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The House of the Seven Gables - Classic Mystery Novel By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The novel is set in the mid-19th century, with glimpses into the history of the house, which was built in the late 17th century. The primary interest of this book is in the subtle and involved... More > descriptions of character and motive. The house of the title is a gloomy New England mansion, haunted from its foundation by fraudulent dealings, accusations of witchcraft, and sudden death. The current resident, the dignified but desperately poor Hepzibah Pyncheon, opens a shop in a side room to support her brother Clifford, who is about to leave prison after serving thirty years for murder. She refuses all assistance from her unpleasant wealthy cousin Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon. A distant relative, the lively and pretty young Phoebe, turns up and quickly becomes invaluable, charming customers and rousing Clifford from depression. A delicate romance grows between Phoebe and the mysterious attic lodger Holgrave, who is writing a history of the Pyncheon family.< Less
Jean of the Lazy A: Classic American Western Novel By B.M. Bower
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Bertha Muzzy Sinclair (1871-1940), best known by her pseudonym B.M. Bower, was born in Minnesota. She later moved with her family to Montana, where she was a school teacher. One of the first women to... More > make a living writing westerns, Bower wrote 57 romance and adventure novels set in the American west. Several of which were made into films. Jean, a young girl of 15 is uprooted from her ranch home when her father is convicted of man-slaughter and sentenced to 8 years in prison. At age 18 she decides to earn enough money to repurchase their ranch and find the man she suspects of committing the crime. As with many of these old westerns, the romance is subtle and the mystery is not so much. It is a very enjoyable light read and I recommend it highly.< Less
Heritage of the Desert: Classic American Western Novel By Zane Grey
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From Customer Review; Perhaps, with the exception of Riders of the Purple Sage, Heritage of the Desert is the best western Zane Grey ever wrote. It combines every thing one expects to find in the... More > genre, and then adds a little bit more you don't expect to find. It is the basic story of a young man, John Hare, who has come west to regain his health and to find his place in life only to be branded "Dene's spy" and becomes a hunted man. There is the Mormon element, only in this book they receive favorable treatment by Zane Grey; there are animal heros; a faithful Indian companion to the heroine, a half-Indian girl, Mescal; rustlers and land thieves; a favored son gone bad; and the canyon country of Utah described as only the master detailer can depict it in all of its glory and spendor. With this book Zane Grey set the standard by which he himself had to live up to with each succeeding novel, and HE DID.< Less
Tales of Lonely Trails: Classic American Western Novel By Zane Grey
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Tales of Lonely Trails contains a rare glimpse into the adventurer psyche of almost a century ago in USA. Grey, along with his brother, his young son and his companions including Buck Jones,... More > certainly shows us the mentality of the hunter and explorer of those days. His description of his visit to the Rainbow Bridge (Nonnezoshe) really brings through his personal sense of wonder. And it is no wonder that, in his novels, Grey's descriptions of the old American West are so authentic - he'd actually been there and lived the life of his characters. Another thing that comes through in the beginning pages of this book is the white man's disregard of the wildlife at the time and the dawning realisation that indisciminate killing and the manner of the killing is neither sensible nor humane. The account of the death of the old cougar makes the point when, turned off the animal's death, Buck Jones vows he'll never kill another cougar again.< Less
The Lone Star Ranger: Classic American Western Novel By Zane Grey
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Fairdale, in Pecos County, Texas, is a crossroads of crime. Every bad guy in West Texas makes it a stopover or a base of operations. Facing budget cuts, the Texas Rangers agree to clean up Fairdale... More > in less than a year as a way of justifying their continued existence. Rangers Vaughn Steele and Marshal Sitter tackle the job, with Sitter going underground to ferret out the brains behind the criminal operations. This exciting yarn will be of special interest to Zane Grey fans. It is one of the few Grey novels written in the first person and is therefore much more character-driven than his usual work. Further, it is appearing here for the first time in its original form. As Grey's son notes in an introduction, significant changes were made when the story was first serialized, and subsequent publications either maintained the alterations or added new ones. Wes Lukowsky -- From Booklist< Less
