Little Big Book of America

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This celebration of America recalls the highlights that define this country, and offers insight into what it means to be an American. Charming, accessible, and comprehensive, this jam-packed anthology takes you on a guided tour through the history of our great nation. Its elements include:
18 short stories and literary excerpts from the fictional works of Harper Lee, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, Alice ...
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Overview

This celebration of America recalls the highlights that define this country, and offers insight into what it means to be an American. Charming, accessible, and comprehensive, this jam-packed anthology takes you on a guided tour through the history of our great nation. Its elements include:
18 short stories and literary excerpts from the fictional works of Harper Lee, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, J.D. Salinger, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Louisa May Alcott, among others.
14 poems by such poets as Walt Whitman, e.e. cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Emily Dickinson.
20 essays and speeches by great American political leaders and commentators, including Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Jr., Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, and E.B. White.
18 letters that capture American history in the making by John and Abigail Adams, John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Ansel Adams, and Grouch Marx, as well as other lesser-known Americans.
20 classic American songs, including: "America the Beautiful," "The Star Spangled Banner," "This Land Is Your Land," "Go Tell it on the Mountain," "O, Susanna!", and "Casey at the Bat."
15 classic recipes including: Apple Pie, Fried Chicken, Strawberry Ice Cream, Thanksgiving Turkey, Corn Bread, Black-eyed Peas, Hamburgers, and Buttermilk Pancakes.
15 "Facts" highligh fascinating trivia on every state, and cover topics such as Presidents, State Capitols, World War II, Science and Invention, Artists, Outlaws, The West, The Civil War, American Towns, and other American claims to fame.
This book is destined to become the one every American will want to turn to in order to remember - or learn for the first time - what constitutes a true American classic.
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U.S. history and culture come to light through literary excerpts, short stories, poems, essays, speeches, letters and more in The Little Big Book of America, ed. by Lena Tabori and Natasha Tabori Fried. Presented chronologically, the volume opens with an impassioned plea for peace from Pocahontas's father, Chief Wahunsonacock, to Captain John Smith (1609) and closes with Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's address to mourners gathered at Yankee Stadium on September 23, 2001. Significant songs ("America the Beautiful" and Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind"), founding documents (the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation) as well as light-hearted fare, such as uniquely American recipes (apple pie and New England clam chowder, anyone?) and lore ("Casey at the Bat") cover the range of Americana. Facts, from a listing of the nation's presidents and when they served to an overview of important American women and their accomplishments, are interspersed throughout; a bound-in blue ribbon acts as placeholder. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941807715
  • Publisher: Welcome Enterprises
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

NATASHA TABORI FRIED is Managing Editor of Welcome Enterprises, Inc. She has co-edited with Lena Tabori, The Little Big Book of New York, The Little Big Book of California, and The Little Big Book of Baseball.

LENA TABORI is the Publisher of Welcome Books. She has conceived and edited The Little Big Book of Moms, The Little Big Book of Love, The Norman Rockwell Counting Book, The Little Big Book of Christmas, and Love: A Celebration in Art and Literature, among her many projects.

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