Monthly Archives: October 2018

Halloween/Day of the Dead Book Special!

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead! These special books are must reads for these two holidays and are now 40% off!

Use code HDD2018 on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires November 30th, 2018.

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Faces like Devils: The Bald Knobber Vigilantes in the Ozarks by Matthew J. Hernando

Regularly $60 • Now $36 • 978-0-8262-2041-7 • hardcover • 10 illus.

“The Bald Knobbers were practitioners of personal and political killings and assaults who terrorized southwestern Missouri in the 1880s. Numbering in the hundreds, these vigilantes punished wrongdoing as they saw it and inspired an opposition group (with the appropriate sobriquet, the ‘Anti-Bald Knobbers’) before being suppressed at the end of the decade. Matthew J. Hernando has produced what is probably their first critical history and also a commensurate contribution to the history of extralegal violence in an area of the country that might be termed a liminal portal between the New South and the Wild West.”—Journal of Southern History

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Communities of Death: Whitman, Poe, and the American Culture of Mourning by Adam C. Bradford

Regularly $60 • Now $36 • 978-0-8262-2019-6 • hardcover • 16 illus.

To 21st century readers, 19th century depictions of death look macabre if not maudlin—the mourning portraits and quilts, the postmortem daguerreotypes, and the memorial jewelry now hopelessly, if not morbidly, distressing. Yet this sentimental culture of mourning and memorializing provided opportunities to the bereaved to assert deeply held beliefs, forge social connections, and advocate for social and political change. This culture also permeated the literature of the day, especially the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman. Adam C. Bradford explores the ways in which the ideas, rituals, and practices of mourning were central to the work of both authors.

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The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by William Holtz

Regularly $29.95 • Now $20 • 978-0-8262-1015-9 • paperback

“Did Laura Ingalls Wilder really write the ‘Little House’ books? William Holtz’s biography of Rose Wilder Lane, The Ghost in the Little House, answers this question in a way that will jolt fans of the much-loved children’s series. . . . Holtz’s vivid and sympathetic biography brings to our attention the real accomplishments of a remarkable and complicated woman who is no longer nameless: Rose Wilder Lane, co-author of the ‘Little House’ books.”San Antonio Express-News

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Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune by Mary Jo Ignoffo

Regularly $24.95 • Now $18 • 978-0-8262-1983-1 • paperback • 29 illus.

Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune demystifies the life of this unique American. In the first full-length biography of Winchester, author and historian Mary Jo Ignoffo unearths the truth about this notorious eccentric, revealing that she was not a maddened spiritualist driven by remorse but an intelligent, articulate woman who sought to protect her private life amidst the chaos of her public existence.

Captive of the Labyrinth is an excellent read. Ignoffo finally sets the record straight on one of the most fascinating and misunderstood women in California history. A real page-turner!”Gary F. Kurutz, California State Library Director of Special Collections

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The Patience of Pearl: Spiritualism and Authorship in the Writings of Pearl Curran by Daniel B. Shea

Regularly $60 • Now $36 • 978-0-8262-1989-3 • hardcover • 15 illus.

When St. Louis homemaker Pearl Curran began writing fiction and poetry at a Ouija board in 1913, she attributed the work to the “discarnate entity” Patience Worth, a seventeenth-century Puritan. Though now virtually forgotten, Curran’s writing garnered both critical praise and public popularity at the time. The Patience of Pearl uncovers more of Curran’s biography than has been known before; Daniel B. Shea provides close readings of the Patience-dictated writings and explores the historical and local context, applying current cognitive and neuro-psychology research.

The Patience of Pearl is a true interdisciplinary work of scholarship….Shea not only solves the mystery of Patience Worthhe also creates an essential and fascinating history of St. Louis history, spiritualism, and questions of authorship”Adam Klope, Gateway

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Young Brothers Massacre by Paul W. Barrett and Mary H. Barrett

Regularly $19.95 • Now $14 • 978-0-8262-0650-3 • paperback

On January 3, 1932, near Springfield, Missouri, ten poorly armed law enforcement officers set out to arrest two local farm boys for auto theft. A few minutes later, six of the officers lay dead and three were wounded. This is the story of how it happened and of the unlikely people whose lives were forever changed.

The two killers, Jennings and Harry Young, were from a peaceful, tiny community named Brookline in central Green County, Missouri. The “massacre” itself took place at the quiet orderly farm home of the J. D. Young family. Paul and Mary Barrett trace the personalities of those involved in the incident, describe the events of the fateful day, and examine the aftermath of the killings, detailing what was called “the greatest man hunt in the history of Texas,” which culminated in the brothers’ deaths in Houston.


