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Life on the Mississippi

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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Life on the Mississippi

USS05
Mark Twain
Modern Library
2007
388
0140390502
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.00

Wicked River, The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

USS475
Lee Sandlin
Vintage Books
2011
304
0307378519
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Eyewitness Guide New Orleans

USS305
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
244
1465457216
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This thorough, gorgeously illustrated guidebook provides a terrific introduction to the city and its many highlights.
$20.00

Deep South, Mississippi Valley, Gulf of Mexico Map

USS47
Hallwag
Hallwag
2012
1
3828302491
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the southern Mississippi Valley region of the United States at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
$11.95

Jackson, Natchez and Vicksburg Map

USS403
Riley Marketing
MapLink
2004
2
1932011374
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional map of Mississippi at scale of 1:50,000, covering Jackson, Natchez and Vicksburg.
$4.95

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

USS48
John M. Barry
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1998
524
0684840022
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A sweeping history of the devastating Mississippi flood of 1927, delving deeply into the race relations, agriculture and politics of the time.
$20.00

Starving the South, How the North Won the Civil War

WAR158
Andrew F. Smith
St. Martin's Press
2011
304
0312601816
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Smith chronicles the role food -- and the relative lack thereof by the confederates -- in determining the outcome of the Civil War.
$27.99

The Beleaguered City, The Vicksburg Campaign

USS51
Shelby Foote
Random House
1995
347
0679601708
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.00

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

USS27
Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
1992
448
0679742778
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$32.50

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

USS469
Douglas Brinkley
HarperCollins Publishers
2007
718
0061148490
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.99

The Majesty of Natchez

USS133
Steven Brooke (Photographer)
Pelican Publishing Company
1999
96
1565541588
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
This lively introduction to Natchez's well-preserved antebellum architecture includes a useful map, anecdotal histories and a number of excellent color photographs.
$17.95

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

USS184
Joan Gandy, Thomas Gandy
Dover Publications
1989
128
0486252604
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An excellent collection of early steamboat photos. Images include steamboat exteriors, interiors, passengers, crew and river scenes.
$19.95

Voices on the River

USM160
Walter Havighurst
University of Minnesota Press
2003
320
0816641773
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Havinghurst relates the colorful tale of famous steamboats and men who piloted them in this classic collection of tales of the Mississippi.
$16.95

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

USS460
Ted Gioia
W. W. Norton & Company
2009
449
0393337502
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

It Came from Memphis

USS501
Robert Gordon
Atria Books
2001
336
0743410459
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
This journalistic classic explores the burgeoning musical life of Memphis in the days before Elvis. A thrilling, colorful read.
$22.95

Huey Long

USS348
T. Harry Williams
Vintage Books
1981
944
0394747909
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The definitive biography of the larger-than-life southern politician.
$25.00

Louisiana Rambles

USS493
Ian McNulty
University Press of Mississippi
2011
297
1604739460
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

Mark Twain, An Illustrated Biography

USA440
Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2001
269
0375405615
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This illustrated companion to the PBS series follows the arc of Twain's celebrated career.
$40.00

Mississippi Solo: A River Quest

USS384
Eddy L. Harris
Henry Holt
1998
250
0805059032
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.99

A Confederacy of Dunces

USS02
John Kennedy Toole
Grove Press
1987
405
0802130208
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Delta Wedding

USS251
Eudora Welty
Mariner Books
1979
326
0156252805
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An expertly written comedy about white southerners on the brink of marriage.
$14.95

Pudd'nhead Wilson

USA502
Mark Twain
Modern Library
2002
263
0812966228
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.00

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

USS41
Mark Twain
Penguin
2014
368
0143107321
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
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.
$8.00

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

USM178
Mark Twain
Puffin
2008
352
0141321105
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Richard Peck provides the introduction for this Puffin Classics edition.
$5.99

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

USS250
Eudora Welty
Harcourt Books
1982
622
0156189216
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
All the stories written by Welty, the pride of Jackson, Mississippi, in a single volume.
$17.95

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

USA500
Mark Twain
Aa Balkema
2002
94
0965881156
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Edited by Don Roberts this handsome edition of Twain's stories includes illustrations by Michael Mojher.
$14.00

The Moviegoer

USS249
Walker Percy
Random House
1961
241
0375701966
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Quiet Game

USS141
Greg Iles
New American Library
2000
576
0451180429
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$9.99

The Big Muddy

USS502
Christopher Morris
Oxford University Press
2012
320
0195316916
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Morris traces the environmental history of the Mississippi below the mouth of the Ohio River, once one of the wettest places in North America
$36.95

