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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.
USA, Central Map
A map of the central United States.
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.
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 World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
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.
James J. Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest
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.
New Orleans Then and Now
A collection of photos encompassing New Orleans past and present.
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.
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.
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.
The Sinking of the USS Cairo
Wideman exposes the full story behind the Confederate team responsible for blowing up the USS Cairo in this interesting study.
Rand Mcnally Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Regional Map
A map for both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Moon Minneapolis & St. Paul
This travel guide covers everything the Twin Cities has to offer. Includes excursions, restaurants, attractions and much more.
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
A handsome Everyman's Edition of Twain's classics.
A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
A compilation of Martin Luther King Jr's speeches, interviews and writings.
Moon New Orleans
Martone gives great insight into everything you need to know when traveling to New Orleans.
Streetwise New Orleans
A street map of New Orleans.
New Orleans Mon Amour
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.
The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements Conversations Between an MLK Jr. Confidant and a Modern-Day Activist
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.
Hannibal Missouri, A Brief History
Tracing this history of Mark Twain's hometown from hamlet to bustling river port.
A Streetcar Named Desire
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.
Minneapolis-St. Paul: A Photo Tour of the Twin Cities
Learn about the history and culture through this informative read. Includes 88 photos of attractions, events and neighborhoods in the Twin Cities!
A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
This guidebook covers the wildlife that is found in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
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.
Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography
This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
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.