Frontier & Pioneer America
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FRONTIER AND PIONEER AMERICA
Return of Little Big Man, by Thomas Berger. RC 48544
In this sequel to Little Big Man (RC 32463), Jack Crabb continues
his supposed reminiscences of encounters with famous characters in
the Old West including Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, Doc Holliday,
Sitting Bull, and Annie Oakley. His escapades take him from
Deadwood, Dakota, to Europe and back. Some strong language.
Dances with Wolves, by Michael Blake. RC 32009
When Lt. Dunbar arrives at Fort Hays, the drunken, half-crazed major
in charge immediately assigns him to Fort Sedgewick, an abandoned
army outpost. The major is sent back east due to mental
incompetence, and the army is unaware of Lieutenant Dunbar's
presence at the fort. Alone, with only a wolf and Indian friends, he
finds himself adapting to the Indian way of life - a life in which he is
happy until his past comes back to haunt him. See also: Holy Road
So Wild a Dream, by Win Blevins. RC 61705
1820s. Eighteen-year-old Sam Morgan leaves western Pennsylvania
seeking adventure and fortune in frontier America. Through his
encounters with bandits, soldiers, fur traders, Indians, and such
historic figures as William Clark, Sam learns the ways of mountain
men. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong
Wondrous Times on the Frontier, by Dee Alexander Brown. RC
The author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (RC 20462)
describes how frontier humor helped put hardships in perspective and
how it took aim at popular targets of the time: "greenhorns," women,
Indians, preachers, teachers, and lawyers. Brown spices the
discussion with anecdotes and jokes. Strong language and some
descriptions of sex.
Before Lewis and Clark, by Shirley Christian. RC 58181
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist traces several generations of the
Chouteaus, a fur-trading French family who dominated the Louisiana
frontier and founded St. Louis forty years before Lewis and Clark's
1803 arrival. Historical portrait features half-brothers Auguste and
Pierre Chouteau, whose regional knowledge aided the famed
expedition to the Pacific.
Lasso the Moon, by Beth Ciotta. RC 63553
Arizona territory, 1877. Singer Paris Garrett escapes from her
overprotective brothers to fulfill her dream of performing on stage.
She meets ex-sheriff Joshua Grant, who must marry immediately to
inherit his late uncle's opera house--and sparks fly. Some explicit
descriptions of sex and some strong language.
Raven Mocker, by Don Coldsmith. RC 52835
Medicine woman Snakewater keeps to herself in a Cherokee village
in the early 1800s. Because of her advanced age, the people begin to
fear she is a Raven mocker -- one who can suck the breath and years
of life from a dying person. Snakewater must flee the village and
make a new start.
Oregon Trail, by Ralph Compton. RC 59823
Independence, Missouri, 1843. After selling only half the herd, Lou
Spencer, Waco Tilden, and some fellow Texans join a wagon train to
drive the remaining cattle to Oregon. A brutish wagon boss and
outlaws after a pioneer's hidden gold aggravate the dangerous
journey. Some strong language.
Until Darkness Disappears, by Will Cook. RC 55640
Follows the exploits of Major Jim Gary on the frontier, including his
promotion to colonel and his investigation of the Mexican
revolutionary bandit Pedro Vargas--El Jefe--who leads raids on
American settlements. See also: Until Shadows Fall (RC 55639)
and Until Day Breaks (RC 49995). Some strong language.
The Pioneers, by James Fenimore Cooper. RC 59281
Northern New York frontier, 1823. Settlers in the foothills turn the
wilderness into farmland and villages. Judge Temple and his
daughter, Elizabeth, help to establish a new civilization, while the
natives and frontiersmen are driven out. Old hunter Natty Bumppo,
called Leatherstocking, observes the changing environment with
regret. See also: The Prairie (RC 52639), The Pathfinder (RC
59262), and The Deerslayer (RC 22249)
Savage Wilderness, by Harold Coyle. RC 61171
French and Indian War, 1754-1760. British forces and American
colonial militias battle the French and their Indian allies for control of
frontier territory from Canada to Virginia. Embroiled in the conflict are
soldiers, officers, natives, and colonists including exiled Scottish rebel
Ian McPherson, who joins the Virginia Regiment. Violence.
