The January Round-Up: This Winter’s Bestselling Arcadia Books

By Nicky M. | Arcadia Staff
January has been a busy month here at Arcadia, as we put together a new year’s worth of history and interest titles. With 2019 officially in full-swing, we’ve put together a list of January’s most popular titles amongst you, our readers.

Columbus Motor Speedway Cover1) Columbus Motor Speedway, by Mike Garrepy

Just south of Columbus, Ohio, in the nearby town of Obetz, there was once a speedway. A 1/3 mile asphalt track, the Columbus Motor Speedway (CMS) was the host of hundreds of sporting events from 1945 to 2016. Owned by the Nuckles family, the speedway hosted everything from motorcycle to stock car races. One of only three tracks in Ohio to host NASCAR race events, the speedway was well-known for its unique oval and figure-eight track. Over 70 years, the track built a fan base and history as diverse as the custom cars that once raced upon it. In Columbus Motor Speedway, racing historian Mike Garrepy explores some of the track’s most colorful high-speed tales.




 

2) Detroit’s Grand River & Greenfield Neighborhood, by Joseph McCauley

For decades, the Grand River and Greenfield neighborhood of Detroit stood as an economic, cultural, and civic center of the city. Throughout the 20th century, the neighborhood became home to many families and small businesses, which prospered until the rise of suburbia in the 1960s. Today, the Grand River and Greenfield neighborhood is on the cusp of a modern urban renewal. Native Joseph McCauley documents the complex history of the area in Detroit’s Grand River & Greenfield Neighborhood, using modern images and captions to tell the story of a unique Detroit neighborhood.




 

African Americans in Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Rappahannock Counties3) African Americans in Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Rappahannock Counties, by Terry L. Miller

The African American communities of Culpeper, Orange, Madison, and Rappahannock counties first began to grow during the era of slavery, when hundreds were enslaved on Jams Madison’s Montpelier plantation. Over a history spanning more than two centuries, the African American communities of these Virginia counties have left their mark on American history – from the first regional high school for minority children, to figures like school founder and leader Nannie Helen Burroughs, historian Terry L. Miller takes a look at the people and events that have built the rich culture of these four counties in African Americans in Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Rappahannock Counties.



 

Plantations, Slavery & Freedom on Maryland's Eastern Shore Cover4) Plantations, Slavery & Freedom on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, by Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg
As one of the original 13 colonies, Maryland’s history with slavery stretches back to its colonial days. By the time of the Civil War, the Maryland coast was full of African Americans both free and enslaved, who supported the economy of the Southern state. Central figures of the abolitionist movement like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman hailed from the coastal region, and became leaders in the fight against slavery. In Plantations, Slavery & Freedom on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, author Jacqueline Simmons Hedberg uses her own family records and other archival sources to trace the history of African Americans on Maryland’s coast.





 

) A Puget Sound Orca in Captivity: The Fight to Bring Lolita Home Cover5) A Puget Sound Orca in Captivity: The Fight to Bring Lolita Home, by Sandra Pollard

Of the many orcas once taken from the wild, there is only one left in captivity: Lolita, once known as Tokitae, who performs several times a day at the Miami Seaquarium. Tokitae’s life story is one full of trials, beginning with her capture as a calf off the Puget Sound in the 1970s. For decades, activists have rallied to help bring Lolita back to her native environment in the Pacific Northwest, but to little avail. Now, as Lolita has spent nearly 50 years in captivity, marine naturalist and activist Sandra Pollard is documenting the extensive legal and advocacy battle to help return this endangered orca to the wild.