I owe my father, Harvis Sr., and my mother, Rita, a debt of gratitude for the values they instilled in me at an early age that carried me through life. My goal is that readers of my stories will have fond memories of their childhood and events throughout their lives. If I am able to put a smile on the readers face as they recall their own past lives, I will have succeeded in this project. I also want to thank my sweet wife, Ginny, for encouraging and supporting me throughout this journey.
Set among the plantations in deepest Louisiana, CANE RIVER follows the lives of five generations of women from the time of slavery in the early 1800s into the early years of the 20th century. From down-trodden, philosophical Suzette, who was born and died a slave, to educated, pale-skinned Emily, whose high ambitions born in freedom become her downfall, we are introduced to a remarkable cast of characters whose struggles reflect the tragedy of slavery and, ultimately, the triumph of the spirit. This deeply personal saga - based entirely on the author's research into her own family history - ranks with the best African-American novels and introduces a major new writer.
Isle of Canes is the epic account of an African-American family in Louisiana that, over four generations and more than 150 years, rose from the chains of slavery to rule the Isle of Canes. Historically accurate and genealogically significant, this first novel by eminent genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills is a gripping tale of racial bias, human conflict, and economic ruin told against the backdrop of colonial Louisiana. This novel is the result of more than thirty years of research. To fuel the story, as well as to maintain historical accuracy, the author found and referenced actual family history documents such as baptism records, manumission papers, probate records, land records, book extracts, and more to reconstruct the lives and times of Francois, Fanny, Coincoin, Augustin, and countless other unforgettable characters. But it takes more than documents on paper and microfilm to bring such an epic story to life. Mills' engaging prose puts flesh on the bones and pulls you into the lives and lifestyle of long-ago Louisiana. ""
Skinny Dipping in Cane River Julian James returns to his hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana with an urn under his arm--and a heart full of regrets. Around every corner are haunting memories, one in particular: As a teenager, Julian's worst nightmare comes true when his father supposedly commits suicide. But he never believes the stories swirling about his father and soon discovers a hidden diary with three coded messages. Sara, a clever new friend, helps him decode the first message, and his fears are confirmed. His father's death was no accident. Julian digs deeper, investigating clues overlooked by the local authorities. But the closer he gets to solving his father's mysterious death, the more dangerous the game becomes--risking not only his life, but Sara's, too.
Author: Lalita Tademy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-11-04
Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter. By the best-selling author of Cane River and Red River. 35,000 first printing.
These classic historical romance novels are getting a new look for the next generation of readers. But the wonderful stories remain the same, as touching and fresh as they were when first published. Praise for the Brides of Culdee Creek series: "A poignant love story that will remain with the reader long after the book is closed."--Lori Copeland, author of the Brides of the West series "A beautiful story of redemptive love. . . . A memorable read."--Robin Lee Hatcher, author of Catching Katie "A spectacular new series."--Library Journal Praise for Kathleen Morgan: "Kathleen Morgan writes with deep emotion and feeling."--Reader to Reader "A marvelous storyteller."--Romantic Times "Kathleen Morgan is a phenomenal writer!"--The Talisman
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation along the banks of the Mississippi. Slavery is over, but laboring in the fields all day doesn't make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar has a knack for finding her own fun, especially when she joins forces with forbidden friend Billy, the white plantation owner's son. Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and she sees her chance when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. The older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. Here is a story of unlikely friendships and how they can change our lives forever. From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids pick), here's another tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises beyond her circumstances and inspires others to work toward a brighter future.
“Masterfully written, The Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.” —Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader “Packed with drama, intrigue, love, loss, and most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine….What a treat!” —Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott Based on the remarkable true story of a freed African American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is a masterful debut by an exciting new novelist. Author Lois Leveen combines fascinating facts and ingenious speculation to craft a historical novel that will enthrall readers of women’s fiction, historical fiction, and acclaimed works like Cane River and Cold Mountain that offer intimate looks at the twin nightmares of slavery and Civil War. A powerful and unforgettable story of a woman who risked her own freedom to bring freedom to millions of others, The Secrets of Mary Bowser celebrates the courageous achievements of a little known but truly inspirational American heroine.
Author: R. Steven Page
Publisher: R. Steven Page
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Scarred by a tragic childhood accident, beautiful Creole zoologist Dr. Marie LaCour throws her energies into running her Crocodile Habitat in the bucolic community of Cane River, Louisiana. But the mutilated bodies piling up throw a wrench into her plans, as frightened residents naturally finger her large toothy reptiles as the culprit. With the help of heartthrob journalist Grant Metoyer, Marie bypasses the bungled investigation of Lt. Frank Sarpy and does a little snooping of her own. She soon finds that the ghosts of the past can stir restlessly, thrust matted hands through the loam, and come back to haunt... Soon Marie and Grant find themselves targeted by both Sheriff's deputies and a mysterious throwback, a drawing noose that they avoid only by becoming as close as lovers. At the explosive climax, Marie's life is again deeply altered, and she discovers that the harrowing experiences have strengthened her will to live and love again.
Author: Cynthia Orr
Release Date: 2013-04-23
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
The gold standard for readers' advisory, this book represents an essential resource for LIS students and practicing librarians who want to better understand readers, reading interests, and fiction and nonfiction genres.
A heartbreaking and compelling story of a family's experiences of slavery and the American Civil War. From Sam Tademy, the son of a runaway slave, and his fiercely strong wife Polly, to the father and son who witness unspeakable crimes, this is a story in which courage and hope do battle with almost unendurable suffering; where real lives collide with history.