Bad Land
“Bad Land: An American Romance” by Jonathan Raban

Jonathan Raban’s highly acclaimed book “Bad Land: An American Romance” is the result of his visits to the area. Towns like Ismay, Calypso and Mildred join with tales of the local farmers and ranchers in the Terry area.

From the Inside Flap
A New York Times Editors’ Choice for Book of the Year
Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award
Winner of the PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award

“No one has evoked with greater power the marriage of land and sky that gives this country both its beauty and its terror. ”
–Washington Post Book World

In 1909 maps still identified eastern Montana as the Great American Desert. But in that year Congress, lobbied heavily by railroad companies, offered 320-acre tracts of land to anyone bold or foolish enough to stake a claim to them. Drawn by shamelessly inventive brochures, countless homesteaders–many of them immigrants–went west to make their fortunes. Most failed. In Bad Land, Jonathan Raban travels through the unforgiving country that was the scene of their dreams and undoing, and makes their story come miraculously alive.

In towns named Terry, Calypso, and Ismay (which changed its name to Joe, Montana, in an effort to attract football fans), and in the landscape in between, Raban unearths a vanished episode of American history, with its own ruins, its own heroes and heroines, its own hopeful myths and bitter memories. Startlingly observed, beautifully written, this book is a contemporary classic of the American West.

“Exceptional. . . . A beautifully told historical meditation.”
–Time

“Championship prose. . . . In fifty years don’t be surprised if Bad Land is a landmark.”
–Los Angeles Times

 

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“Evelyn Cameron: Montana’s Frontier Photographer” by Kristi Hager

Text by Kristi Hager is a wonderful starter to your adventure of this lady born into a British family who traded the English countryside for austere Eastern Montana badlands. She is well-loved by Prairie County residents for her local photographic images of the life, people, and animals here since 1894. This book showcases 117 of the finest and most fascinating images by this adventurer, homesteader, ranch woman, and great American photographer.

 

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Photographing Montana
“Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron” by Donna Lucey

“Photographing Montana 1894-1928” Book by Donna Lucey – Winner of the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1991, this story of British gentry, Evelyn Cameron and her ornithologist husband Ewen, portrays an exceptional woman ranching on the plains of Eastern Montana, it includes more than 150 photographs of life in Montana from the 1890s through the 1920s and chronicles the wild prairie vastness and life in those years. It’s lauded as essential reading for students of the American frontier and women’s history.

 

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Since the Days of the Buffalo
“Since the Days of the Buffalo: A History of Eastern Montana and the Kalfell Ranch” by Michael Bugenstein

A history of Eastern Montana and the Kalfell Ranch. Join author Michael Bugenstein as he chronicles the challenges and rewards of ranching on Eastern Montana’s open range, the trials and heartbreak of the Homestead Era, and life on the Kalfell Ranch (established in 1882) near Terry. From the days of the unfenced prairie to the construction of Fort Peck Dam, Bugenstein captures the grit and determination of the people who settled this wide-open land.

 

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Evelyn Cameron DVD
Evelyn Cameron: Pictures from a Worthy Life

A history of Eastern Montana and the Kalfell Ranch. Join author Michael Bugenstein as he chronicles the challenges and rewards of ranching on Eastern Montana’s open range, the trials and heartbreak of the Homestead Era, and life on the Kalfell Ranch (established in 1882) near Terry. From the days of the unfenced prairie to the construction of Fort Peck Dam, Bugenstein captures the grit and determination of the people who settled this wide-open land.

 

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Philip Aaberg
Philip Aaberg, Pianist: Collection of 3 CDs

Philip Aaberg, Montana's famous pianist and Grammy award nominee. We have most of his cd's at the store, from classical to blues to Christmas. We have put together a terrific small collection for your enjoyment…

Included:

Album: Live From Montana – Listen to the first song “High Plains” > “High Plains” via YouTube
Album: Blue West – Listen to the first song “Keep Walkin'” > “Keep Walkin'” via YouTube
Album: High Plains Christmas – Listen to the first song “The Wassail Song” > “The Wassail Song” via YouTube
“Cabin Waltz” is on this album, and it happens to be Kathy's favorite! It was written in a cabin at Lolo Pass.

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