Great Adventure: How the Mounties Conquered the West, by
David Cruise RC 46025
Recounts the origins and early years of the North West Mounted
Police (later, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). Chronicles the
Great March of 1874, when the Mounties trekked 900 miles to pacify
Indian territory, end the whiskey trade, patrol the border, and
establish Canadian law in the frontier. Based on diaries and first-hand
Last Lawmen, by Jack Cummings. RC 40977
Two Arizona Rangers strive to tame the lawless frontier in 1903.
Rangers Wes Barnes and Jake Kenton, uneasy partners with
conflicting views on the use of deadly force, separate and become
enemies. Wild chases and gun battles ensue.
Ballad of Lucy Whipple, by Karen Cushman. RC 44772
Following her dream in 1849, widowed Mrs. Whipple moves her
children to a California mining settlement where she opens a
boarding house in a tent. Hating California, her oldest daughter,
California Morning, changes her name to Lucy and plots to return to
Oregon Trail, by David Dary. RC 60598
Chronicles the history of the 2,000-mile route linking Missouri to
Oregon used primarily from the 1840s to 1869, when the
transcontinental railroad was completed. Recreates experiences of
explorers, Indians, fur traders, immigrants, missionaries, mountain
men, and pioneers who traversed the trail.
Pioneering on the Yukon, 1892-1917, by Anna DeGraf. RC 36833
In 1892, fifty-three-year-old DeGraf is concerned when her son fails
to return from a two-week trip to the Yukon. DeGraf leaves her
Seattle home and sets out to find him. She proves hardier than many
of the men who turn back. DeGraf describes in her memoirs the
highlights of what turned out to be a twenty-five-year stay on the
Yukon frontier. Some violence.
Building of Jalna, by Mazo de la Roche. RC 62723
1850s. Philip Whiteoak, an English army officer stationed in India,
yearns for the freedom of the New World. He and his Irish wife,
Adeline, and infant daughter, Augusta, immigrate to Canada where,
after an eventful voyage, they construct a homestead in the Ontario
wilderness, calling it Jalna.
Gabriel’s Story, by David Anthony Durham. RC 54372
A fifteen-year-old African American comes of age on the 1870s
frontier. When his widowed mother remarries and takes him from
Baltimore to Kansas, Gabriel broods over lost opportunities and
resents the hard farm life. He runs off with a band of cowboys, but
the journey turns desperate and dangerous. Violence and strong
The Proud, by Tom Early. RC 63534
Texas, 1838. Newly elected congressman Andrew Lewis’ political
duties may put him at odds with his frontier brothers. The rest of the
Lewis family, meanwhile, copes with life along the Colorado River
and with the unexpected arrival of a long-lost relative from
Tennessee. Violence and some strong language.
Redeye, by Clyde Edgerton. RC 42318
Characters take turns relating this tale set in 1892. A local rancher
has discovered cliff dwellings in Mesa Largo, Colorado, and various
citizens have different plans for the site of the dwellings. Yet each --
an embalmer, a bishop, a young girl, an Englishman, and a drifter
with his red-eyed dog -- hopes to make Mesa Largo into a bustling
town. Some strong language.
Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich. RC 48991
1840s. In Omakayas's seventh spring, she helps her Ojibwa family
build a summer home on an island in Lake Superior. That winter
during a smallpox outbreak, Omakayas shows her devotion to her
family and learns about her heritage.
