Nonfiction

Southerner’s Cookbook

The Southerner’s Cookbook is more than just a cookbook. Of course, it has great recipes and beautiful photographs, but it is also full of stories about southern food and its origins. Each recipe reveals something about the culture of the south and the meaning behind what we bring to the table.

Atlas Obscura

Whether you are an actual traveler or one of the armchair variety, Atlas Obscura is a must read! Atlas Obscura is a compendium of over 700 of the most interesting and curious places around the globe. From the Questionable Medical Device Collection in St. Paul, MN to the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain – this book has everything you need to plan an epic (and epically weird) bucket list.

Murder in the Bayou

Small town corruption, the intersection of race and class, and the hidden world of trafficking converge in this journalistic expose of the Jeff Davis 8. Between the years of 2005 and 2009 the bodies of eight women were discovered around Jennings, LA. Ethan Brown suggests that these women were not murdered by a single serial killer but where a small part of a large ring of crime that seems wholly unimaginable in a town of only 10,000 people. This book has been very polarizing and a lot of controversy has sprung up around it – definitely one to be read and discussed.

Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace

"I don't want a restaurant where a jazz band can't come marching through." – Ella Brennan The foodie culture of New Orleans is just as irresistible and storied as the nightlife. The Brennans are a big part of that culture, and now Miss Ella is telling her story. Meet Ella Brennan: mother, mentor, blunt-talking fireball, and matriarch of a New Orleans restaurant empire, famous for bringing national attention to Creole cuisine. In this candid autobiography, she shares her life. From childhood in the Great Depression to opening esteemed eateries, it's quite a story to tell.

Leaving Orbit and Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures and Leaving Orbit are two new releases that will take you from the beginnings of the space race to the modern state of NASA and space flight. Hidden Figures follows the lives of four African American mathematicians who participated in many of NASA’s greatest successes from WWII to the Cold War. Leaving Orbit centers around the shuttle launches in 2011 that marked the end of the shuttle program; through those launches we get the story of space flight’s past and what can be expected of its future.

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