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Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is an enduring American classic. At a ceremonial dance, the young, earnest silversmith Laughing Boy falls in love with Slim Girl, a beautiful but elusive "American"-educated Navajo. As they experience all of the joys and uncertainties of first love, the couple must face a changing way of life and its tragic consequences.
Joanna Liddle and Rama Joshi explore the connection in India between gender and caste, and gender and class. They ask whether the subordination of women has diminished as India moves from a caste to a class structure, and what effect colonization had on the status of women in India. Focusing on educated, professional women, the authors look at the particular experiences of 120 women they interviewed, and also interpret the larger patterns of social relations that emerge from the interviews. These sensitive stories are told with an eloquence that is often moving and inspiring.
For thousands of years Indian women have had a cultural tradition of resisting male domination. At the same time, the control of female sexuality has always been central to social hierarchies in India. Women are constrained in both class and caste hierarchies, to help distinguish the men at the top of the hierarchy from men at the bottom, where women are less constrained. In class society the seclusion of women allowed men to have sexual control over women and to retain the property that was transferred in marriage.
In contemporary India, professional women have had success entering the professions as the social groups to which they belong move increasingly to class rather than caste structures. But men continue to control the type of education they receive and the type of employment open to them, and to participate in the sexual harassment of women in the workplace. The concept that women are inferior to men--a concept that is not part of the Indian cultural heritage--is growing. In a sense, working professional women strengthen male control. The class structure is no more egalitarian than the caste structure, as oppression simply takes other forms.
Danny Spence plans to stay in Gila Creek for only one night, but then he gets mistaken for a snake named Zeke Tolan, and from then on it is just one damn thing after another. He falls foul of the evil Ma Cole, gets himself on the wrong side of the vicious Hernando Ortiz and his sadistic bodyguard Bracho - and somehow this is all wrapped up with a train full of money that's rolling south of the border, right into the middle of the Mexican revolution.
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 way of life.
Born Gallant returns to Salvation Creek on a whim, but this leads to a bloody saga he could never have foreseen. Word from the elderly Frank Lake leads Gallant on a quest to rescue a young lawyer, who has been kidnapped to prevent her from blocking a corrupt Kansas City politician's chances of fame. To the north of the town of El Dorado, an old line cabin becomes the focus for Gallant's efforts. But it's back in Kansas City that the climax unfolds, when Gallant confronts old enemy Chet Eagan in a clawing fight to a bloody finish.
Easy money has never been so hard to make. John Cavendish is down on his luck. Released by the Pinkerton Detective Agency after suffering a terrible injury, with his rent going up and his money going down, Cavendish has to take desperate measures to survive. Cavendish heads to the snowbound plains of north Nebraska where the Indian wars are raging and where his brother, Luke, tells him there is easy money to be made. When Cavendish discovers Luke has been gunned down, he is determined to find the killer. But with bootleg whisky and illegal gun-running on the agenda, and the biggest deal of all just days away, there are men who will do anything to stop Cavendish.
What happens when a two-headed cowboy, a high school dropout who longs to be a scholar, and a poet who claims to have been abducted by aliens come together in 1970's Moab, Utah? The Scholar of Moab, a dark-comedy perambulating murder, affairs, and cowboy mysteries in the shadow of the La Sal Mountains.
Young Hyrum Thane, unrefined geological surveyor, steals a massive dictionary out of the Grand County library in a midnight raid, startling the people of Moab into believing a nefarious band of Book of Mormon assassins, the Gadianton Robbers, has arisen again.
Making matters worse, Hyrum's illicit affair with Dora Tanner, a local poet thought to be mad, ends in the delivery of a premature baby boy who vanishes the night of its birth. Righteous Moabites accuse Dora of its murder, but who really killed their child? Did a coyote dingo the baby? Was it an alien abduction as Dora claims? Was it Hyrum? Or could it have been the only witness to the crime, one of a pair of Oxford-educated conjoined twins who cowboy in the La Sals on sabbatical?
Take a rollicking ride with Hyrum LeRoy Thane, the Lord's Chosen Servant and Defender of Moab. His short rich life spans the borderlands of magical realism where geology, ecology, philosophy and consciousness collide, in Steven L. Peck's rip-roaring tale The Scholar of Moab.
As farmers, Lemuel Hawke and his fifteen-year-old son, Morgan, are used to hard work and a hard life. But nothing prepared them for the dangers of the trail they follow west, heading for the rich, fur-trapping grounds of the Rocky Mountains. Storms, floods, and deadly cold threaten the Hawkes, but Nature's fury is not the only peril father and son face. As they follow the trail, others follow them: an unscrupulous fur trader out to claim other men's wealth as his own; a man bent on avenging his murdered brother; a woman scorned. Luckily, Lem and Morgan have allies: a band of trappers and mountain men whose gruff exteriors mask fierce loyalty and hard-won wisdom...and the Indians who see in young Morgan a powerful strength of spirit.
Johnstone Justice. What America Needs Now. Bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone give the classic American hero a real shot in the arm--in this epic story of a Rebel doctor fighting for justice in the aftermath of the Civil War . . . VENGEANCE WITH A SCALPEL On the blood-stained battlefields of a divided nation, Dr. Samuel Knight used his surgical skills to treat wounded Confederate soldiers. In the brutal prison camps of the Union Army, he offered his healing services to fellow captives who'd given up hope. But now, with the war over and the South in ruins, the good doctor faces his hardest challenge yet: to save himself . . . Penniless and hungry, Knight has to beg, borrow, and steal to survive in a post-war hell that used to be his country. By the time he reaches his home in East Texas, it's been taken over. Ruthless Union soldiers rule over the town with an iron fist. A Yankee carpetbagger is living in his old house--and the jackal has forced Knight's wife to marry him. A normal man might give up, but Dr. Samuel Knight is going to take back what belongs to him. With a heartfull of grit and a hunger for revenge and with swift, surgical precision, he'll stick a bullet in every dead man walking . . .
When his father is killed and his sister kidnapped following a confrontation with a powerful rancher; it falls to fourteen-year-old Zachariah Hogan to set matters straight. That this would entail his riding with a band of Sioux warriors was something that the boy could not, in his wildest dreams, ever have imagined. So it is that a youngster who has not yet begun to shave becomes embroiled in the last action of the Great Sioux War of 1876.
La Frontera Publishing presents Outlaws and Lawmen, a collection of the latest fictional short stories about the Old West from America's newest Western writers. Sit back and enjoy great short story fiction from today's storytellers, the authors who may become tomorrow's Western literature giants, with an introduction from award-winning Western author Johnny Boggs.
Cattle rustlers, claim jumpers, bank robbers, card sharks, brutes, thieves, and those who would kill you just as soon as look at you. America's West saw it all, and many a frontier boom town grew faster than the law could keep a handle on it. But there were men who would try, the men who pinned on a badge and brought justice to a Wild West.
Stories of the struggle between good and evil became the West's legends. Names such as Butch Cassidy, John Wesley Hardin, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and others such as Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Pat Garrett--all grew larger than life.
The legends live on, as do those frontier struggles, now told by America's new Western writers.
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