Desperate Journey, by Cliff Farrell. RC 50355
Thirteen western stories by a career newspaperman, first published in
magazines during the 1940s and 1950s. Locales range from the Ohio
frontier of the early 1800s to the Wyoming range, and characters
include teenagers, sheltered brides, gamblers, cowboys, and con
artists. Some violence. See also: Trail of the Tattered Star (RC
Seven Legends West, by Clay Fisher. RC 61641
Seven tales of the western frontier. In "Pretty Face" trapper Hurd
Clinton encounters a beautiful Sioux maiden and suspects a trap. In
"The Chugwater Run" Cheyenne renegades ransom an officer's
daughter for gunpowder. Also includes "The White Man's Road" and
others. Some descriptions of sex and some violence.
Hurrah for my New Free Country, by Leon Charles Fouquet. RC
Narrative from the journals and letters of a Frenchman who
immigrated to Kansas in 1868 at age eighteen. His experiences
reflect the difficulties of a pioneer family--railroad swindles, conflict
with Indians, crop failures, and finally moving on for a fresh start in
Oklahoma in the early 1900s.
Thirteen Moons, by Charles Frazier. RC 63095
Will Cooper reminiscences about his long adventurous life. At the
age of twelve, Will traveled to North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains to
run a trading post. He befriended a Cherokee tribe, fell in love,
witnessed the Trail of Tears, and joined the Confederacy. Violence
and strong language.
Ribbon in the Sky, by Dorothy Garlock. RC 63541
Nebraska, mid-1900s. Letty, daughter of a fire-and-brimstone
preacher, falls in love with Mike, who, according to her father, is one
of the wild, Catholic Dolans. Betrayal tears the couple apart, leaving
Letty to raise their son alone, until fate intervenes. Some explicit
descriptions of sex and some strong language.
Light of Western Stars, by Zane Grey. RC 62310
New York socialite Madeline Hammond’s western adventures begin
with her late night arrival at the train station in El Cajon, New Mexico,
where a drunken cowboy tries to marry her. Frontier life and
cattlemen appeal to her more than effete Easterners, so she buys a
Trials of the Earth, by Mary Hamilton. RC 36830
Mary Hamilton begins writing her memoirs at the age of sixty-six in
1932. Her mother dies, and eighteen year-old Mary feels obligated to
marry the Englishman who promises to care for her orphaned
siblings. She grows to love Frank Hamilton, but their pioneer life in
the Mississippi is hard -- children die, Frank drinks, and Mary endures
Sunshine Rider: the First Vegetarian Western, by Ric Lynden
Hardman. RC 47374
Teenager Wylie Jackson is allowed to go on his first cattle drive as an
assistant cook. Due to a series of mishaps, Wylie steals a horse,
becomes a vegetarian, and decides to learn doctoring. But with a
reward for his return, Wylie cannot escape justice forever. Includes
North of the Sun: Memoir of the Alaskan Wilderness, by Fred
Hatfield. RC 33409
The author faced bleak prospects when he finished high school in
Maine in the early 1930s. With a desire for adventure and a love for
the beauty of the wild, he made his way to Alaska. He found the life
he sought, a wife who shared his enthusiasm, terrifying moments with
wildlife, and profound, almost mystical beauty in the remote frontier.
The Crossing, by Will Henry. RC 43839
Lieutenant Jud Reeves, a well-bred grandson of southern generals,
joins the Confederate campaign to secure the southwestern territory
in 1861. He encounters an embattled frontier contested by Union
soldiers and Apaches avenging their stolen homelands. Violence.
Holmes on the Range, by Steve Hockensmith. RC 63619
Montana, 1890s. Sherlock Holmes stories read around the campfire
and the frightful remains of Perkins's body convince Old Red to be a
detective as well as a cowboy. Soon he and his brother, Big Red, are
applying Holmes' methods and stirring up danger. Some strong
Our Only May Amelia, by Jennifer L. Holm. RC 50217
In 1899, twelve-year-old May Amelia lives with her Finnish American
family in the small Washington community of Nasel. A tomboy with
seven brothers, May becomes anxious about her family's bad luck.
