Shantyboat: A River Way of Life
Hubbard and his wife built a 24-foot houseboat and lived on it for six years, eventually drifting downriver to New Orleans.
Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography
This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
The River Queen
An engaging, meditative account of travels aboard a houseboat on the upper Mississippi (the journey ends in Paris Landing, Tennessee).
The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs, Natchez to New Orleans, 1870-1920
An excellent collection of early steamboat photos. Images include steamboat exteriors, interiors, passengers, crew and river scenes.
Mississippi Solo: A River Quest
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.
Views on the Mississippi, The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse
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.
Delta Wedding / The Ponder Heart
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.
Mark Twain On Travel
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.
The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation
This illustrated popular history -- and travelogue -- tells the story of the great river from the time of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
Hannibal, Missouri, Bluff City Memories
A volume in the illustrated Images of America series.
Hannibal Missouri, A Brief History
Tracing this history of Mark Twain's hometown from hamlet to bustling river port.
Voices on the River
Havinghurst relates the colorful tale of famous steamboats and men who piloted them in this classic collection of tales of the Mississippi.
Life on the Mississippi
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.
Old Man River, The Mississippi River in North American History
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
William Heat-Moon and a small crew travel westward across the rivers of America in a dual-outward boat dubbed "River-Horse."
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.
Wilderness and the American Mind
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.
USA, Central Map
A map of the central United States.
William Clark and the Shaping of the West
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.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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.
Moon Handbook St. Louis
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
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.
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
A handsome Everyman's Edition of Twain's classics.