Monday, February 13, 2012

Bodacious Blues, by Whitney J. LeBlanc

Bodacious Blues completes the saga-trilogy of a Creole family from Estilette Louisiana. From the depression on, three generations of this family have struggled in the midst of blues music, religious conflicts, lust, lynching, murder, voodoo, and racism. Now comes the grandchildren of Martha Broussard, who carve out paths through the changing world, and their stories emerge as they experience the rites of passage into adulthood. Ann Martel develops into the doctor that her grandfather hoped her brother would become. Disappointed in love, she finds contentment and happiness with an older woman-partner.

Meanwhile, her brother, Les Martel, defies all who challenge the man he desires to be. Believing in an eye for an eye, he kicks the ass of anyone who stands in his way. He protests racial intimidation in Estilette, takes on an abusive lover in Chicago, fights a Paul Bunyan giant in the backwoods of Bemidji, kicks the ass of a contemptible womanizer in Nashville, and gives comeuppance to a backstabber in Hollywood. Living life on his own terms, he soon discovers that Hollywood is not the place he thought it would be- the values were not his values- the truth was not his truth- trust was deception- honesty was weakness and loyalty was an unknown word.

In Bodacious Blues, Les Martel brings the saga of this proud family, to a final conclusion in the 1980's. In a milieu of religious controversy, sexual cross-identification, and the racial exploitations of Hollywood, he discovers that coming of age as a man was not as easy as he thought.

  • Paperback: 372 pages

  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 22, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1432773798

  • ISBN-13: 978-1432773793

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

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    A Giraffe Did One, by Jerry Pallotta

    A worm did it underground.

    A bird did it in the air.

    A bear did it on the hilltop.

    A whale did it deep in the water.

    Walking, running, skipping, or jumping. Sometime, somewhere, someone around the world is doing this. Maybe even you! So, what can it be?

    Young readers will giggle and smirk as they try to guess just exactly what it is that these animals are doing. And, the ending may just surprise them!

  • Hardcover: 32 pages

  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (March 3, 2012)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1585366412

  • ISBN-13: 978-1585366415
  • Surviving the Hindenburg, by Larry Verstraete

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    On May 6, 1937, the giant German airship the Hindenburg exploded in a ball of fire as it attempted to land at Lakehurst Navel Base in New Jersey. Of the 93 people on board, a remarkable 62 survived, including Werner Franz, the ship's 14-year-old cabin boy.

    In Surviving the Hindenburg, writer Larry Verstrate recounts young Werner's story of the airship's final voyage. Through Werner's memories young readers will explore the inner workings of the giant airship, marvel at the breathtaking vistas from its observation windows, and hold their breath during Werner's terrifying escape from the fiery devastation.

    "My mind didn't start working again until I was on the ground," Werner said, later. "Then I started running."

    Captured in detailed, dramatic artwork, the story of the doomed airship comes alive for readers and history buffs of all ages.

    Product Details
    ISBN-13: 9781585367870
    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
    Publication date: 2/2/2012
    Pages: 32
    Sales rank: 1,173,088
    Age range: 6 - 10 Years