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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
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.
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
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
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 Worth—he also creates an essential and fascinating history of St. Louis history, spiritualism, and questions of authorship”—Adam Klope, Gateway
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.