The list left many unimpressed, both by the prices and the offerings. Many are public-domain titles that are available for free through Project Gutenberg, but that cost anywhere from $2.99 (Moby Dick) to $11.99 (The Federalist Papers) up to $14.99 (for Joseph Conrad's The Rescue).
"One of the things that happens is the shelters schedule euthanasias ahead of the storm," said a volunteer who rushed to the evacuation zone. She brought back 51 dogs, including a litter of puppies that were just two days old, and nine kittens.
"Mass psychogenic illness happens all the time. We see it all the time with law enforcement. Police pull someone over and find an unknown substance. Suddenly their heart's racing, they're nauseated and sweaty. They say, 'I'm sick. I'm gonna pass out.' That is your normal physiological response to potential danger."
Philly is bracing for the arrival of dockless, electric scooters, the latest sharing-economy disrupter. The devices from tech companies Bird and Lime have been dumped, without warning, on city sidewalks nationwide and met with cease-and-desist orders, bans and even vigilante activism.
As students pile in alongside third-generation homeowners and young professionals purchase new construction at quadruple the price of the house next door, conflicts too often blossom into all-out wars. The weapons: A call to the cops, a knife to a tire, and even, in one chilling case, a dead raccoon on a doorstep.
Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.