Happy Monday, DC3! Start your week off right by checking out one of our new titles. We have romance, action/adventure, biography, history, and even Ninja Turtles! Something is sure to pique your interest. Have a look:
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks We’ll make it through . . two by two. At thirty-two, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive, and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the Dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that dream. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.
In a matter of moths, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter London while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Trying to launch his own business while grappling with the demise of his marriage, the only thing he knows for certain is that London must be sheltered from the consequences of these radical changes. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey of once terrifying and rewarding – one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
When a chance encounter with an old flame tempts him to take a chance on love again, he will navigate this new opportunity with trepidation and wonder. But with the loyal support of his parents and his wise older sister Marge, and in the hard-won lessons of fatherhood, Russ will finally come to understand the true nature of unconditional love- that it is a treasure to be bestowed, never earned.
Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While there, she reached out to the trapped Jewish families, going from door to door and asking the parents to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling them out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. She made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them out under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings.
But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept secret lists buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend’s back garden. On them were the names and true identities of those Jewish children, recorded with the hope that their relatives could find them after the war. She could not have known that more than ninety percent of their families would perish.
In Irena’s Children, Tilar J. Mazzeo tells the incredible story of this courageous woman who risked her life to save innocent children from the Holocaust – a truly heroic tale of survival, resilience, and redemption.
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous Witch Trials and the new home of sixteen-year-old Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam is not exactly welcomed with open arms. She is a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those Trials – and almost immediately she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?
As if dealing with that wasn’t enough, Sam finds herself face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff.
Soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting everyone with ties to the Trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first alleged witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.
The General vs. the President by H.W. Brands The General vs. the President unfolds in the years immediately following World War II, when peace has been restored but the roots of a new world conflict are visible to all. H.W. Brand’s thrilling narrative places two men – President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur – on a collision course that will put that fragile peace at risk and plunge America into a constitutional crisis.
Beloved though he is today, Harry Truman in office was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. The nation’s economy stumbled. Europe lay in ruins, and tensions were rising with the Soviet Union; on no issue was Truman’s path clear and easy. He has become vice president only in Franklin Roosevelt’s fourth term, and he knew nothing of FDR’s vision for the world after the war. As president he had to learn by doing, and the education took time.
General MacArthur, by contrast, was wildly popular. He had secured the Allied victory in the Pacific and directed the occupation of Japan, remaking it in America’s image. The lesson MacArthur drew from World War II was absolute: Appeasement leads to disaster. Applied to the Cold war, this meant that a showdown with the communists was inevitable and necessary, even though the SOviets now had nuclear weapons. The approaches of the two men 0 the audacity of MacArthur versus the patience of Truman 0 collided fatefully when Communist North Korea invaded South Korea. Despite his growing distrust of MacArthur, Truman was forced to rely on him to turn the aggressors back. But when the general’s reckless strategy drew China into the war, Truman astonished the world by firing MacArthur.
In The General vs. the President, H.W. Brands has created an unforgettable portrait of an untested president forging a new era of American leadership.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the five giants. Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla – as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal.
But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.
Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons . . .
The French Chef in America by Alex Prud’homme This enchanting follow-up to My Life in France – Juila Child’s beloved and best-selling memoir – tells the story of the remarkable woman who found her true voice in middle age and profoundly shaped the way we eat today. Here Julia’s grandnephew and My Life in France co-author, Alex Prud’homme chronicles Julia’s rise from home cook to our first celebrity chef.
Following the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia set her sights on the rapidly expanding medium of television. Hailed as America’s first lady of French food, she became a household name in the 1960’s. But she grew restless, and by reinventing and re-Americanizing herself, she fashioned a second career in the 1970’s. As her star rose, she moved away from her “French Chef” persona and began performing as “Julia Child.”
These years were both some of the best and some of the worst of Julia’s life. From documenting culinary traditions in France to covering a state dinner at the White House to her attempt to commemorate the foods of the original thirteen colonies, Julia’s shows brought her into living rooms across the country. She railed against nouvelle cuisine and vegetarianism, was spoofed by Saturday Night Live, and broke away from public television to gain an even wider audience on Good Morning America. But even as Julia reached the pinnacle of professional success, she and her husband, Paul, suffered great personal losses at home.
