Taste of Home recipes across America : 735 of the best recipes from across the nation

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Taste of Home Books
Title:  Taste of Home recipes across America : 735 of the best recipes from across the nation
This is a fun cookbook to read. The recipes were submitted by readers of Taste of Home magazine. The book features glossy color photos of most, but not all of the recipes. It is divided into these sections: Northeast, Southwest, Midwest, West, and South. You’ll find recipes for soups, breads, entrees, desserts, appetizers, drinks, and side dishes. There are classics such as Yankee Pot roast, Philly cheesesteak, and Texas sheet cake. The recipes are not daunting and are suitable for the novice to the experienced cook. Most recipes have ingredients you’ll find in your pantry or at the local grocery store. There are no calorie counts or nutritional information for the recipes; some of them do seem to be high in fat. I tried the Chili Artichoke Dip which was very easy to make and was delicious. I liked the interesting food facts and histories, as well as photos of the towns and cities from which the recipes hail. They even mention food festivals.

The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America’s great migration

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Isabel Wilkerson
The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America’s great migration 
The great migration by African Americans from the South to the North during the 20th century is told through the stories of three individuals who made the trip. We learn about the rough lives of Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, George Swanson Starling and Robert Joseph Pershing Foster in the Jim Crow south: the humiliation and fear, pitiful pay, and brutal working conditions that were regular parts of their daily existence. Separately they make the leap up North, and we follow their lives, for better or worse. Wilkerson interweaves the personal histories with the great history and brings the migration to life with facts, quotes, and an incredible amount of research.  Eye-opening, expansive, and moving, this book sheds brilliant light on an important part of the American story.

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, terror, and empire at the dawn of the American Century

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Scott Miller
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, terror, and empire at the dawn of the American Century
 President McKinley’s two terms as president saw America move from an inward-looking isolationist country to a world power as we came into the twentieth century.  Our borders and outlook began to open up to new people and ideas, and our country faced turbulence and radical change.  The industrial revolution brought a deep division of wealth, and citizens became angry over the disproportion.  War was waged on foreign soil for financial reasons.  Unemployment grew and the economy tumbled.  Does it all sound familiar?  The book tells the story of McKinley’s rise and ultimate assassination by a troubled anarchist, but what is most striking are the similarities between that period in history and this.  Miller brings history alive as we travel along to the ultimate outcome meeting such famous folk as Emma Goldman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Admiral Dewey.

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

From Robert Citrano
author: Levin, Mark R.
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
I found this book to be inspirational in that it reinforces the basic principles that our great country were founded upon; less government influence and less encroachment on our civil liberties. It reinforces the fear proclaimed by President Gerald Ford in the 1970’s that “a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” Being a conservative, this book is a reminder why our great country is the envy of the rest of the world, and why we should stand proud with patriotism.