Theater review: ‘Don’t Blame the Car’ at The Classic Theatre

Jaston Williams’ ‘Don’t Blame the Car’ runs until Sunday June 30 at The Classic Theatre. Photo: Sandra Cruz

On Thursday June 27, The Classic Theatre opened their Second Series production of Greater Tuna’s Jaston Williams’ ‘Don’t Blame the Car!’ Texan favorite Jaston Williams returns to the Classic Theatre with more amusing anecdotes from his childhood and personal experiences and there are still a few chances to catch the show. It runs until Sunday June 30 with showtimes at 8p.m. Saturday and 2p.m. and 7p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets are $25 and available online. There will be no late seating at any performance. Written and Performed by Jaston Williams.

As is customary, Jaston Williams did a small introductory scene and introduced himself and the material he is about to cover. This is not his first visit to the Classic Theatre and most of his loyal fans are those who are familiar with his work with Joe Sears in the Greater Tuna franchise, the much-loved series of satires set in Texas. He builds up the anticipation by carefully setting up his props before he begins the storytelling and does it with a subtle smile. The show’s title comes from when his mother tried to teach him how to drive a standard and basically assured him it was permitted to pass on the right, even on a two-lane road. His father’s advice: he told him to “write down everything she had told me about driving a standard, take it out in the backyard and burn it.” Spoiler alert: his life-time hatred of potatoes comes from being overexposed to them because his family farmed potatoes. True story. The guy was traumatized by the experience.

The set has funny graffiti on the wall and a couple of paintings. Scattered throughout the stage are several props, including a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. In ‘Don’t Blame the Car!’ Jaston Williams shares his lifetime of experiences and, being a humorist, manages to make them hilarious. One audience favorite was when he went trick or treating as an adolescent and an elderly female neighbor questioned whether he was too old for the Halloween tradition and threw in a single Tootsie Roll into his candy bag. He did not make a scene but rather returned later that night and toilet papered her house and “made it rain” with a water gun. The one that goes with the St. Francis of Assisi statue on stage? Earlier he placed several stuffed dogs around it and later explained that they represented the dogs his mother had accidentally ran over on the driveway with her car. That one is more sad than funny. But overall, he recounts his stories with a certain gusto that makes them enjoyable. Overall, it is also a tribute to his brother Corky, who taught him to see beyond a person’s outer shell. It is a must see production and fans of his work are in for a treat. The show runs approximately 90 minutes long without an intermission.


Upcoming July events at Pearl

Past Canciones have included Carrie Rodriguez, Laboratorio and Eva Ybarra. Photo: Matt Buikema, used with permission. 

Pearl is excited to present its July programming including Sound Cream Sunset Sessions with Cumbias Necias themed DJ sets, Great American Picnic to celebrate the Fourth of July, and Canciones: Sounds of San Antonio. Each event is free and open to the public with food and drinks available for purchase. (Pearl, 2019)

Sound Cream Sunset Sessions returns to Pearl Park this July with Cumbias Necias themed DJ sets. DJ sets are every Wednesday this summer from 5:30p.m. to 9p.m. Sound Cream Sunset Sessions is proud to partner with Lipton for the month of July and all month long, the sessions will feature complimentary ice-cold Lipton Texas-Style Sweet Tea, an exclusive product only available in Texas this summer.

The featured DJ for July include:
• July 3 – DJ Manny Dojo
• July 10 – DJ Isaiah
• July 17 – DJ Gracie Chavez
• July 24 – DJ Mexican Black Bird
• July 31 – Gio Chamba

Great American Picnic – Thursday July 4 from 5p.m. to 8p.m.
In honor of Fourth of July, Pearl will host a Great American Picnic. The Bottling Department will offer picnic specials and a special pop out by Bud’s Southern Rotisserie who will be selling BBQ chicken with corn and watermelon, as well as bacon-wrapped jalapeño sausage-on-a-stick–for guests to purchase and enjoy while listening to live music by the Peterson Brothers.