The French Chef in America also tells the story of Julia’s most important relationships: her decades-long friendship with her editor, Judith Jones; her mentoring of culinary talents, such as Jacques Pépin and Emeril Lagasse; her complicated but deeply affectionate bond with her “French sister” and co-author, Simca Beck – and, of course, her loving marriage to Paul Child.
Filled with Paul’s photographs, family snapshots, celebrity portraits, and more, The French Chef in America is a fascinating look at the second act of a unique culinary icon.
Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1 New York City. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles face the battle of a lifetime, fighting both the fearsome Foot Clan and their leader, the Shredder, and the alien forces of General Krang . . . which is exactly Krang’s plan. Now a single dimensional warp can rid him of both his greatest rivals at once.
Gotham City. From the Penguin to Killer Croc to Ra’s al Ghul and beyond, the caped crime-fighter called Batman already has his hands full protecting his city. Suddenly, a new enemy emerges 0 the Shredder and his ninja followers, transported to Gotham and unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Now they’re on the hunt for the technology that will help them return home . . . and conquer Gotham City in the process, with the help of Batman’s deadliest rogues.
But heroes come in all shapes, and the Dark Knight does not fight alone. As the Caped Crusader joins forces with Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Master Splinter, can the Bat, the Rat, and the Turtles take down the most vicious villains from two dimensions?
Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber Continuing a festive annual tradition, New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a new holiday novel full of romance and cheer – and the magical prospect of finding love in even the most guarded hearts.
Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a challenge. No matter how hard she tries to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper, that’s the last straw. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.
To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats, and the disagreeable grinch won’t even accept them. Meanwhile, Julia’s blog becomes an online sensation. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain’s gruff facade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain – and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog grows, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.
Belichick and Brady by Michael Holley No head coach-quarterback pair has been more successful in NFL history than Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. They have won four Super Bowls, Six AFC championships, and thirteen division titles. And now Holley takes us inside their relationship, dissecting how these men and their team came to dominate football.
Belichick, a genius as a defensive coordinator, had been a five-year flop as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Upon his controversial arrival in Foxboro, though, he quickly began to remake the team at every level – scouts, coaches, and players. His bold, calculated approach had fans up in arms, sportswriters questioning his intelligence, and players wondering how long they would last on the team.
Meanwhile, buried down in the 2000 NFL draft, the 199th overall pick was a skinny kid from the university of Michigan named Tom Brady who many scouts thought would never succeed at a professional level. The lowest of the four quarterbacks on the team’s depth chart, he appeared to be just one of the guys. Like Belichick, though, he lived for football, and he knew the playbook as well as Drew Bledsoe, the franchise quarterback. And when Bledsoe was injured in 2001, Brady took the job and vowed to never give it back.
The handsome Brady became a star, wearing hand-tailored suits, appearing in movies and on magazine covers, and marrying a supermodel. Belichick, with his trademark cut-off hoodies, was the opposite of a fashion plate. Together, the odd couple somehow rose above controversies and tragedies. Draft picks were lost, suspensions given, lawsuits filed. As their legends have grown, so have their critics with some of those critics operating from NFL headquarters. Despite that, with Belichick’s deft and brilliant strategy in the draft year in and year out and Brady’s exacting decision-making on the field, the Patriots cultivated an atmosphere of success and won a stunning 75 percent of their games together.
Respected and reviled, Belichick and Brady have set the bar high for excellence in a league designed for parity. They have rarely been understood. Until now. Based on dozens of interviews with former and current players, coaches, and executives, Belichick and Brady is an eye-opening look at the minds, motives, and wild ambitions of two men who have left an indelible mark on the game of football.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torment and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart; a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom; and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone – or something – starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself!
The second book of the Harry Potter series, now illustrated in brilliant full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay.
The Herbal Apothecary by JJ Pursell with photos by Shawn Linehan Plant-based medicines offer many healing possibilities for the body, mind, and spirit. In this holistic guide, naturopath JJ Pursell provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to medicinal plants, explaining how they work and how to use them safely.
Incorporating traditional wisdom and scientific information, The Herbal Apothecary includes advice on growing and foraging for healing plants and recommendations for plant-based formulations to fight common ailments. Step-by-step instructions show you how to make your own teas, salves, capsules, tinctures, and other essential herbal remedies.
Whether you want to treat muscle strain, calm your anxiety, or fight the common cold, taking charge of your health and well-being begins here.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Carol Wallace Betrayed by his childhood friend and falsely accused of attempting to murder the Roman governor, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman, is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and his former friend Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.
