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Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 388 PAGES

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. (USS05, $9.95)

Wicked River, The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

Wicked River, The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

by Lee Sandlin

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Organized around a rich gallery of gamblers, thieves, presidents and pirates, Sandlin's rollicking account of New Orleans and the Mississippi during the steamboat era draws on firsthand accounts from the period. (USS475, $15.95)

Eyewitness Guide New Orleans

Eyewitness Guide New Orleans

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This thorough, gorgeously illustrated guidebook provides a terrific introduction to the city and its many highlights. (USS305, $20.00)

Deep South, Mississippi Valley, Gulf of Mexico Map

Deep South, Mississippi Valley, Gulf of Mexico Map

by Hallwag

  • 2010
  • MAP

A map of the southern Mississippi Valley region, including Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. (USS47, $11.95)

 
Jackson, Natchez and Vicksburg Map

Jackson, Natchez and Vicksburg Map


by Riley Maps

  • 2004
  • MAP

A regional map of Mississippi at scale of 1:50,000, covering Jackson, Natchez and Vicksburg. (USS403, $4.95)

Rising Tide, The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

Rising Tide, The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America


by John M. Barry

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES

A sweeping history of the devastating Mississippi flood of 1927, delving deeply into the race relations, agriculture and politics of the time. (USS48, $18.00)

Starving the South, How the North Won the Civil War

Starving the South, How the North Won the Civil War


by Andrew F. Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Smith chronicles the role food -- and the relative lack thereof by the confederates -- in determining the outcome of the Civil War. (WAR158, $27.99)

The Beleaguered City, The Vicksburg Campaign

The Beleaguered City, The Vicksburg Campaign


by Shelby Foote

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • HARD COVER
  • 347 PAGES

Shelby Foote, a noted Civil War scholar, tells the engrossing narrative of the taking of Vicksburg in 1863 by Ulysses S. Grant and his Union troops. It was one of the pivotal battles of the Civil War and distinguished Grant as a military genius. (USS51, $23.00)

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

The Civil War, An Illustrated History


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts. (USS27, $29.95)

The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast


by Douglas Brinkley

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 718 PAGES

In his New York Time Bestseller, Brinkley allows the survivors of Hurricane Katrina to tell their story in compelling detail. He documents the tragedy and its aftermath for the city and surrounding 150 miles of coastline, government mismanagement and the heroes who emerged. (USS469, $17.95)

The Majesty of Natchez


by Steven Brooke

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

This lively introduction to Natchez's well-preserved antebellum architecture includes a useful map, anecdotal histories and a number of excellent color photographs. (USS133, $17.95)

The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs, Natchez to New Orleans, 1870-1920

The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs, Natchez to New Orleans, 1870-1920


by Joan Gandy | Thomas Gandy

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

An excellent collection of early steamboat photos. Images include steamboat exteriors, interiors, passengers, crew and river scenes. (USS184, $19.95)

Voices on the River

Voices on the River


by Walter Havighurst

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Havinghurst relates the colorful tale of famous steamboats and men who piloted them in this classic collection of tales of the Mississippi. (USM160, $16.95)

Delta Blues, The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music


by Ted Gioia

  • MUSIC
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 449 PAGES

From the field hollers of 19th-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mix of race and money at the point where traditional music became commercial and bluesmen found new audiences of thousands. (USS460, $18.95)

It Came from Memphis


by Robert Gordon

  • MUSIC
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This journalistic classic explores the burgeoning musical life of Memphis in the days before Elvis. A thrilling, colorful read. (USS501, $22.95)

Huey Long

Huey Long


by T. Harry Williams

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 944 PAGES

The definitive biography of the larger-than-life southern politician. (USS348, $25.00)

Louisiana Rambles

Louisiana Rambles


by Ian McNulty

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

The New Orleans journalist explores Cajun and Creole communities of south Louisiana in this engaging guide to the music, culture and pleasures of the region. (USS493, $22.00)

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography


by Geoffrey C. Ward | Dayton Duncan | Ken Burns

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 269 PAGES

This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career. (USA440, $40.00)

Mississippi Solo: A River Quest

Mississippi Solo: A River Quest


by Eddy L. Harris

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 250 PAGES

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. (USS384, $18.99)

A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces


by John Kennedy Toole

  • LITERATURE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 405 PAGES

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, drenched in New Orleans color and culture. Its sharp humor, combined with vivid local detail, makes it great reading for any visitor to New Orleans. (USS02, $15.00)

Delta Wedding

Delta Wedding


by Eudora Welty

  • LITERATURE
  • 1979
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

An expertly written comedy about white southerners on the brink of marriage. (USS251, $14.00)

Pudd'nhead Wilson


by Mark Twain

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES

Set in in the Anebellum South at Dawson's Landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi," half a day's journey, per steamboat, below St. Louis." Twains darkly comic novel stands as a condemnation of slavery. (USA502, $12.00)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


by Mark Twain

  • LITERATURE
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An enormously influential American book, Twain's masterpiece of boyhood adventure is as much about America's growing pains as it is about Huck's coming of age. (USS41, $8.00)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


by Mark Twain

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Richard Peck provides the introduction for this Puffin Classics edition. (USM178, $5.99)

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty


by Eudora Welty

  • LITERATURE
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 622 PAGES

All the stories written by Welty, the pride of Jackson, Mississippi, in a single volume. (USS250, $16.00)

The Diaries of Adam & Eve


by Mark Twain

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 94 PAGES

Edited by Don Roberts this handsome edition of Twain's stories includes illustrations by Michael Mojher. (USA500, $14.00)

The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer


by Walker Percy

  • LITERATURE
  • 1961
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Walker Percy won the 1961 National Book Award for this novel, his masterpiece, which unfolds in New Orleans during a momentous Carnival week. It's a great book that we can recommend as much for its sheer readability as for its palpable sense of place. (USS249, $15.00)

The Quiet Game

The Quiet Game


by Greg Iles

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This murder mystery set in Natchez, Mississippi is the story of a former prosecutor who uncovers the multi-layered stories behind the unsolved murder of a black man in 1967. (USS141, $9.99)

The Big Muddy

The Big Muddy


by Christopher Morris

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Morris traces the environmental history of the Mississippi below the mouth of the Ohio River, once one of the wettest places in North America (USS502, $35.00)

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