Description : The Great Platte River Road through Nebraska and Wyoming was the grand corridor of America's westward expansion. A number of famous trails converged in the broad valley of the Platte, forming a kind of primitive superhighway for the great covered wagon migration from 1841 to 1866. From jumping-off places along the Missouri River?notably the Omaha-Council Bluffs, St. Joseph, and Kansas City areas?the emigrant throngs came together at Fort Kearny, Nebraska. Although they continued on to South Pass, Wyoming, and beyond, this book focuses on the feeder mutes and the more than three hundred miles between Fort Kearny and Fort Laramie. The Great Platte River Road looks at border towns, trail routes, river crossings, stage stations, military posts, and such landmarks as Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff. It goes far beyond geography and Indian encounters in revealing cultural aspects of the great migration: food, dress, equipment, organization, camping, traffic patterns, sex ratios, morals, manners, religion, crime, accidents, disease, death, and burial customs.
Description : The prairies are a focal point for momentous events in Canadian history, a place where two visions of Canada have often clashed: Louis Riel, the Manitoba School Question, French language rights, the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, and the dramatic collapse of the Meech Lake Accord when MLA Elijah Harper voted "No." Gerald Friesen believes that it is the responsibility of the historian to "tell local stories in terms and concepts that make plain their intrinsic value and worth, that explain the relationship between the past and the present." For local experiences to have any relevant meaning, they must be put into the context of the wider world. These essays were written for the general reader and the academic historian. They include previously published works (many of them revised and updated) from a wide variety of sources, and new pieces written specifically for River Road, examining aspects of prairie and Manitoba history from many different perspectives. They offer portraits of representatives from different sides of the prairie experience, such as Bob Russell, radical socialist and leader of the 1919 General Strike, and J.H. Riddell, conservative Methodist minister who represented "sane and safe" stewardship in the 1920s and 1930s. They explore the changing relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the "dominant" society, from the prosperous MEtis community that flourished along the Red River in the 19th century (and produced Manitoba's first MEtis premier) to the events that led to the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in the 1980s. Other essays consider new viewpoints of the prairie past, using the perspectives of ethnic and cultural history, women's history, regional history, and labour history to raise questions of interpretation and context. The time frame considered is equally wide-ranging, from the Aboriginal and Red River society to the political arena of current constitutional debates.
Description : River Road by Suzanne Johnson is the fun, fast-paced second book in the Sentinels of New Orleans, a series of urban fantasy novels filled with wizards, mermen and pirates. These novels are perfect for readers of paranormal fiction and "fans of Charlaine Harris and Cat Adams" (Booklist) and RT Bookreviews agrees that "for readers missing Sookie Stackhouse, this series may be right up your alley." Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there's more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator. Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ's undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two. It's anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Description : Death and the law in a small South Carolina town. It's springtime in 1978 and Elizabeth Chase, a young public defender from Boston, returns to her ancestral home of Weenee, South Carolina, to attend the funeral services for her grandfather. But when the county sheriff pulls a severed head from the bottom of the Weenee River, Elizabeth becomes involved in the most shocking homicide the small town has ever seen. Reluctantly, Elizabeth agrees to defend the African-American man accused of the gruesome murder. It isn't long before she starts to realize that nothing in Weenee-from a new romance to the eccentrics who drink bourbon in the afternoons-is what it seems. Evocatively set in the rural South, this suspenseful and realistic novel draws upon the author's own experiences as a public defense attorney and judge in a small town to probe themes ranging from racial tension and voodoo to drug trafficking and revenge.
Description : JoAnn Ross, one of the most passionate voices in contemporary romantic fiction, returns to the moss-draped splendor of Blue Bayou in a powerful novel of love and suspense, filled with characters you will never forget. Julia Summers is in Blue Bayou, Louisiana, wrapping up her role on the sizzling soap opera River Road before jetting off to play the part of her dreams. But when she receives an all-too-real threat, her director saddles her with a no-nonsense FBI agent as protection. Free-spirited Julia figures she'll just use her feminine wiles to keep the handsome bodyguard out of her way. Finn Callahan has no interest in baby-sitting a spoiled starlet, but he owes his brother, Blue Bayou's mayor, a favor. When danger closes in on Julia, Finn realizes that what he feels for her is much more than physical attraction. Now he'll willingly lay his life on the line for the woman who has shown him how beautiful life can be when it's filled with laughter and love.
Description : In Mercedes, Texas, tensions are high during the summer of 1963. When Alton Baker’s father accepts a job in Brownsville that comes with a long daily commute, he invites Alton to share the ride, allowing him to change schools. Alton, an intelligent, friendly high school sophomore, accepts the challenge, and it is not long before the commute brings father and son closer together. As Alton acclimates to the new school, he secretly decides to try out for the track team—a decision that eventually leads him to befriend the only Negro high school student in town. After his interest shifts to long-distance running, a retired coach assists him, encouraging him to end his daily commute with a long run along a river road. Mid-spring in great running shape, Alton shows up at track tryouts with his Negro friend, where they must compete for respect and acceptance on the team. The River Road creates a vivid picture of small town life in south Texas in the 1960s, as a teenager establishes a loving bond with his father and marks the beginning of his journey to becoming a real person with independent ideas.
Description : After spending a year in prison, Ralph has explicit plans for his first night of freedom: tonight, someone will be held accountable. He goes to murderous lengths to learn the address of his former wife – the woman he blames for his fate. Determined to bring her to his idea of justice, Ralph’s next step is to travel from Florida to Ohio to find his ex-wife’s house on Mad River Road. Also in Florida, Jamie Kellogg wakes from the agonizing nightmare of her mother’s funeral, and assesses her life: she’s a twenty-nine-year-old woman in a dead-end job, with an ex-husband in Atlanta, a married lover in the hospital, and a virtual stranger in her bed. But this stranger is everything the previous men in her life weren’t: tender, attentive, and adventurous. After convincing Jamie to quit her miserable job and ditch her judgmental, perfectionist sister, Ralph proposes a romantic getaway. While Jamie wonders if this thrilling man might finally be her Prince Charming, they plan a road trip to visit his son, who lives with his mother on a street called Mad River Road. As riveting and beguiling as Joy Fielding’s previous novels, Mad River Road is a tale of courage, truth, and the need to trust one’s instincts. From the Hardcover edition.
Description : One powerful man . . .has always controlled this small Southern town. Unchallenged, until now. Like everyone else in Cane Creek, Mississippi, Chantry Callahan grew up in the shadow of town boss Bert Quinton. Quinton held the lives of local people in his harsh grasp, never letting go. He knew where all their secrets were buried, along with the bodies of anyone who had dared to defy him. As a boy, Chantry couldn't best Quinton. Couldn't protect the people he loved, including his own mother. But now Chantry is grown. He's come back for answers. And for justice. "A marvelous coming-of-age saga in the new Old South. I couldn't stop reading."-Bertrice Small, author of The Border Chronicles "A page-turner filled with small-town passions, dark secrets and danger. I loved it."-Janelle Taylor, bestselling author of the Lakota Skies Series Virginia Brown writes the bestselling Dixie Divas Mystery Series and the Blue Suede Memphis Mysteries.