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Perfect for tourists visiting Louisiana for Francofête (the state’s 300th anniversary celebration), Congrès Mondial, or any other reason, Memories of St. Martinville presents fifteen historic attractions of Evangeline’s Louisiana hometown, perhaps the most French of Cajun cities.
Also available in French.
In Mergers, the sinister antagonist is the mastermind behind an engineered society that has wiped away all traces of race. He is intent on destroying Dirk and his friends, who have spent their entire lives in hiding because of their racial identities. Each has extraordinary powers—Nicci, the African Traveler, manipulates time; Mateo, the Hispanic Metamorph, alters his shape; Keiko, the Asian Empath, heals with her hands; and Dirk, the Caucasian Telepath, invades others’ minds.
In this cautionary tale, the themes of loyalty, leadership, and identity are all called into question as Dirk and his friends struggle to conquer The Merger. When they take a dangerous journey into the past with the hope of restoring the world’s natural timeline, each of them must struggle with their own inadequacies and deal with all-too-human failings, despite their special powers. Mergers’ riveting plot and supernatural characters will keep teens engaged while reminding them of each individual’s potential to change the world.
This story is a beautiful adaptation of the Italian folktale of how Burano began crafting its famous lace. Rich, intricate illustrations by noted illustrator Traci Van Wagoner complement the delicate tale. Readers young and old will appreciate the resourcefulness and devotion of Gianni and Nicoletta in this title, destined to be a classic.
Mimi told Tante Conette all of the family news as they walked into the house that was warm with the smell of spicy jambalaya. When they had finished their dinner, the family took their pecan pie dessert outside to sit on the porch in the moonlit night. When Mimi asked Uncle Rabbit to tell her all about the Cajun Mardi Gras, he pulled out a pipe and filled it with sweet-smelling perique tobacco. He slowly lighted it, and began—“Mimi, our Mardi Gras goes back further in time than your New Orleans Mardi Gras. . . . It’s totally different, you’ll see.” Hardcover.
Mimi awakens on Fat Tuesday morning and hurries to a breakfast of hot beignets (French doughnuts). At the table, Mimi’s parents explain Mardi Gras traditions such as king cake, and the observances of Ash Wednesday and Lent. Afterwards, dressed in colorful costumes, they depart for a day of Carnival excitement and parade watching.
This brand-new tale from Johnette Downing introduces a cagey rooster who vows not to be in the communal gumbo pot this Courir de Mardi Gras.
Joey has everything going for him: he’s smart, he’s finally eight (and a half), and his parents at last understand he’s old enough to be left at home alone until his older brother, Dan, comes home. But maybe things aren’t as good as they seem. Joey is also everything monsters that enjoy pan-fried boys look for. To a monster, Joey is just a delicious, defenseless morsel. Hardcover.
In these two stories from award-winning educator and lecturer Steven L. Layne, Joey tries to convince the monsters to eat his brother, Dan, while the older brother has a hard time learning how to “love the baby.” Narrated by Layne himself, these stories cast a funny and fond glance at sibling relationships and include such valuable lessons as how to make a persuasive argument—as in the case of Joey and the monsters—and how to be patient and honest when a newborn joins the family.
The fictional characters Dracula, Madeline, and Lois Lane were all inspired by real people. There really is a Nathan behind Nathan’s hotdogs, a Cliff behind CliffsNotes, and an Anne behind Auntie Anne’s, but J. Crew is just a figment of a marketing director’s imagination. For those of you who have wondered about these names and those who never thought to, Laura Lee details the stories behind them, and many others, in her new book, The Name’s Familiar II. Paperback.
By flipping through the pages of The Name’s Familiar: Mr. Leotard, Barbie, and Chef Boyardee, one can read biographies of the real-life namesakes of James Bond, Charlie Brown, and Mother Goose, and explore the origins of phrases and terms such as “guillotine,” “sandwich,” and “a real deusey.” Now it is possible to find out who, exactly, sold seashells by the seashore, and who the Beatles had in mind when they sang about “Eleanor Rigby.” Paperback.
The Napoleon House has seduced New Orleans visitors and locals for generations and become a favorite destination for all connoisseurs of atmosphere. In lyrical prose and luminous photographs, Mikko Macchione and Kerri McCaffety tell its story.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune says that photographer Kerri McCaffety “knows how to capture the fleeting beauty of a moment,” and once again she does so in a stunning visual exploration of the Crescent City after hours. When the sun sets over the Mississippi River and the streets begin to glow beneath the warmth of the city’s antique gaslights, the beauty of New Orleans is at its peak. The unique architectural gems of the Garden District, up and down Canal Street, and woven throughout the French Quarter almost require that they be revered under the cover of darkness.
According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the city of New Orleans is twice as likely to be struck by a hurricane as any other metropolitan area bordering the Gulf of Mexico. In this work, authors David F. Bastian and Nicholas J. Meis explore the historical records of storms that have affected the region in and around south Louisiana since the first colonizers set foot on the Mississippi delta in the late seventeenth century. Also examined is the evolution of New Orleans’s protection systems as well as what the city can do to avoid another catastrophe.
The glitter and glitz of Mardi Gras in New Orleans draw people in, year after year. Floats, throws, and music all make memories that last a lifetime. In this joyful volume of photographs and essays, renowned photographer Judi Bottoni and Mardi Gras expert Peggy Scott Laborde capture some of the best moments from today’s Mardi Gras celebrations. From the Twelfth Night Revelers heralding the start of Carnival season to Zulu and Rex bringing it to a triumphant close, Mardi Gras Moments highlights what makes the experience unforgettable.
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