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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
A handsome Everyman's Edition of Twain's classics.
New Orleans Then and Now
by Sharon Keaton
A collection of photos encompassing New Orleans past and present.
The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs
by Joan W. and Thomas H. Gandy
Great if you are looking for old pictures- not only of steamboats but also from the steamboat era as well. I like this book very much because it gives you a great overview of this time in history.
Rand McNally Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota Regional Map
by Rand McNally
A map for both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
This Penguin 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.
New Orleans Mon Amour
by Andrei Codrescu
A collection of essays documenting Andrei Codrescu's life in New Orleans. Codrescu's covers the people, celebrations, history and corruption that make up the Cresent City.
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
by Martin Luther King, James M. Washington (Editor)
A compilation of Martin Luther King Jr's speeches, interviews and writings.
Moon Minneapolis & St. Paul
by Tricia Cornell
This travel guide covers everything the Twin Cities has to offer. Includes excursions, restaurants, attractions and much more.
USA, Central Map
by Rand McNally
A map of the central United States.
Hannibal Missouri, A Brief History
by Ken Marks
Tracing this history of Mark Twain's hometown from hamlet to bustling river port.
Mark Twain On Travel
by Mark Twain, Terry Mort (Editor)
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.
Streetwise New Orleans
A street map of New Orleans.
Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography
by Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
Old Man River, The Mississippi River in North American History
by Paul Schneider
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.
The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
by Ned Sublette
Winner of the Humanities Book of the Year Award and more, this fascinating read tells the story of New Orleans first one hundred years. Sublette details the struggle between France, Spain and England that shaped New Orleans into what it is today.
Moon New Orleans
by Laura Martone
Martone gives great insight into everything you need to know when traveling to New Orleans.
Minneapolis-St. Paul: A Photo Tour of the Twin Cities
by Gregg Felsen
Learn about the history and culture through this informative read. Includes 88 photos of attractions, events and neighborhoods in the Twin Cities!
The Sinking of the USS Cairo
by John C Wideman
Wideman exposes the full story behind the Confederate team responsible for blowing up the USS Cairo in this interesting study.
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
This classic drama follows Blanche DuBois and the issues that arise when she moves to New Orleans to live with her sister and her husband.
Mississippi Solo: A River Quest
by Eddy L. Harris
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.
Life On The Mississippi
by Mark Twain
An invaluable companion to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain's inimitable portrait of 'the great Father of Waters'. Part memoir, part travelogue, it expresses the full range of Twain's literary personality, and remains the most vivid, boisterous and provocative account of the cultural and societal history of the Mississippi Valley, from 'the golden age' of steamboating to the violence wrought by the Civil War.
The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation
by Stephen Ambrose, Douglas Brinkley
This illustrated popular history -- and travelogue -- tells the story of the great river from the time of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
Moon Handbook St. Louis
by Brooke S. Foster
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.
The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements Conversations Between an MLK Jr. Confidant and a Modern-Day Activist
by Kevin Shird and Nelson Malden
Shird and Malden reflect on the Civil Rights Movement of the past. With a second wave beginning they take a look at the lessons learned in order to build a better future.
A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
by John J. Moriarty, Siah L. St. Clair
This guidebook covers the wildlife that is found in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
James J. Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest
by Michael P. Malone
Malone takes a look at the life of James J. Hill, focusing on the railroad race as well as the role Hill played in the region's development.