Barkskins

Annie Proulx

ISBN: 0743288785 $32.00

ISBN: 0743288785

$32.00

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Shipping News" and "Brokeback Mountain" tells the story of two penniless young Frenchmen arriving in New France in the late seventeenth century. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters--"barkskins." One man suffers extraordinary hardship and is forced to marry a Native American woman, and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But the other, crafty and ruthless, runs away, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx follows the descendants of these two men over 300 years, detailing their travels across North America to Europe, China, and New Zealand under stunningly brutal conditions, the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. 

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Adam Hochschild

ISBN: 9780547973180 $30.00

ISBN: 9780547973180

$30.00

The Spanish Civil War drew men from all over Europe to defend democracy in the 1930's. But it
also drew Americans with its tale of idealism, suffering, and a noble--yet tragically doomed--
cause. Author Adam Hochschild lives in Berkeley, is the co-founded of Mother Jones, and has
written several excellent books, including "King Leopold's Ghost" and the "War to End All Wars,"
among others.

Frederick the Great: King of Prussia

 Frederick the Great: King of Prussia

 Tim Blanning

ISBN: 9781400068128 $35.00

ISBN: 9781400068128

$35.00

From backwater province to European power, from "no-name" to the establishment of "Prussian" as an awe-inspiring title, one man made it all happen. Fearsome battlefield commander, musician, patron of the arts, personification of the Enlightenment era--"The Great" was a fitting moniker for this dominant figure of the 18th century.