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Prairie Gothic : The Story of a West Texas Family

Biography & Autobiography

Author - John R. Erickson
Publisher - University of North Texas Press
Pages - 224
ISBN - 1574412000


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Prairie Gothic : A Mad Dog & Englishman Mystery

Fiction

Author - J M Hayes
Publisher - Poisoned Pen Press Inc
Pages - 250
ISBN - 1615950907


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Detail - Benteen County, Kansas is a hellhole in summer of scorching heat and wind and turns even meaner in winter. As a howling blizzard blows down upon the sparsely-populated county seat of Buffalo Springs, Sheriff English confronts both a doll and a dead baby—their bodies switched, but by whom? And why? The elderly coroner disclaims any knowledge, but seems uneasy when the swastika on the tiny corpse is revealed. The sheriff’s part Cheyenne half-brother, Harvey Edward Maddox, is known as Mad Dog, reflecting his Amerind heritage. Mad Dog collects a naked dead body from the Sunshine Towers retirement home and heads towards a treetop burial until he is diverted by the storm. In a makeshift mound nearby, Mad Dog’s pet wolf-dog hybrid finds a child’s skull—and evidence of adult bones. He also discovers a fading ID for a living County Supervisor. Can the Hornbaker clan really be as gothic as it seems? And what of the tiny woman in the red shoes back at the Towers who calls herself Dorothy, underlying an odd Kansas literary theme....

Prairie Gothic : Photographs by George Webber

Photography

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Publisher - Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
Pages - 144
ISBN - 1927330297


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Detail - George Webber’s poignant black-and-white photographs transport us into the forgotten, unknowable communities of the Canadian prairies. Throughout the journey, we’re confronted by the mysterious particulars of life, death, landscape and faith. Intimate portraits and the hard facts of the place are woven together to create a body of work that is by turns inspiring, consoling and sometimes achingly sad. Individually, these works startle and challenge. As a collection, they represent a photographer’s decades-long meditation on the ever-changing face of the Canadian West.

Plains Crazy :

Fiction

Author - J M Hayes
Publisher - Poisoned Pen Press Inc
Pages - 274
ISBN - 1615950893


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Detail - Nothing ever happens in Benteen County, Kansas. Then, on a perfect spring morning, a member of the reality TV program filming in a local pasture is found dead with a Cheyenne arrow sticking out of his back. The natural suspect is Sheriff English’s half brother, Mad Dog, the county oddball whose Amerind heritage has made him a born-again Cheyenne. Truly, murder is a bad way to start the day. Explosive action follows. Notes left for authorities hint at a terrorist assault on the heartland. If the sheriff, known as Englishman, doesn’t have enough to worry about, his wife has begun acting strangely. She insists he fly off on a Paris holiday with her before sunset—or else. Meanwhile, Mad Dog swings between suspect and target as he encounters his long-lost high school sweetheart and a secret that just may explain the unlikely mix of arrows and bombs raining down on Buffalo Springs. It’s Murphy’s Law squared as Mad Dog and his pet wolf Hailey test a shaman’s powers, and Englishman struggles to balance his duties to family and community—it’s enough to drive anyone Plains Crazy.

West-words : Celebrating Western Canadian Theatre and Playwriting

Drama

Author - Moira Jean Day
Publisher - University of Regina Press
Pages - 330
ISBN - 9780889772359


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Detail - This book is the first comprehensive study of the theatre of contemporary Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta to appear in thirty years. It raises the curtain on western theatre and the accomplishments of the many facets of theatre: educators, writers, performers, and more. West-words gives the reader a bird's-eye view of the contemporary theatre scene across the prairies. Eighteen essays written by scholars, educators, dramaturges, publishers, designers, directors, and playwrights--all actively involved in the Canadian prairie theatre--explore the professional, cultural, and aesthetic complexities of creating, producing, performing, and publishing dramatic "words" in the Canadian "west." While acknowledging the role of older, established theatres--like Prairie Theatre Exchange in Manitoba, The Globe Theatre and Persephone in Saskatchewan, and Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Network, Workshop West, and the Citadel in Alberta in generating new work outside conventional theatre spaces. Finally the collection also looks at how smaller theatres like Sarasvati, La Troupe du Jour, and the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company give women, francophones, and aboriginals their own dramatic voice.

