Books

A Country Boy – R. D. Symons

A Country Boy by R D Symons“A Country Boy: From Sussex to the Canadian West” by R. D. Symons

R. D. (Robert David) Symons was a Saskatchewan naturalist, game warden and rancher, revered for his writing, paintings and illustrations. He left behind a substantive legacy and his books are considered classics.

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Frontier Farewell – Garrett Wilson

Frontier Farewell - The 1870s and the End of the Old West by Garrett Wilson“Frontier Farewell: The 1870s and the End of the Old West” by Garrett Wilson

“… from the transfer of Rupert’s Land to … the Numbered Treaties of the 1870s … and the coming of the North-West Mounted Police …  Frontier Farewell offers new perspectives…” (Ted Binnema)
“A great read that shatters the mythology … of the west” (Canadian History Magazine)
“… beautifully and thoughtfully written. It is Garret Wilson’s masterpiece.” (KC Stylus)

If you read one book this year, make it this one.

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The Medicine Line – Beth LaDow

“The Medicine Line: Life and Death on a North American Borderland” by Beth LaDow

“… a complex and oftentimes dramatic mix of narrative storytelling and history in which ironies are explored, patterns of deed and response are uncovered, examined and evaluated …” – William Kittredge

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Wolf Willow – Wallace Stegner

Wolf Willow by Wallace Stegner“Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier” by Wallace Stegner

Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner weaves together fact and fiction in his remembrances and reflections of growing up in the Frenchman River Valley. Published in 1962, “Wolf Willow” remains one of the definitive novels of the region.

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