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The Yearling
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
0743225252
Apr 2002
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Review
E. H. WaltonThe New York TimesNever before has Mrs. Rawlings created a set of characters who are so close and real to the reader, whose intimate life one can share without the taint of unconscious patronage.

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E. H. Walton The New York Times Never before has Mrs. Rawlings created a set of characters who are so close and real to the reader, whose intimate life one can share without the taint of unconscious patronage.

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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
Ivan Doig
0156899825
February 1980
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From AudioFile
This is the endearing story of a Montana man's reflections of growing up during a tumultuous, yet enlightening, time in history when life was slower, the landscape was environmentally protected, neighbors more supportive, and a boy's imagination could flourish. Doig describes in detail his mother and father's devotion for him and each other, and paints vivid portraits of a tightly knit family living in a rugged terrain and struggling for survival. After his mother's death, times got tougher, and Doig's portrayal of his dad's difficulties are touching. Poetic interludes are charming and contrast interestingly with Doig's portrayal of a wild and rugged Montana and its curious inhabitants. This unusual and beautifully expressed autobiography is a stunning work of art. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine--...


The Whistling Season
Ivan Doig
0151012377
June 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
[Signature]Reviewed by Rick BassAny writer's work should be judged solely on its own merits, yet in this fine novel by Ivan Doig, one may be forgiven for marveling at the creation of such a work at an advanced stage of this writer's illustrious career. (Wallace Stegner—to whom, as with Doig, landscape was character and event in any story, and particularly Western landscapes—comes to mind with his classic Crossing to Safety.)Like many of Doig's earlier novels, The Whistling Season is set in the past in rural eastern Montana—and addresses that time and place in distinct, uncluttered prose that carries the full enthusiasm of affection and even love—for the landscape, the characters, and the events of the story—without being sentimental or elegiac. The novel is narrated by an aging...


English Creek
Ivan Doig
0743271270
May 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The summer of his 14th year brings challenges and changes to Jick McCaskill and his family, in this book which echoes with "the pioneering and human spirit," observed PW. Jick's older brother decides not to attend college, becoming a cowboy instead; a fire in Two Medicine National Forest threatens to destroy the community; and, "by summer's end, Jick has learned the secret his father and an old campjack have kept from the rest of the community," PW added. NovemberCopyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review
"Commonly compared with Paul Horgan and Wallace Stegner...Doig seems something else. A truer comparison might be with Robert Louis Stevenson because of Doig's magical welding of...


Dancing At The Rascal Fair
Ivan Doig
0684831058
September 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
The second volume in Doig's Montana trilogy focuses on two Scottish immigrants around the turn of the century. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
The settlement of Montana between 1890 and 1919 is recounted through the quiet but compelling life of Angus McCaskill, a young Scotsman who travels with his friend Rob Barclay to Montana's Two Medicine Country to homestead. Doig writes fervently of the voyage from Scotland and the lean first years, as the two share the work and hardship of establishing claims and building up flocks of sheep. He tells of their separate marriages, the severing of their friendship, and the final resolution of their conflict through death. Doig successfully recaptures the violence of the Montana elements and the...


The Sea Runners
Ivan Doig
0156031027
June 2006
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Book Description
In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, Alaska, to Astoria, Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, and to endure their own doubt and distrust. Based on an actual incident in 1853, The Sea Runners is a spare and awe-inspiring tale of the human quest for freedom.


Prairie Nocturne
Ivan Doig
0641673485

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Heart Earth
Ivan Doig
0156031086
June 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In poetic and precise prose, Doig has crafted a worthy complement to his acclaimed memoir, This House of Sky. While that book concerned family tensions after his mother Berneta's death in 1945, here, prompted by a cache of his mother's letters to her sailor brother from that year, Doig recreates a life "the five-year-old dirtmover that was me" could hardly have known. He describes life in an Arizona housing project for defense workers, where his family moved to spare his mother's asthma. He tracks down his Uncle Wally's old beau, about whom his mother wrote. He recalls the battle between his grandmother and father over his mother's medical condition, "the geography of risk" and the family move back to Montana ranching. Doig's writing is immensely quotable--listening to his elders was "prowling with your ears."...


Ride with Me, Mariah Montana (Montana Trilogy Series #3)
Ivan Doig
0743271262
May 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In this conclusion to the McCaskill trilogy, moody widower Jickyes,JICK , his feisty photographer daughter, Mariah, and her ex-husband, Riley, celebrate Montana's 1989 centennial by criss-crossing the state in a Winnebago. Doig "displays a masterful skill in depicting the American West which few writers match," said PW. "This entertaining ramble blends travelogue, family drama, history and newspaper lore." Author tour. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
To explore the meaning of Montana's century of statehood, 65-year-old Jick McCaskill, his photographer daughter Mariah, and her newspaper columnist ex-husband Riley Wright tour the Treasure State in Jick's Winnebago....


Bucking the Sun
Ivan Doig
0788157000
October 1998
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Bucking the Sun: A Novel
Ivan Doig
068483149X
May 1997
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Book Review
As in This House of Sky and Ride With Me, Mariah Montana, Doig returns to Big Sky country to tell a complex murder mystery peppered with the free-spirit history of the west and the intrigue of Doig's Scottish ancestry. Through Franklin Roosevelt's W.P.A. and P.W.A., the Duff family becomes involved in the construction of the Fort Peck Dam, the largest earth-fill dam in the world. While most are happy for the work, there are others in the Duff clan that hope for the dam's failure. Mixing fact and fiction, Doig explores the hardships of labor, of Fort Peck's shantytown housing, and the Duffs' resilience to everything from Montana blizzards to rattlesnakes. When two in the clan are murdered, Scottish family loyalty is questioned and the remaining family members face their toughest challenge. --This text refers...


Winter Brothers
Ivan Doig
0156972158
Oct 1982
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Book Description
The author of This House of Sky provides a magnificent evocation of the Pacific Northwest through the diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, a settler of the region. Doig fuses parts of the Swan diaries with his own journal.


Sea Runners
Ivan Doig
0140067809
January 1991
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Book Description
In 1853, in the farthest outpost of the Czar's empire, many of the laborers were indentured servants -- seven-year men no better off than slaves. In New Archangel, now Sitka, four of them, all Scandinavians, stole a canoe and pointed it south toward Astoria, in Oregon, twelve hundred miles away. This adventurous story pits its characters against the sea and ultimately against each other. The four sea runners -- glib, gangly Melander, silent Karlsson, the thief Braff, and sour, doubting Wennberg -- must weather the worst the ill-named Pacific can throw at them. And must, day upon day, guided as much by instinct as by map, simply paddle, stroke upon stroke, toward the mouth of the Columbia River. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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The Olympic Rain Forest
Ruth Kirk
0295971878
June 2003
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Prairie Nocturne
Ivan Doig
0743201353
October 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In his rambling, sluggishly paced seventh novel, noted western novelist Doig explores the discord that racism sows in the Montana wilderness during the Roaring 20s. Susan Duff, the schoolgirl nightingale from his Montana trilogy's middle book, Dancing at the Rascal Fair, is now in her 40th year, unmarried, working in Helena giving singing lessons to the upper crust. Her former adulterous lover, the charismatic WWI hero and once gubernatorial hopeful Wes Williamson, reappears and persuades Susan to abandon her other students in order to develop the untrained voice of his African-American chauffeur, Monty Rathbun, with an eye to putting him on the professional stage. Because Monty is black, Susan moves the lessons to the seclusion of her family ranch in mountainous Two Medicine country. But overnight prosperity...

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