Montana Reads

Friday, December 01, 2006

What we're reading:

January/February 2007

Montana Author/Montana Theme

Frank Bird Linderman

The Montana Stories

About the Book:
Frank B. Linderman knew the frontier types who appear in these robust stories and sketches. A trapper in Montana during his youth, he stayed on as a publisher, politician, and businessman, beginning to write in middle age. The Montana Stories of Frank B. Linderman, originally published in 1920, still crackles with the freshness of arctic wind, the pungency of aged whiskey, the impact of a whip.

"In the Name of Friendship" sets up a deadly bluff with ironic results. "Was Chet Smalley Honest?" shows a good deed in danger of punishment. "Jake Hoover’s Pig" describes a hungry man’s sentimental attachment to a fat porker. "Cranks" is a frontier precursor of the Odd Couple. "What Followed a Sermon" testifies to the sobering effect of preaching in a saloon. These and other stories are filled with rustlers and hustlers, Mounties and tenderfeet, Crows and Blackfeet, mountain men, prospectors, bartenders, lawyers, townspeople, and assorted dogs, cats, and horses.

February/March 2007

Montana Author/Montana Theme

Larry Watson

Montana 1948

About the Book:
A young Sioux woman tossing with fever on a cot; a father begging his wife for help; a mother standing uncertainly in her kitchen with a 12-gauge shotgun: from these fragments of memory, evoked by the narrator as the novel opens, Watson builds a simple but powerful tale. It is Montana in 1948, and young David Hayden's father, Wesley, is sheriff of their small town--a position he inherited from his domineering father. Wesley is overshadowed by his older brother, Frank, a war hero who is now the town doctor. When Marie, the Sioux woman who works for the Haydens, fall ill, she adamantly resists being examined by Frank. Some probing reveals that Frank has been molesting the Indian women in his care. Wesley's dilemma--should he turn in his own brother?--is intensified when Marie is found dead and David confesses that he saw his uncle near the house before she died. The moral issues, and the consequences of following one's conscience, are made painfully evident here. Watson is to be congratulated for the honesty of his writing and the purity of his prose. Highly recommended.
- Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Books by Frank B. Linderman

The Montana Stories of Frank B. Linderman: The Authorized Edition by Frank Bird Linderman

Pretty-Shield: Medicine Woman of the Crows by Frank Bird Linderman

Montana Adventure: The Recollections of Frank B. Linderman by Frank Bird Linderman and H. G. Merriam

Blackfeet Indians by Frank Linderman

Big Jinny: The Story Of A Grizzly Bear by Frank Bird Linderman and Elizabeth Lochrie

Indian Old-Man Stories: More Sparks from War Eagle's Lodge-Fire/Authorized Edition by Frank Bird Linderman, Charles M. Russell, and Celeste River

Indian Why Stories by Frank Bird Linderman and Rochefoucauld

Old Man Coyote (Crow) by Frank Bird Linderman, Herbert Morton Stoops, and Fred W. Voget

Indian Lodge-Fire Stories by Frank Bird Linderman, Carl Schreier, and Charles M. Russell

Lige Mounts, Free Trapper by Frank Bird Linderman, Sarah Waller Hatfield, Joe De Yong, and David J. Wishart

Wolf and the Winds by Frank Bird Linderman and Sarah Waller Hatfield

American The Life Story of a Great Indian by Frank B. Linderman

Plenty-Coups: Chief of the Crows (A Bison Book, BB 128) by Linderman Frank B.

Plenty-Coups, Chief of The Crows by Frank B. Linderman and H. M. Stoops

Indian Why Stories by Frank B. Linderman

Stumpy, by Frank Bird Linderman

The Recollections of Charley Russell by Frank Bird Linderman and H. G. Merriam

Quartzville by Frank Bird Linderman and Larry Barsness

Blackfeet Indians of Glacier national park by Frank Bird Linderman

Henry Plummer: A Novel by Frank Bird Linderman

Kootenai Why Stories: The Authorized Edition by Frank Bird Linderman, Celeste River, and Charles Livingston Bull

Books about Frank B. Linderman
The long friendship: Between Frank Bird Linderman and Charles Marion Russell by H. G Merriam