Description : This is a story of a young man who looked for his brother's executioner. The novel is set in the backdrop of Stevenson's experience of traveling from New York City to California. The vivid description of landscape and scenic beauty makes the novel interesting and enjoyable. Moreover the character portrayal is life-like and gripping.
Description : On April 30, 1849, Sarah Bayliss Royce, along with her husband, Josiah, and their daughter, Mary, left her home in Tipton, Iowa, and headed for California in a covered wagon. Along the way, she kept a diary which, nearly thirty years later, served as the basis for a memoir she titled Across the Plains. That book has been freshly transcribed by Jennifer Dawes Adkison from RoyceÕs original handwritten document, and this new edition is faithful to the original, restoring several passages that were omitted from the previous edition. In a new introduction Adkison reveals Across the Plains to be far more than a simple narrative of one pioneer womanÕs journey west. She explains that Royce wrote the book at the request of her son, Josiah Royce, a well-known professor of philosophy at Harvard University with motives of his own. She crafted the narrative that her son wanted: an argument for spiritual faith and fortitude as foundational to CaliforniaÕs history. Yet the narrative itself, in addition to offering a window into a world that has long lacked close documentation, gives us the opportunity to study the ways in which nineteenth-century western women asserted this primacy of faith and crafted their experience into stories with larger cultural and social resonance. Scholars have long used Across the Plains to mold and support an iconic image of the resolute pioneer woman. However, until now no one has considered RoyceÕs own self-conscious creation of this persona. Readers will discover that in many ways, Sarah RoyceÕs careful construction of this cultural portrait deepens our respect for her and our delight in her travels, travails, and triumphs.
Description : A politician goes missing at a dinner. He's quickly swept into a dark web of kidnapping and violence as he attempts to escape with his life intact.
Description : "I have counted, in the last ten miles three hundred sixty-two wagons, which in the States cost about $120 each. The cause of so many wagons being abandoned, is to endeavor to save the animals and reach the end of the journey as soon as possible by packing through; the loss of personal goods is a matter of small importance comparatively." Between 1846 and 1869 more than 400,000 settlers took the perilous journey across the wide and wild spaces of the Western United States to settle in the coastal territories. James Abbey was just one of them and he kept a journal of the trip. The sheer determination, foolishness, or a combination of both that motivated pioneers to uproot their lives and families and risk it all is exemplified in Abbey's statement above. Once on the trail, there was often no going back and great sacrifices were exacted to reach the destination. This long-forgotten, out-of-print book is available for e-readers for the first time. Journey back in time with Abbey and find out just how hard it was, how much it cost in hard-earned dollars, and what the rewards were. He published this record, in his words: "Being a daily record of incidents of the trip over the plains, the desert, and the mountains, sketches of the country, distances from camp to camp, etc., And containing valuable information To emigrants. As to where they will find wood, water, and grass at almost every step of the journey." Be sure to LOOK INSIDE or download a sample.
Description : The present book is the narrative of our work and travels. As in ""Camps and Trails"" I have written it entirely from the sportsman's standpoint and have purposely avoided scientific details which would prove uninteresting or wearisome to the general public... Asia is the most fascinating hunting ground in all the world, not because of the quantity of game to be found there but because of its quality, and scientific importance. Central Asia was the point of origin and distribution for many mammals which inhabit other parts of the earth to-day and the habits and relationships of some of its big game animals are almost unknown. Because of unceasing native persecution, lack of protection, the continued destruction of forests and the ever increasing facilities for transportation to the remote districts of the interior, many of China's most interesting and important forms of wild life are doomed to extermination in the very near future.