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Latest Michael Wenberg Stories

2009-01-07 04:30:00

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Two new young adult novels from WestSide Books blend coming-of-age stories with historical fiction to shed new light on race relations and young people's experiences in mid-twentieth century America. In Between Us Baxters, by Bethany Hegedus, the friendship between two girls-one white, one black-reveals a 1950s Southern town torn apart by racism in the Jim Crow South. In Seattle Blues, by Michael Wenberg, a young black teen spends the summer of 1969...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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