A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot That Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War - Stephen V. Ash

This exploration of the 1866 race riot in Memphis perfectly balances accessible reading with scrupulous scholarship. Ash’s illumination of the almost-forgotten riot gives the reader a glimpse, not just into the political and social instability of post-Civil War Memphis, but into the challenges facing racial and ethnic minorities across the Deep South. Ash avoids simplified characterizations of the series of events surrounding the riot in favor of a well-sourced and nuanced narrative that explodes the most common whitewashed retellings. Massacre in Memphis’ stated goal, “to help revive the memory of the riot, which is dim,” is masterfully met; this book is evocative both intellectually and emotionally. Just in time for the riot’s 150th anniversary, Massacre in Memphis provides its readers with a gripping reminder of how things have changed and how they haven’t.

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ISBN: 9780809068302
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Published: Hill and Wang - October 14th, 2014

Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's Guide - Anthony Giglio

Few things are as shameful as publicly Googling a cocktail recipe. Anticipating this problem, in 1935 Mr. Boston started producing a handsome volume of drink recipes. In the years since, Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide has become as ubiquitous as poly-blend vests in top-end restaurants. It’s sturdy, cleans easily, and pairs well with both mahogany and neon. It will save the day when a tourist asks for a regionally specific drink, your great-aunt needs something to mix with an obscure liqueur, or your home-from-college nephew asks for a colorful shot. To quote my former maître d', “what a wine tool does to a bottle, Mr. Boston does to your mind.”

The Brick Bible: The Complete Set - Brendan Powell Smith

Good news! Brendan Powell Smith’s brilliant re-telling of the Bible is now available off-line, collected in a single, very handsome, box set. Composed of photographs of LEGO brick portrayals of Bible stories, The Brick Bible: The Complete Set is easily the year’s best visual representation of a holy book. Smith’s clever abbreviations make his work more than a one-joke novelty and his attention to detail encourages close, and multiple, readings. Perfect for anyone who loves LEGOs, dioramas, or God, this is one collection that’s equally great to give and receive.