Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Passionate sage: the character and legacy of John Adams

By Ellis, Joseph J.

Publishing Date: c2001

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.4409 ELL

A look at the life and work of the second U.S. president discusses Adams's mind and personality, the events that shaped his thinking, his perspective on America's prospects, and his famous disagreements. By the author of the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx. Reissue. - (Baker & Taylor)

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The pioneer woman: black heels to tractor wheels--a love story

By Drummond, Ree

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 900

Call Number: 976.6 DRU

American blogger and food writer Ree Drummond relates the real life story of how she met and married her "Marlboro Man." Her stories about her husband, family, and country living paint a warm and touching picture of life on an Oklahoma ranch.

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"Come, Blackrobe": De Smet and the Indian tragedy

By Killoren, John J.

Publishing Date: c1994

Classification: 900

Call Number: 978 KIL

Peter John De Smet (``Blackrobe''), a young Jesuit missionary from Belgium, arrived in St. Louis, ``where the rivers meet,'' in 1823. In the half-century that followed, friendships he formed with Native Americans of the Plateau and upper Missouri regions enabled him to become a trusted and effective advocate of Indian rights. Blackrobe held a pragmatic view of the future these groups faced when confronted by the surge of America's often illegal expansion into their territories. However, he decried the irrational and often inhuman policies imposed on the tribes by ignorant, land-hungry, ethnocentric Eastern politicians. Native studies and Western history collections will benefit from this chronicle of a beloved missionary's role during a time of cataclysmic change for Natives in the American West.-Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., New York Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

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Gift of power: the life and teachings of a Lakota medicine man

By Lame Deer, Archie Fire

Publishing Date: c1992

Classification: 900

Call Number: 978.3 LAM

Lame Deer here recreates his transformation from born hell-raiser to born-again ``holy man'' of his Lakota Indian tribe in South Dakota. Writing with longtime family friend Erdoes ( Living on the Brink of Apocalypse ), Lame Deer exposes his life in the so-called material world as an alcoholic and Hollywood stuntman. The spiritual ``gift'' was passed to him at his father's deathbed in 1976, which marked the beginning of his change. Lame Deer, now a lecturer on Lakota life and religion, discusses such noted ceremonies as the Sun Dance. Stirring and more worldly than similar works by other medicine men, this is instructive reading for those wishing to understand what it is like to be a Native American today. (Nov.) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.

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One man's West

By Lavender, David

Publishing Date: c2007

Classification: 900

Call Number: 978.8033 LAV

The American West of the 1930s and 1940s was still a place of prospectors, cowboys, ranchers, and mountaineers, one that demanded backbreaking, lonely, and dangerous work. Still, midcentury pioneers such as David Lavender remembered ďnot the cold and the cruel fatigue, but rather the multitude of tiny things which in their sum make up the elemental poetry of rock and ice and snow.Ē And as the nation exhausted its gold and silver veins, as law reached the boomtowns on the frontier, and as the era of the great cattle ranches and drives came to an end, Lavender felt compelled to document his experiences in rugged southwest Colorado to preserve this rapidly disappearing way of life. One Manís West is Lavenderís ode to his days on the Continental Divide and the story of his experiences making a living in the not so wild but not yet tamed West. Like stories told around a campfire, One Manís West is captivating yet conversational, incredible yet realistic, and introduces some of the most charming characters in western literature. This new Bison Books edition features an introduction and afterword by the authorís son that discuss other phases and facets of his fatherís remarkable life, as well as a tribute to the author by his grandson. It also includes nine new photographs from the Lavender family archives.- (Univ of Nebraska)

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The blood runs like a river through my dreams: a memoir

By Nasdijj

Publishing Date: c2000

Classification: 900

Call Number: 979.1004 NAS

The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams transports readers to the majestic landscapes and hard Native American lives of the desert Southwest and into the embrace of a way of looking at the world that seems almost like revelation. Born to a storytelling Native mother and a roughneck, song-singing cowboy father, Nasdijj has lived on the jagged-edged margins of American society, yet hardship and isolation have only brought him greater clarity--and a gift for language that is nothing short of breathtaking. Nasdijj tells of his adopted son, Tommy Nothing Fancy, of the young boy's struggle with fetal alcohol syndrome, and of their last fishing trip together. It is a heartbreaking story, written with great power and a diamondlike poetry. But whether Nasdijj is telling us about his son, about the chaotic, alternately harrowing and comical life he led with his own parents, or about the vitality and beauty of Native American culture, his voice is always one of searching honesty, wry humor, and a nearly cosmic compassion. While Nasdijj struggles with his impossible status as someone of two separate cultures, he also remains a contradiction in a larger sense: he cares for those who often shun him, he teaches hope though he often has none for himself, and he comes home to the land he then must leave.

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Over the edge: death in Grand Canyon : gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the world's seven natural wonders

By Ghiglieri, Michael Patrick

Publishing Date: c2001

Classification: 900

Call Number: 979.133 GHI

Gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World's Natural Wonders.

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San Diego, a pictorial history

By Starr, Raymond G.

Publishing Date: [1986]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 979.498 STA

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The last days of the Incas

By MacQuarrie, Kim

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 985.02 MAC

Documents the epic conquest of the Inca Empire as well as the decades-long insurgency waged by the Incas against the Conquistadors, in a narrative history that is partially drawn from the storytelling traditions of the Peruvian Amazon Yora people.

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Castaway

By Irvine, Lucy

Publishing Date: c1983

Classification: 900

Call Number: 994.38 IRV

The author recounts the adventures she encountered after she answered an advertisement and went to live with a writer on a mile-long island in the Coral Sea north of Australia - (Baker & Taylor)

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Suits me: the double life of Billy Tipton

By Middlebrook, Diane Wood

Publishing Date: 1998

Classification: 900

Call Number: B TIPTON

The acclaimed author of Anne Sexton: A Biography, a nominee for the National Book Awards, tells the remarkable story of Billy Tipton, a female jazz musician who lived as a man for nearly fifty years. - (Baker & Taylor)

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