Instant Pot DUO Plus 60

Instant Pot DUO Plus 60


I know this is not a book, but my friend and a well known lady from Farmerville, Doris Kennedy, highly recommends it. She received one as a Christmas gift. At first she thought she would not like it, but it didn’t take long to change her mind.

“It asks what’s on your mind and I have to say it’s this instant pot pressure cooker son John gave me for Christmas. I have enjoyed it so much. At first I was intimidated by it. Then decided to just dive in. Beef stew is just delicious and quick. Country style pork ribs the same. So tender on both meats. My next thing will be rice and beans. I Love Love Love it!!!”


Family Maps of Union Parish, Louisiana

Family Maps of Union Parish Louisiana


I am posting this book again because so many people are asking for it. So here it is.

I have this book and use it frequently. It is a must have for Union Parish researchers.

This is a book of maps, 98 maps, from the U. S. Bureau of Land Management, of Union Parish from 1820-1920.  It is great for finding where your ancestors lived or owned property. You can also see their neighbors. There is an index of owners with each map. It also includes cemeteries, roads, rivers, creeks, streams, railroads, and towns. In Union Parish you will find Alabama Landing, Bemis, Bernice, Bethel Springs, Brantley Landing, Canbeal, Cane Ridge, Carroll, Cecil, Cherry Ridge, Clayton, Colsons, Conway, Copley, Cox Ferry, Crossroads, Culbertson, D’Arbonne, De Loutre, Dean, Downsville, Evergreen, Farmerville, Gravel, Haile, Holmesville, Hooker Hole, Hunt, Junction City, Laran, Lillie, Linville, Litroe, Loch Lomond, Lockhart, Loco, Marion, Monroe, Moselys Bluff, Mount Union, Oakland, Ouachita City, Pisgah, Point, Port Union, Quigley, Randolph, Rocky Branch, Rum Center, Sadie, Shiloh, Shiloh Landing, Smurney, Spearsville, Spencer, Taylortown, Terrills, Thirteen Points Landing, Truxno, Tugwell, Upco, Walnut Lane, Weldon, West Sterlington and Wilhite.

Bayou Boy

Bayou Boy



With the new road being built in the Louisiana swampland, all the gators are leaving, and Jean LeBlanc’s trapper father must go to work in the offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Jean, at 14, is suddenly the man of the house, and just taking care of his mother and small sister requires manhood enough. When an escaped convict appears on the scene and steals Old Red Gravy, Jean’s dog, Jean finds himself up to his neck in swamp water and trouble. The author has caught the special inflection of Louisiana backwoods talk as well as a feeling for both the resignation and pride of poor people leading lonely, hard lives.

George Harmon Smith, born in the Louisiana swamp country, is the author of several award-winning, best-selling Young Adult novels. He came to literary recognition with Bayou Boy, which was made into a Walt Disney movie, with fourteen editions published, and the winner of 37 literary awards. Readers have urged Smith to write more Young Adult novels. By popular demand he has recently had published Where the Pale Lilies Bloom, and now this third new one, Dark Delta Deep, Blue Goodbye.

Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity

Coming Back Stronger


This is the inspiring true story of Drew Brees’ life, including being injured and having a comeback in professional football. It involved a lot of courage and stamina on Brees’ part as he faced challenges throughout his life, including a lengthy physical rehabilitation. The book tells of the ups and downs, laughter and tears, victories and defeats of his life. Very interesting read for sports fans, and terrific read for teens whether they follow him or not.

The American Woman’s Cook Book

American Woman's Cook Book


Molly Liggin Rankin posted a picture of this cook book on Facebook this morning. The book in her picture was her mother’s, Edna Matthews Liggin.

“This old cookbook was on top of my mother’s refrigerator most of my childhood as best I remember. That fancy platter of “petits fours” picture on the inside cover of the book always intrigued me….needless to say, Edna didn’t make petits fours but this was the only cookbook I remember in our house.”

Me being me, I had to see if it was on Amazon. There are several editions of book on there. The one shown above was printed in 1951.

The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window


A. J. Finn’s debut novel begins with an ominous epigram: “I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s something nobody knows about.” This is a line from the 1943 classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Shadow of a Doubt, and THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, in more ways than one, pays homage to the venerable master of suspense.

Anna Fox is a recently separated woman living alone in her restored Harlem brownstone. She used to have a thriving child psychology practice until a year or so ago, but now is a confirmed agoraphobic, petrified to go outside or let the outside world come in, aside from the rare exceptions of her soon-to-be ex-husband, Ed; her eight-year-old daughter, Olivia; and her tenant, Dave, who occupies the basement apartment. She spends her days counseling other agoraphobics online, watching old black and white movies, and drinking wine. Hers is a small, highly ordered life. Until the Russells move into the brownstone across the way.