Canciones: Sounds of San Antonio – Friday July 26 from 6:30p.m. to 9p.m.
Canciones, the free concert series celebrating the sounds of South Texas, returns to Pearl Park this July for musical performances highlighting the unique Sounds of San Antonio. Mitch Webb and The Swindles will return to the Canciones Stage and welcome Rosie Flores, Will Owen Gage and D.T. Buffkin. The performance will highlight stories about the songs that have helped shape the musical landscape of San Antonio. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Bottling Department and Southerleigh’s oyster bar.

Pearl Park
Pearl Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78215

Tasting at Sweet Paris – La Cantera

The Very Berry milkshake and a Nutella Crepe. Photo: Sandra Cruz

Before the official opening of Sweet Paris on Main Street at The Shops at La Cantera on Thursday, this new French eatery hosted a tasting today to introduce the public to their brand. The Parisian-inspired, fast casual restaurant offers a critically acclaimed selection of sweet and savory crêpes, from Apple Cinnamon Crème Brȗlée and S’mores made with Nutella®, torched marshmallows, graham crackers and semi-sweet chocolate to the ribeye-and-provolone stuffed Philly cheesesteak and the Nordic made with smoked salmon, dill sour cream, pickled red onions and capers. Sweet Paris will donate part of its grand opening proceeds to the not-for-profit Culinaria, which promotes San Antonio as a premier food and wine destination through year-round events including the Culinaria Wine + Food Festival.

Judging from the sampling of delectable food and drink, San Antonio is in for a treat. Customers will be able to come in from the summer heat and enjoy a tasty milkshake or take a break from shopping to quench their thirst with a wide array of drinks available. The sweet crêpes, including the Nutella and Bonne Maman, satisfy the sweet tooth while the savory ones, like the Chicken Carbonara and the Philly Cheesesteak, make excellent brunch choices. Mimosas are naturally in the beverage menu with an additional option to add flavored syrups like lavender instead of orange juice. Either way, they pair naturally with almost anything in the menu. Milkshake options range from the ultra-chocolatey Oreo to the fruity Very Berry and they are both delicious.

The La Cantera café has elements familiar to all Sweet Paris restaurants: Large industrial European chandeliers with crystal and large iron orbs all around, iron sconces and antique mirrors on blue, venetian plaster walls and marble top bistro tables. The outdoor patio space faces a fountain and gives café-goers the opportunity to enjoy the natural landscaping of The Shops at La Cantera.

Founded in Houston in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Allison Young Chavez and Ivan Chavez, the expansion into San Antonio is an exciting addition to the Sweet Paris family. The Chavez’ love of crêpes goes back to college, when Ivan spent a couple of summers studying French in Paris. That love inspired them to open the first Sweet Paris. Locations include six cafes in the Houston area, including College Station, Katy and The Woodlands and a location inside a resort hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

Float Fest 2019 cancellation

Float Fest 2019 has been cancelled. Courtesy photo: used with permission. 

Float Fest 2019 was scheduled for July 20 and 21 in Gonzales, Tx but due to unforeseen circumstances, it has been cancelled. See official statement from Float Fest below: (Float Fest, 2019)

We are extremely saddened to announce today that Float Fest 2019 is being cancelled. This was a difficult decision to make, but due to several recent roadblocks outside of our control and in an effort to do right by our fans, the decision to cancel the event was the best option.

We have been working around the clock to prepare the new festival site in Gonzales, but at this time we don’t feel the grounds are ready to fully showcase everything Float Fest is about. With weather, Gonzales saw an extraordinary amount of rain in May and June. Although the site cleared, the rain created delays of construction. We want to provide a first-class experience to our fans, therefore we will be finishing out the site so that it is ready for the festival in 2020.

All ticket holders will be 100% refunded for the cost of their tickets. That refund process will be initiated through our ticketing partner, Eventbrite, for all attendees who purchased ticket(s) through their site. There is no action necessary on your end and you can expect to see the refund on your credit/debit card statement within the next 5-7 business days.

Book review: ‘The Ultimate Droodles Compendium’

Courtesy photo: used with permission.

