Author: Old Farmer’s Almanac
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
America’s best-selling annual publication is also the most beloved. A reference book that reads like a magazine, the Almanac contains “everything under the Sun, including the Moon”—facts, feature articles, and advice that are “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor.” The 2013 edition, which marks the publication’s 221st anniversary, will feature • weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus hints of how a low sunspot cycle could influence conditions in the coming years • the most accurate astronomical data in the solar system, with best-viewing recommendations for every month • safe and easy home remedies for each season’s most common—and uncomfortable—aches and ailments • fail-safe gardening tips to ensure a hefty harvest, ideas for using vegetable plants as ornamentals, plus gardening by the Moon • delicious recipes for homebaked cakes, cookies, and pies; plus readers’ best bacon dishes • amusing and enlightening articles on raising children, kisses, and why pets bite (and how to stop them) and much, much more! Added value this year: • 80 full-color pages • full-color national weather maps of winter and summer forecasts
From Turpentine Stew to Hoochinoo
Author: Ann Chandonnet
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Ann Chandonnet brings us a rollicking history of gold rush food complete with hearty recipes ranging from sourdough flapjacks to stewed porcupine. From miners meals and home remedies to holiday fare, beverages, and housekeeping, Gold Rush Grub follows the trail of stampeders from Sutter's Mill in California to Alaska and the Klondike. The first food history of its kind, Gold Rush Grub presents a panoramic view of an exciting period in American history. The grub that stampeders ate was affected by everything from arctic weather to Pacific Coast agriculture and Midwest meat packing. For those who struck it rich, there were oysters, ice cream, and cognac. The less fortunate had to make due with beans and nettle soup. Readers with an adventurous palate can experiment with recipes for scalloped grayling and caribou scrapple. Those who prefer to leave the porcupines and bears in peace will enjoy the engaging prose and historic photographs. Gold Rush Grub will appeal to general readers, cookbook aficionados, and anyone who loves a good meal and a great story. "There's a heavy dose of gold rush history here, which sets it a cut above your normal recipe-oriented cookbook." The Midwest Book Review "[A] fascinating new culinary history of gold miners in California, Alaska and the Klondike." Northwest Palate Chandonnet ably demonstrates how the cuisine high and low of the western gold rushes fits into America's culinary mainstream. A unique look at the last great adventure. Bruce Merrell, Alaska Bibliographer, Anchorage Municipal Libraries
Author: Daniel Herwitz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
The act of remaking one's history into a heritage, a conscientiously crafted narrative placed over the past, is a thriving industry in almost every postcolonial culture. This is surprising, given the tainted role of heritage in so much of colonialism's history. Yet the postcolonial state, like its European predecessor of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, deploys heritage institutions and instruments, museums, courts of law, and universities to empower itself with unity, longevity, exaltation of value, origin, and destiny. Bringing the eye of a philosopher, the pen of an essayist, and the experience of a public intellectual to the study of heritage, Daniel Herwitz reveals the febrile pitch at which heritage is staked. In this absorbing book, he travels to South Africa and unpacks its controversial and robust confrontations with the colonial and apartheid past. He visits India and reads in its modern art the gesture of a newly minted heritage idealizing the precolonial world as the source of Indian modernity. He traverses the United States and finds in its heritage of incessant invention, small town exceptionalism, and settler destiny a key to contemporary American media-driven politics. Showing how destabilizing, ambivalent, and potentially dangerous heritage is as a producer of contemporary social, aesthetic, and political realities, Herwitz captures its perfect embodiment of the struggle to seize culture and society at moments of profound social change.
Author: Steven R. Serafin,Alfred Bendixen
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Literary Criticism
More than ten years in the making, this comprehensive single-volume literary survey is for the student, scholar, and general reader. The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature represents a collaborative effort, involving 300 contributors from across the US and Canada. Composed of more than 1,100 signed biographical-critical entries, this Encyclopedia serves as both guide and companion to the study and appreciation of American literature. A special feature is the topical article, of which there are 70.
Author: Castle Freeman
Publisher: Nagel & Kimche
Lillian, die in einem kleinen Nest in Vermont lebt, fühlt sich von einem undurchsichtigen Typen namens Blackway verfolgt. Eines Morgens liegt ihre Katze tot vor der Tür. Ermordet von Blackway, davon ist sie überzeugt. Der Sheriff kann nichts für sie tun, daher sucht sie Hilfe bei einem Club kauziger alter Männer. Beeindruckt von ihrem Mut, stellen diese ihr den betagten Lester und den hünenhaften, etwas beschränkten Nate als Schutz zur Seite. Lillian traut den beiden nichts zu, aber sie lassen sich nicht abwimmeln und so verfolgen sie Blackway schließlich gemeinsam. Dieser Thriller besticht durch seinen schrägen Humor und seine ungleichen Helden. Ein Meisterstück – dicht, intensiv und leuchtend!
Author: Janis Leach Franco
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Incorporated in 1806, Meriden was once proposed as the state capital. Although the plan was not implemented, the rural village quickly burgeoned into a major manufacturing center with the advent of the industrial revolution. Meriden advanced to become renowned as the “Silver City.” International Silver Company and other key businesses, such as Parker Gun, Manning Bowman, Wilcox and White, and Handel Lamp, made Meriden a familiar name. Home to Gov. Abiram Chamberlain, Arctic explorer Hugh Johnson Lee, opera diva Rosa Ponselle, and baseball’s Connie Mack, the city has also long been enlivened by a diverse mixture of immigrants and newcomers. Bordered on the north by dramatic traprock ridges, Meriden has a larger percentage of parklands than any other town in Connecticut, with Hubbard Park its crowning jewel.
Author: Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
Cora ist nur eine von unzähligen Schwarzen, die auf den Baumwollplantagen Georgias schlimmer als Tiere behandelt werden. Alle träumen von der Flucht – doch wie und wohin? Da hört Cora von der Underground Railroad, einem geheimen Fluchtnetzwerk für Sklaven. Über eine Falltür gelangt sie in den Untergrund und es beginnt eine atemberaubende Reise, auf der sie Leichendieben, Kopfgeldjägern, obskuren Ärzten, aber auch heldenhaften Bahnhofswärtern begegnet. Jeder Staat, den sie durchquert, hat andere Gesetze, andere Gefahren. Wartet am Ende wirklich die Freiheit? Colson Whiteheads Roman ist eine virtuose Abrechnung damit, was es bedeutete und immer noch bedeutet, schwarz zu sein in Amerika.
Form and Function of an American Icon
Author: Susan Carol Hauser
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
Delve into the fascinating history of these iconic American structures. You'll never see barns the same way again! Strong-timbered barns are icons of American agriculture, harboring multilayered stories from their floors to their rafters. Barn reveals the compelling history of barns from colonial times, examining how immigrants adapted traditional designs from their home countries to the American landscape. It guides the reader on a tour of different kinds of barns, showing how construction materials, cultural influences, function, and style have given rise to their extraordinary variety. The reader will also learn about barn preservation, barns in pop culture and mythology, elements of barn style, and barn construction. Barn is filled with fascinating facts about barns: How did barns change with westward expansion? Why are barns red? What effect did immigration have on styles of barns in America? How did barn architecture change according to geography? What elements of style emerged on barns? Barn idioms abound (e.g., He can't hit the broad side of a barn door!); Where did they come from? What is a "poetry barn"? and much more! A comprehensive treatment of barns in the American landscape, this book is rich with fascinating details and beautiful photography. Swing open those big barn doors, and find out why barns continue to embody the heart of the American farm.