Through Time and the Valley :

History

Author - John R. Erickson, Bill Ellzey
Publisher - University of North Texas Press
Pages - 258
ISBN - 1574415093


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Detail - The isolated Canadian River in the Texas Panhandle stretched before John Erickson and Bill Ellzey as they began a journey through time and what the locals call "the valley.” They went on horseback, as they might have traveled it a century before. Everywhere they went they talked, worked, and swapped stories with the people of the valley, piecing together a picture of what life has been like there for a hundred years. Through Time and the Valley is their story of the river--its history, its lore, its colorful characters, the comedies and tragedies that valley people have spun yarns about for generations. Rancher Erickson is an insider who knows his territory and has the gifts to tell about it. A wry and delightful humorist, he tickles our funnybone while touching our feelings. Outlaws, frontier wives, Indian warriors, cowboys, craftsmen, dance-hall girls, moonshiners, inventors, big ranchers, small ranchers-all are part of the Canadian River country heritage that gives this book its vitality.

Indiana Gothic : A Story of Adultery and Murder in an American Family

Fiction

Author - Pope Brock
Publisher - Nan A. Talese
Pages - 373
ISBN -


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Detail - A novelistic retelling of a family legend chronicles the ill-fated 1908 love affair between Indiana politician Ham Dillon and Allie Hale, his sister-in-law, an affair leading to the arrest and trial of Allie's husband for Ham's murder. 18,000 first printing. Tour.

Gothic Canada : Reading the Spectre of a National Literature

Literary Criticism

Author - Justin D. Edwards
Publisher - University of Alberta
Pages - 232
ISBN - 0888647603


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Detail - Canadians have always been obsessed with the idea of their own identities. Stories that tell us who we are provide a reassuring sense of identity for the individual and the nation. Hockey. Maple Leaves. Beavers. But collective stories tend to be haunted by a fear that a shared narrative might be nothing more than an elaborate artifice. This fear has long been a source of gothic inspiration for Canadian writers. A haunted Canadian self returns again and again. Polite. Friendly. Not American. With examples of gothic discourse from Canadian fiction, autobiography, film, poetry, and drama, Justin Edwards analyzes the ghost at the heart of the nation. A major contribution to cultural and literary studies, Gothic Canada unearths two centuries of Canadian gothic writings to reveal uncanny traditions of trauma, repression, and monstrosity.

The American House Styles of Architecture Coloring Book :

Juvenile Nonfiction

Author - A. G. Smith
Publisher - Courier Corporation
Pages - 48
ISBN - 9780486244723


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Detail - "Noted illustrator A. G. Smith has rendered over 40 extant structures in crisp, detailed drawings. Ranging from the Taos Pueblo ... to a striking contemporary design ..., the houses represent a host of native and European-inspired styles"--Back cover.

One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist : Stories

Fiction

Author - Dustin M. Hoffman
Publisher - U of Nebraska Press
Pages - 192
ISBN - 0803288964


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Detail - Rare voices in fiction, the lives of the working class consume this collection. Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist brings to life the narratives of midwestern blue-collar workers. In these sixteen stories, author Dustin M. Hoffman invites readers to peek behind the curtain of the invisible-but-ever-present "working stiff" as he reveals their lives in full complexity, offering their gruff voices--so often ignored--without censorship. The characters at the heart of these stories work with their hands. They strive to escape invisibility. They hunt the ghost of recognition. They are painters, drywall finishers, carpenters, roofers, oil refinery inspectors, and hardscapers, all aching to survive the workday. They are air force firemen, snake salesmen, can pickers, ice-cream truck drivers, and Jamaican tour guides, seething forth from behind the scenes. They are the underemployed laborers, the homeless, the retired, the fired, the children born to break their backs. One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist initiates readers into the secret nightmares and surprising beauty and complexity of a sweat-stained, blue-collar world.

Magnificent Churches on the Prairie : A Story of Immigrant Priests, Builders, and Homesteaders

Architecture

Author - James E. Coomber, Sheldon Green, North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies
Publisher - North Dakota Inst for
Pages - 102
ISBN - 9780911042450


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Texas Gothic :

Juvenile Fiction

Author - Rosemary Clement-Moore
Publisher - Random House
Pages - 416
ISBN - 1446478998


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Detail - A spooky, electrifying love story. Amy Goodnight's family are far from normal. She comes from a long line of witches, and grew up surrounded by benevolent spirits and kitchen spells. All fairly harmless, but Amy can't wait to get to college and escape the "family business". But things take a darker turn when she and her sister Phin spend the summer looking after Aunt Hyacinth's ranch. Amy is visited by a midnight spectre who is clearly trying to send her a message. It seems that the discovery of an old grave on a neighbour's land has been the catalyst for an apparent ghost uprising. Aided by local friends and Ben, the handsome cowboy who just can't take his eyes off Amy, the sisters investigate. And they soon find that there's something strange and dangerous going on, deep in the heart of Texas...