Roger Price was an American humorist, author and publisher who created Droodles in the 1950s and later collaborated with Leonard B. Stern on the Mad Libs series. Before he delighted fans with Mad Libs, comedian Roger Price invented Droodles – absurdly funny drawings that joined hula hoops and UFOs as one of the biggest fads of the 1950s. His Droodles books sold more than 1 million copies between their debut in 1953 and his death in 1990. On what would have been Roger Price’s 101st birthday, Tallfellow Press released “The Ultimate Droodles Compendium: The Absurdly Complete Collection of All the Classic Zany Creations of Roger Price.” Featuring over 350 hilarious Droodles, it is the first and only full retrospective of Price and his creations.

“The Ultimate Droodles Compendium” is arranged and annotated by Emmy-winning writer Fritz Holznagel and features a foreword by America’s best-known film historian, critic and author, Leonard Maltin. In the foreword titled ‘Roger Price and Me,’ Maltin recalls how he met Price and how he helped him grow up and guided him in his quest to becoming professional writer. In ‘What Are Droodles’ he defines them as “small silly drawings in a square box.” Price, in his 1952 collection “The Rich Sardine,” describes them as “the new IMPROVED way to waste time. You….can show them to other people and waste their time too.” The rest of the book is divided into the different types of Droodles: Droodles, Madison Avenue Droodles and Kinda Croodles. There is even ‘A Brief History of Roger Price and Droodles’ that features his biography and career highlights: Radio Years, Bob Hope years, Nightclubs and Broadway, Television and Books, Droodles and Mad Libs.

Always funny and often provocative, Price was one of America’s most original comic voices. At the peak of their popularity, Droodles had their own TV show, daily newspaper column, bestselling books and even cocktail napkins. This book has something for everyone: more than enough Droodles to tickle the funny bone and a biography and behind the scenes information. It is a one-of-a-kind collection that longtime fans will enjoy while newbies might discover the joys of silly drawings and humor. “The Ultimate Droodles Compendium” is recommended for fans of humor and history of humor and is a definite conversation starter.

*The author received a copy of this book for an honest review. The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to her.

Refreshing happy hours around town

Wine infused popsicles at the Bottling Department at Pearl. Courtesy photo: used with permission. 

Summer is here and several businesses around town have happy hours to help customers deal with the rising temperatures. (Savor, Southerleigh Fine food & Brewery, Majestic Theater, Bottling Department at Pearl, The Esquire Tavern, EVO, 2019)

Starting in July, The Culinary Institute of America’s Savor will launch a new happy hour on Tuesday evenings. Specials include $5 cocktails like the Savor Margarita (formerly NAO Margarita voted best in SA) and $1 off appetizers like Pomme Frites, Brisket Meatballs and Orange Chili Wings at the bar. Savor rotates unique talents, featuring a fresh batch of students in the Culinary Institute of America program.

200 E. Grayson St. #117
San Antonio, TX 78215

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery will hosts happy hour at the oyster bar Monday through Sunday with specials on food and drink from 3p.m. to 5p.m. Featured items on the menu include $1 pressure fried wings and $.75 fried biscuits. There will also be $2 off all beer, wine, punches and mixes. This happy hour is only valid at the oyster bar and is not applicable to the restaurant. The inviting walk-up bar opened late September and features six Southerleigh beers on tap, plus several varieties of fresh seafood, including oysters, gulf shrimp, crab, caviar and more. The oyster bar is open daily during normal restaurant hours.

136 E. Grayson St. #120
San Antonio, TX 78215

Happy Hour Tours at The Majestic:
Monday June 24, and Monday July 1 at 5p.m. and 6p.m.
Cool off and join The Majestic for a series of summer happy hour tours of the historic, renowned space. The happy hour tours feature a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the theatre’s 90-year history, architecture and character, led by a knowledgeable tour guide and a trip backstage. Guests will experience insider tidbits throughout the tour and have the option to sip on Frosé, wine, local craft beer. In celebration of the Birthday month, a complimentary “Crown Jewel” cocktail will be included. Tickets cost $25 per person and are available at the Majestic Theatre Box office or on Ticketmaster online. A portion of ticket proceeds support the Las Casas Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Program.

