January 15th, 2018
National Book Month
With the frigid temperatures and possibility of snowfall, January is the best time to cuddle up on the couch (under lots of fuzzy blankets) with a great book! As it turns out, January is National Book Month! Why not check out one of these great books with Hopewell at the forefront:
“Du Pont, the Autobiography of an American Enterprise” by Du Pont de Nemours, E.I.
Du Pont, the Autobiography of an American Enterprise: the story of E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company published in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the company on July 19, 1802.
“Hopewell and City Point” by Rev. Ronald K. Bullis
In different times in its past, some have called Hopewell the wonder city or the city that would not die. Others have called it the wizard city, or the city that DuPont built. Hopewell, as someone once put it, was either in the stew of most early American history or very near the fire. Images of America: Hopewell and City Point depicts the people, places, and products of a city that is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in America. Its natural deepwater harbor and its junction at the Appomattox and James Rivers attracted Native American settlements, colonial farmers, the plantation system of the South, the depot and command post for the Union siege of Petersburg, and a major manufacturing site prior to and during World War II.
“Hopewell China: Collector’s Handbook” by Kimberly Calos Pinkleton
Are you a collector at heart? Then this book is for you! A detailed history and informational guidebook for Hopewell China. This book will outline the history, ownership, production, decoration, trademarks, dates of manufacture, shapes and a pricing guide for the historic china.
“Making the American Dream Work: A Cultural History of African Americans in Hopewell, Virginia” by Lauranett L. Lee
What can a small industrial city in Virginia named Hopewell tell us about its experiment in possibilities? Located at the intersection of the Appomattox and James Rivers, this wondrous place was poised to yield “the greatest hope ever.” From America’s founding years to the twenty-first century Hopewell’s historic sights and the stories that citizens tell about their lives provide glimpses into an ever changing landscape that embodies all the American dream has come to symbolize.
“Old City Point and Hopewell: The first 370 Years” edited by Mary Mitchell Calos, Charlotte Easterling, Ella Sue Rayburn
The settlement of City point 1607-1860 — Civil war comes to city point 1860-1870 — Reconstruction , 1870-1912 — DuPont and World War I 1912-1918 — Hopewell, the Wonder city 1918-1940 — World War II and Forty years of progress, 1940-1983.
“Switched: A Detective Hardrock Series” by Charlotte Williamson
Four murders committed in as many days in the small town of Hopewell, Virginia, are turning Police Detective James Hardrock’s nice, quiet, orderly world upside down. The victims, two males and two females, have their clothes switched. The men are wearing the women’s clothes; the women are wearing the men’s clothes. Before Hardrock can discover the identities of the victims and the bizarre reason for the switch in clothes, one of Hardrock’s lead detectives, Harry Ralston, disappears A background file check on his colleague only raises more questions. And why has the F.B.I. suddenly become interested in the murders and the disappearance of Detective Ralston? Forced at gunpoint to become a pawn in the killer’s scheme of revenge is Janet Gordon, Hardrock’s beautiful, widowed neighbor, and occasional Saturday-night date. Drawn into a web of danger and deceit, Hardrock is convinced that the answers he needs to solve the case lie with his missing detective. He has only to find Harry and catch a killer at the same time…before he and Janet become the killer’s next victims.
“Tropical Heat” by John Miller
When an army officer is found dead in the small Virginia town of Hopewell, the murder sets in motion a sequence of events that will forever change the life of Sheriff A. G. Farrell. A. G.’s investigation is hampered from the start by a strangely hostile provost marshal from the murdered captain’s base and by the captain’s enigmatic widow, Theresa Fitzgerald, whose beauty, like the terrible heatwave, leaves civilians and soldiers alike gasping for relief. When a thin thread ties together the otherwise unsuspicious deaths of four young women over the past four years, A. G. struggles to retain his sense of objectivity and propriety as sexual tension grows between Theresa and himself, and he must face down the provost marshal whose rush to judgment may get the wrong man hung for murder.