As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world – both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew’s great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today’s audience.
Spaceman by Mike Massimino Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.
Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection.
Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope = which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission – Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.
Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre Britain’s Special Air Service – or SAS – was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young gad-about aristocrat with a remarkable strategic mind. Where his colleagues looked at a map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s dessert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind Nazi lines and sabotage their airplanes and supplies. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself.
Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to the SAS archives to shine a light on a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy – one whose hard methods would influence contemporary special forces around the world. The result is not only a tremendous war story, but also a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins Five teenagers from all over the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, family, love. What they don’t expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words “I love you” are said for the wrong reasons.
Five stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger story – about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down,a nd growing up. These teens are figuring out what sex and love are all about while asking, “Can I ever feel okay about myself?”
They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook “Albert Cashier” served three years in the Union army and passed successfully as a man until 1911 when the aging veteran was revealed to be a woman named Jennie Hodgers. Frances Clayton kept fighting even after her husband was gunned down in front of her at the Battle of Murfreesboro. Andmore than one soldier astonished “his” comrades-in-arms by giving birth in camp.
This lively and authoritative book opens a hitherto neglected chapter of Civil War history, telling the stories of hundreds of women who adopted male disguise and fought as soldiers. It explores their reasons for enlisting, their experiences in combat, and the way they were seen by their fellow soldiers and the American public. Impeccably researched and narrated with verve and wit, They Fought Like Demons is a major addition to our understanding of the Civil War era.
Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery An unflinching memoir about recovery as a mother of young kids, Bottled explains the perils moms face with drinking and chronicles the author’s path to recovery, from hitting bottom to the months of early sobriety – a blur of pain and chaos – to her now (in)frequent moments of peace.
Punctuated by potent, laugh-out-loud sarcasm, Bottled offers practical suggestions on how to be a sober, present-in-the-moment mom, one day at a time, and provides much needed levity on an issue too often treated with deadly seriousness.
Hidden in Plain View by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Ph.D. Hidden in Plain View tells the fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, explaining for the first time how enslaved men and women encoded messages within quilt patterns that helped fugitives navigate their escape along the Underground Railroad.
In 1994, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella McDaniel Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to “write this down,” Williams began to tell a story that had been passed along from generation to generation in her family. But as soon as she began, Ozella stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was “ready.” During the years it took for Williams’ narrative to unfold – and as the friendship and trust between the two women grew – Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, an art history professor and well-known African American quilter himself, to help unravel the mystery.
Part adventure and part history, Hidden in Plain View traces the origin of Ozella’s Code from Africa to the Carolinas, and shows how three people from completely diffrent backgrounds pieced together one amazing American story.
Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich In the late 1930’s, in asylums and hospitals across America, a group of renowned neurosurgeons embarked on a campaign to develop and refine a new class of brain operation – the lobotomy – that they hoped would eradicate everything from schizophrenia to homosexuality. These “psychosurgeons,” as they called themselves, occupied a gray zone between medical research and medical practice, and ended up subjecting untold numbers of people to the types of surgical experiments once limited to chimpanzees.
The most important test subject to emerge from this largely untold chapter in American history was a twenty-seven-year-old factory worker named Henry Molaison. In 1953, Henry – who suffered from severe epilepsy – received a radical new version of the lobotomy, one that targeted the most mysterious structures in the brain. The operation failed to eliminate Henry’s seizures, but it did have an unintended effect: Henry left the operating room profoundly amnesic, unable to create new long-term memories. Over the next sixty years, Patient H.M., as Henry was known, became the most studied individual in the history of neuroscience, a human guinea pig who would teach us much of what we know about memory today.
Luke Dittrich uses the case of Patient H.M. as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic journey, one that moves from the first recorded brain surgeries in ancient Egypt to the cutting-edge laboratories of MIT. He takes readers inside the old asylums and operating theaters where psychosurgeons conducted their human experiments, and behind the scenes of a bitter custody battle over the ownership of the most important brain in the world. Throughout, Dittrich delves into the enduring mysteries of the mind while exposing troubling stories of just how far we’ve gone in our pursuit of knowledge.
It is also, at times, a deeply personal journey. Dittrich’s grandfather was the brilliant, morally complex surgeon who operated on Molaison – and thousands of other patients. The author’s investigation into the dark roots of modern memory science ultimately forces him to confront unsettling secrets in his own family history, and to reveal the tragedy that fueled his grandfather’s relentless experimentation – experimentation that would revolutionize our understanding of ourselves.
