Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780547840604
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Release: 2012-10-09
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” —Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance—ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian. “A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.” —San Francisco Chronicle “A riveting biography of an American original.” —Boston Globe

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 370
ISBN: 9780618969029
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Release: 2012
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A narrative account of the pioneering photographer's life-risking effort to document a disappearing North American Indian nation offers insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his considerable achievements. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Big Burn. 75,000 first printing.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 370
ISBN: 0544102762
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Release: 2013
Editor: Mariner Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Recounts the pioneering photographer's life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate, and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.

The Big Burn

The Big Burn
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780547416861
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Release: 2009-10-19
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

National Book Award–winner Timothy Egan turns his historian's eye to the largest-ever forest fire in America and offers an epic, cautionary tale for our time. On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in the blink of an eye. Forest rangers had assembled nearly ten thousand men to fight the fires, but no living person had seen anything like those flames, and neither the rangers nor anyone else knew how to subdue them. Egan recreates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, and the larger story of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot, that follows is equally resonant. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by every citizen. Even as TR's national forests were smoldering they were saved: The heroism shown by his rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service in ways we can still witness today. This e-book includes a sample chapter of SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER.

The Shadow Catcher

The Shadow Catcher
Author: Marianne Wiggins
Pages: 323
ISBN: 9780743265218
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Release: 2008-06-03
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Inspired by the life of legendary photographer Edward Curtis, a series of tales about a photographer's developing relationship with the Native Americans he astonishes by showing them pictures of themselves is interspersed with parallel tales about an unsung soldier, a husband, and a father. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0547347774
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Release: 2006-09-01
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows. The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.

Indian Days of the Long Ago

Indian Days of the Long Ago
Author: E.S. Curtis,F.N. Wilson
Pages: 221
ISBN: 9785880285426
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Release: 1932
Editor: Рипол Классик
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Illustrated with photographs by the author and drawings by F.N. Wilson

Shadow Catcher

Shadow Catcher
Author: Laurie Lawlor,Edward S. Curtis
Pages: 132
ISBN: 0803280467
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Release: 2005-09-29
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sixty of Edward Curtis' photographs are included in this story of his life and the Native American cultures he studied early in the twentieth century, creating what is still the most extensive and informative collection of its kind.

The Good Rain

The Good Rain
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780307794710
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Release: 2011-05-18
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fantastic book! Timothy Egan describes his journeys in the Pacific Northwest through visits to salmon fisheries, redwood forests and the manicured English gardens of Vancouver. Here is a blend of history, anthropology and politics.

The Last Great Road Bum

The Last Great Road Bum
Author: Héctor Tobar
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780374720407
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Release: 2020-08-25
Editor: MCD
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the Los Angeles Times Top 10 California Books of 2020. One of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Fiction Books from 2020. Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence and the Joyce Carol Oates prize. One of Exile in Bookville’s Favorite Books of 2020. In The Last Great Road Bum, Héctor Tobar turns the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador into the great American novel for our times. Joe Sanderson died in pursuit of a life worth writing about. He was, in his words, a “road bum,” an adventurer and a storyteller, belonging to no place, people, or set of ideas. He was born into a childhood of middle-class contentment in Urbana, Illinois and died fighting with guerillas in Central America. With these facts, acclaimed novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar set out to write what would become The Last Great Road Bum. A decade ago, Tobar came into possession of the personal writings of the late Joe Sanderson, which chart Sanderson’s freewheeling course across the known world, from Illinois to Jamaica, to Vietnam, to Nigeria, to El Salvador—a life determinedly an adventure, ending in unlikely, anonymous heroism. The Last Great Road Bum is the great American novel Joe Sanderson never could have written, but did truly live—a fascinating, timely hybrid of fiction and nonfiction that only a master of both like Héctor Tobar could pull off.

Sacred Legacy

Sacred Legacy
Author: Edward S. Curtis,Christopher Cardozo
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0743203747
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Release: 2000
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents more than two hundred of the author's acclaimed images of Native American life, accompanied by commentary on his landmark work and its significance in terms of shaping the ways in which we view Native American culture.

The Master Prints

The Master Prints
Author: Edward S. Curtis,Clark Worswick
Pages: 191
ISBN: 1892041448
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Release: 2001
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A noted photographer of Native Americans for more than 30 years, Curtis documented more than 80 tribes. This collection includes Curtis's never-before-seen master prints and other prints that comprised his last great exhibition in 1906. 75 full-color photos.

Breaking Blue

Breaking Blue
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 267
ISBN: 9780307800404
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Release: 2011-11-16
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“No one who enjoys mystery can fail to savor this study of a classic case of detection.” —TONY HILLERMAN On the night of September 14, 1935, George Conniff, a town marshal in Pend Oreille County in the state of Washington, was shot to death. A lawman had been killed, yet there seemed to be no uproar, no major investigation. No suspect was brought to trial. More than fifty years later, the sheriff of Pend Oreille County, Tony Bamonte, in pursuit of both justice and a master’s degree in history, dug into the files of the Conniff case—by then the oldest open murder case in the United States. Gradually, what started out as an intellectual exercise became an obsession, as Bamonte asked questions that unfolded layer upon layer of unsavory detail. In Timothy Egan’s vivid account, which reads like a thriller, we follow Bamonte as his investigation plunges him back in time to the Depression era of rampant black-market crime and police corruption. We see how the suppressed reports he uncovers and the ambiguous answers his questions evoke lead him to the murder weapon—missing for half a century—and then to the man, an ex-cop, he is convinced was the murderer. Bamonte himself—a logger’s son and a Vietnam veteran—had joined the Spokane police force in the late 1960s, a time when increasingly enlightened and educated police departments across the country were shaking off the “dirty cop” stigma. But as he got closer to actually solving the crime, questioning elderly retired members of the force, he found himself more and more isolated, shut out by tight-lipped hostility, and made dramatically aware of the fraternal sin he had committed—breaking the blue code. Breaking Blue is a gripping story of cop against cop. But it also describes a collision between two generations of lawmen and two very different moments in our nation’s history.

