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Waterlily, by Ella Cara Deloria. Fiction. This extraordinary saga of two Dakota Sioux women, Blue Bird and her baby, Waterlily, recounts the harsh life of mid-nineteenth century Plains Indian women. Deloria, a recognized expert in Sioux culture, writes with sensitivity and insight.~B.B.

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Men With Sand, by John Moring. History. Thirteen intrepid explorers of the North American West are profiled, including the great Canadian explorer Alexander Mackenzie, and the Spanish-American fur trader, Manuel Lisa. Illustrated. Indexed. Suggested reading list of hard-to-find reprints and classics.~B.B.

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Heart of the Trail, by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien. Women's Studies/History. In these stories, O'Brien recounts the lives of eight women who faced the unbelievable rigors of the trek west, including recently freed slave Clara Brown. Well written. Extensive sources. Indexed.~B.B.

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Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen E. Ambrose. History. Outstanding, exciting account of one of the major events of the nineteenth century, and the men associated with it. Some illustrations. Footnoted. Indexed. Bibliography.~B.B.

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Ancestors, A Beginner's Guide to Family History & Genealogy, by Jim Willard, et al. Reference/Family History. A companion to the PBS series, this heavily illustrated resource is loaded with how-to's for finding your roots. Complete state-by-state listings, including sample pedigree charts, and sample documents. Notes, suggested reading, index.~B.B.

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