Sunday, May 7, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea - Louisiana

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


From Sea to Shining Sea - Louisiana
Duration: May 01, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

1. The 18th state to enter the United States, Louisiana did so on Apr 30, 1812. Louisiana was named after Louis XIV, King of France from 1643-1715. When French explorer Rene-Robert Cavalier claimed the territory drained by the Mississippi River for France, he called it "La Louisiane". United States acquired Louisiana (among land from 14 other US states and 2 Canadian provinces) from France in 1803. The transaction was called the Louisiana Purchase. Louisiana is bordered to the west by Texas, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by the state of Mississippi and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. Its capital is Baton Rouge.
✒ Read a book written in French or translated from it -or- read a book with an intact 12 in the year it was first published (tell us the year) -or- read a book with the word Red or a synonym in its title.

2. Much of the state's lands were formed from sediment washed down by the Mississippi River, leaving enormous deltas and vast areas of coastal marsh and swamp. These contain a rich southern biota; typical examples include birds such as ibis and egrets. There are also many species of tree frogs, and fish such as sturgeon and paddlefish. In more elevated areas, fire is a natural process in the landscape, and has produced extensive areas of longleaf pine forest and wet savannas. These support an exceptionally large number of plant species, including many species of orchids and carnivorous plants.
✒ Read a book which has a natural scene on its cover (without any man made items visible; post the cover) -or- read a book whose author initials are MN, WI, IA, IL, MO, KY, TN, AR, MS or LA (vice versa is acceptable - SM or AL are fine as well) -or- read a book with a main character who works or lives amid nature.

3. Louisiana's state bird is the brown pelican, which also appears on the state seal and its flag. Louisiana is also nicknamed the Pelican State among others. The state flower is Magnolia, the state symbol is the fleur-de-lis. The state tree is the Bald Cypress. The state has an official boat, the Pirogue. Its cuisine is Gumbo and the musical instrument is the Cajun Accordion. "Union, Justice and Confidence" is its motto.
✒ Read a book with a mostly brown cover (post the cover) -or- read a book whose main character stands for union, justice or confidence (tell us how your book fits) -or- read a book with a boat used in the story.

4. The Battle of New Orleans was an engagement fought between January 8 and January 18, 1815, constituting the final major battle of the War of 1812 between United States and United Kingdom, and the most one-sided battle of that war. American combatants, commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, prevented an overwhelming British force, commanded by Admiral Alexander Cochrane and General Edward Pakenham, from seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. The Treaty of Ghent, the peace treaty to end the war, had been signed on December 24, 1814 (but was not ratified by the US Government until February 1815), and hostilities continued without the involved parties knowing about the Treaty, until January 18 by when all of the British forces had retreated, finally putting an end to the Battle of New Orleans.
✒ Read a book whose author or main character is called Edward, Andrew or Alexander (reasonable variations are fine) -or- read a book where characters work without knowing the whole story (tell us how your book fits) -or- read a book set within a period of 10 days.
(Jaime finds some ghost children that seem to be in an in between dimension. She needs help to figure out how to free them. She does not know what happened to them. ) 
No Humans Involved Kelley Armstrong 5/9/17


5. Louisiana is often affected by tropical cyclones and is very vulnerable to strikes by major hurricanes, particularly the lowlands around and in the New Orleans area. The unique geography of the region, with the many bayous, marshes and inlets, can result in water damage across a wide area from major hurricanes. The area is also prone to frequent thunderstorms, especially in the summer. The state was hit by two Category 3 hurricanes in 2005, causing widespread death and devastation. On Aug 29, 2005, Katrina breached and undermined levees in New Orleans, causing 80% of the city to flood. Most people had been evacuated, but the majority of the population became homeless. On Sep 24, 2005, Rita hit the already devastated state, flooding many parishes and cities along the coast, including Cameron Parish, Lake Charles, and other towns. The storm's winds weakened the damaged levees in New Orleans and caused renewed flooding in parts of the city. The city was virtually closed until October. It is estimated that more than two million people in the Gulf region were displaced by the hurricanes, and that more than 1,500 fatalities resulted in Louisiana alone. Louisiana residents relocated across the country for temporary housing, and many have not returned.
Read a book in which a natural disaster strikes -or- read a book whose author's first name starts with the first three letters of any hurricanes that have hit Louisiana since 1950 (for this task: Audrey, Betsy, Camille, Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac) -or- read a book first published in 2005.
Cold Reign Faith Hunter 5/11/17