Majestic Theatre
224 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Visitors to the Pearl can satisfy their taste buds this summer at The Bar at Bottling Department. Grab a drink during their happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 3p.m. to 6p.m. Featured items include $3 Texas Beers, $3 off glasses of wine as well as $3 off Frosé. This open, walk-up bar is located in the heart of the Pearl and features a vast selection of red and white wines plus several unique cocktails like their wine infused popsicles and strawberry Frosé.

Bottling Department at Pearl
312 Pearl Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78215

River Walk wanderers can stop by Esquire Tavern for happy hour Monday through Friday from 3p.m. to 7p.m. with $3 snacks. During weekday happy hour, all glasses of wine and cocktails are $3 off with seasonal drinks like Pirate and $1 off Texas draft beers. Night owls can indulge in the late-night happy hour, offered Thursday through Saturday 11p.m. to 1a.m. Featured items include Chef Brooke Smith’s $6 chili-salt fries, $8 fried pickles, and an $11 grilled pimento cheese sandwich.

The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Patrons who visit EVO can enjoy happy hour Monday through Thursday from 11a.m. to 6p.m. Specials include $1 off craft draft beer, $2 off domestics, $3 wells and fireball, $4 jager and $5 house margaritas, like a fresh Watermelon Margarita. Tuesdays at EVO see the $5 frenzy all day $5 bowling, movies, craft beer and select appetizers such as classic nachos, cheese fries and fried mushrooms.

Evo Entertainment Group
18658 IH 35N
Schertz, TX 78154

Unique burgers around town for National Grilling Month this July

Krause’s Double Beef Mushroom Burger. Photo: Krause’s Café, used with permission. 

July is National Grilling Month and with the Fourth of July almost here, nothing says grilling like burgers. When it is too hot outside to get the grill going, area restaurants offer their own unique version of the beloved burger.

Wildcat Burger
A true Texas favorite, Esquire Tavern’s Wildcat Burger is created with locally sourced beef that will satisfy even the most demanding summer grilling connoisseur. It is topped with American cheese, sweet grilled pineapple, crisp lettuce, red pepper jelly and creamy habanero aioli; all nestled in a sweet roll bun. This delicious mix of savory and sweet is available for $16.

The Esquire Tavern
155 East Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Krause’s Double Beef Mushroom Burger
As part of the 5th Annual James Beard Blended Burger Project,™ Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten has vowed to create and offer a sustainable burger that consists of 25% mushrooms. The Double Beef Mushroom Burger is made with Texas Beef Brisket, ground with local Kitchen Pride mushrooms and seasoned with peppered beef jerky, havarti cheese, crisp pancetta, wild arugula and pickled beech mushrooms, all served on a toasted brioche bun. The burger is only available throughout the competition, until July 31, and costs $10. From Monday through Thursday during lunch hours, patrons who order the Double Beef Mushroom Burger will get any of Krause’s other house ground burgers for half price.

Krause’s Café and Biergarten
148 S Castell Ave
New Braunfels, TX 78130

La Panaderia Patty Melt
June brought the launch of the Caceres brothers’ latest invention, La Panaderia Patty Melt. This unique take on the traditional Patty Melt takes the hearty sandwich to the next level with a high-quality ground beef patty with savory caramelized onions and sandwiched between decadent poppyseed bread. La Panaderia Patty Melt is now be offered at both locations and is priced at $14.99.

La Panaderia
301 E Houston St
San Antonio, TX 78205

8305 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78209

Davila’s 1/2 Brisket Burger
This specialty burger is a traditional American burger with a Davila’s BBQ Texas twist. The burger comes with a patty meat along with Davila’s specialized mesquite smoked brisket for double the protein and flavor. The burger is then topped off with tomato, onion, lettuce and cheese with optional Jalapeños for an extra kick. Adrian Davila uses his grandfather’s South Texas and Latin techniques, such as smoking meats directly on the embers or in an underground pit, where the traditional vaquero style comes into play. The Davila’s burger is priced at $8.99.