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2011
576
1426208286
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages.
$27.95

The Control of Nature

NAT01
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1989
272
0374522596
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
In the classic McPhee tradition, these sparkling essays explore our generally feeble attempts to combat all-powerful nature, including valiant efforts by Icelanders to control the flow of a volcano across the harbor at Heimaey in the Westman Islands.
$16.00

Fabulous New Orleans

USS01
Lyle Saxon
Pelican Publishing Company
1989
400
0882897063
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
First published in the 1920s, this charming book by local journalist and literary personality Lyle Saxon is a lovely, impressionistic chronicle of the city, its people and its culture.
$15.95

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States

USS31
Peter Alden (Editor)
Alfred Knopf
1999
446
0679446834
FLEXI-BOUND
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast states from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area.
$22.95

Confederates in the Attic

USS35
Tony Horwitz
Random House
1999
406
067975833x
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Dispatched from the Unfinished Civil War," this book reveals the strange world of the re-enactors, unreconstructed confederates and others whose ongoing interest and involvement in the War Between the States provide an intriguing cultural portrait of the southern and mid-Atlantic states.
$17.00

The Confidence-Man, His Masquerade

USS44
Herman Melville
Penguin
1991
351
0140445471
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Melville's final work of prose, a bewildering story of the Devil and his attempt to con a group of travelers aboard a riverboat on the Mississippi.
$14.00

Around the Bend, A Mississippi River Adventure

USS45
C.C. Lockwood
Louisiana State University Press
1998
169
0807123129
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A photographic tour of the Mississippi River as seen through the lens of naturalist and wildlife photographer Lockwood.
$39.95

Black Boy

USS50
Richard A. Wright, Jerry W. Ward (Introduction)
HarperCollins
2007
448
0061130249
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The autobiography of Richard Wright, chronicling his days as a young black man in rural Mississippi and Memphis. It's a hard-hitting look at race relations in the United States before the Civil Rights Era.
$15.99

Africans in America, America's Journey through Slavery

USS53
Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WBGH Series Research Team
Harvest Books
1999
512
0156008548
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A powerful collaborative effort that paints a vivid picture of the history of slavery in America and celebrates the brave Africans who managed to preserve their heritage as they endured so many hardships.
$38.95

Southern Selves

USS67
James H. Watkins (Editor)
Random House
1998
377
067978103X
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A vibrant collective picture of the American South from both sides of the tracks and both sides of the color line. With 31 contributions by such prominent southern literary figures as Mark Twain and Maya Angelou. Spanning roughly 100 years, each selection resonates with the distinct experience of growing up in the South.
$17.00

Shiloh

USS71
Shelby Foote
Vintage Books
1991
226
0679735429
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Told through the perspectives of a diverse cast of soldiers, Foote's brilliant novel transports the reader to Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee.
$15.95

Hardluck Ironclad, The Sinking and Salvage of the Cairo

WAR17
Edwin C. Bearss
Louisiana State University Press
1980
222
0807106844
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The story of the sinking of the "Cairo," a Union gunboat lost in the Yazoo River, paired with the story of its recovery, 100 years later. Civil War historian Edwin C. Bearss, who provided this firsthand account, was an integral part of the recovery. The "Cairo" can now be seen on display in Vicksburg.
$25.95

The Awakening

USS229
Kate Chopin, Marilynne Robinson (Introduction)
Bantam Doubleday
1981
208
055321330X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The 1899 novel that forever vanquished "feminine propriety." Chopin's exhilarating, tragic feminist novella sings with the Cajun and Creole cadences of her native New Orleans.
$4.95

Yonder Stands Your Orphan

USS232
Barry Hannah
Grove Press
2002
333
0802138934
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A dazzling Gothic novel of the Deep South, bursting with eccentric, deeply confused characters, humor and pain. Set near Vicksburg, Mississippi.
$14.95

Blues from the Delta

MUS34
William R. Ferris
Da Capo Press
1988
250
0306803275
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
A cultural history of the Blues from the director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.
$16.50

The Confidence-Man

USM112
Herman Melville
Modern Library
2003
384
037575802X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Melville's last novel, the tale of a gambler and con man on a Mississippi River steam boat.
$14.00

Shantyboat: A River Way of Life

USS383
Harlan Hubbard
University Press of Kentucky
1977
352
0813113598
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Hubbard and his wife built a 24-foot houseboat and lived on it for six years, eventually drifting downriver to New Orleans.
$22.00

Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta

USS396
Robert Palmer
Penguin Putnam
1995
320
0140062238
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
Palmer crafts an engaging, thoroughly interesting history of blues music, tracing it from its rural roots in the Mississippi Delta to great blues musicians like Muddy Waters and B.B. King.
$17.00

The Barber of Natchez

USS401
Edwin Adams Davis, William Ransom Hogan
Louisiana State University Press
1973
278
0807102121
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A vivid portrait of the life and times of the remarkable William Johnson, a freed slave and successful businessman in Natchez, who writes of his family life, business successes and friendships with people of both races. Drawing on Johnson's diaries, letters and contemporary accounts. Johnson was murdered in 1851.
$19.95

Very New Orleans, A Celebration of History, Culture, And Cajun Country Charm

USS428
Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
Algonguin
2005
160
1565124472
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This quirky guide, illustrated with the author's charming watercolors, captures the charm and allure of New Orleans.
$16.95

Lost Plantations of the South

USS461
Marc R. Matrana
University Press of Mississippi
2009
320
1578069424
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Matrana weaves together photographs, diaries and letters to bring to life 60 great estates and the people who once called them home.
$40.00

Frommer's New Orleans Day by Day

USS462
Frommer's
Frommer's
2016
192
1628873205
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This compact guide, ideal for a shorter visit, features excellent suggestions for everything from food, hotels and nightlife to neighborhood walks and shopping. With a foldout map.
$13.95

More of This World or Maybe Another

USS471
Barb Johnson
HarperCollins Publishers
2009
188
0061732273
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The gritty, dazzling debut collection by New Orleans writer and carpenter Johnson. These nine interconnected stories follow four unlikely friends through the backstreets of New Orleans.
$13.99

Bayou, Farewell

USS491
Mike Tidwell
Vintage Books
1997
368
0375725172
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Tidwell introduces us to the food and the language, the shrimp fisherman, the Houma Indians, and the rich cultural history that make Louisiana's Cajun Coast unlike any other place.
$16.00

Elvis Presley, Memphis

USS492
Mark Bernardo
Perseus
2011
130
0984623906
PAPER
Music
0
0
0
0
Weaving the story of the King’s personal and public life with detailed descriptions of the locations in Memphis that served as the setting for his musical education and evolution, this pop culture guide offers a refreshingly even-handed account of Elvis Presley’s life.
$14.95

The Heaven of Mercury

USS495
Brad Watson
W. W. Norton & Company
2003
335
0393324656
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in the fictional town of Mercury, Mississippi native Watson's compelling first novel follows the life and unrequited love of local newspaper editor Finus Bates, evoking changes along the Gulf Coast over the course of the 20th century.
$17.95

Coming Back, New Orleans Resurgent

USS496
Mario Tama (Photographer)
Umbrage Editions
2010
128
1884167020
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Tama documents the city's struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in striking color photographs. With a forward by news anchor Anderson Cooper, who has devoted much time and energy to the Gulf Coast region.
$45.00

The World That Made New Orleans

USS498
Ned Sublette
Independent Publishers Group
2009
360
1556529589
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Sublette charts the remarkable story of New Orleans's first century from European colonization through the Haitian Revolution (crucial to French and American negotiations over Louisiana).
$16.95

Eudora Welty Photographs

USM182
Eudora Welty
University Press of Mississippi
1993
226
0878055290
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An evocative collection of Welty's photographs of friends and family, Southern life, and travels.
$50.00

For Kids

To Kill a Mockingbird

USS254
Harper Lee
Warner Books
1960
288
0446310786
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
The classic southern novel, mandatory reading in most American classrooms.
$8.99

Minn of the Mississippi

USM148
Holling C. Holling
Houghton Mifflin Company
1978
85
0395273994
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The history of the Mississippi River Valley is told in text and pictures through the adventures of Minn, a snapping turtle, as she travels downstream. Holling traces the adventures of a three-legged snapping turtle from the headwaters to the mouth of the Mississippi River in this wondrously illustrated tale of the life cycle of the turtle and the geography, history, geology and climate of the Mississippi.
$11.95

Mississippi Jack

USM179
L. E. Meyer
Houghton Mifflin Company
2009
611
0547505396
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Jacky's on the run ... and this time she's finding song and adventure on the mighty Mississippi.
$8.99

Swift Rivers

USM180
Cornelia Meigs
Bloomsbury USA
2004
288
0802777031
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Barred from his family homestead by his mean-spirited uncle, 18-year-old Chris decides to make his fortune, harvesting the trees on his grandfather's land to float the logs down the spring floodwaters of the Mississippi to St Louis.
$8.99