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The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis, Patricia Cleary, 376 pages, University of Missouri Press, hardcover, nonfiction, $40 Accounts of St. Louis’ early history can be all too hard to find, but Patricia Cleary’s account of the colonial period of the city—from its 1764 founding to its acquisition in 1804 by the United States—changes that. Crafting a narrative from early documentary records, Cleary shows that St. Louis residents have long held an innovative spirit that has saved the city from downfall multiple times.
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Daniel Boone: An American Life
Daniel Boone: An American Life, Michael A. Lofaro, 220 pages, University Press of Kentucky, softcover, nonfiction, $19.95 Over 30 years of research went into this account of early American hero Daniel Boone’s life. His life story reflects a dynamic period of American history and exposes a conflicted leader who, on one hand, paved the opening of the Trans-Appalachian West but also had to fight some disturbing fights along the way.
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Emigrants on the Overland Trail: The Wagon Trains of 1848Emigrants on the Overland Trail: The Wagon Trains of 1848 Michael E. LaSalle, 516 pages, Truman State University Press, softcover, nonfiction, $40Considered a %u201Clost year%u201D in the history of overland wagon trains, 1848 actually holds a wealth of first-hand diaries, journals, and narratives that have now been compiled into one book. Focusing on seven diarists, this compilation covers various areas along the trail as well as diverse viewpoints%u2014diarists%u2019 backgrounds range from college-educated teacher to an illiterate ox driver.
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Fishes of the Central United States
Fishes of the Central United States, Joseph E. Tomelleri and Mark E. Eberle, 192 pages, University Press of Kansas, softcover, nonfiction, $24.95 Both fisherman and naturalist will enjoy this volume dedicated impressive description and depiction of the fishes of 21 states from the Great Lakes from the Rio Grande. Over 250 fishes are depicted in this volume with painstaking drawings and insight into ecology and history of these fishy varieties.
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What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte
What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte Lisa Knopp, 248 pages, University of Missouri Press, softcover, nonfiction, $19.95 Through interwoven essays, Lisa Knopp examines the cultural and physical geography of three major rivers in the heartland. Her journey and the rivers’ intertwine in meditations on family history, mayfly nymphs, toxic perfluorinated chemicals and everything in between. Join in her contemplations on how we experience the landscape of the might Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte rivers.
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My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone
My Father, Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone Edited by Neal O. Hammon, 180 pages, University Press of Kentucky, softcover, nonfiction, $17.95 Once and for all separating fact from fiction in regards to Daniel Boone’s life, this book holds pages of interviews and notes on the famed frontiersman straight from his son Nathan’s mouth. Drawn out from Lyman Draper’s 1851 interview with Boone’s son and wife, these pages contain a wealth of knowledge about his time in Kentucky and final years in Missouri.
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September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far
September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far, John C. McManus, 502 pages, New American Library Caliber, hardcover, nonfiction, $27.95 St. Louis-based historian and author John C. McManus uncovers the American side of things with Operation Market Garden, a key battle during September of 1944. On the verge of defeating Nazi Germany but still locked in ferocious combat, the Allies push inward into Holland. Told with personal interviews, this tale is not one for the military history buff to miss.
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Captain Joseph Boyce and the 1st Missouri Infantry, C.S.A.
Captain Joseph Boyce and the 1st Missouri Infantry, C.S.A. Edited by William C. Winter, 272 pages, University of Missouri Press, softcover, nonfiction, $23.95 Most Missouri Civil War books focus on the famed Confederate-aligned bushwhackers. This book does not. Through first-hand accounts, Missouri’s Confederate history comes to light as one that supplied soldiers to Shiloh, Corinth, Atlanta, and Vicksburg. William C. Winter presents the tales of the 1st Missouri Infantry, using Captain Joseph Boyce’s account of the best Confederate regiment Missouri had to offer.
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Desperadoes of the Ozarks
Desperadoes of the Ozarks Larry Wood, 224 pages, Pelican Publishing Company, softcover, nonfiction, $15.95 Author Larry Wood details 22 stories of Missouri’s infamous Ozarkian outlaws. In the years from 1865 to 1950, bootlegging, gory gunfights, public hangings and general lawlessness plagued the area. This book serves as a tribute to the desperadoes and also to the efforts made to stop them in their tracks.
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Goat Boy of the Ozarks
Goat Boy of the Ozarks John Mort, 297 pages, Stockton Lake Publishers, softcover, fiction, $13.95 Missouri author John Mort, known best for Soldier in Paradise, grew up in the Ozarks, raising chickens and pumpkins. His experience informs this mystical tale from the hills of a mysterious appearance of a orphaned boy with quite a tangled back story.
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Guerillas in Missouri
Guerillas in Missouri James W. Erwin, 126 pages, The History Press, softcover, nonfiction, $19.99 Imagine groups of marauders roaming streets and back roads the state over, just looking for houses to terrorize for supplies. These guerillas look just like you, perhaps you even know them from living down the road, but they have a deathly purpose—to fight those who disagree with them. That is what Missourians faced everyday during the civil war when “bushwackers”, affiliated with the Confederate Army, fought anyone who disagreed with their purposes—to extend slavery into Kansas.
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Price’s Lost Campaign: The 1864 Invasion of Missouri
Price’s Lost Campaign: The 1864 Invasion of Missouri Mark A. Lause, 280 pages, University of Missouri Press, hardcover, nonfiction, $29.95 Confederate General Sterling Price was a shrewd politician: he knew when to fudge and smear politically-charged language about his lack of success in his 1864 campaign into Missouri. At the tail end of the Civil War, it is oft-forgotten area of study. Mark A. Lause’s interpretation is that this grey area of the war actually exposes Price’s and the war’s modernity.
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Mysteries of the Ozarks Volume IV: A Collection of Stories
Mysteries of the Ozarks Volume IV: A Collection of Stories Compiled by Ellen Gray Massey, 294 pages, High Hill Press, softcover, fiction, $16.95 Twenty-eight talented Ozark writers lend their pens to telling the great folklore of the Ozarks. Tingle with fear over a strange sighting in the White River and shiver at the prospect of the ice specter’s visit in this compendium of spooky tales.
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The Heart of Branson: The Entertaining Families of America’s Live Music Show Capital
The Heart of Branson: The Entertaining Families of America’s Live Music Show Capital Arline Chandler, 153 pages, The History Press, softcover, nonfiction, $19.99 Easy-to-read as it is fun, this lively history lesson of Branson’s entertaining families will help you relive your childhood memories of the quirky performing mentality of the Baldknobber’s or delving into the Fire in the Hole rollercoaster. It will also make you see these performers in a new light—pioneers of a frontier showbiz that stays true to the Ozarks’ cultural foundations.
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The Tiger’s Eye: New & Selected Stories
The Tiger’s Eye: New & Selected Stories Gladys Swan, 371 pages, Serving House Books, softcover, fiction, $19 Featuring 23 of her richest previous work and some of her newest short stories, The Tiger’s Eye tackles questions of the meaning of experience and what knowledge imagination holds. Both a writer and visual artist, Gladys Swan writes with the careful choosiness of words of a painter picking the perfect shade of paint.
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