6. Cajuns are an ethnic group that are mainly living in Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speakers from Acadia in what are now The Maritimes of Eastern Canada). Today, the Cajuns make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture. The British Conquest of French Acadia happened in 1710. Over the next 45 years, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. During this period, Acadians participated in various militia operations against the British and maintained vital supply lines to the French fortress of Louisbourg and Fort Beausejour. The deportation of the Acadians from these areas has become known as the Great Upheaval or Le Grand Dérangement. The Acadians' migration from Canada was spurred by the Treaty of Paris (1763) which ended the war. The treaty terms provided 18 months for unrestrained emigration. Many Acadians moved to the region of the Atakapa in present-day Louisiana, often travelling via the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti).
✒ Read a book set in Canada (bonus for a book set in the Maritimes: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island) -or- read a book in which a group rebels against a ruling or invading force (tell us how your book fits) -or- read a book first published in the last 18 months (for the purpose of this task, any publication date after Nov 2015 is fine; tell us when it was published).

7. Louisiana Creole people are persons descended from the inhabitants of colonial Louisiana during the period of both French and Spanish rule. The term creole was originally used by French settlers to distinguish persons born in Louisiana from those born in the mother country or elsewhere. As in many other colonial societies around the world, creole was a term used to mean those who were "native-born". It also came to be applied to African-descended slaves and Native Americans who were born in Louisiana. Louisiana Creole cuisine is recognized as a unique style of cooking originating in New Orleans, starting in the early 1700s. It makes use of what is sometimes called the Holy trinity: onions, celery, and green peppers. Gumbo is a traditional Creole dish from New Orleans with French, Spanish, Native American, African, German, Italian and Caribbean influences. It is a meat-based soup, sometimes made with some combination of any of the following: seafood (usually shrimp, crabs, with oysters optional, or occasionally crawfish), sausage, chicken (hen or rooster), alligator, turtle, rabbit, duck, deer or wild boar. Gumbo is often seasoned with filé, which is dried and ground sassafras leaves. It developed from French colonists trying to make bouillabaisse with New World ingredients (they found onions and celery, but no carrots).
✒ Read a book which begins with a letter in the word CREOLE (ignore A, An and the; tell us the first word of the book; I do mean the book, not its title!) -or- read a book with Food as one of its genres on the main page -or- read a book with any of the gumbo ingredients mentioned above on its cover (post the cover). 

8. Jazz is a music genre that originated among African Americans in New Orleans, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in Blues and Ragtime. Since the 1920s jazz age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the Black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".
Read a book written by an African American author -or- read a book about music (bonus if it's a jazz book) -or- read a book set during the Jazz age (for the purpose of this task, after WWI through the Great Depression; mention when your book is set).
Dangerous Curves Ahead Ines Johnson 5/11/17

9. The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in Southern Louisiana. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday (falling in February or March). Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place in the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls). The parades in New Orleans are organized by social clubs known as krewes; most follow the same parade schedule and route each year. Several modern "super krewes" are well known for holding large parades and events, such as the Krewe of Endymion (which is best known for naming celebrities as grand marshals for their parades). Float riders traditionally toss throws into the crowds; the most common throws are strings of colorful plastic beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic "throw cups", Moon Pies, and small inexpensive toys.
✒ Read a book you added to your TBR in February 2017 (if you don't have any books that fit, you may go back to Feb 2016; let us know when you added it) -or- read a book in which a main character is either part of or has to deal with an organization committee of any form -or- read a book with a (formal dance) ball in it.

10. In Louisiana, it is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the teller with a water pistol. Biting someone with your natural teeth counts as "simple assault" here, but if you bite someone with your false teeth, it is "aggravated assault". It is a $500 fine to instruct a pizza delivery man to deliver a pizza to your friend, if the friend has no knowledge of the coming pizza. Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked. And you absolutely must not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant. 
✒ Read a book set in an Alligator state of America (Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, South and North Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas; tell us where your book is set) -or- read a book in which a main character is older than 65 -or- read a book in which a pizza is eaten. 
Blood of the Earth Faith Hunter 5/7/17

CHALLENGE RULES - PLEASE READ!
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❖ Books must be at least 150 pages long (unless they are graphic novels, see below) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ Graphic novels must be at least 300 pages long, but two books can be combined to make up the page count as long as they both meet the same criteria.

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❖ Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not just skim the best portions! :)

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