Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meet the Author at Paragraphs: "Irreconcilable Differences"

Irreconcilable Differences

Profiles of the Founding Fathers 1750-1776

Conversation and booksigning with Leslie Mironuck 

Sunday, January 22, 2017 1-3PM

Our Founding Fathers are the great men who won our inde­pendence, framed our founding documents, and set this nation in motion.

Discover who they were, what they believed, and why they were willing to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor in pursuit of America’s potential. A study of their lives is a study of the history of their times—a time that is the Founding Era.

This first volume in The American Patriot Series spans the period of 1750-1776. It includes the exciting life stories of fifty of our Founding Fathers and chronicles how they came to grips with their "Irreconcilable Differences" with Great Britain.

Readers will benefit from the author’s extensive research. The facts revealed in these pages were derived almost exclusively from primary sourced material and listed in the bibliography. A timeline and index are included.

Leslie Mironuck’s life journey has given him a unique perspective on America. He lived in Canada until 1986, viewing the United States from afar. However, he often visited his relatives who had settled in Missouri during the mid-1800s. After immigrating to the USA, he made St. Louis his home. He has since reconciled his various perspectives of America — as a foreigner, as a frequent visitor, and finally as a permanent resident. This process included a self-guided study of American history. Mironuck holds both US and Canadian citizenship.

This event is free and open to the public. 
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 
For more information please call us at 956-433-5057

Meet the Author at Paragraphs:: "Ranch Life in Hidalgo County after 1850"

Conversation and Booksigning with Robert Ramirez

January 21, 2017 1-3pm

The late Alfonso Ramírez founded New Santander Press more than forty years ago with the publication (1971) of his mother’s work “Ranch Life in Hidalgo County After 1850.” Then, as now, we focus on the history of this region – ­­­New Santander­­­ – the bi­national region (comprising northern Mexico and Deep South Texas that has been home to the Ramírez and Vela families for centuries.

Written more than fifty years ago, this first­ hand account comes from the self-sufficient people who spent most of their lives on ranches, far from the few emerging cities of south Texas. In 1954, college professor (and my grandmother) Emilia Schunior Ramírez researched and wrote the text as part of a project to produce a book on the 100th Anniversary of Hidalgo County. She interviewed her parents and other relatives and wrote this historical portrait which transports the reader back in time and provides details on how people lived more than one hundred fifty years ago.

Planners never completed the book project, and nearly twenty years passed before my father printed the first edition in 1971. In this new edition we have preserved the special character of this original booklet (illustrated with numerous hand drawn pictures) and made very minimal changes to the text.

New material, including dozens of photographs, news accounts and numerous biographies, appear in a separate appendix:

  • Read the history of El Desierto Ranch, the birthplace of the author’s mother—Ángela Schunior Vela—and hear how her novio and future husband (George J. Schunior) maintained a courtship over the then long-distance of fifteen miles.
  • Find out how one of their grandchildren who failed kindergarten because he didn’t speak English became a pioneer in the field of bilingual education.
  • Read the 1902 newspaper account of the tragic drowning of 24-year-old William Schunior, who served in the twin positions as District and County Clerks, and was beloved by family and friends.
This event is free and open to the public.

Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX

For information call us at 956-433-5057

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Meet Author Kenneth Moore

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday January 14th    12 - 2 PM

Whadda Ya Know About... Texas?

Facts, History, Notables, and Information from the Great State of Texas
Discussion and Book signing with author, Kenneth Moore

Texas history, facts and notable people from the Lone Star State. A funfilled book of stories and happenings you never knew to ask. A great introduction for those who want to know and a remarkable source of unknowns for those who thought they knew! Come join us as you discover what makes Texans tick and the state unique. WHADDA YA KNOW ABOUT... TEXAS?

Written by a 6th generation Texan whose life and history has taken him to all corners of the Lone Star State in search of the obscure and unknown facts that make Texas and Texans GREAT!

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

On the Shelf at Paragraphs - "Razor Girl"

The novels by Carl Hiassen are favorites with our customers. As a columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen has a subject: Florida. For years he has written stories that highlight the most bizarre antics and colorful episodes of life in our third largest state. Hiaasen grew up in Florida during the 1950s and has lived and worked there his entire life, watching it morph from a rural backwater with abundant natural beauty and resources to one struggling with the effects of development and tourism. Hiassen’s books are first and foremost fast-paced thrillers combining equal parts of humor and suspense. However, he handles serious issues with a satiric wit that never feels pedantic. Each of Hiaasen's novels is set in a different part of the state and is full of colorful characters in outlandish situations.

“Razor Girl” Carl Hiaasen 
Alfred A Knopf 
September 6, 2016 in Hardcover
352 pages
His latest, “Razor Girl”, is a classic Hiassen setup. The dialogue somehow sounds believable even at its most deadpan hilarious, and the multi-pronged satire--of Florida, corrupt cops, bumbling criminals and, most exquisitely, the entertainment industry--is gentle but merciless. While it is nearly impossible to describe the plot of a Hiassen novel, this one begins when Merry Mansfield, the razor girl of the title, has teamed up with a thug named Zeto to rear-end shady Key West land developer Martin Trebeaux. But when Merry hits the wrong car things begin to spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose on the page.

There’s Trebeaux, the owner of Sedimental Journeys–a company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another, Dominick “Big Noogie” Aeola, a NYC mafia capo with a taste for tropic-wear, Buck Nance, a Wisconsin accordionist who has rebranded himself as the star of a redneck reality show called Bayou Brethren, a street psycho known as Blister who’s more Buck Nance than Buck could ever be, Brock Richardson, a Miami product-liability lawyer who’s getting dangerously–and deformingly–hooked on the very E.D. product he’s litigating against, and Andrew Yancy–formerly Detective Yancy, busted down to the Key West roach patrol after accosting his then-lover’s husband with a Dust Buster. Yancy believes that if he can singlehandedly solve a high-profile murder, he’ll get his detective badge back. That the Razor Girl may be the key to Yancy’s future will be as surprising as anything else he encounters along the way–including the giant Gambian rats that are livening up his restaurant inspections.

““Razor Girl” is vintage Hiaasen, in the very best way: darkly funny, unapologetically crazy, and more Florida than a flamingo eating a Cuban sandwich while singing a Jimmy Buffett song. (The odds of that flamingo ending up as a character in a forthcoming Hiaasen book, by the way, are actually pretty good.) It might even inspire you to head to the Sunshine State. Just make sure you watch out for the Gambian pouched rats.” (NPR Book Review)

Hiaasen is also the author of several popular novels for young readers: “Hoot”, which won a Newbery Honor, “Flush”, “Scat” and, most recently, “Skink – No Surrender”, which introduces one of the wildest characters in his adult books to a teen audience.