Search - List of Books by Janice Holt Giles

Janice Holt Giles was a Kentucky author who lived near Knifley in Adair County, Kentucky. She was born Janice Meredith Holt on March 28, 1909, in Altus, Arkansas. Her first marriage, to Otto Moore in 1927, ended in divorce in 1939. She met Henry Giles on a 40-hour bus trip in 1943 and married him in 1945. They settled in Henry's native Adair County in 1949 and lived there until Janice's death on June 1, 1979 and Henry's death in 1986.

Giles is noted primarily for her historical novels, set in Kentucky or on the Western frontier. She also wrote contemporary fiction set in the Kentucky hills, as well as autobiographical and nonfiction works, some of them co-authored with Henry. Her works include the Piney Woods trilogy, consisting of The Enduring Hills (1950), Miss Willie (1951), and Tara's Healing (1952), and the Kentucky trilogy, consisting of The Kentuckians (1953), Hannah Fowler (1956), and The Believers (1957). The Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles Society was established in 1996 to preserve the literary legacy of Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles and to restore their log home.

Giles's historical fiction works form a worthy study of early American pioneer life in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico among other states. Her accounts are accurate geographically and historically and are tied together by the fictitious Cooper, Fowler and Cartwright families. Real historical figures from Giles's novels include Ben Logan, Daniel Boone, James Harrod, William Whitley, James Wilkinson, Gen. Matthew Arbuckle, and Sam Houston. She also provides a realistic historical perspective of the relationships between Native Americans, White Settlers and African Americans. The interested reader can gain a solid understanding of the early process of national (USA) expansion by reading the listed volumes in the following order.

Book (approximate period covered; primary geographical settings): The Kentuckians (1775 - 1778; VA, KY, TN), Hannah Fowler (1778 - 1781; KY, TN, OH), The Land Beyond the Mountains (1781 - 1792; KY, PA, IN), The Believers (1795 - 1805; KY), Johnny Osage (1809 - 1815; OK, AR), The Voyage to Santa Fe (1820; OK, TX, NM), Savanna (1829 - 1834; OK, AR), Run Me a River (September 1861; KY, IN).
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Total Books: 88
The Enduring Hills
2009 - The Enduring Hills (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104847067
ISBN-10: 110484706X
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Act of Contrition
2005 - Act of Contrition (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813191492
ISBN-10: 0813191491
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
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Wellspring
2003 - Wellspring [Beeler Large Print Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781574905335
ISBN-10: 1574905333
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1

Run Me a River
2003 - Run Me a River (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780813122991
ISBN-10: 0813122996
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Shady Grove
2002 - Shady Grove (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813122380
ISBN-10: 0813122384
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Substores
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2

Hill Man
2000 - Hill Man (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780813121659
ISBN-10: 0813121655
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2

The Plum Thicket
1996 - The Plum Thicket (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813108599
ISBN-10: 0813108594
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3

Tara's Healing
1995 - Tara's Healing (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813108322
ISBN-10: 0813108322
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

The Land Beyond the Mountains
1995 - The Land Beyond the Mountains (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813108483
ISBN-10: 0813108489
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3

A Little Better Than Plumb The Biography of a House
Miss Willie
1994 - Miss Willie (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813118857
ISBN-10: 0813118859
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

40 Acres and No Mule
1992 - 40 Acres and No Mule (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780813117928
ISBN-10: 0813117925
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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Hannah Fowler
1992 - Hannah Fowler (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813108100
ISBN-10: 0813108101
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 4

The Believers
1989 - The Believers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813101897
ISBN-10: 0813101891
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3

The Kentuckians
1988 - The Kentuckians (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780813101774
ISBN-10: 0813101778
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1

Enduring Hills
1985 - Enduring Hills [Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780816136483
ISBN-10: 0816136483
Genre: Romance
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Six-Horse Hitch
1980 - Six-horse Hitch [Kentuckians, Bk 10] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780380515325
ISBN-10: 0380515326
Genre: Romance
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Plum Thicket
1978 - Plum Thicket (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780449237670
ISBN-10: 0449237672
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
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Voyage to Santa Fe
1978 - Voyage to Santa Fe (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780380009657
ISBN-10: 038000965X
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Johnny Osage
1977 - Johnny Osage (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780380018109
ISBN-10: 0380018101
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1

Taras Healing
1976 - Taras Healing (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780449230121
ISBN-10: 0449230120
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1

1971 - The Piney Ridge Trilogy [3-in-1 Volume] (Hardcover)
1971 - The Enduring Hills [Piney Ridge, Bk 1 - Large Print] (Hardcover)