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Crossing to Safety
Wallace Stegner
037575931X
April 2002
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Book Review
It's deceptively simple: two bright young couples meet during the Depression and form an instant and lifelong friendship. "How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as quiet as these?" Larry Morgan, a successful novelist and the narrator of the story, poses that question many years after he and his wife, Sally, have befriended the vibrant, wealthy, and often troubled Sid and Charity Lang. "Where is the high life, the conspicuous waste, the violence, the kinky sex, the death wish?" It's not here. What is here is just as fascinating, just as compelling, as touching, and as tragic.

Crossing to Safety is about loyalty and survival in its most everyday form--the need to create bonds and the urge to tear them apart. Thirty-four years after their first meeting, when Larry and Sally are...



Angle of Repose
Wallace Stegner
0141185473
December 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
This long, thoughtful novel about a retired historian who researches and writes about his pioneer grandparents garnered Stegner a Pulitzer Prize. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Los Angeles Times
Brilliant...Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life.

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The Spectator Bird
Wallace Stegner
0140139400
Nov 1990
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Wolf Willow: A History, A Story and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier (Penguin Classics Series)
Wallace Stegner
0141185015
December 2000
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Vladimir Nabokov
Enchanting, heartrending, and eminently enviable.

Walter Van Tilberg Clarck
Beautiful and moving...In many ways the best of all the good books Stegner has written.

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Joe Hill
Wallace Stegner
0140139419
Sept 1990
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Big Rock Candy Mountain
Wallace Stegner
0140139397
February 1995
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Fools Crow
James Welch
0140089373
November 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
Suspenseful and moving, written with an authenticity and integrity that give it sweeping power, Welch's third novel (The Death of Jim Loney is a masterful evocation of a Native American culture and its passing. From their lodges on the endless Montana plains, the members of the Lone Eaters band of the Pikuni (Blackfeet) Indians live in harmony with nature, hunting the "blackhorns" (buffalo), observing a complex system of political administration based on mutual respect and handing down legends that explain the natural world and govern daily conduct. The young protagonist is first called White Man's Dog, but earns the respected name Fools Crow for meritorious conduct in battle. Through his eyes we watch the escalating tensions between the Pikunis and the white men ("the Napikwans"), who deliberately violate...


Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner
0140147748
Mar 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
These 31 classic stories record much of the cultural climate of 20th-century America, its West in particular, constituting, as the NBA and Pulitzer Prize-winning author affectionately notes, not an autobiography, but "a sort of personal record." As combined here, the tales are a window onto a vivid American past that is as focused as a Norman Rockwell painting, although far more astringent and hardly as wholesome. Settings range from Stegner's native Canada to Utah, California and Vermont--all memorable places in the author's life. The stories are not arranged chronologically: Stegner's dark, voyeuristic peek into the lives of women awaiting letters from men serving in WW II gives way to an account of a bloodthirsty boyhood on the hot, flat frontier of a Saskatchewan farm. Best of all is the slicing wit of "Field...


Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West
Wallace Stegner
0375759328
April 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Stegner's love of unspoilt nature and of the American West shines forth in these 17 graceful essays. This book by the Pulitzer Prize and NBA winner is a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee for criticism. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews
Western Americana and literary history by the Pulitzer-winning novelist. Now 80, Stegner here reviews his life in part, the West as writers have written about it, its landscape and the ever-changing effect of humanity upon it, and so on. Stegner believes that the West is finally coming into its own as a literary entity distinct from what eastern critics have found in it. Even so, he warns, ``without a more developed and...


All the Little Live Things
Wallace Stegner
0140154418
Dec 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Retirees Joseph and Ruth Allston find their placid, rural California life disrupted by a hippie who builds a treehouse on their property and by a young married couple tragically affected by pregnancy and cancer. "Quite simply, a beautiful novel--strong, moving, wise, funny--as topical as today's newspaper," said PW. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
Wallace Stegner
0140159940
Mar 1992
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Ox-Bow Incident
Walter Van Tilburg Clark
0812972589
April 2004
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Book Description
Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, which Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature. As Wallace Stegner writes, [Clark's] theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country.


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Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence...


Angle of Repose
Wallace Stegner
014016930X
May 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
This long, thoughtful novel about a retired historian who researches and writes about his pioneer grandparents garnered Stegner a Pulitzer Prize. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Los Angeles Times
Brilliant...Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Big Sky
Alfred Bertram Guthrie
0618154639
January 2002
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Book Description
Originally published more than fifty years ago, THE BIG SKY is the first of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.'s, epic adventure novels of America's vast frontier. THE BIG SKY introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers, three of the most memorable characters in Western American literature. Traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudill becomes an untamed mountain man, whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. With THE BIG SKY, Guthrie gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spacious land and a unique...


Wallace Stegner
Jackson Benson
0140247963
Nov 1997
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Book Review
Jackson J. Benson, author of an earlier biography of John Steinbeck, was both a friend and admirer of his subject, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Wallace Stegner, author of Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety. Benson's biography argues for Stegner's literary stature, rejecting the regionalist label with which he is sometimes diminished, and elevates Stegner's calm, ordered, old-fashioned life. Stegner's writings are credited with the reinvention of the American West, saving it from the Wild West myth, reclaiming it through a reverence for the land, for nature, and for rural simplicity and independence. He founded a superb writing school at Stanford, proved an effective polemicist for environmental causes, and became, Benson argues, "possibly the most accomplished man of American letters in our...


Remembering Laughter
Wallace Stegner
0140252401
Nov 1996
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From Library Journal
Published in 1937, Remembering Laughter launched the Pulitzer Prize-winning Stegner's career as a novelist. The plot follows a love triangle among a farmer, his wife, and her sister, which becomes even more disastrous when the sister becomes pregnant. A Shooting Star also deals with marital infidelity as protagonist Sabrina Castro seeks the meaning of love outside the arms of her husband (LJ 4/15/61).Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Sports Illustrated Fifty Years of Great Writing
Sports Illustrated (Editor)
1932273379
September 2004
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Book Review
For their 50th anniversary, Sports Illustrated collects 52 of their best and most memorable articles. Editor Rob Fleder delivers on what makes the magazine standout and fashionable: a mix of on-sport reporting (Mark Kram's lyrical coverage of the third Ali-Frazier bout) and polished articles written with years of perspective (Dan Jenkins's examination of the 1960 US Open, 18 years after the golf tournament). SI's most well-know scribe, Frank Deford, bookends the collection with reflections on boxer Billy Conn and a lovely obit on hometown star Johnny Untias. There is a sweet array of noted authors including John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Pete Dexter, Don DeLillo, and Garrison Keillor. Profiles are the bulk of the book, but like the magazine, we take off-beat trails: a rattlesnake derby, articles on broadcasters, and...

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