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The Temptations of Big Bear
A Novel
By Rudy Wiebe

Rudy Wiebe's The Temptations of Big Bear is an epic of the Canadian West. As the buffalo-based food supply vanishes, Big Bear leads his Plains Cree nation across the prairie in search of a means of retaining the way of life quickly being lost—a life his people have lived for thousands of years.

Fiction · American Literature · Literary Studies · Western Americana · Canada

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The Time of the Little Black Bird
By Helen Papanikolas

In 1906 a young, semiliterate Greek arrived in America with a fewdollars in his pocket and his people's legacy of proverbs, superstitions, and cultural traits to guide him through the dangers and opportunities of a new world. The Time of the Little Black Bird begins with the story of this young man and his plan to build a future for his family as it makes its way in America.

Literary Studies · Fiction · American Literature · Western Americana

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Mountain Dialogues
By Frank Waters
· Foreword by Thomas J. Lyon

“Mysticism is peculiar to the mountainbred,” Frank Waters once told an interviewer for Psychology Today. And in Mountain Dialogues, available for the first time in paperback, the mountainbred Waters proves it true. Ranging over such diverse subjects as silence, spirits, time, change, and the sacred mountains of the world, Waters sounds again and again the radiant, mystic theme of man’s inherent wholeness and his oneness with the cosmos.

Literary Studies · American Literature · Native American Studies · Western Americana

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Brave Are My People
Indian Heroes Not Forgotten
By Frank Waters

Pontiac, Sequoyah, Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, and Chief Seattle. These legendary names are familiar even to the uninitiated in Native American history, yet the life stories of these great spiritual leaders have been largely unknown. In this, his last book, internationally celebrated author Frank Waters makes vivid the poignant, humorous, and tragic stories of these neglected and heroic Native Americans.

American History · Literary Studies · Biography · Native American Studies · Western Americana · History

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Frozen in Silver
The Life and Frontier Photography of P. E. Larson
By Ronald T. Bailey

In 1898 men and women from all over the world converged on Alaska. Gold had been discovered. In the Yukon Territory, all winter long eager gold seekers struggled over the mountain passes connecting Canada with the United States. A small group of photographers chronicled this epic, creating images of men and women laboring through blinding snowstorms over the windswept, ice-covered mountains. One of that group was a young Swedish immigrant by the name of P. E. Larson.

History · American History · Literary Studies · Biography · Western Americana

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A Journey through the West
Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal from Delaware to the Mississippi Territory
By Thomas Rodney
· Edited by Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Thomas Rodney as a land commissioner and a territorial judge in the newly formed Mississippi Territory. Rodney’s edited and annotated journal, presented in complete form for the first time, is both a travel adventure and a colorful glimpse into the life of his day.

Ohio and Regional · Western Americana · History

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Making of Legends
More True Stories of Frontier America
By Mark Dugan

Some of the American West’s grandest legends are about people who in reality were remorseless killers, robbers, and bandits. These outlaws flourished during the 1800s and gained notoriety throughout the following century. How did their fame persist, and what has inspired the publishing, movie, and television industries to recreate their fictionalized careers over and over again? Mark Dugan brings reality to the forefront in The Making of Legends.

American History · Western Americana · United States

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Ghosts of the Colorado Plains
By Perry Eberhart

Since the second quarter of the nineteenth century, changing conditions have built and emptied small and large towns across the Colorado plain. At the time when Denver was little more than an overpopulated campsite along Cherry Creek there were numerous other settlements to the east and south, each with its own dreams of growth, gold or silver strikes, railroad connections, and rising influence over the surrounding territory.

Western Americana · Travel - West

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Sometimes I’m Happy
A Writer’s Memoir
By Marshall Sprague

Marshall Spragues colorful lifetime spanned the century like a mountain rainbow. Somewhere between the time he learned the true function of the umbrella stand in the Midwest Victorian household of his youth and his first solo train ride to New York City, he surrendered to an innate talent and inquisitiveness that subsequently engaged tens of thousands of his friends and readers. He played the Tiger Rag with a Princeton band on transatlantic steamer crossings.

Journalism · Literary Studies · Creative Nonfiction · Biography · American Literature · Western Americana · Memoir

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Build with Adobe
By Marcia Southwick

This practical guide to building adobe homes was written from the author's many years of experience with adobe, and it is refreshingly no-nonsense: “What can you spend?” “Where will you put it?” “Who is going to build it?” This new updated and enlarged edition includes hundreds of photographs, drawings and house plans as well as new information about passive solar heating and cooling, and specific details on construction.

Architecture · Western Americana

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Small Bird, Tell Me
Stories of Greek Immigrants
By Helen Papanikolas

Helen Papanikolas has been honored frequently for her work in ethnic and labor history. Among her many publications are Toil and Rage in a New Land: The Greek Immigrants in Utah, Peoples of Utah (ed.), and her parents' own story of migration, Emily-George. With Small Bird, Tell Me, she joins a long and ancient tradition of Greek story-tellers whose art informs and enriches our lives.

Literary Studies · Fiction · American Literature · Western Americana

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To Possess the Land
A Biography of Arthur Rochford Manby
By Frank Waters

Ambitious and only 24 years old, Arthur Manby arrived from England in the Territory of New Mexico in 1883, and saw in its wilderness an empire that he believed himself destined to rule. For his kingdom, he chose a vast Spanish land grant near Taos, a wild 100,000 acres whose ancient title was beyond question. Obsessed, he poured more than 20 years into his dream of glory, and schemed, stole, lied, cajoled, begged, and bribed to take the vast grant from its rightful owners.

American History · Literary Studies · Biography · Western Americana · History

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Higher Elevations
Stories From The West: A Writers' Forum Anthology
Edited by Alexander Blackburn and C. Kenneth Pellow

Higher Elevations: Stories from the West is a rich and varied anthology of fiction from Writers' Forum. As the subtitle promises, it is regional, but these are not all stories from your grandfather's (or Hollywood's) West.

Literary Studies · Fiction · American Literature · Western Americana

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George Montague Wheeler
The Man and the Myth
By Doris O. Dawdy

Until Dawdy's “The Wyant Diary” appeared in Arizona and the West in 1980, it was virtually unknown that Lt. Wheeler was the leader of the government exploring party from which artist A. H. Wyant returned with a paralyzed arm. So little used were government reports prior to the mid-twentieth century that not one of the writers and compilers of information about this prominent artist, known to have been with a military expedition, had looked at the most likely report, that of Lt.

History · American History · Literary Studies · Biography · Western Americana

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Suicide or Murder?
The Strange Death of Governor Meriwether Lewis
By Vardis Fisher

The death of Meriwether Lewis is one of the great mysteries of American history. Was he murdered at Grinder’s Stand or did he commit suicide? Vardis Fisher meticulously reconstructs the events and presents his own version of the case with the precision and persuasiveness of a fine trial lawyer. But Fisher was also a great novelist and it is his sense of character that serves him best here.

American History · Literary Studies · Biography · Western Americana · History