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Hanging Katherine Garrett: A Novel based on the 1737 Trial of a Pequot Woman, Abigail Davis


1 Hanging Katherine Garrett: A Novel based on the 1737 Trial of a Pequot Woman
Abigail Davis
2003, 5½x8½, paper, 234 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
In present-day Minneapolis a graduate student, Karla Palmer, discovers a sermon that was preached at the 1738 hanging of Katherine Garrett, a Pequot Indian woman who was executed for the murder of her bastard child. The baby's body was found in the barn of a Congregationalist minister to whom Katherine was bound as a servant. She pled not guilty at her trial and records show that a huge courtroom scene ensued when the verdict was announced. Karla, smelling a cover-up, follows the obscured paper trail into the past, back to the Pequot War, searching for the identity of the person Katherine accused of the murder, for the name of the father, and for who might have conspired to send an innocent woman to the gallows to be “Hanged up by the Neck between the Heavens & the Earth until She be Dead, Dead, Dead.”
D1922 
Price: 20.00 USD

 
Out of This Furnace, Bell, Thomas


2 Out of This Furnace
Bell, Thomas
424 pages, paperback / softcover, University of Pittsburgh Press
Our all-time bestselling title, this classic and powerful novel spanning three generations of a Slovak immigrant family has been adopted for course use in more than 250 colleges and universities nationwide. Out of This Furnace, first published in 1941 by Little, Brown, and long out of print, is Thomas Bell's most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family - the Dobrejcaks - still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment. The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, his later migration to the steel mills of Braddock, and his eventual downfall through foolish financial speculations and an extramarital affair. The second generation is represented by Kracha's daughter, Mary, who married Mike Dobrejcak, a steel worker. Their decent lives, made desperate by the inhuman working conditions of the mills, were held together by the warm bonds of their family life, and Mike's political idealism set example for the children. Dobie Dobrejcak, the third generation, came of age in the 1920s determined not to be sacrificed to the mills. His involvement in the successful unionization of the steel industry climaxed a half-century struggle to establish economic justice for the workers. Out of This Furnace is a document of our ethnic heritage and of a violent and cruel period in our history, but it is also a superb story. The writing is strong and forthright, and the novel builds constantly to its triumphantly human conclusion.

About Author
Thomas Bell grew up in the steel-mill town of Braddock, Pennsyvania, enduring the hardships that faced his Slovak family and learning the agonies of life dominated by the mill. He wanted desperatedly to be a writer. Although he had little formal education, over the years he developed a self-taught style of simple vigor and extraordinary clarity. Eventually he published six novels and won national acclaim.
952734 
Price: 15.95 USD

 
 
The Trees: First Book In Awakening Land, Conrad Richter


3 The Trees: First Book In Awakening Land
Conrad Richter
167 pages, 175 pages • Paperback, paperback / softcover, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press
Toward the close of the eighteenth century, the land west of the Alleghenies and north of the Ohio River was an unbroken sea of trees. Beneath them the forest trails were dark, silent, and lonely, brightened only by a few lost beams of sunlight. Here, in the first novel of Conrad Richter's Awakening Land trilogy, the Lucketts, a wild, woods-faring family, lived their roaming life, pushing ever westward as the frontier advanced and as new settlements threatened their isolation.
Also available:
The Fields: Second Book In Awakening Land Trilogy
The Town: Third Book In Awakening Land Trilogy

About Author
Conrad Richter was born in Pennsylvania. His family on his mother's side was identified with the early American scene, and from boyhood on he was saturated with tales and the color of Eastern pioneer days. In 1928 he and his family moved to New Mexico, where his heart and mind were soon captured by the Southwest. The Sea of Grass and The Trees were awarded the gold medal of the Societies of Libraries of New York University in 1942.