Snow Mountain Passage, by James Stewart Houston. RC 53093
Fictionalized account of the horrific ordeals of the California-bound
Donner Party, stranded in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846,
including their desperate resort to cannibalism. The tale of James
Reed, expelled from the group and subsequently a rescue-party
organizer, is interspersed with childhood recollections provided
decades later by his elderly daughter.
Nathan Boone & the American Frontier, by R. Douglas Hunt. RC
Biography of Daniel Boone's youngest son, who followed in his
father's footsteps as a frontiersman. Nathan worked as trapper and
hunter, a surveyor, and a soldier, eventually settling in Missouri with a
family of fourteen children. He was instrumental in the removal of
tribes to the Indian Territory that enabled settlement of the plains by
Ambush of the Mountain Man, by William W. Johnstone. RC 62343
Colorado. Vowing revenge for his son’s death, Angus MacDougal
sends out a posse to apprehend gunslinger Smoke Jensen. Angus’s
daughter, Sarah, eager to avenge her brother, lures Smoke into a
trap. Once Sarah learns that Smoke isn’t a cold-blooded killer, she
helps him escape. Violence and some strong language.
This Savage Race, by Douglas C. Jones. RC 41128
A historical western about the efforts of a pioneer family to carve out
a better life for themselves. Mr. Jefferson was president when Boone
Farley took his family and struck out from St. Louis. But instead of
heading west, they made their way south into the Arkansas
wilderness. The life they found was often wretched, but they met all
difficulties with a resilient spirit. Some strong language.
Great Turkey Walk, by Kathleen Karr. RC 46614
Missouri, 1860. Simon, fifteen, has just finished the third grade for the
fourth time, and his teacher thinks he should try something new.
When Simon ends up at his neighbor's turkey farm and learns that
turkeys are more valuable in Colorado, he decides to drive a flock to
Denver--eight hundred miles away. If he makes it, he just might be a
Buckskin Line, by Elmer Kelton. RC 50220
On the Texas frontier in 1840, the Comanche warrior Buffalo Caller
claims a red-haired boy during a raid that kills many settlers. The
orphaned boy, Rusty Shannon, is eventually rescued, grows up to
become a Ranger, and--years later--has another encounter with
Buffalo Caller. See also: Badger Boy (RC 52321)
Outlaws of Mesquite, by Louis L’Amour. RC 31980
A collection of eight frontier short stories appearing for the first time in
book form. Each contains the requisite frontier bad men and the
courageous men and women who dare to challenge them. There are
the murdering robber gang known as the Herring brothers; Marshal
Lou Morgan, who becomes the biggest sucker in town; and champion
rodeo rider Marty Mahan, who is afraid of the outlaw bronco, Ghost
Maker. Some strong language.
Western Roundup, by Elmore Leonard. RC 61682
Three tales of courage, treachery, and redemption. In The Bounty
Hunters a cavalry man-turned-scout pursues an Apache renegade.
In Forty Lashes less One convicts track escaped prisoners. In
Gunsights two friends fight on opposite sides of a land war. Some
descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language.
Cowboy Humor of Alfred Henry Lewis RC 35664
Collection of robust stories that not only give the reader a taste of late
nineteenth-century humor, but also provide an insider's view of the
frontier. Lewis, a lawyer, politician, wandering cowboy, and Hearst
journalist, was known for his amusing and perceptive writing on the
Western ethos. Includes "cowboy facts."
Halo, by John Loveday. RC 44122
A boy comes of age while en route to Oregon on a wagon train in the
mid 1800s. He chronicles the daily routine, his discovery of art, and
his sexual awakening with a mother and daughter. The blissful peace
of the trail is lost when the party reaches Halo, a raucous frontier
town. Strong language and descriptions of sex.
