English Creek Montana TrilogyScribner #ad - In this prize-winning portrait of a time and place—montana in the 1930s—that at once inspires and fulfills a longing for an explicable past, Ivan Doig has created one of the most captivating families in American fiction, the McCaskills. The witty and haunting narration, follows the events of the two medicine country's summer: the tide of sheep moving into the high country, the capering Fourth of July rodeo and community dance, and an end-of-August forest fire high in the Rockies that brings the book, as well as the McCaskill family's struggle within itself, a masterpiece of vernacular in the tradition of Twain, to a stunning climax.
Through his eyes we see those nearest and dearest to him at a turning point—“where all four of our lives made their bend”—and discover along with him his own connection to the land, to history, and to the deep-fathomed mysteries of one’s kin and one’s self. Used book in Good Condition. It is a season of escapade as well as drama, during which fourteen-year-old Jick comes of age.
Ride with Me, Mariah Montana Montana TrilogyScribner #ad - This greathearted novel is the finale of Ivan Doig's passionate and authentic trilogy about the McCaskill family and their alluring Two Medicine country along the hem of the northern Rockies. Jick mccaskill, the illustrious narrator of English Creek, returns as the witty and moving voice in this classic encounter with the American road and all the rewards and travails it can bring.
Used book in Good Condition. Jick faces his family's—and his state's—legacy of loss and perseverance from the vantage point of Montana's centennial in 1989 when his daughter Mariah enlists him as Winnebago chauffeur to her and her ex-husband, the magnificently ornery and eloquent columnist Riley Wright, when their news-paper dispatches them to dig up stories of the "real Montana.
Ride with Me, Mariah Montana Montana Trilogy #ad - Just as the centennial is a cause for reflection as well as jubilation, the exuberant travels of this trio bring on encounters with the past in "memory storms" that become occasions for reassessment and necessary accommodations of the heart.
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western MindMariner Books #ad - A haunting, magnificently written memoir by ivan doig about growing up in the American West Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, love, independence, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, to those who love us, and family.
Used book in Good Condition. A powerfully told story, this house of Sky is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.
The Whistling SeasonHarvest Books #ad - That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch—a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. Novelist ivan doig revisits the American west in the early twentieth century, bringing to life the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it thrive.
Can't cook but doesn't bite. So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. Harvest Books. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"—none of them of the textbook variety—Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, Morris is pressed into service, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse.
The Whistling Season #ad - Used book in Good Condition. A paean to a way of life that has long since vanished, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best.
The Bartender's Tale Two Medicine CountryRiverhead Books #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Harvest Books. Change arrives with gale force, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, in the person of Proxy, Francine. A national bestseller, the story of “a boy’s last days of youth and a history his father can’t leave behind” The Daily Beast.
Tom harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge in the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago. The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine.
The Bartender's Tale Two Medicine Country #ad - Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. The bartender’s tale wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood. Is francine, the unsuspected legacy of her and tom’s past? without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, as Proxy claims, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.
Work Song Two Medicine CountryRiverhead Books #ad - Harvest Books. As tensions build aboveground and below, morrie finds a unique way to give a voice to those who truly need one, and Ivan Doig proves yet again why he’s reigning king of Western fiction. Used book in Good Condition. A novel that best expresses the American spirit. The chicago tribune “if america was a melting pot, butte seemed to be its boiling point, ” observes Morrie Morgan, the itinerant teacher and inveterate charmer who stole readers’ hearts in The Whistling Season.
While the riches of “the richest Hill on Earth” may elude him, once again a colorful cast of local characters seek him out. Before long, morrie is caught up in the clash between the ironfisted Anaconda Mining Company, radical “outside agitators, ” and the beleaguered miners. Used book in Good Condition.
Work Song Two Medicine Country #ad - A decade later, he steps off the train and into the copper mining capital of the world in its jittery 1919 heyday.
Sweet Thunder Two Medicine CountryRiverhead Books #ad - But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, who debuted in Doig’s bestselling The Whistling Season, promises to be less windfall than money pit. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work.
Harvest Books. A beloved character brings the power of the press to 1920s butte, in this latest from the best storyteller of the WestIn the winter of 1920, Montana, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition.
Sweet Thunder Two Medicine Country #ad - As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well—the struggle to win lasting love for himself. Brilliantly capturing an America roaring into a new age, Sweet Thunder is another great tale from a classic American novelist. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems—like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.
These twin dilemmas catapult morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath.
The Sea RunnersMariner Books #ad - In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Used book in Good Condition. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from New Archangel, to Astoria, the men struggle to avoid hostile Tlingit Indians, to fend off starvation and exhaustion, Oregon, Alaska, and to endure their own doubt and distrust.
Based on an actual incident in 1853, The Sea Runners is a spare and awe-inspiring tale of the human quest for freedom. Survival. Escaped convicts. Used book in Good Condition. Pacific Northwest. Harvest Books. 1853. Based on a true story.
Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel Two Medicine CountryRiverhead Books #ad - But as it turns out, donal isn’t traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. Based on a true story. 1853. In the immortal american tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way.
Charming, wise, and slyly funny, last Bus to Wisdom is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Escaped convicts. Pacific Northwest. Survival. But when gram has to have surgery for “female trouble” in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel Two Medicine Country #ad - Named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times and Kirkus ReviewThe final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig’s beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old’s imagination.
Riverhead Books. There donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate–bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical—is nothing like her sister. After one contretemps too many, Kate packs him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound.
BUCKING THE SUN : A NovelScribner #ad - Bucking the sun is the story of the duff family, homesteaders driven from the Montana bottomland to work on one of the New Deal’s most audacious projects—the damming of the Missouri River. Through the story of each family member—a wrathful father, a mettlesome mother, and three very different sons, and the memorable women they marry—Doig conveys a sense of time and place that is at once epic in scope and rich in detail.
Based on a true story. Used book in Good Condition. Riverhead Books. Used book in Good Condition. Survival. Harvest Books. 1853. Pacific Northwest. Escaped convicts.