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The Mullan Road

by Lee Polevoi

This is a meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated biography of a key player in the settlement of the Pacific Northwest. In the annals of American frontier exploration, John Mullan (1830-1909), is a largely forgotten figure.... Read More

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White Eskimo

by Lee Polevoi

Those enthralled by tales of Polar expeditions will find much to celebrate in this thrilling and well-paced biography. Unlike more famous Polar explorers like Robert Peary, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen, there’s been no... Read More

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The General and the Genius

by Lee Polevoi

The origin story of nuclear weaponry is brought to compelling light through the experiences of the two men who spearheaded the Manhattan Project. In the history of science and technology, there may be no more unlikely pairing than the... Read More

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Desert Sonorous

by Lee Polevoi

Dislocation, family strife, and the desire to escape the familiar are the driving forces in these stories mostly set in an arid landscape. In this prize-winning collection of stories, Sean Bernard explores themes of dislocation and... Read More

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The Canyon

by Lee Polevoi

"The Canyon" features a narrator with exceptionally observant powers struggling to find his place in the world. Scotty, the fourteen-year-old narrator of Stanley Crawford’s novel "The Canyon", is a keen observer of life. “Life” in... Read More

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We Fight for Peace

by Lee Polevoi

Extensive detail provides insight into postwar treatment of Korean War POWs, putting it into present-day context. As Brian D. McKnight acknowledges at the outset of his comprehensive history of twenty-three American soldiers who declined... Read More

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Lamentation

by Lee Polevoi

Cliffhangers and a small town that “rings true” propel this literary crime thriller. In order to ring true, novels set in small towns should capture something of the local citizenry’s provincial mindset, that sense of “us vs.... Read More

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