Only Mine, by Elizabeth Lowell. RC 48896
England, 1867. To escape an arranged marriage, Lady Jessica
Charteris hopes to convince longtime friend Wolfe Lonetree, the son
of a Cheyenne woman and an English lord, to marry her in name
only. But she is little prepared for what it means to be an American
frontier wife. Some explicit descriptions of sex.
The Egg and I, by Betty Bard MacDonald. RC 37151
Reminiscences of life on a remote, run-down chicken farm in the
Olympic mountains of Washington. The author, survivor of an
adventurous childhood but still unprepared for the realities of frontier
life, keeps her sense of humor amidst the hard work, loneliness and
general denial of the constant struggle to accept her part of the
bargain her marriage requires.
Sarah Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan. RC 23524
Anna and Caleb have lived alone with their father since their mother
died. When Sarah comes to live with them in response to their
father's newspaper ad, the whole family falls in love with her. But they
fear that Sarah's homesickness for Maine will keep her from staying
with them. See also: Skylark (RC 39050), Caleb’s story (RC
53941), and More Perfect than the Moon (RC 60919)
King of Spades, by Frederick Feikema Manfred. RC 42855
Young Earl Ransom is found on the prairie with no memory of how he
got there or who he is. Years later on the Dakota frontier, Earl
confronts his identity and the conflicts of his past. A family saga set in
the mid-nineteenth-century American West. Descriptions of sex.
Crimsoned Prairie: the Indian Wars, by S.L.A. Marshall. RC
The author, part Native American, chronicles the battles of the frontier
armies and the Plains Indians. He focuses on essential military
values and the contrasts between the Indians' way of waging war and
the U.S. troops, whose supplies were mismanaged and whose
training was neglected.
Power in the Blood, by Greg Matthews. RC 37284
When Nettie Dugan dies, her three children -- Clay, Zoe, and Drew --
are put aboard an orphan train and sent out West to live separately
with three frontier families. Life is difficult, and they endure many
heartaches and tragedies before they are reunited sixteen years later
-- under grim conditions. Violence, some strong language, and some
descriptions of sex.
Telegraph Days, by Larry McMurtry. RC 63521
1876, western territories. Nellie Courtright and her brother Jackson
are all that is left of their migrating Virginia clan. Nellie becomes a
telegraph operator, Jackson a deputy in Rita Blanca. Nellie writes
about Jackson killing some outlaws, becomes Buffalo Bill's manager,
and has romantic adventures. Some strong language. See also:
Comanche Moon (RC 45001), Dead Man’s Walk (RC 43928), and
Lonesome Dove (RC 22959)
Wilderness at Dawn: the Settling of the North American
Continent, by Ted Morgan. RC 41714
Episodic history of the American frontier from prehistory to the early
nineteenth century. Focusing on little-known stories of ordinary men
and women -- including Native Americans, Europeans, and African
slaves -- who struggled to survive or thrive in the New World, the
author presents an epic view of American settlement with attendant
bravery, ingenuity, and brutality.
Holy Warrior, by Gilbert Morris. RC 39709
As America expands westward, Nathan's sons Christmas and Knox
also head west. Knox plans to establish a trading post. Christmas
wants to escape from his past and avoid the future planned for him.
He marries a Sioux woman and settles on the frontier. But home and
God call to him, and he returns to enroll at Yale and become a
View from Castle Rock, by Alice Munro. RC 63106
The author's fictional tales about her Scottish ancestors' immigration
to Canada in 1818. Stories follow the pioneers' life on the frontier and
the family's progress through the generations.
Journal of Joshua Lopez, by Walter Dean Myers. RC 48665
Chisholm Trail, 1871. Sixteen-year-old Joshua Lopez goes on his first
cattle drive from Texas to Abilene, Kansas. As one of three African
Americans on the crew, Joshua contends with prejudice from the
white trail boss along with the physical hardships and dangers of
being a cowhand.
