revisits “Time After Time” and “One of Us”—both major hits for other artists. Visit hootersmusic.com.