Davila’s BBQ
418 W. Kingsbury St.
Seguin, Texas 78155

Honey Sriracha Burger
EVO’s signature half pound patties are crafted with a custom blend of locally sourced beef that is hand-ground and pressed daily. Originally created from an employee contest, the Honey Sriracha Burger dominated as the company favorite, now with a permanent stay on the menu. This burger combines pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, bacon and is topped with grilled onions and peppers. This incredible taste of spicy flare is fixed between a sweet fresh baked bun and is priced at $13.50.

EVO Entertainment Group
18658 IH 35N
Schertz, TX 78154

Shack Stack Burger
San Antonio is now home to two Shake Shack locations that feature the Shack Stack burger. The Shack Stack features a classic ShackBurger with cheese, stacked with a crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, complete with lettuce, tomato and the famous ShackSauce. This over the top burger is available for $10.29 at the Park North location and the newly opened Brackenridge Shack.

Park North
7427 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78216

3003 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78209

Theater review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Majestic Theatre

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is now playing at the Majestic Theatre through Sunday.

Now playing at the Majestic Theatre is ‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ Broadway and London’s award-winning smash comedy. It opened on Tuesday and will run until Sunday June 23. There are still five chances to see it with showtimes on Friday at 8p.m., Saturday at 2p.m. and 8p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. and 7:30p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available at Ticketmaster online, by calling (800) 982-2787 or by visiting the Majestic Box Office. Called “A gut -busting hit “ by The New York Times and “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen” by HuffPost, this classic murder mystery is full of mishaps and madcap mania. Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things quickly go from bad to utterly disastrous.

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is a play by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company. Before it begins, the stage crew of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are making last minute adjustments to the set, including trying to mend a broken mantlepiece and looking for a lost dog. The disasters begin as soon Chris, (Evan Alexander Smith) the head of the drama company, comes onstage to introduce the night’s play and misses the spotlight. He talks about the company’s past attempts at putting on productions but is thrilled to introduce their latest effort. The first scene of the play has the lights prematurely go up as Jonathan (Yaegel T.Welch) – playing Charles Haversham is crawling on the floor trying to take his place onstage. The lights go down again and come back up as he is posed as dead on the chaise longue. His death is at the center of this play within a play and is meant to be a 1920s murder mystery play but in the spirit of show business, “the show must go on.” During the performance, several disasters plague the cast and crew including doors sticking, props falling from the walls, misplaced props, mispronounced words and being hidden in a grandfather clock. The climax is a tribute to a scene in Buster Keaton’s film Steamboat Bill, Jr. when most of the remaining set collapses.

The Majestic Theatre usually plays host to musicals, so to experience a play, a comedy no less, is a treat. The laughs begin right from the beginning and keep coming with every scene. A cross between a Sherlock Holmes mystery and a slapstick Monty Python comedy, it is entertaining on all levels and even breaks the fourth wall when they reference and address the audience. Occasionally, a scene goes on for too long, for example, when a missed line causes a repeated loop of the scene, but it is still funny. The talented cast works well together and the physical comedy is top-notch. Sometimes a hearty laugh or two is just what the doctor ordered and overall, ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ is a hilarious good time and a must-see production. Come prepared to laugh your socks off.

Fredericksburg Peach Market and Free Country Concert Series

The Fredericksburg Peach Market will take place at The Shops at La Cantera on Saturday July 13 along with the first concert in the Country Music series. Courtesy photo: used with permission. 

The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau brings a taste of the Texas Hill Country to The Shops at La Cantera on Saturday July 13 from 10a.m. to 6p.m. Peach growers from the Hill Country Fruit Council will sell prized fresh peaches, while other specialty producers and wineries from Fredericksburg will offer wine, jellies, jams, salsas, soaps, lotions and more for sale in the mall’s common areas from Center Court to Forever 21. Later that day, Thomas Michael Riley will open The Shops at La Cantera’s free Country Music series in conjunction with Luckenbach Texas at 7p.m. on Main Street. Weldon Henson, Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars and Two Tons of Steel round out the line-up for the summer. (The Shops at La Cantera, 2019)

Shoppers are encouraged to bring the family, including canine companions, on leash or in carrier, and enjoy The Shops at La Cantera’s open container policy which allows visitors to sip and shop. Luciano’s Pizzeria and Tiny Cantina sell and serve beer and wine and issue wristband to wear while consuming the beverage on property.