War Path, by Kerry Newcomb. RC 58990
1750s. As the French and Indian War rages on, the Colonial militia is
aided by the raw fighting force that is Captain Johnny Stark. Stark's
legendary abilities make him and his lady warrior Molly prime targets
of enemy forces. Violence.
Filaree, by Marguerite Noble. RC 13820
This first novel written by the author at age 70 presents a realistic
portrait of a work worn pioneer woman's life from 1910 onward.
Living in the Arizona mesa with a rancher she despises, she steels
herself to her harsh existence, but gradually finds happiness with the
passing years. The book's title is a contraction of "alfilaria," a hardy
southwestern grass known as pin clover.
Mr. Tucket, by Gary Paulsen. RC 43949
In 1848 Francis Alphonse Tucket turns fourteen while he and his
family travel from their Missouri farm to Oregon by wagon. As he
shoots his new rifle, the wagon train leaves. Francis is kidnapped by
Pawnees and held captive until mountain man Jason Grimes rescues
him. Now Mr. Grimes has to teach Mr. Tucket to survive in the wild.
Together is All We Need, by Michael Phillips. RC 63555
Shenandoah County, North Carolina, 1867. For two years former
slave Mayme has helped her friend Katie operate Katie’s parents’
plantation, Rosewood, hiding the fact that they are orphans. But now
Katie’s greedy uncle intends to claim Rosewood and send away
Katie’s friends—including Mayme.
White Indian, by Donald Clayton Porter. RC 60134
1800s. Ghonka, Great Sachem of the Seneca nation, captures a
white infant, names him Renno, and raises him as his own. As a
young warrior, Renno rescues sixteen-year-old English colonist
Deborah Alwin from Huron abductors. Renno desires Deborah, but
her fate is uncertain. Violence and some descriptions of sex.
Diablo Grant, by James Reasoner. RC 43723
Juan Espina, the town drunk of a New Mexico territory settlement,
claims historical rights to nearby ranch property and has an ancient
land grant to prove it. The dispute goes before Judge Stark, who
rules for Espina, thus unleashing chaos in the frontier town.
The Town, by Conrad Richter. RC 38655
Pulitzer Prize-winning sequel to The Fields and conclusion of the
Awakening Land trilogy. Pioneer Sayward Wheeler and her husband
move from the old log cabin in the Ohio wilderness into a mansion,
and one at a time each of their children moves out. See also: The
Fields (RC 38654) and The Trees (RC 38653).
Scarlet Thread, by Francine Rivers. RC 44425
California housewife Sierra Clanton Madrid learns she has much in
common with her pioneer ancestor, Mary Kathryn McMurray, as she
reads Mary's tattered journal. Like her predecessor, Sierra is forced
to move away from family and friends so her husband can make a
new beginning. Both women struggle, but each finds contentment
when she turns to God.
Men Who Wear the Star: the Story of the Texas Rangers, by
Charles M. Robinson. RC 51675
Covers the early history of the Texas Rangers from the formation of
the first frontier defense company in 1823. Traces the eras of
Mexican rule, the Republic of Texas, the Civil War, and conflicts with
Native Americans and outlaws through the end of the classic Ranger
service in the 1930s.
Honor! Wagons West, by Dana Fuller Ross. RC 62209
First volume in the Empire series. Frontier brothers Clay and Jeff Holt
travel to Washington, D.C., to claim a land grant Clay earned on the
Lewis and Clark expedition. Former president Jefferson recruits them
to investigate a land grab that may have caused Meriwether Lewis's
death. Follows the Frontier Trilogy. Some violence and some strong
Short Novels, by Jack Schaefer. RC 60858
Five works depicting life on the western frontier from the Civil War to
the twentieth century. Homesteaders, Native Americans, and drifters
find courage, tragedy, and romance in the novels First Blood, The
Canyon, Company of Cowards, The Kean Land, and the classic
Shane. See also: Collected Stories of Jack Schaefer (RC 55897)
Fair and Tender Ladies, by Lee Smith. RC 28002
Epistolary novel of Virginia's Appalachia with heroine Ivy Rowe. Set
around 1900 and written with quaint misspellings and in the
vernacular of southern speech, Ivy's letters reflect the harsh poverty
of farm life.