Patient H.M. combines the best of biography, memoir, and science journalism to create a haunting, endlessly fascinating story, one that reveals the wondrous and devastating things that can happen when hubris, ambition, and human imperfections collide.
Notorious Kansas Bank Heists by Rod Beemer Bank robbers wreaked havoc in the Sunflower State. After robbing the Cautauqua State Bank in 1911, outlaw Elmer McCurdy was killed by lawmen but wasn’t buried for sixty-six years. His afterlife can be described only as bizarre. Belle Starr’s nephew Henry Starr claimed to have robbed twenty-one banks. The Dalton gang failed in their atempt to rob two banks simultaneously, but others accomplished this in Waterville in 1911. Nearly four thousand known vigilantes patrolled the Sunflower State during the 1920s and 1930s to combat the criminal menace. One group even had an airplane with a .50-caliber machine gun. Join author Rod Beemer for a wild ride into Kansas’s tumultuous bank heist history.
Harvey Houses of Kansas by Rosa Walston Latimer Starting in Kansas, Fred Harvey’s iconic Harvey House was the first to set the standard for fine dining and hospitality across the rugged Southwest. In 1876, the first of Harvey’s depot restaurants opened in Topeka, followed just a few years later by the first combination hotel and restaurant in Florence. Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls introduced good food and manners to the land of Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and raucous cattle drives. In her third book on the Harvey House legacy, author Rosa Walston Latimer goes back to where it all began in this history of hospitality from the Sunflower State.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery. Mary Lincoln was born into privilege. The story of their childhoods could not have been more different. Both girls grew up to be ambitious young women: Elizabeth was determined to earn enough money to buy her freedom; Mary sought a husband who would respect her intelligence. When each arrived in Washington, D.C., she was at a crucial moment in her life. Mary was to be the country’s First Lady, and Elizabeth had finally developed a client list that included the top of Washington society. Their friendship would survive the death of children, the assassination of the President, and a nationwide scandal.
Because Elizabeth Keckley wrote an autobiography, we know how the friendship developed between the dressmaker and First Lady. Set against the epic struggle of the Civil War, societal strictures about relations among races, and the demands and expectations of Washington society, this story offers a rare glimpse into a remarkable friendship. Lynda Jones’s narrative relies on Elizabeth Keckley’s autobiography for its recollections of dialogue and emotions. Archival images reflect the places and times, as well as the beautiful gowns that Elizabeth made for Mary. This is a unique glimpse into White House life during the Lincoln years and a testament to two strong, ambitious women.
When the Wolf Came by Mary Jane Warde When the peoples of the Indian Territory found themselves in the midst of the American Civil War, squeezed between Union Kansas and the Confederate Texas and Arkansas, they had no way to escape a conflict not of their choosing – and no alternative but to suffer its consequences.
When the Wolf Came explores how the war in the Indian Territory involved almost every resident, killed many civilians as well as soldiers, left the country stripped and devastated, and cost Indian nations millions of acres of land. Using a solid foundation of both published and unpublished sources, including the records of Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek nations, Mary Jane Warde details how the coming of the war set off a wave of migration into neighboring Kansas, the Red River Valley, and Texas. She describes how Indian Territory troops in Unionist regiments, or as Confederate allies, battled enemies – some from their own nations – in the territory and in neighboring Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. And she shows how postwar land cessions forced by the federal government on Indian nations formerly allied with the Confederacy allowed the removal of still more tribes to the Indian Territory, leaving millions of acres open for homesteads, railroads, and development in at least ten states.
Enhanced by maps and photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s photographic archives, When the Wolf Came will be welcomed by both general readers and scholars interested in the signal public events that marked that tumultuous era and the consequences for the territory’s tens of thousands of native peoples.
The Madman and the Assassin by Scott Martelle Union Calvaryman Boston Corbett became a national celebrity after killing John Wilkes Booth, but as details of his odd personality became known, he also became the object of derision. Over time, he was largely forgotten to history, a minor character in the final act of Booth’s tumultuous life. And yet Corbett led a fascinating life of his own, a tragic saga that weaved through the monumental events of nineteenth-century America.