Lasso the Wind

Lasso the Wind
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780307557308
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Release: 2009-09-23
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award "Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." --The New York Times "Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads more like literature than journalism." --Los Angeles Times "They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it," writes Timothy Egan of the West; still, "this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger." In this colorful and revealing journey through the eleven states west of the 100th meridian, Egan, a third-generation westerner, evokes a lovely and troubled country where land is religion and the holy war between preservers and possessors never ends. Egan leads us on an unconventional, freewheeling tour: from America's oldest continuously inhabited community, the Ancoma Pueblo in New Mexico, to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where London Bridge has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone; from the fragile beauty of Idaho's Bitterroot Range to the gross excess of Las Vegas, a city built as though in defiance of its arid environment. In a unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection, and passionate polemic, Egan has produced a moving study of the West: how it became what it is, and where it is going. "The writing is simply wonderful. From the opening paragraph, Egan seduces the reader. . . . Entertaining, thought provoking." --The Arizona Daily Star Weekly "A western breeziness and love of open spaces shines through Lasso the Wind. . . . The writing is simple and evocative." --The Economist

Native Family

Native Family
Author: Edward Curtis,Christopher Cardozo,Callaway Editions
Pages: 95
ISBN: 0821223429
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Release: 1996
Editor: Bulfinch Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Native Family presents some of the finest examples of Edward Sheriff Curtis's portraiture, especially of women and children, as well as images that portray the traditional costumes, rites, and character of the individuals who made up the native nations of North America. Photographs of a wide variety of tribal groups from the Pacific Northwest to the Desert Southwest to the Great Plains are included. The images, selected by Curtis expert Christopher Cardozo, are from Curtis's landmark publication, The North American Indian. This twenty-volume, twenty-portfolio magnum opus contains thousands of photogravures and accompanying historical and descriptive text, some of which has been excerpted here to bring the pictures to life and provide information on family structure, marriage customs, living conditions, child-rearing, relationships, and other components of these native peoples' often difficult existence. Compiled over thirty years beginning in 1898, Curtis's study of more than eighty tribal cultures on the brink of extinction captured the essence of the Native American way of life.

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest

The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest
Author: Alvin M. Josephy
Pages: 705
ISBN: 0395850118
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Release: 1997
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Is there any chapter in American history more dramatic than that of the Northwest from the time of Lewis and Clark to the tragic defeat of Chief Joseph in 1877? Heroic - and not so heroic -characters abound: explorers, fur traders, miners, settlers, missionaries, ranchers, Indian chiefs and their tribespeople. Now, when interest in Lewis and Clark and the American Northwest has never been higher, comes the first complete and unabridged paperback edition of Alvin Josephy's masterwork.

The Immortal Irishman

The Immortal Irishman
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780544272477
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Release: 2016-03-01
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a master storyteller." —Boston Globe “Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist’s eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work.” — New York Times Book Review In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana—a quixotic adventure that ended in the great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last. “This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived—powerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.” — Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat “Thomas Meagher’s is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan . . . A gripping, novelistic page-turner.” — Wall Street Journal

The Winemaker s Daughter

The Winemaker s Daughter
Author: Timothy Egan
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307429636
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times national correspondent Timothy Egan turns to fiction with The Winemaker's Daughter, a lyrical and gripping novel about the harsh realities and ecological challenges of turning water into wine. When Brunella Cartolano visits her father on the family vineyard in the basin of the Cascade Mountains, she's shocked by the devastation caused by a four-year drought. Passionate about the Pacific Northwest ecology, Brunella, a cultural impact analyst, is embroiled in a battle to save the Seattle waterfront from redevelopment and to preserve a fisherman's livelihood. But when a tragedy among fire-jumpers results from a failure of the water supply–her brother Niccolo is among those lost--Brunella finds herself with another mission: to find out who is sabotaging the area's water supply. Joining forces with a Native American Forest Ranger, she discovers deep rifts rooted in the region's complicated history, and tries to save her father's vineyard from drying up for good . . . even as violence and corruption erupt around her.

Edward S Curtis

Edward S  Curtis
Author: Christopher Cardozo,A. D. Coleman,Eric Jolly,Louise Erdrich,Michael Tobias
Pages: 183
ISBN: UCR:31210021854722
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Release: 2015
Editor: Prestel Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Introduction: the artistry of Edward Curtis / Christopher Cardozo -- A path of beauty, heart, and soul / Christopher Cardozo -- Enriching the world one photograph at a time / A.D. Coleman -- Plates -- Curtis and pictorialism / Christopher Cardozo -- A collective act of stewardship / Eric J. Jolly -- Intensity of regard / Louise Erdrich -- Edward S. Curtis and America's environmental social justice movement / Michael Charles Tobias -- A guide to the photographs -- Chronology -- Afterword

The North American Indian

The North American Indian
Author: Edward S. Curtis
Pages: 768
ISBN: 3836550563
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Release: 2015
Editor: Taschen America Llc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Over the course of 30 years Edward S. Curtis exhaustively documented America's first inhabitants. Follow along on his visits to 80 American Indian tribes from the Mexican border to the Bering Strait--working up to 16 hours a day to gain their trust and document their traditional way of life as it was already beginning to die out. This unabridged, ...