Western & American History
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||The Sandcastle Girls |
By Bohjalian, Chris
2012-07 - Doubleday Books
9780385534796 Check Our Catalog
Parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past.
||Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes |
By Kennedy, William
2011-09 - Viking Books
9780670022977 Check Our Catalog
When journalist Daniel Quinn meets Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, in 1957, he has no idea that his own affinity for simple, declarative sentences will change his life radically overnight. So begins Kennedy's tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro.
||American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History |
By Kyle, Chris
Author McEwen, Scott
Author DeFelice, Jim
2012-01 - William Morrow & Company
9780062082350 Check Our Catalog
Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, "American Sniper" is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, whose record 255 confirmed kills make him the most deadly sniper in U.S. military history.
||Fever Season: The Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved a City |
By Keith, Jeanette
2012-10 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608192229 Check Our Catalog
While the American South had grown to expect a yellow fever breakout almost annually, the 1878 epidemic was without question the worst ever. The drama in Memphis uncovers a profound account of how a catastrophe inspired reactions both heroic and cowardly.
||Hard Country |
By McGarrity, Michael
2012-05 - Dutton Books
9780525952466 Check Our Catalog
A richly authentic epic adventure of rough-hewn men and courageous women, set in the hard country of the American Southwest frontier about one family's struggle to settle and endure in the vast, untamed territory of New Mexico.
||Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President |
By Millard, Candice
2011-09 - Doubleday Books
9780385526265 Check Our Catalog
James A. Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn't kill Garfield. The drama of what happened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in turmoil.
||The Cat's Table |
By Ondaatje, Michael
2011-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307700117 Check Our Catalog
From Michael Ondaatje: a stunning new novel--by turns poignant and electrifying--about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a sea voyage.
By Russell, Mary Doria
2011-05 - Random House
9781400068043 Check Our Catalog
Violence is random and routine in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1878, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp and is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday.
||A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh |
By Shaara, Jeff
2012-05 - Ballantine Books
9780345527356 Check Our Catalog
"A Blaze of Glory" kicks off a new trilogy from Shaara. 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh.
||Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK |
By Welch, Larry
2012-09 - University Press of Kansas
9780700618859 Check Our Catalog
Larry Welch, tenth director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, now provides readers with the first history of that agency, spanning the years 1939–2007. His account includes, among other things, detailed case studies of the KBI’s participation in the high-profile arrests of serial killers Francis Donald Nemechek of western Kansas and Dennis Rader, the infamous BTK of Wichita. His taut chapters also highlight the relentless investigators, dedicated forensic scientists, crime analysts, and everyone else who has labored on behalf of the KBI’s pursuit of justice. They take readers behind the headlines to reveal how KBI agents played a key role in capturing Richard Hickock and Perry Smith of "In Cold Blood" fame, and consider other high profile cases such as Gary Kleypas’s murder of a Pittsburg State student and KU student Shannon Martin’s killing in Costa Rica.
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