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The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout

Pioneering was especially hard on women.  Author Glendon Swarthout wrote this novel to portray what might happen to women on the prairie who suffered from the loss of their mental faculties, due to the extreme hardships many endured. In the … Continue reading

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The Color Of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

In 1863, a freed black man settles with his wife and three children on the plains of North Texas, only to have their dream turn into a nightmare. While Britt Johnson was away getting supplies, a violent Indian attack leaves … Continue reading

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News Of The World by Paulette Giles

Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is a civil war veteran, but a reader by trade.  It is 1870, and Captain Kidd travels to the far parts of Texas, bringing public readings of global newspapers for a dime per person.  In Wichita … Continue reading

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Lost Nation by Jeffrey Lent

A few years ago, I read Jeffrey Lent’s In the Fall, and I was mesmerized with the author’s talent for prose paired with a gripping historical narrative.  I knew I would have to read another by this gifted writer.  Lost … Continue reading

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Empire Of The Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

From the opening pages of this Pulitzer Prize finalist book, the author grabs hold and takes you on a journey, detailing the rise and fall of the great Comanche empire, with a set of narratives chronicling both the terror experienced … Continue reading

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O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

“The dwelling houses were set about haphazard on the tough prairie sod; some of them looked as if they had been moved in overnight, and others as if they were straying off by themselves, headed straight for the open plain.  … Continue reading

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