Corbett was an English immigrant and devout Christian who long struggled not only with poverty but also with mental illness, which was likely caused by the mercury he used in his job as a silk hat finisher. He was one of the first volunteers to join the US Army at the outbreak of the Civil War, a path that would in time land him in the notorious Andersonville prison camp. Eventually released, he ended up in the squadron that cornered Lincoln’s assassin in a Virginia barn. After the war, he headed west as a homesteader to the plains of Kansas, where his shaky mental health led to his undoing.
The Madman and the Assassin is the first full-length biography of Boston Corbett, a man thrust into the spotlight during a national news event and into an unwelcome transformation from anonymity to fame, and back to obscurity.
Twenty-Five Years Among the Indians and Buffalo by William D. Street Nearing 60, William D. Street (1851-1911) sat down to write his memoir of frontier life. Street’s early years on the plains of western Kansas were both ordinary and extraordinary; ordinary in what they reveal about the everyday life of so many who went out to the western frontier, extraordinary in their breadth and epth of historical event and impact. His tales of life as a teamster, cavalryman, town developer, trapper, buffalo hunter, military scout, and cowboy put us squarely in the middle of such storied events as Sheridan’s 1868-1869 winter campaign on the southern plains and the Cheyenne Exodus of 1878. They take us trapping beaver and hunting buffalo for hides and meat, and driving cattle on the Great Western Cattle Trail. They give us insight into Street’s evolving understanding of his multi-decade relationship with the Lakota. And they give us a front-row seat at the founding and development of Jewell and Gaylord, Kansas, and a firsthand look at the formation of Jewell’s “Buffalo Militia.”
In later life Street rose to prominence as a newspaper publisher, state legislator, and regent of the Kansas State Agricultural College. At the time of his death – noted in the New York Times – he was still at work on his memoir. Handed down through his family over the past century and faithfully transcribed here, Street’s story of frontier life is as rich in history as it is in character, giving us a sense of what it was to be not just a witness to, but a player in, the drama of the plains as it unfolded in the late nineteenth century. Edited by Street’s great-grandson, with an introduction by Richard Etulain, a leading scholar of the West, this memoir is history as it was lived, recalled in sharp detail and recounted in engaging prose, for the ages.
Diary of a Waitress by Carolyn Meyer Kitty Evans here, reporting from Belen, New Mexico. Who knew that being a waitress serving customers along the rail lines for the great Fred Harvey restaurants would mean following so many rules and always, always wearing a smile on my face? Luckily, I have such good friends in Cordelia and Emmy, my fellow Harvey Girls. They have helped to make this not-so-glamorous waitressing life a wonderful and life-changing experience.
As a Harvey Girl, Kitty Evans must work long hours and wrestle with the ups and downs of new friends, budding romance, and her relationship with her family. Kitty is devoted to her diary, where she records all of her private thoughts and feelings. But Kitty also dreams about being a journalist, and her writing transports readers from the American Midwest to the American Southwest of the mid-1920’s, where Kitty is captivated by New Mexican life as well as by the popular culture of the times. A first-rate chronicler, Kitty Evans proves to be the perfect tour guide, both to the world she lives in and to her own heart.
The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill by Andrea Warren Buffalo Bill! This iconic man of the west was the greatest showman of his era – the legendary founder and star of the world-famous Wild West show that entertained audiences here and abroad with its action-packed extravaganza of cowboys, Indians, trick riding; sharpshooters, and more.
But long before stardom, Buffalo Bill, born Billy Cody, had to grow up fast when his family was caught up in the mayhem of the Kansas-Missouri Border War prior to the Civil War. Would Kansas enter the Union as a slave or free state?
The death of Billy’s father by a pro-slaver meant Billy, then eleven, had to support his family. And he did, working on wagon trains headed west, tracking Indians and buffalo, and riding for the Pony Express. When the violence in Bleeding Kansas escalated, he joined the infamous Jayhawkers, then became an army scout and spy – all by age seventeen.
In this story of a courageous, adventurous boy, Andrea Warren captures a pivotal time in American history, when a divided nation heads into the Civil War that will challenge its very existence, and Billy Cody must step into adult shoes to care for his family and serve his country.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned – Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is not mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret netowrk of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a heaven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey – hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
Other new titles: Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State by Jonathan Conard and Kristin Conard; While the Kettle’s On: Poetry by Melissa Fite Johnson; Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham; Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds by Michael John Haddock, Craig C. Freeman, and Janet E. Bare
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