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Subject: Cather's Not the Only Frontier/Pioneer author
Date Posted: 11/12/2010 10:09 AM ET
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Try O.E. Rolvaag's Giant's of the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie

A group of Norwegian immigrants forge a life on the upper mid-west prairie. Beautifully written. Superb plot and an ending that will make you want to read more Rolvaag. This is one of the rare gems that I would happily read again.

 

Don't forget Hamlin Garland's works. I prefer his short stories Main Travelled Roads to his Sons of a Middle Border. Never got around to reading Daughter's of a Middle Border, though, which won a Pulitzer, IIRC.

Date Posted: 11/12/2010 4:36 PM ET
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Thanks. Tome! I'm adding Rolvaag to my list.

                                                      Rose

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 3:45 PM ET
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Golly, I forgot A.B. Guthrie Jr. too. The Way West (1949) won a well deserved Pulitzer. Pioneers make their way across the barely there Oregon Trail. 

 

heart Dick Summers



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Date Posted: 11/15/2010 6:35 PM ET
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I need more ideas!  Find I have read everything listed here.  Belonged to a western literature reading group for three years.  Help!



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Date Posted: 11/15/2010 7:14 PM ET
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LOL, REK. I probably got all my western books from you! heart

Date Posted: 11/15/2010 7:40 PM ET
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I  found a Willa Cather book I have not read  - her first - One of Ours.

Date Posted: 11/16/2010 7:19 PM ET
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Just to make sure they get mentioned----The Awakening Land, by Conrad Richter; The Virginian, by Owen Wister; and True Grit, by Charles Portis.



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Date Posted: 1/4/2011 8:05 PM ET
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I wanted to share  these books :  "Shallow Gravea t Waiilatpu -- The Sagers West,", by Erwin N. Thompson , "The Whitman Massacre of 1847" by Catherine, Elizabeth, and Matilda Sager , and not to leave out " Seven Alone" by Honore' Morrow ( not historically acurate but made into a movie).

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 9:24 AM ET
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Here are a few that I have been dying to read.

  1. Last Stand at Sabre River by Elmore Leonard
  2. Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer
  3. Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
  4. The Searchers by Alan Le May
  5. Centennial by James Michener

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 2:40 PM ET
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I am considering reading True Grit although it was written in '68 and is not a classic yet. Besides, there are zero copies available here at PBS.no

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 2:47 PM ET
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I am considering reading True Grit although it was written in '68 and is not a classic yet. Besides, there are zero copies available here at PBS.no It's not available on Kindle. Samples are not available to review at Amazon, and what's more used copies prices range from $28 for a 42 year old MMP to 300 for a hard cover. 

Weird.

 

So If I wanted to read this book, I 'd have to buy it new with no inkling if it's any good.

 

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 6:39 PM ET
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I have True Grit on my wishlist and I am going to my favorite junk shop in Petersburg, Va in a few weeks. He probablly has a copy hiding in there somewhere and I intend to find it. Imagine American Pickers meets Hoarders. All the old books are there---you just have to hunt for them.

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 11:09 PM ET
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What you'uns say about True Grit amazes me. Written by a Homeboy, you know. I snapped up his second book. It was really bad. He still gets interviewed on local PBS often. I just promised to send my slightly unpostable (cover damage) Ninety-five center to another lady on PBS if she will promise to send me a credit back. And this book is WORTH something. I still don't believe it. If she turns me down, I will make the same offer to one of you.

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Date Posted: 1/13/2011 2:55 PM ET
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Dumb question. I'm listening to One of Ours as an audio book, and the narrator keeps pronouncing Cather with a soft, voiced th (as though Cather rhymed with rather). I've always heard in my mind a hard th in Cather (like the th in think).

Which is correct?