Frontier and pioneer life -- fiction

An Untamed Land

By Lauraine Snelling

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Promises of untold wealth and land drew the Bjorklund family across the Atlantic, but the prairie refused to yield its treasure without a struggle.
Red River of the North, Book 1.
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Glen Rounds: Cowboy Storyteller

Artist and author Glen Rounds was neither a tenderfoot nor a city slicker. He was the real deal of the nearly Wild West--though he wasn’t beyond telling a few tall tales, too, here and there. Born in a sod house in the Badlands of South Dakota, when he was just a babe he and his family traveled by covered wagon to the open spaces of Montana.

Spinning Tales for His Supper
 
Glen grew up on a horse ranch and worked as a mule skinner, a cowboy, and a carnival artist, but eventually his talents took him into the big city—Kansas City’s Art Institute where he studied for two years. In 1930, he moved to New York City and started taking night classes at the Art Students League and tried to sell stories during the day. He would visit publishers’ houses to sell his work, arriving in the late morning so he could grab a free meal—a trick he managed by starting a good story and offering to finish it over lunch. His artistic style was spare and rather rough, but it was perfect for the often funny, sometimes somber stories he wove about the American West.

O Beulah Land

By Mary Lee Settle

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Award-winning author Mary Lee Settle succeeded in making frontier Virginia history more immediate and real by breathing life into almost-forgotten incidents from history and little-known people with her novels.
Beginning of the Beulah Quintet.

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