Cormac McCarthy is amazing and this book is one of his best. It's gritty and violent, yet also oddly poetic and meditative. Loosely based on historic events, Blood Meridian tells the gruesome story of America's westward expansion and accompanying murder and scalp trade. One of my all-time favorites. -Veronica
I think most everyone knows about the westward migration via wagon train but I admit that I had never heard of the Mormon handcart pioneers until I read a summary of Sandra Dallas new novel, True Sisters.
Free Boook - Summer of Promise, the first title in by Amanda Cabot's new Westward Winds series, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook and Kobo, courtesy of Christian publisher Revell.
Meeting again in January on Thursday the 28th at 2pm, the Hoke Library’s Women in Literature group will discuss These is my Words: The Diary of Agnes Prine by Nancy Turner. In a novel based on the life of the author's ancestor, Sarah Prine, a child of the westward expansion, records her dreams, marriage, adventures, joys, and sorrows in her diary.
Centennial - James A. Michener. When Michener begins a story he starts from the beginning, the very beginning, when the earth is being formed. One of America's best storyteller's takes on the earliest days of the American expansion westward and the people whose lives and native cultures would clash in battle, cooperate in commerce and forge enduring bonds in friendship & love that would build the American nation in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.