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The Song of Hugh Glass

The Song of Hugh Glass by John Neihardt

The Song of Hugh Glass by John Neihardt

This poem tells a story that begins in 1823 – just after the Leavenworth campaign against the Arikara Indians – and follows an expedition of Major Andrew Henry during a series of arduous journeys over the Trans-Missouri region. The poem focuses upon the relationship between two trappers – Hugh Glass and Jamie – who, after fighting and hunting together, consequently develop a close friendship. The poem revolves around the betrayal of Hugh by Jamie: who leaves Hugh alone “as good as dead” to die by the Missouri. But Hugh lives – and recovers against all odds, pushing on with murderous intent to track down the ex-friend who left him helpless and expiring. The final canto describes the moving denouement: Hugh and Jamie both are forced to recognize their own weaknesses, and then come to terms with the implications of their individual realizations.

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A Voice in the Wilderness

A Voice in the Wilderness by Grace Livingston Hill

A Voice in the Wilderness by Grace Livingston Hill

Margaret leaves her family home and security to become a school teacher in the wilds of early Arizona. Accidentally getting off her safe and warm train at the wrong place, she encounters first hand the wildness and beauty of the vast West and its interesting inhabitants.

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The Grey Man

The Grey Man by S.R. Crockett

The Grey Man by S.R. Crockett

This novel is set in Scotland in turbulent times, and we are immediately introduced to intrigue and family strife. At Launcelot Kennedy’s aunt’s husband’s funeral, he and his father are first hidden, then hustled away secretly for fear of being spies. Werewolves, murder, secret trysts, vengeance and siege are the backdrop to this tale as Kennedy is set against Kennedy in this chilling feud

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Conjuror’s House: A Romance of the Free Forest

Conjuror's House: A Romance of the Free Forest by Stewart Edward White

Conjuror's House: A Romance of the Free Forest by Stewart Edward White

In the northern outreaches of the Canadian wilderness, it was understood that the Hudson Bay Company governed all trading, and one factor named Galen Albret took his position seriously. Free traders, or those who dared try to do their trading outside of the Company, found themselves having to face Galen Albret and his methods of dealing with them. One or two offenses he might tolerate, but for those who repeatedly refuse to acknowledge his warning out, he would send them on “La Longue Traverse” through the wilderness without supplies, and from which they seldom returned.

Ned Trent was one such free trader who defied both the Company and Galen Albret. The defining difference between Ned and the other free traders however, was his youth, energy, and good looks, which the Factor’s daughter did not fail to recognize. What follows the initial confrontations between Ned, Galen Albret, and his daughter Virginia makes for a thrilling tale of adventure, daring, survival, and romance.

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The Second Jungle Book

The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Kipling shows his love of the sub continent and its people and understanding of their beliefs in these tales. An older Mowgli roams the jungle with his old friends and investigates the ways of his people, a Prime Minister becomes wandering holy man, scavengers tell their tale and we leave India for the far,far north of Canada.

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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade was the last major novel by Herman Melville, the American writer and author of Moby-Dick. The Confidence-Man was Melville’s tenth major work in eleven years. The novel portrays a Canterbury Tales-style group of steamboat passengers whose interlocking stories are told as they travel down the Mississippi River toward New Orleans. The novel is written as cultural satire, allegory, and metaphysical treatise, dealing with themes of sincerity, identity, morality, religiosity, economic materialism, irony, and cynicism. Many critics have placed The Confidence-Man alongside Melville’s Moby-Dick and “Bartleby the Scrivener” as a precursor to 20th-century literary preoccupations with nihilism, existentialism, and absurdism. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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In Search of the Castaways

In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne

In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne

The book tells the story of the quest for Captain Grant of the Britannia. After finding a bottle cast into the ocean by the captain himself after the Britannia is shipwrecked, Lord and Lady Glenarvan of Scotland decide to launch a rescue expedition. The main difficulty is that the coordinates of the wreckage are mostly erased, and only the latitude (37 degrees) is known.
Lord Glenarvan makes it his quest to find Grant; together with his wife, Grant’s children and the crew of his yacht the Duncan they set off for South America. An unexpected passenger in the form of French geographer Jacques Paganel joins the search. They explore Patagonia, Tristan da Cunha Island, Amsterdam Island, Australia and new Zeland and find Captain Grant at last.

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The Flying Inn

The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton

The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton

The Flying Inn is a novel by G.K. Chesterton. It is set in a future England where a bizarre form of “Progressive” Islam has triumphed and largely dominates the political and social life of the country. Because of this, alcohol sales are effectively prohibited. The plot centers around the adventures of Humphrey Pump and Captain Patrick Dalroy, who roam the country in their cart with a barrel of rum in an attempt to evade Prohibition, exploiting loopholes in the law to temporarily prevent the police taking action against them.

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The Untamed

The Untamed by Max Brand

The Untamed by Max Brand

Whistlin’ Dan Berry is one of the most interesting characters in Western fiction. With uncanny abilities he controls a wild stallion, appropriately named Satan, and a ferocious wolf dog, Black Bart. Easy going, Berry proves absolutely unforgiving when physically assaulted by a feared, vicious outlaw, Jim Silent. Seemingly without any emotions, Whistlin’ Dan is relentless in his vengeful search for Silent and his outlaw gang. The is the first book in the “Whistlin Dan” series.

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Chip, of the Flying U

Chip, of the Flying U by B. M. Bower

Chip, of the Flying U by B. M. Bower

Cattleman J.G. Whittemore, owner of the Flying U ranch in Montana, trusts the task of meeting his sister at the train to only one man, Chip. Chip’s not too keen on women. In his experience they come in only a few types: prissy “sweet young thing”, annoying cowgirl, or old maid that wants to drag him to church. He isn’t prepared for Miss Della Whittemore, the “Little Doctor.” She turns the ranch upside down, but can she turn Chip head over heels?

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