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Mississippi Liberal

By Dennis J. Mitchell
Categories: History

Instead of turning toward hatred after his father was murdered by a black man in 1926, Frank E. Smith (1918-1997) committed himself to help his racist state move toward integration and racial harmony. ...

Blues Mandolin Man

Yank Rachell and his mandolin playing style moved every musician lucky enough to hear him perform in the early sixties. When he died in April 1997, he left behind a stack of unanswered requests to tour ...

Ladies of Soul

American soul music of the 1960s is one of the most creative and influential musical forms of the twentieth century. With its merging of gospel, R&B, country, and blues, soul music succeeded in crossing ...

Falling Through Space

By Ellen Gilchrist
Categories: Literature
Series: Banner Books

Ellen Gilchrist has amassed a nationwide following, and her readers eagerly anticipate each new short story collection and novel. The sassy and moving commentaries she recorded for National Public Radio ...

German Boy

What was the experience of war for a child in bombed and ravaged Germany? In this memoir, the voice of innocence is heard.

“This is great stuff,” exclaims Stephen E. Ambrose. “I love this book. ...

Bret Harte

A biography that charts the boom and bust of America's first celebrity author, once Mark Twain's chief rival in American literature

In this first scholarly biography of Bret Harte in nearly seventy years, ...

Unveiling Kate Chopin

This is the true, unvarnished life story of the girl who grew up to write The Awakening, a masterpiece published 100 years ago. With its portrayal of a woman whose sexual desires take her outside marriage, ...

Adopting Alyosha

Although single women have long been permitted to adopt children, adoption by unmarried men remains an uncommon experience in Western culture. However, Robert Klose, who is single, wanted a son so badly ...

Civil Rights Chronicle

By Clarice T. Campbell
Categories: History

In more ways than one, Clarice T. Campbell was a friend of the civil rights movement. An indefatigable campaigner for desegregation, Campbell was also an inveterate letter-writer; the fact that many of ...

For Us, the Living

In 1967, when this brave book was first published, Myrlie Evers said, “Somewhere in Mississippi lives the man who murdered my husband. ”

Medgar Evers died in a horrifying act of political violence. ...