Reviews
"A moving story of the beginning of the American trek to the west at the close of the eighteenth century. So vivid is his description of the land, so real his characters and their problems, that one forgets he is painting a picture of an early American epic." —The New York Times
409786 
Price: 12.95 USD

 

 

4 The Saxon Chronicle: The Millers' Daughters
Jane Ellen Swan
880 pages, 10 x 7, hardback, Vantage Press

128595 
Price: 26.95 USD

 
 

 

5 The Saxon Chronicle: Vol. 2 The Heirs
Jane Ellen Swan
741 pages, 10 x 7, hardback, Vantage Press

137169 
Price: 19.95 USD

 

 

6 The Saxon Chronicle: Volume 1 - The Capitalists
Jane Ellen Swan
889 pages, hardback, Vantage Press

147085 
Price: 26.95 USD

 
 
Emigrants, Johan Bojer


7 Emigrants
Johan Bojer
351 pages, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
Bojer's novel of Norwegian emigration in the 1880s tells of young villagers who leave the Old World to seek a better life. Their trek takes them to homesteads in North Dakota, where they find that breaking the sod and surviving blizzards are easier than feeling at home in this new land.
New introduction by Ingeborg Kongslien.
51260X 
Price: 12.95 USD

 
The Spy in Crinoline: Antonia Ford’s Civil War, Karla Vernon


8 The Spy in Crinoline: Antonia Ford’s Civil War
Karla Vernon
2006, 5½x8½, paper, 226 pp, Heritage Books
This intriguing novel offers a unique perspective on the Civil War. Antonia Ford, who lives at the important Civil War crossroads of Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, finds it impossible to be a neutral bystander during the conflict. Initially, as the oldest child in a prosperous secessionist family, Antonia passes important information on troop movements to her friends in the Confederate army. When she is thrown in prison for spying, circumstances place her together with a handsome man she admires, Major Joseph Willard, a Union officer. Her prison ordeal and being sent South draw them closer to each other, and Willard, who has fallen in love with her, becomes her rescuer.
V3642 
Price: 28.50 USD

 
 

 

9 “...And She Smiled, Because She Knew...”
Margaret Ridgely Bergenstjerna
(2004), 2005, 5½x8½, paper, 300 pp, Heritage Books
This is a true story. It is a poorly disguised portrait of the author's own life, and her love for her husband Axel, even as it depicts the life story of her maternal grandmother Emily McAlpin. It began in 1913 at a gala evening party at the home of a prominent family in Trenton, New Jersey. Emily was close to middle age, a woman of stunning beauty and charm and with a disarming wit and intelligence. When her host introduced the guest of honor, the current of a force so far unknown to her embraced her mind and body. Alexander, a writer by profession, looked at her, and she knew… Two adult, married persons fell instantly in love without preliminaries, without courting, without compromise. At that moment the fifty or so other guests seemed to vanish. Time stopped. Facing scandal, family disgrace, social ostracism, they fled to what was a less hostile environment in Europe. The advent of World War I changed life for them as it did for the rest of the world. It was many years before Emily could finally divulge her story to her young granddaughter, little knowing that the child would cherish her words, and 38 years later, through the events of her own life, bring Emily's story to a happy ending.
B3450 
Price: 28.95 USD

 

 

10 The World of William Spry, Esquire: A Journey through Everyday Georgian England by a Recreated Eighteenth-Century Man
Richard Rutherford-Moore
2004, 5½x8½, paper, 212 pp, Heritage Books
Foreword by Bernard Cornwell. "This is the world of William Spry, Richard Rutherford-Moore's world. He does not romanticize it, but tells it as it was through the minutiae of everyday life. So we are fortunate that here he gives us a glimpse of that world, and brings it alive to let us know what we have lost." -Bernard Cornwell, Bestselling author of the Richard Sharpe novels.Richard Rutherford-Moore is perhaps best known for the character of Rifleman Moore of the 95th Rifles, a typical soldier of Wellington's Army of the Peninsular War and Waterloo Campaign. He contributed both off and on camera as the military and technical adviser and armorer for the Sharpe's Rifles television series and the first two episodes of Horatio Hornblower in 1998. Since 1994 he has served as a battlefield tour guide and lecturer, leading groups to 1790-1815 era sites throughout Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. He has always favored the Georgian era and has explored and portrayed the alternative civilian, economic and social aspects of 1745-1815 through living history re-enactment in many roles from a blacksmith to a highwayman, but mostly through the character of William Spry. In this volume he explains Georgian business and politics, recreation, crime and punishment, soldiers and sailors, food and drink, and much more with wit, knowledge, and plenty of illustrations. The World of William Spry, Esquire is dangerous, charming, intelligent, witty, informative, entertaining and educational.
R2538 
Price: 25.00 USD

 


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