Book notes, July 2 

What all of Arkansas is reading, historic Little Rock photos and the latest from UA Press.

NOW AVAILABLE: 'Historic Photos of Little Rock.'
  • NOW AVAILABLE: 'Historic Photos of Little Rock.'

This year's selection for the statewide reading program “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book” is “A Long, Hard Road to Freedom” (Gibsons, $11.95, paperback), a memoir by Arkansas co-authors Petrus Lai Nguyen of Fort Smith and Derlyne Gibson of Berryville. It tells the story of Nguyen's journey from Vietnam, during the Vietnam War, to Arkansas. The co-authors will make appearances in Arkansas libraries through July 9. Visit http://www.asl.lib.ar.us/ for more information.

 There's a new historical photography survey of Little Rock. Kimberly Reynolds Rush's “Historic Photos of Little Rock” (Turner Publishing Company, $39.95, hardcover) collects nearly 200 photographs that capture the Old State House, the 1927 flood, the Central High crisis and more.   

Lindsey Millar


A pair of recent University of Arkansas Press books will delight those who love two of this state's real mysteries — politics and head-shaped pottery from ancient Native American burial sites.

First to politics. The UA Press has made a masterful re-issue and update of a resourceful volume first edited by the late Diane Blair, “Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government.”

The new re-issue is edited by Janine A. Perry and Richard P. Wang ($39.95, paperback). This new volume brings together some of the best available scholarly research on the state's political climate.

“The Headpots of Northeast Arkansas and Southern Pemiscot County, Missouri,” by James F. Cherry, is a massive 225-page book with hundreds of photographs. It's a culmination of more than 25 years of devoted research and study by Cherry, a retired physician.

The book highlights the ceramics of cultures who lived along the upper Mississippi River floodplain between 1400 and 1700 A.D. The volume also draws from collections from the UA's own vaults, the Smithsonian, the Field Museum, Yale and other universities. The foreword is from Robert C. Mainfort Jr. of the Arkansas Archeological Survey.

Maylon Rice


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