Suggested Reading List
Delta Wedding / The Ponder Heart
Author: Eudora Welty
Description: A double-bill including Delta Wedding, Welty's delightful comedy of manners, which affectionately sends up an extended southern clan, and The Ponder Heart, a comic novella about a wealthy family’s attempts to prevent a hapless son and heir from giving away the family fortune.
Hannibal Missouri, A Brief History
Author: Ken Marks
Description: Tracing this history of Mark Twain's hometown from hamlet to bustling river port.
Hannibal, Missouri, Bluff City Memories
Author: Steve Chou
Description: A volume in the illustrated Images of America series.
Life on the Mississippi
Author: Mark Twain
Description: Twain returns to the days of his youth spent on the Mississippi in this classic. Full of historical information, anecdotes, character sketches and fond memories, it's at once a romantic history of a mighty river and an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days.
Mark Twain On Travel
Author: Mark Twain, Terry Mort (Editor)
Description: A journalist, wanderer, opinionated and marvelously entertaining, Mark Twain wrote five well-received travel books over his long career. Editor Terry Mort handpicks choice selections for this satisfying anthology, organized geographically.
Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Description: This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
Mississippi Solo: A River Quest
Author: Eddy L. Harris
Description: From Minnesota to New Orleans, Harris travels the length of the Mississippi in a canoe, facing shotgun-wielding bigots, wild dogs and tumultuous waves, ultimately emerging with an unforgettable and engaging American memoir.
Moon Handbook St. Louis
Author: Brooke S. Foster
Description: A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Author: Jon Dunn
Description: From Alaska to Baja California, Nova Scotia and Florida, this guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Tabbed for easy access, the color range maps in this sixth edition are outstanding.
Old Man River, The Mississippi River in North American History
Author: Paul Schneider
Description: Schneider's magnificent portrait takes in ancient geology, mound builders, the Iroquois, explorers, trappers, the Civil War and the steamboat era all the way to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat Across America
Author: William Least Heat-Moon
Description: William Heat-Moon and a small crew travel westward across the rivers of America in a dual-outward boat dubbed "River-Horse."
Shantyboat: A River Way of Life
Author: Harlan Hubbard
Description: Hubbard and his wife built a 24-foot houseboat and lived on it for six years, eventually drifting downriver to New Orleans.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Author: Mark Twain
Description: This Pengun Classics edition of Twain's story of Missouri river-rat Tom Sawyer is introduced by noted Twain scholar Seelye, who considers Twain's impact on American literature.
Author: Vilhelm Moberg, Gustaf Lannestock (Translator)
Description: The author, Vilhelm Moberg, one of Swedens' great 20th century writers, captures the daily lives of Swedish pioneers in early America in this first of four novels about a Swedish couple who make a new life in Minnesota.
The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs, Natchez to New Orleans, 1870-1920
Author: Joan Gandy, Thomas Gandy
Description: An excellent collection of early steamboat photos. Images include steamboat exteriors, interiors, passengers, crew and river scenes.
The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation
Author: Stephen Ambrose, Douglas Brinkley
Description: This illustrated popular history -- and travelogue -- tells the story of the great river from the time of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
The River Queen
Author: Mary Morris
Description: An engaging, meditative account of travels aboard a houseboat on the upper Mississippi (the journey ends in Paris Landing, Tennessee).
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Description: A handsome Everyman's Edition of Twain's classics.
USA, Central Map
Author: Map Art Maps
Description: A map of the central United States.
Views on the Mississippi, The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse
Author: Mark Neuzil, Henry Peter Bosse
Description: The first comprehensive collection of photographs by the foremost nineteenth-century photographer of the Mississippi River. Henry Peter Bosse's blue cyanotype prints are a beautiful introduction to steamboat era in the Midwest.
Voices on the River
Author: Walter Havighurst
Description: Havinghurst relates the colorful tale of famous steamboats and men who piloted them in this classic collection of tales of the Mississippi.
Wilderness and the American Mind
Author: Roderick Nash
Description: A classic essay on changing American attitudes toward wilderness and the environment, including an enlightening discussion on western expansion. With chapters on Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Alaska and wilderness preservation.
William Clark and the Shaping of the West
Author: Landon Y. Jones
Description: Jones captures the drama and significance of the life of Brigadier General William Clark in this vivid tale of the man and the ruthless, often lawless, expansion of the American frontier.