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Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316341394
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 12th, 2016


"Trials of the Earth" is the incredible true story  - by Mary Mann Hamilton - about her life as a pioneer woman.  

Starting out in Missouri, after the civil war, Mary Mann moves to Arkansas, where she meets and marries Frank Hamilton in order to keep her family together.  Frank and Mary make their way from Arkansas to the unsettled Mississippi Delta, where they make a living from logging the timber, boarding folks, raising cotton and almost all of their own food.  They literally live off of the land -- determined to raise strong, honest children, while sometimes enduring almost unbearable hardships along the way.

That Mary was a strong woman ain't the half of it.  Truly inspirational!

 


These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061458033
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 2008

These is my Words is based on the memoirs of the author's great-grandmother who traveled with her family at the age of 17 years to settle in the West.  Sarah chronicles in her diary a life that is filled to the brim with all the adventure, romance and the often harsh brutality of living in the real "Old West".  Sarah proves up on the land -- she is an incredibly brave woman, who not only takes care of her ranch home and children, but is a skilled cowboy, who can ride and shoot, and defend her family when needed.

I am a picky reader -- few things really touch me.  I felt like I was there with Sarah.  This book touches the soul, the senses, like the works of Margaret Mitchell, Willa Cather and Charles Portis.  Bravo Nancy Turner!

A beautifully written account of a pioneer life.


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Sarah's Quilt: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine and the Arizona Territories, 1906 (Sarah Agnes Prine Series #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312332631
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 22nd, 2006

Based on the diaries of the author’s great-grandmother, Sarah Agnes Prine, that began with “These is My Words”, this absolutely captivating pioneer saga continues with “Sarah’s Quilt” and concludes with “The Star Garden”. This is not your ordinary series — Nancy Turner has something, a real gift that I think is rare. You can feel the merciless heat, feel the dust in your eyes, hear the thunder, see the beauty in a prairie sunset, and truly feel you are on the back of a horse defending your life’s work with Sarah! And her grit is contagious! Nancy H.


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The Star Garden: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine (Sarah Agnes Prine Series #3) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312363178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 11th, 2008

Based on the diaries of the author’s great-grandmother, Sarah Agnes Prine, that began with “These is My Words”, this absolutely captivating pioneer saga continues with “Sarah’s Quilt” and concludes with “The Star Garden”. This is not your ordinary series — Nancy Turner has something, a real gift that I think is rare. You can feel the merciless heat, feel the dust in your eyes, hear the thunder, see the beauty in a prairie sunset, and truly feel you are on the back of a horse defending your life’s work with Sarah! And her grit is contagious! Nancy H.


Follow the River: A Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345338549
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 12th, 1986

n 1755, on a pretty summer day in a Virginia pioneer settlement, 23 year old Mary Draper Ingles, along with her two little boys and a sister-in-law, was taken captive by Shawnee Indians and forced to trek with them into the Ohio Valley wilderness.  

Follow the River is based on the true story of Mary's escape, and her incredible journey back home.  Armed only with a tomahawk and two blankets, she and an old Dutch woman walk through nearly 1000 miles of untamed wilderness with only the river, and what landmarks Mary could remember, as their guide.  James Thom has you right along there with them -- every dangerous, starving, freezing cold step of the way!

Nancy Turner's "These is my Words" was the pinnacle for me as a reader -- I've been searching for months for something to compare to her beautiful historical writing, and here it is!


Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781476726090
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Howard Books - May 7th, 2013

Phil Robertson was raised poor-as-poor-could-be in rural Louisiana, but he was part of a hard working close-nit family, who loved each other.

This is the story of Phil's journey from humble beginnings, to becoming a football star with a master's in English, his walk through the wild side in the 70's while holding onto his marriage and family by a thread, and somewhere in there getting a patent for a duck call he invented that eventually grew into a multi-million dollar family business.

