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The Mountain Chant

by Washington Matthews

"The ceremony of dsilyídjeqaçàl, or mountain chant—literally, chant towards (a place) within the mountains—is one of a large number practiced by the shamans, or medicine men, of the Navajo tribe. I have...


Captive Paradise

by James L. Haley

The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its "discovery" by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined...


These Canyons Are Full of Ghosts: The Last of the Death Valley Prospectors

by Emmett C. Harder

Nowadays tourists from all over the world travel to Death Valley. However, most of them never see the romantic and mysterious badlands at the south end of the valley. This area is off beaten path, remote and...


The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 in search of De Long and the Jeannette

by John Muir & Richard F. Fleck

John Muir agreed in 1881 to sail aboard the Corwin, whose fruitless mission it was to search for the missing scientific research vessel Jeannette, which itself became icebound while exploring the distant and...


State Facts for Fun! Hawaii

by Wyatt Michaels

Far from boring, State Facts for Fun! Hawaii is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within; while parents will love that...


State Facts for Fun! Alaska

by Wyatt Michaels

Far from boring, State Facts for Fun! Alaska is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within; while parents will love that...


1974: I-Migrant Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita

The seventh novella in I Hotel, a 2010 National Book Award finalist and epic of America’s struggle for civil rights.


1968: Eye Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita

The first novella in I Hotel, a 2010 National Book Award finalist and epic of America’s struggle for civil rights.


The Wolves of Alaska: A Fact-based Saga

by Jim Rearden

Alaska has announced that wolves are to be killed on the Tanana Flats near Fairbanks to allow a moose population to rebuild. A pretty Boston school teacher, representing an animal rights organization, arrives...


The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels

by Gaylon H. White

The Bilko Athletic Club is the story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, a team of castoffs and kids built around a bulky, beer-loving basher of home runs named Steve Bilko. The Angels compiled a 107-61 won-loss...


1970: "I" Hotel

by Karen Tei Yamashita

The third novella in I Hotel, a 2010 National Book Award finalist and epic of America’s struggle for civil rights.


State Facts for Fun! California

by Wyatt Michaels

State Facts for Fun! California is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within, while parents will love that their children...


State Facts for Fun! Colorado

by Wyatt Michaels

State Facts for Fun! Colorado is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Kids will love the humor and pictures that are contained within, while parents will love that their children...


The Octopus

by Frank Norris

Based on an actual bloody dispute in 1880 between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad, this tale of greed, betrayal, and a lust for power is played out during the waning days of the western frontier....


The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

by J. W. Powell

Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations.


Maxwell Land Grant: Facsimile of 1942 Edition

by William A. Keleher

When the United States acquired New Mexico by invasion and conquest on August 15, 1846, it inherited a land grant problem of considerable magnitude. This problem continued for decades until 1870 when the United...


Memoirs, Episodes in New Mexico History, 1892-1969: Facsimile of 1969 Edition

by William A. Keleher

William A. Keleher always had an active curiosity and this made him an outstanding newspaperman and an indefatigable researcher of historical events. It led him into many intellectual adventures that resulted...


Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce

by Kent Nerburn

Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as...


The Way West

by James A. Crutchfield

The history of America is, at its core, the story of the American West. In this new volume from the Western Writers of America, we are taken deep into true stories that helped America form its identity, and...


The Esperanza Fire: Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57

by John N. Maclean

When a jury returns to a packed courtroom to announce its verdict in a capital murder case every noise, even a scraped chair or an opening door, resonates like a high-tension cable snap. Spectators stop rustling...