“Russell Long: A Life in Politics” by Michael S. Martin. University Press of Mississippi, 2014. $35.

This is a thoroughly researched book that is a great combination of political history and biography of the son of Huey P. Long.

Born into Louisiana’s most influential political family, Russell created his own path into Louisiana and U.S. politics.

Long served in the Senate for three decades, rising to chairman of the Finance Committee and Democratic majority whip.

Martin’s book examines Long’s political influence and achievements from his time in office and the influences still evident today.

As a national politician, Long was known for his willingness to work across conservative and liberal boundaries, particularly at times when those boundaries seemed very rigid. His philosophy was more of “getting things done” rather than following political ideologies.

This is a great book for anyone interested in Louisiana, political history or the Long family.

— Anna Guerra,

Denham Springs

“DC Comics: A Visual History” by Daniel Wallace, Alan Cowsill, Alex Irvine, Matthew K. Manning. DK Publishing, 2014. $50.

Do you like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and all the rest of the DC Universe? This is the book for you.

Taking the reader through the genesis of DC’s creation in 1935 to the present, you will learn all about the heroes and villains that you have come to love.

You’ll see how this comic book company evolved throughout the years, introducing your now-favorite characters, helping with war efforts, and tackling racism and women’s rights. There are glimpses of comic book titles and story lines that didn’t last long and characters that are best forgotten.

Whether tackling the social climate of the time or following the change of your favorite character, there is a lot for anyone interested in comic books and pop culture. The book comes in a hard slipcase with two framable exclusive prints.

This is truly a must-have for anyone who reads or collects the DC Universe.

— Phillip Dequeant, pdequeant@theadvocate.com

“Macarooned on a Dessert Island” by Johnette Downing. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99.

Downing’s sweet adventure takes kids on a journey through a candy land of treats all while preparing them for bed and sweet dreams. Don’t worry, some fruits and veggies are included on the trip!

Vividly and colorfully illustrated by Christina Wald, the pictures leap out and make the reader smile.

Also included are a yummy recipe for a yogurt berry treat and a scavenger hunt game that will keep children engaged in the story.

— Anna Guerra, Denham Springs