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Subject: Good pioneer type books
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 1:03 PM ET
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I need some books on how pioneers lived, not the children's books but good adult non-fiction. Does anyone know some good ones?

Thanks in advance



Date Posted: 3/23/2009 11:25 PM ET
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A book I would recommend, but might not be what you are looking for is: "Captured by Indians" by Frederick Drimmer.  It gives the firsthand accounts of 15 persons who where captured by Indians.

Date Posted: 3/24/2009 6:10 PM ET
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Bad Land by Jonathan Raban and The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin are two I've read recently and enjoyed.

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 10:39 PM ET
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This one looks interesting.  It's not out yet, but i put it on my WL.

Across Death Valley: The Pioneer Journey of Juliet Wells Brier http://www.amazon.com/Across-Death-Valley-Pioneer-Journey/dp/0762745053/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2T7ESPJ4QACJR&colid=2DZS4CSJN1SU3

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 5:04 PM ET
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It has been a few years but I enjoyed "Old Jules" by Mari Sandoz.  It is a biography of her father who was a tough pioneer in western NE.  Of course there are some Willa Cather books too but they are fictional accounts.

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 12:23 AM ET
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Two I enjoyed were  Hearts West : True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier by  Chris Enss and Pioneer Women by Joanna Stratton. (You may have guessed that my interest is primarily in women's history.)

Date Posted: 5/10/2009 7:58 PM ET
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"True Women"  by Janice Woods Windle.   The book is set back in the days of the Alamo, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston.   While the book does contain some fiction, it's based on the life of the authors'  grandmother.......I forget how many times removed.   Not only did the women face struggles with the mexican army, but they also had to deal with indians.

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Date Posted: 8/13/2009 7:22 AM ET
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A.B. Guthrie (no relattion to Woody, I think)  was popular in the late 1940s with The Way West and The Big Sky. Blunt and realistic and not for the sensitive was Old Jules: Portrait of a Pioneer by Mari Sandoz.

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 11:47 AM ET
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What can I say?.......BLOOD AND THUNDER by Hampton Sides!!!