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Bar Mitzvah (son of the commandment) and Bat Mitzvah (daughter of the commandment) mark the age when adult reason and responsibility begin. In this third book about her, Toby Belfer, a Jewish girl growing up in rural Louisiana, learns about the Bar Mitzvah ceremony through her older cousin Paul. Beginning with Toby’s invitation to Paul’s Bar Mitzvah and ending with the cutting of the challah and the traditional dance called the horah, the reader is led through the experience of this ancient ceremony.
The Union army’s bombardment of Charleston lasted 545 days, a record not exceeded until the siege of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) during World War II. First-time author W. Chris Phelps uses letters, diaries, and other primary documents to describe life inside the target city. By referencing military archives, he also supports the widely held contemporary belief that the shelling was prolonged by the North’s desire for terror and revenge against the civilian population, and had no military purpose once the initial strategy had failed.
In 1945, Jella Lepman was asked by the United States Army to serve as a cultural and educational advisor for her native country. While being driven around war-ravaged Germany in a U.S. Army jeep, Jella noticed how hungry the German children were for books since their schools and libraries had been destroyed. Jella wrote letters to publishers all over the world and asked for donations. These donations became an exhibition of children’s books that traveled throughout Germany. Books continue to be donated by various countries, forever honoring the spirit of Jella Lepman and her belief that books truly can make the world a better place.
One sleepy morning, two hungry cowpokes decide to make a big, hot buttermilk biscuit. Cowboy Jack kneads the soft dough and adds three pats of butter and a smear of strawberry jam to give the buttermilk biscuit a face before setting the skillet on the fire to cook. When the biscuit is done cooking, out pops a buttermilk biscuit boy—and with him, a whole mess of trouble!
For the greater part of the first half of the eighteenth century, Louis Juchereau de St. Denis was the guiding force on the Louisiana-Texas frontier. It is probable that no other man exercised such a determining influence over so long a period in the early affairs of Louisiana and Texas. His rare talents served a vital and peculiar need for colonial France in a critical and most formative period. Paperback.
On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off Dike Bridge and into Poucha Pond in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, after a night of partying in nearby Edgartown. Kennedy was unharmed and returned to Edgartown as if nothing had happened. His cousin Joe Gargan was reportedly willing to take the rap for the wreck, but he was not going to be held responsible for a death!
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Charleston, as the site where the Ordinance of Secession was signed, faced the full wrath of Union forces. In response, the Charleston Battalion, comprised of volunteers from all strata of local society, formed a loyal, effective fighting unit. They served with distinction in several campaigns in Virginia and North Carolina and defended their hometown against Union invaders.
With humor and panache, Nelson tells of her exploits gleaning intelligence while gathering recipes and sampling the local cuisine. Kebabs in Turkey, kimchi in Korea, spargel in Germany, eels in Spain, and Rumbledethumps in Scotland were among the delightful gastronomic surprises she encountered. Dozens of unusual recipes with memorable histories pepper this irresistible memoir of fascinating events, extraordinary corners of the globe, and clandestine culinary pursuits.
This educational alphabet book captures the confederate soldier’s experience during the War Between the States. Children will learn historical facts and about the spirit of the South and what inspired these men to fight for what they believed in. In the midst of war, soldiers and civilians alike found inspiration in simple things, such as the songs they sang and the food they ate.
Highlighting iconic Dallas dishes and the confections made famous by the city’s favorite restaurants, Dallas Classic Desserts shares the secrets behind such indulgences as Fearing’s Caramelized Apple Fritters and Al Biernat’s Texas Pecan Pie à la Mode.
From the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776, this comprehensive alphabet book follows the citizens of the Thirteen Colonies as they fight for representation. During the 1700s, greed ruled King George III of England, and he thought he could tax the Colonists on anything. As a result, they rebelled by forming their own government. Featuring C for Continental Congress, I for Independence, and R for Revolution, this historical children’s book infuses readers with patriotism and awe.
This engaging autobiography relives Gary Penley’s childhood on a remote cattle ranch in Colorado, the personal struggles he endures after his grandfather passes away, and his decision to enlist in the U.S. Navy. After completing the rigid demands of boot camp and one of the navy’s toughest programs—the Nuclear Power School—Penley embarks on an underwater adventure across the world.
For twenty years, Della Raye lived at the Partlow State Asylum for Mental Deficients in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Left there by her uncle in 1929 at the age of four, along with her mother, aunt, and brother, she would know her mother only as another threat the attendants of the institution employed against her. She was subjected to beatings, made to work like a slave, and was given little formal education.
Take a trip across miles of salty seawater in the entertaining and informative children’s book Discovering Pirates. Part nonfiction, part poetry, and plenty of fun, Discovering Pirates takes young readers on a wave of adventure from the Mediterranean Sea into the tropical waters of the Caribbean. In this lavishly illustrated children’s book, one can find a world of riches, discovery, and excitement. Hardcover.
The Oregonian’s editorial cartoonist covers race, homelessness, and more. Paperback.
The artistic history of Louisiana, from the French and Spanish Baroque painters of colonial Louisiana to the abstraction of the New Orleans modern-ists, can be studied through the diverse styles that are seen in the works of artists who painted in Louisiana in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hardcover.
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