The Spirit of the Border: Classic American Western Novel By Zane Grey
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The book follows the life and adventures of two brothers Jim and Joe, Jim a Christian missionary and Joe a gregarious newcomer to frontier life. Wetzel always known as a loner, develops a friendship... More > with the young man Joe and trains him in the ways of forest woodcraft. All the while Jim struggles to strengthen and protect the already established Morvian Indian mission. All of this set against the intrigue of Indian politics,war and the rampaging murders and kidnappings of the white renegades Simon and Jim Girty. Although an historical novel, Zane Grey uses the various characters and happenings as a vehicle to give us a clear picture of the sentiment surrounding the precarious daily life for both the defenders of the Indian nations and those who acted as the American border rangers.< Less
Cattle Brands: Classic American Western Novel By Andy Adams
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It was a wet, bad year on the Old Western Trail. From Red River north and all along was herd after herd waterbound by high water in the rivers. Our outfit lay over nearly a week on the South... More > Canadian, but we were not alone, for there were five other herds waiting for the river to go down. This river had tumbled over her banks for several days, and the driftwood that was coming down would have made it dangerous swimming for cattle. We were expected to arrive in Dodge early in June, but when we reached the North Fork of the Canadian, we were two weeks behind time. While a reader searching for a good story might find Adams' books somewhat dull today, historians and writers looking for an accurate depiction of the cowboy life have found them invaluable. Beyond his five best-known books, Adams also wrote two popular novels for juveniles later in his career.< Less
The Log of a Cowboy: Classic American Western Novel By Andy Adams
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"If ever there were such a thing as an all-time 'best' western, THE LOG OF A COWBOY is it." The New York Times “If all other books on trail-driving were destroyed, a reader could... More > still get a just as authentic conception of trail men, trail work, range cattle, cow horses, and the cow country in general from The Log of a Cowboy.” -- J. Frank Dobie "Personal and often poignant...'The Log of a Cowboy' is indeed a classic." --Sybil Downing The Denver Post Andy Adams (1859-1935), cowboy and author wrote The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days (1903). Other works are: A Texas Matchmaker (1904) and The Outlet (1905) followed. Cattle Brands (1906) is a collection of short stories. Reed Anthony, Cowman: An Autobiography (1907) was followed by Wells Brothers: The Young Cattle Kings (1911) and The Ranch on the Beaver: A Sequel to Wells Brothers (1927). Specifically aimed at the young boys among his readership it is the story of two orphans' rise to fortune and success in the cattle industry.< Less
The Desert of Wheat: Classic American Western Novel By Zane Grey
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Hero Kurt Dorn is the son of a German immigrant, which puts father and son at odds during the war. Most of the book is taken up with Dorn's fight against the I.W.W., a socialist labor force that's... More > backed by German money. (A double whammy as the two things America hated most at this time was Germany AND socialists!) It's not until the last third or so of the book that Kurt goes off to war. Author Zane Grey, through his fictional character, is able to go off on a tangent about American women going ga-ga over a uniform and throwing themselves at men. (Like that's never happened before.) Once in the trenches of France, Dorn - who had been so anxious to go kill Germans - suddenly realizes the evils of war and the wrongness of wholesale slaughter. Not that that stops him from killing a few Germans anyway.< Less
Lonesome Land: Classic American Western Novel By B.M. Bower
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Valeria had come to Montana to marry a cowboy named Manley, expecting a future full of companionship and bracing freedom, lodges with great fireplaces and bearskin rugs, manageable cattle and sleek... More > horses, and dazzling sunrises. If Val had known what was really waiting for her, she simply wouldn’t have gotten off the train. Oh, the country was impressive, but it could be cruel in winter and lonesome for a woman stuck on a ranch miles from the nearest neighbor. Val is cast into circumstances that test her temper, strength, and sanity. Married to an alcoholic, she is forced to revise her back-East notions about men and women, duty, and the West itself. She goes from romanticization to "blind unreasoning terror of the empty land" to decisive action.< Less

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