New Year, New Books

Happy New Year! We are so excited to have new books publishing to ring in 2024. What a better way to celebrate?

Pelican Publishing

Drago's: An American Journey by Peter P. Finney Jr. 

Local History Book Louisiana Restaurant

The story of the Cvitanovich family, the founders and proprietors of Drago's Seafood Restaurant, which opened its first location just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, in the 1970s, is the story of a family living the true American dream: two immigrants from Croatia come to the United States with little money in their pockets and forge a seafood restaurant empire known throughout the world. With hard work, fierce tenacity, and the willpower to seize opportunity where they could find it, Drago and Klara Cvitanovich turned their small family restaurant into a Crescent City icon. And there, they invented a New Orleans staple, the charbroiled oyster, a dish that nearly every seafood restaurant in the country tries to emulate. This inspiring and uniquely American story validates the power of hard work, perseverance, faith in family, and generosity. THEIR POST-KATRINA EMERGENCY FOOD DISTRIBUTION, FUELED BY FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE OF HUNGER DURING WORLD WAR II, FED THOUSANDS AND CREATED AN UNBREAKABLE COMMUNITY BOND. Award-winning journalist Peter Finney Jr. is a former sportswriter for the New York Post and New York Daily News and the recipient of the St. Francis de Sales Award from the Catholic Media Association. He has served as the executive editor and general manager of the Clarion Herald, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, since 1993.


Arcadia Publishing

Alameda County Sheriff's Office by Steven S. Minniear

Alameda California Local History Book Police History

In 1853, Alameda County was formed on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. On the land route to the California goldfields, the primarily agricultural county had problems with cattle rustling and thievery. It had the reputation of being one of the most lawless areas around. From famous lawmen like Harry Morse to infamous outlaws like Joaquin Murietta, the sheriff and deputies of Alameda County had their hands full. As the county changed, so did the law enforcement challenges. By the 20th century, the sheriff's office was dealing with antiwar demonstrations, riots, kidnappings, suburban and rural crime, earthquakes, and other disasters that found the men and women of county law enforcement always ready to respond. Often the challenges became newsworthy. During the 1960s and 1970s, the sheriff's office riot squad became internationally known as the "Blue Meanies." Steven Minniear, a local historian, collected and assembled photographs and information from throughout Alameda County to bring to light the forgotten stories of the sheriff's office. Many of these previously unseen photographs come from the Alameda County Sheriff's Archive. In that process, he uncovered the lost stories and forgotten incidents that shaped the office and the communities it serves.


Legends of Westwood Village Cemetery by E.J. StephensKim Stephens and Phil Lantis

Local history book California

Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery, located on Los Angeles's trendy west side, has been the leading choice for celebrity burials since Marilyn Monroe was interred here in 1962. The cemetery houses the remains of a plethora of household names, including Patty Andrews, Eve Arden, Lew Ayres, Jim Backus, Richard Basehart, Peter Bogdanovich, Ray Bradbury, Fanny Brice, Les Brown, Truman Capote, John Cassavetes, James Coburn, Jackie Collins, Richard Conte, Tim Conway, Bob Crane, Rodney Dangerfield, Richard Dawson, Kirk Douglas, Peter Falk, Farrah Fawcett, June Foray, Stan Freberg, Eva Gabor, Merv Griffin, Jonathan Harris, Hugh Hefner, Florence Henderson, Brian Keith, Stan Kenton, Jack Klugman, Don Knotts, Burt Lancaster, Peggy Lee, Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Karl Malden, Dean Martin, Walter Matthau, Rod McKuen, David Nelson, Lloyd Nolan, Carroll O'Connor, Heather O'Rourke, Bettie Page, Wolfgang Petersen, Gregor Piatigorsky, Donna Reed, Buddy Rich, Minnie Riperton, Doris Roberts, Wayne Rogers, George C. Scott, Sidney Sheldon, Robert Stack, Dorothy Stratten, Alvin Toffler, Mel Tormé, Josef von Sternberg, Harry Warren, Cornel Wilde, Billy Wilder, Carl Wilson, Natalie Wood, Darryl F. Zanuck, Frank Zappa, and hundreds more. n Legends of Westwood Village Cemetery , Hollywood film historians husband-and-wife team E.J. and Kim Stephens and Phil Lantis take readers on a fascinating tour of this unique Los Angeles burial ground.