Most importantly, it's the down-to-earth philosophy of Phil Robertson and his strength in faith and family that makes this book a wild ride, a book you can't put down....I could go on and on...but my husband says it best: 

"Phil Robertson for president!"


The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781416551607
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner - October 12th, 2010

"...a bowl of beans, rest for tired bones. These things are reasonable roots for a life, not just a window dressing. They have comforted our species for all time, and for happiness' sake, they should not slip beneath our notice."

If you have ever felt true kinship with a piece of land, Kristin Kimball's chronicle of the birth of Essex Farm will suit you...right down to the ground.


The Widow of the South Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780446697439
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 26th, 2006

Based on the true story of Carrie McGavock who, having lost three children prior to the Civil War, was nearly consumed with grief when war landed on her doorstep.

On November 30th, 1864, the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee--known as the bloodiest five hours of the Civil War--fills her plantations home to oveflowing with dead and injured soldiers. Carrie finds herself rising to the task of saving one special soldier who no longer wishes to live. After the war she fought to have nearly 1.500 men moved from shallow graves to her own private cemetery. Taking on an unfathomable amount of heartache and grief, she learned to live and love again by becoming the widow of the South.


Truck: A Love Story Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060571184
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 8th, 2016

Michael Perry’s charming memoir takes us on a year-long journey in small-town Wisconsin. It all begins with his decision to finally restore his beloved International Harvester pickup truck. Along the way, he shares his hilarious attempts at gardening and trying to organize his bachelor lifestyle, his value of real friendships – and unexpectedly, his finding himself falling in love with the “rural” woman of his dreams. Life is a hoot folks – take the time to “double-clutch”!


Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603427951
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - November 16th, 2011

Barnheart is the true story of a young woman’s longing – and journey - to becoming a real farmer. Jenna Woginrich shares her adventures in scratching out a garden and bringing home farm animals to raise on a small patch of rented land. But her dream soon becomes a necessary quest to buy her own land – a place where she and her brood can call home.


Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399157196
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - April 26th, 2012

Selling priceless family heirlooms for pennies?!? Her friends and family think she is loosing her mind! Fact is, Faith Bass Darling thinks so too. Knowing she is nearing the end of her life, Faith’s mission – when she can remember – is to find peace. Peace with the family heirlooms. Peace with the past. And, most importantly, peace with what family she has left. Written with warmth and a wit only found in small town America, the author weaves a story with relatable characters to show us once again the things that are really important in life.


The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781561589869
Availability: Special Order - May be out of print or not presently available
Published: Taunton Press - October 16th, 2007

For all of us who are still a prairie girl at heart, this book is a perfect little journal. Full of recipes, handy tips, historical notes and all things needed to "feed your pioneer spirit". I carry my copy in backpack all of the time!


Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the 21st Century (Shelter Library of Building Books) Cover Image
By Lloyd Kahn (Photographer)
$28.95
ISBN: 9780936070520
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Published: Shelter Publications - January 24th, 2012

"Tiny Homes" is a fascinating photographical tour of hand-built, "homemade" homes under 500 square feet.  Most of the small shelters you will see were built for practicality --for a variety of reasons; economics, self-sufficiency, some folks just wanted to get "off the grid", or needed a space of their own. 

Many of these homes are constructed of reclaimed materials, while others have been built with unconventional materials, such as straw, pallets, house built in the trees or on wheels.  All are unique little treasures that reflect the person who built it.  And some are simply building the home of their dreams.

This book is a real adventure. 


Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion, and Fun Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780982627006
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amy Barickman Inc. - September 2010

Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions : An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion, and Fun"
 
In order to preserve the works of Mary Brooks Picken, the founder of The Women's Institute of Domestic Arts, Amy Barickman has created an absolutely beautiful book - inside and out! 
 
A porch swing, a tall glass of lemonade, and Vintage Notions to browse through, and you have perfection! 
But Ralph Waldo Emerson says it best:
               "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must
                carry it with us or we find it not."
 
Pick this book up, look through it, it's true blue!