Summer Concert Series on Main Street, 7p.m.

Saturday, July 13 – Thomas Michael Riley – Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Texas Music Awards

Wednesday, July 17 – Weldon Henson – Prepare to dance to what people think is arguably the best Texas Made Honky Tonk

Wednesday, July 24 – Tessy Lou & The Shotgun Stars – A mix of mountain, country, Americana, originals and bluegrass. Paramount featured one of their songs in Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristen WiigWiig.

Wednesday, July 31 – Two Tons of Steel – “Band of the Year” on 12 separate occasions; “Album of the Year;” “Best Country Band” S.A. Current ten times; ‘Best Male Vocal’ honors four times. Before Americana or Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel rocked a sound that blends the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope with a signature brand of country meets punk.

The Shops at La Cantera
Peach Market in the Common areas from Center Court to Forever 21, Music on Main Street
15900 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256
(210) 582-6255

Book review: ‘General Meade: A Novel of the Civil War’ by Robert Kofman

General Meade Cover
‘General Meade: A Novel of the Civil War’ is Robert Kofman’s new book about the Civil War. Courtesy photo: used with permission. 

Robert Kofman is an American author born in Bellefonte, PA and a graduate of Penn State and Duke Law School. He became a labor lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia before entering private practice in Miami, FL as a management side labor and employment attorney. After retiring from practicing law, Kofman desired to keep intellectually engaged by writing a historical novel as a way to help educate people in an engaging fashion about the Civil War. His new book “General Meade: A Novel of the Civil War” resulted from that effort. (Smith Publicity, 2019)

In “General Meade: A Novel of the Civil War” Robert Kofman has written a work of historical fiction detailing a fascinating character, who has been relegated to the margins of history, with credibility and intrigue. It begins with a note by the author where he explains that the novel covers many significant events of the last three years of the American Civil War from the perspective of Major General George Gordon Meade, sometimes in his own words through letters that he wrote to the person he most trusted: his wife Margaret. The Prologue describes what happens in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln becomes President, specifically how the Southern states begin seceding from the Union before he even takes office.

Just three days after taking command, General Meade confronts Lee’s army at Gettysburg, resulting in the bloodiest and most dramatic battle of the war. After that incredible victory, at first he is heralded as a hero who turns the tide of the war, but he then falls victim to a smear campaign that threatens to ruin his reputation and his career. He is forced to muster all of his strength to persevere against an onslaught of political and newspaper attacks, all while leading the Army of the Potomac and serving his superiors: General Ulysses S. Grant and President Lincoln.

Much more than a novel of historical fiction, “General Meade” is also a view of the issues plaguing the nation then and now. Themes include a country divided by social issues, polarized political parties, partisan newspaper attacks, false news stories, war heroes and villains and an unscrupulous Congressional Committee out to destroy the careers of generals who do not share its political ideology. Considering that the main subject is history, the language is easy to understand and the action flows from page to page aided by maps when appropriate. Highlights include the mention of history in the making, like the big story in the paper about Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and details of vicious hand-to-hand combat: “Blood and brain matter splattered the combatants. A Rebel flag-bearer climbed atop one of the Napoleons and waved his colors. Seconds later, his bullet-ridden, lifeless body fell to the ground.”

Kofman provides sources and a bibliography for anyone interested in reading more on the subject. An interesting section is the Afterward, where he lists what happens to the people in the story: “Robert E. Lee was indicted but never tried for treason,” Ulysses S. Grant “created the Justice Department and used it to prosecute the Ku Klux Klan, which was using violence to deny freed blacks their civil rights” and how Old Baldy, General Meade’s warhorse outlived him by ten years. At Meade’s funeral, “Old Baldy followed the caisson carrying Meade’s casket as the rider-less horse.” “General Meade” is an extraordinary work of historical fiction that spotlights the lesser-known side of history’s legends. It is recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction at its finest.

*The author received a copy of this book for an honest review. The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to her.