The Grand Canyon by Kevin Scott Schindler

Grand Canyon History Local Book

The Grand Canyon is one of the most inspiring and accessible natural wonders in the world. More than a century ago, visionaries developed it as a tourist destination, and today, it sees more than five million visitors per year to experience its geology, cultural history, and wildlife. Relying on historic images primarily from the Grand Canyon Museum Collections, historian Kevin S. Schindler traces the development of the Grand Canyon as a bucket-list destination for people of all ages. Comparing our present to our past is how we understand our history. Arcadia's Past & Present series makes such local comparisons available. Books in this series offer a special view of American life by placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs.


Colorado Ice Hockey by Roger Hadix

Colorado Sport History Local Book

Colorado has a long, rich ice hockey history. The earliest references date back to January 28, 1893, from an article in the Rocky Mountain Sun . There have been many colorful teams, like the Colorado Rocky team, the Denver Spurs, and the Colorado Flames. On February 22, 1980, ice hockey suddenly vaulted onto the forefront of the American sports scene, due in large part of what is simply known as "the Miracle on Ice." The US men's ice hockey team had pulled off an incredible upset over the Soviet Union men's ice hockey team and then went on to win the gold medal over Finland. It gave the country a reason to celebrate and made the sport of ice hockey red hot! That "miracle" started in 1979 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs with the selection of players at the 1979 National Sports Festival. Leadville, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Colorado College, Denver University, Salida, Pueblo, and Fort Collins have all contributed to the "fastest game on ice."


The History Press

Fourth Ward Charlotte: A Neighborhood History by Cameron Holtz

Charlotte North Carolina History Local History book

Take a walk through this intimate and charming neighborhood. In 1970, Charlotte's Fourth Ward was a desolate zone of vacant lots dotted with boarded-up and burned-out buildings. Today, the neighborhood is a leafy mix of Victorian homes, modern in-fill houses and stately apartment buildings. The remarkable story of that transformation began with an unlikely coalition of preservationists, bankers and young families seeking community. Author Cameron Holtz interviewed dozens of these early actors, including corporate leaders, people who got their start as volunteers and kids who grew up playing in the construction equipment. Personal recollections, along with archival sources and contemporary media clippings combine to create a vibrant portrait of the emerging neighborhood.


Notorious Arkansas Swindler Dr. John Kizer: Medicine and Murder by Rodney Harris

True Crime Book Arkansas local history

A True Story of Murderous Greed. The John R. Kizer story is a riveting tale of deception, murder and anxiety in rural Arkansas. Kizer was a doctor who used his knowledge to drive his lustful greed and his standing in the community to evade detection. He would spend hours caring for a sick farm animal but could also poison a dog with no emotion. And he acted the same with humans. Kizer used his wealth, position and social standing to evade detection while committing gruesome crimes, allowing him to recoup much of his ruined finances following the great stock market crash of 1929. His dreams of wealth and social acceptance drove him to murderous heights. Historian Rodney Harris offers the true story of Kizer's life.


The St. Elizabeth Hospital Fire in Iowa by Mr. Bret Grimes

Local Iowa History book

One of the Largest Tragedies in Iowa History. On January 7, 1950, a fire erupted at St. Elizabeth's Mental Health Facility for women. The disaster garnered state-wide and national attention as the second largest loss of life in the history of the state and the third largest hospital fire in the nation, to date. The fire, started by a patient, claimed the lives of forty patients and one nurse, while twenty-five patients were rescued. Rescue efforts were hampered by the fact that most patients were locked in their rooms at the time. Bret Grimes recounts the lives of those who fought and survived the ordeal.


A Brief History of Greenlee County by Robert A. Chilicky and Gerald Hunt

Local Arizona History Book

Home to the largest open pit copper mine in North America, Greenlee County boasts a colorful and fascinating history. Mining, ranching, and farming have sustained generations of area families, including Blue River rancher Freddie Fritz, once the head of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, and Robert Hannagan, who lent his name to the popular Hannagan Meadow along the Coronado Trail. Discover the fate of Metcalf, a town no longer standing, and the devastating Clifton flood of 1906. Learn about the labor strike of 1903, one of the most violent conflicts in Greenlee's history. Join area natives Robert A. Chilicky and Gerald D. Hunt as they explore the past of one of the most interesting places in Arizona.


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