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A Scrap in the Blessings Jar: New and Selected Poems

A collection rich in knowledge about what it means to be human, the rewards and responsibilities of love, and how nature can assuage pain and fear. Highly recommended.

Fallen Angel: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe

This biography will renew an interest in Poe’s life and writings and is an excellent addition to the vast collection of Poe scholarship.

The Downhome Sound: Diversity and Politics in Americana Music

Mostly for scholars, the book’s conclusions, though less than startling, are worth reading.

The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: A Great Migration Story, 1917–1932

Lively and informative, this book will appeal beyond lovers of these musical genres.

Rip Van Winkle’s Republic: Washington Irving in History and Memory

Though from an academic press, this is an accessible and engaging book that should appeal to both Irving experts and neophytes.

Mardi Gras Indians

Williams’s concise book effectively synthesizes numeral primary and secondary sources into an excellent overview of the origins of Mardi Gras tribes and the reasons for their continued endurance. Particularly recommended for libraries looking to add to collections on Black American cultural traditions.

Norman Mailer at 100: Conversations, Correlations, Confrontations

Mailer’s work may still be a litmus test for 20th-century culture, but the episodic nature of these essays means the book will interest mostly readers already committed to reading about him.

Christmas Past: An Anthology of Seasonal Stories from Nineteenth-Century America

Perfect for readers who want to slow down and think more deeply about the evolution of American Christmases; with charming illustrations to boot.

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