| Jul 24, 2011
Marcel Proust, the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback" (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99). Remember all that stuff Proust wrote about memories returning to...
| Jul 6, 2011
Musicians from Central Florida are among those spending part of the summer educating and entertaining residents of the economically depressed regions of South Dakota's Black Hills and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Harpist Dawn Marie Edwards is the the...
| May 20, 2011
| 11:29 AM
MINNEAPOLIS — The bison were calling to me. Ever since I moved to Minnesota in 2005, I imagined great herds of noble buffalo waiting on some distant plain, munching the tall bluestem and porcupine grass, and when I would wander out among them,...
| May 17, 2011
| 1:51 PM
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Once the stomping ground of grizzled gold miners, gun-slinging gamblers and men fueled by six-chambered justice, this place is now home to a wholly different breed.
On a recent Friday night, the downtown crawled with, of all...
| Jan 14, 2011
| 9:46 AM
"The Killing of Crazy Horse"
By Thomas Powers
Knopf, 592 pages, $30
"The half-Sioux interpreter William Garnett, who died a dozen years before I was born, first set me to wondering why Crazy Horse was killed. He made it seem so unnecessary," writes...
| Dec 26, 2010
The Killing of Crazy Horse
Alfred A. Knopf: 568 pp., $30
This we know to be true: Crazy Horse, legendary war leader of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, died in September 1877, at Camp Robinson, a U.S. Army fort in Nebraska. Some sources report...
| Oct 20, 2010
| 6:09 AM
"The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn"
By Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking, 451 pages, $29.95
It has not gone unremarked that Albert Bierstadt and other painters of the West turned to purveying panoramic treatments of pure...
| Jul 18, 2010
The Lakotas and the Black Hills
The Struggle for Sacred Ground
Viking: 228 pp., $22.95
Despite the presence of Mt. Rushmore, the Lakotas, who have lived in that region since the late 1700s and early 1800s, believe that at least a...
| Jul 3, 2010
Tucked away at the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society is an intriguing photo of a young woman sitting in a leafy, patchy garden. A man with folded arms stands quietly behind her as she paints.
Photographs like this made their way from West to...
| Dec 27, 2009
So you figured you would take a trip to Hawaii in April. That's fine, but maybe you would divert to Hilo if you knew you could see the kings and queens of hula performing. Or maybe it hadn't occurred to you to head for Missouri in that same month to toast...
| Aug 2, 2009
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Random House: $25) Two sisters from Shanghai encounter tragedy and heartbreak as they are sold into arranged marriages in 1930s Los Angeles. || 8 ||
|| 2. || The...