Memoir Book Special!

This time we are having a 40% special on some of our memoirs! Check them out below.

Use code MBS2018 on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires November 30th, 2018.

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Bread: A Memoir of Hunger by Lisa Knopp

Regularly $24.95 • Now $15 • 978-0-8262-2102-5 • hardcover

“Disordered eating is often misunderstood, and conversations surrounding the topic are challenging to tackle; Knopp provides an informative, intriguing account of her experiences, lending a voice to those who experience similar circumstances and who frequently feel ignored.”—Choice


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Writing BLUE HIGHWAYS: The Story of How a Book Happened by William Least Heat-Moon

Regularly $24.95 • Now $15 • 978-0-8262-2026-4 • hardcover • 33 illus.

“In Writing Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon offers essential lessons that go well beyond craft: the power of perseverance, the potency of story, and the singular importance of honoring intuition. Students at all levels would do well to hear Heat-Moon’s hard-earned wisdom. An instructive, affirming look at the arduous and sometimes magical process by which an idea becomes a book.”—Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer: Nobles Truths of the Writing Life

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Lucky That Way: Rediscovering My Father’s World by Pamela Gerhardt

Regularly $19.95 • Now $12 • 978-0-8262-2004-2 • paperback

The emerging theme of imperfect humans struggling with life’s great mysteries will strike a chord of recognition with the tens of thousands of Baby-Boomers and Gen-Xers who are currently facing similar circumstances with their elderly loved ones. Pamela Gerhardt’s heartfelt story about a family coming to terms with their aging father’s illness and imminent death takes readers on an emotional roller coaster that highlights love, loss, humor, and sadness.

“Rich, artistic, vibrant, mesmerizing, masterful. I loved everything about Pamela Gerhardt’s wise and complex memoir.”—Sheri Reynolds, author of The Rapture of Canaan

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George Washington Carver: In His Own Words, Second Edition Edited by Gary R. Kremer

Regularly $29.95 • Now $18 • 978-0-8262-2139-1 • hardcover

“In this revised and updated edition of his now-classic collection of George Washington Carver’s writings, Gary Kremer distills decades’ worth of research on the Tuskegee scientist into perceptive editorial notes that frame the context for the judiciously selected documents. The Carver who emerges from In His Own Words is more complicated, human, and admirable than the two-dimensional caricatures of the man that persist in the public imagination. A must-read for anyone interested in George Washington Carver.”—Mark D. Hersey, Mississippi State University, author of My Work Is That of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver

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All My Days Are Saturdays by Sam Pickering

Regularly $19.95 • Now $12 • 978-0-8262-2028-8 • paperback

“Pickering is a master of his craft, one of the finest of personal essayists around, and these essays bear many of the characteristics of his other volumes-reflections on his everyday activities and on individuals around him, humorous exchanges with his wife, and so forth. But this volume seems to have something else as well. We find here a thoughtful meditation on time and self and relative old age demonstrating a close attention to the natural world-a tone not unlike Thoreau’s at times.”—Fred C. Hobson, Professor of English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author or editor of fourteen books, most recently A Southern Enigma: Essays on the U.S. South

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Strong Advocate: The Life of a Trial Lawyer by Thomas Strong

Regularly $29.95 • Now $18 • 978-0-8262-1997-8 • hardcover • 40 illus.

In Strong Advocate, Thomas Strong, one of the most successful trial lawyers in Missouri’s history, chronicles his adventures as a contemporary personal injury attorney. Though the profession is held in low esteem by the general public, Strong entered the field with the right motives: to help victims who have been injured by defective products or through the negligence of others.

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Voodoo Priests, Noble Savages, and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen by Greg Olson

Regularly $30 • Now $18 • 978-0-8262-1996-1 • hardcover • 15 illus.

“The Biography makes a strong initial step in recovering the work of a woman writer and scholar, and it demonstrates the ways that any given historical subject may be both profoundly of and beyond her own times. It is in this spirit that Olson finds his strongest voice, and perhaps because of his careful research we may begin to hear more voices such as Mary Alicia Owen’s emerge from the archives.”—Journal of Southern History

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From Missouri: An American Farmer Looks Back by Thad Snow and edited by Bonnie Stepenoff

Regularly $25 • Now $15 • 978-0-8262-1990-9 • paperback

This unique and honest series of personal essays expresses the thoughts of a farmer, a hunter, a husband, a father and grandfather, a man with a soft spot for mules and dogs and all kinds of people. Snow’s prose reveals much about a way of life in the region during the first half of the twentieth century, as well as the social and political events that affected the entire nation.