Wyatt Earp: the Life Behind the Legend, by Casey Tefertiller. RC
A balanced portrait of a renowned frontier lawman, whose exploits
helped form the modern image of the Old West. Traces his career as
a prospector, gambler, and marshal of Tombstone, Arizona, where he
became a legend in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
From Sea to Shining Sea, by James Alexander Thom. RC 47603
Saga of the Clark family of colonial Virginia as they help explore and
settle the new frontier. Several sons fight in the Revolutionary War.
The Clarks eventually move west to the wilderness of Kentucky. One
son, William, joins Meriwether Lewis in his survey of the continent to
the Pacific Ocean on behalf of the new U.S. president, Thomas
Sarah’s Quilt, by Nancy E. Turner. AZC 02850
Set in 1906, the fictionalized diary of Arizona frontierswoman and
cattle rancher Sarah Agnes Prine. The novel follows the day-to-day
accounts of Prine as she faces many challenges including: debt, a
drought, a stampede, a prairie fire, a hanging, and a marriage
proposal. See also: These is my Words (AZC 02519)
Shadow of the Lariat, by Jon Tuska. RC 46131
Anthology of twenty-two Western short stories by Zane Grey, Max
Brand, Les Savage, Frank Bonham, and others. A brief biographical
sketch of the author accompanies each frontier tale, many of which
originally appeared in such publications as "Lariat Story Magazine."
Love and Glory: Women of the Old West, by Larry Underwood.
This book chronicles the lives of eleven women who moved out West
beginning in the 1840's. Many kept diaries, revealing details of
pioneer life. Some, such as dance-hall girls and prostitutes, followed
job opportunities, others accompanied husbands and found
themselves fending off Indians or running cattle ranches. But all were
resourceful, brave, and tough.
Forth to the Wilderness, by Dale Van Every. RC 20396
An account of the first crossing of the Appalachian Mountains and the
settlements established beyond them before the Revolution. Includes
biographical material on the key men and the obscure people who
took part in the mass migration.
Last Canyon, by John Vernon. RC 63262
Historical novel depicting John Wesley Powell’s expedition through
the Grand Canyon in the summer of 1869. Relates the adventures of
the first Anglo-American team to explore the area. Concurrently
describes a Shivwits Paiute family above the canyon searching for
their daughter, lost to Mormon traders. Some strong language.
Robber Bridegroom, by Eudora Welty. RC 39826
Legendary characters inhabit this romantic novel about frontier days
in Mississippi. The beautiful but untruthful daughter of a wealthy
planter and his spiteful, ugly second wife is stolen by an unscrupulous
man in a tale that is a mixture of fantasy, ghost story, fairy tale, and
Tales of the American West, edited by Richard S. Wheeler. RC
Fifteen western short stories spanning the frontier experience. "The
Indian Summer of Nancy Redwing" by Harry W. Paige depicts the
despair of a reservation woman at home alone on her thirty-fifth
birthday. Loren D. Estleman's "The Cat King of Cochise County" is a
comic tale about the discoverer of chicken wire.
Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. RC 50921
Wisconsin, 1871. The Ingalls family experiences pioneer life in a little
log house, miles from any settlement. They feel safe and secure
despite blizzards, wolves, and the loneliness of the big woods.
Spirit Warrior, by G. Clifton Wisler. RC 30054
A baby boy, the only survivor of a raid on his pioneer settlement by
the Honey Dancer Indian tribe, is adopted by their chief to be his only
son. The boy grows into a young man of great courage, but during his
tests of manhood he is confronted by the man who has hated him all
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