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North Tonawanda, addiction are topics

Wintertime has brought some new titles for readers interested in books by and about Western New York and its residents.

Among them:

"Set Free: One Man's Story of Deliverance From Addiction" by Daniel Glushefski (Carmen Publishing of Albion, 168-page paperback, ($12).

Clarence resident Glushefski tells a story about a life that spun out of control before being brought back into a path of virtue by Christian practice, marriage and family. The husband and father of seven children, Glushefski writes about his struggles as a young man with alcohol, gambling and other addictions.

Glushefski is today the owner of Pilgrim Properties, a real estate business. He is also founder and trustee of the Matthew Foundation, which raises money to build projects in foreign locales including Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Honduras.

"North Tonawanda: Historic Treasures, Vols. I and II," by the North Tonawanda History Museum, compiled by editor Donna Zellner Neal and assistant editor John Zellner Neal.

This exhaustive two-volume set, comprising more than 650 pages, traces much of the history of North Tonawanda and its residents -- some well-known (Maryalice Demler, for example), some lesser known. Editors Donna Zellner Neal and assistant John Zellner Neal present an anecdote-studded text that includes photographs and descriptions of many locations -- including individual homes -- in North Tonawanda.

Published by Pioneer Printers, the book is a project of the North Tonawanda History Museum.