Wild Idea

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803250963
Release Date: 2014-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

For more than forty years the prairies of South Dakota have been Dan O’Brien’s home. Working as a writer and an endangered-species biologist, he became convinced that returning grass-fed, free-roaming buffalo to the grasslands of the northern plains would return natural balance to the region and reestablish the undulating prairie lost through poor land management and overzealous farming. In 1998 he bought his first buffalo and began the task of converting a little cattle ranch into an ethically run buffalo ranch. Wild Idea is a book about how good food choices can influence federal policies and the integrity of our food system, and about the dignity and strength of a legendary American animal. It is also a book about people: the daughter coming to womanhood in a hard landscape, the friend and ranch hand who suffers great tragedy, the venture capitalist who sees hope and opportunity in a struggling buffalo business, and the husband and wife behind the ranch who struggle daily, wondering if what they are doing will ever be enough to make a difference. At its center, Wild Idea is about a family and the people and animals that surround them—all trying to build a healthy life in a big, beautiful, and sometimes dangerous land.

Buffalo for the Broken Heart

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307430731
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Nature

For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert his own ranch, the Broken Heart, to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, “short-necked, golden balls of wool,” O’Brien embarked on a journey that returned buffalo to his land for the first time in more than a century and a half. Buffalo for the Broken Heart is at once a tender account of the buffaloes’ first seasons on the ranch and an engaging lesson in wildlife ecology. Whether he’s describing the grazing pattern of the buffalo, the thrill of watching a falcon home in on its prey, or the comical spectacle of a buffalo bull wallowing in the mud, O’Brien combines a novelist’s eye for detail with a naturalist’s understanding to create an enriching, entertaining narrative. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Great Plains Bison

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496203021
Release Date: 2017
Genre: History

A Project of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska Great Plains Bison traces the history and ecology of this American symbol from the origins of the great herds that once dominated the prairie to its near extinction in the late nineteenth century and the subsequent efforts to restore the bison population. A longtime wildlife biologist and one of the most powerful literary voices on the Great Plains, Dan O'Brien has managed his own ethically run buffalo ranch since 1997. Drawing on both extensive research and decades of personal experience, he details not only the natural history of the bison but also its prominent symbolism in Native American culture and its rise as an icon of the Great Plains. Great Plains Bison is a tribute to the bison's essential place at the heart of the North American prairie and its ability to inspire naturalists and wildlife advocates in the fight to preserve American biodiversity.

Stolen Horses

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803233546
Release Date: 2010-09-01
Genre: Fiction

McDermot, Nebraska, is a pleasant, scenic western cattle town situated in the Pawnee River valley-just the place for people seeking refuge from their hectic city lives. It is also just the place for those who have made their homes on this haunting prairie since the late nineteenth century. Ideal for both, McDermot means everything to those native inhabitants and something very different to those who are looking for a new life.

The Contract Surgeon

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0618087834
Release Date: 2001-05-01
Genre: Fiction

Dr. Valentine MacGillycuddy, a contract surgeon pulled from a prestigious practice to become a surgeon for the U.S. Army, meets Crazy Horse, as the two discover they had met once before, and they develop a friendship despite the war surrounding them. Winner of the Western Heritage Award. Reprint.

The City in Texas

Author: David G. McComb
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292767461
Release Date: 2015-02-15
Genre: Social Science

"This book is the first history of cities in Texas, covering the earliest days of Spanish-Mexican towns, the Republic era to about 1940, and metropolitan Texas to the present. Not only is this book a first for Texas, but there seem to be no equivalent books for any other states, so the author has developed new concepts like 'the first road frontier' and the 'rupture' caused by the railroads. McComb emphasizes how railroads and related innovations such as the telegraph and the clock facilitated in urban development"--Provided by publisher.

Dan O Brien Plays One

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 9781786821751
Release Date: 2017-09-21
Genre: Drama

The first collection from the multi-award-winning American poet and playwright Dan O’Brien. The Body of an American (2M) Two actors embody more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary theatre, against a backdrop of some of the world's most iconic images of war. The House in Hydesville (5F/2M) At once an exploration of familial abuse and the need for spiritual transcendence, a compelling "true ghost story". The Cherry Sisters Revisited (5F/1M) The five Cherry sisters' love of the vaudeville carries them to the bright lights of Broadway. A provocative comedy with music. The Voyage of the Carcass (1F/2M) Trapped in the ice at the North Pole, only three members of the doomed Carcass crew survive. The Dear Boy (1F/3M) James Flanagan is not a kind teacher. Is he a good teacher? He likes to think so. An intimate and stirring character study of a man forced to face his past, his present, and the life he may still yet live.

Bring Back the Buffalo

Author: Ernest Callenbach
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781597268837
Release Date: 2012-07-11
Genre: Nature

In Bring Back the Buffalo!, Ernest Callenbach argues that the return of the bison is the key to a sustainable future for the Great Plains. Vast stretches of the region have seen a steady decline in population and are ill-suited for traditional agriculture or cattle ranching. Yet those same areas provide ideal habitat for bison. Callenbach explores the past history, present situation, and future potential of bison in North America as he examines what can and should be done to re-establish bison as a significant presence in the American landscape. He looks forward with high hopes to a time when vast herds of buffalo provide permanent sustenance to the rural inhabitants of the Great Plains and again play a central role in the balance of nature.

They Called Him Wild Bill

Author: Joseph G. Rosa
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806179544
Release Date: 2012-11-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

His contemporaries called him Wild Bill, and newspapermen and others made him a legend in his own time. Among western characters only General George Armstrong Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody are as readily recognized by the general public. In writing this biography, Joseph G. Rosa has expressed the hope that "Hickok emerges as a man and not a legend." For this comprehensive revision of his earlier biography of Wild Bill the author was allowed to work from newly available materials in the possession of the Hickok family. He also discovered new material pertaining to Wild Bill’s Civil War exploits and his service as a marshal and found the pardon file of his murderer, John McCall. Additional, rare photographs of Wild Bill are published here for the first time. The results of Rosa’s additional research make this second edition the best biography of Wild Bill likely to be written for years to come.

The Rites of Autumn

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: Lyons Press
ISBN: 1558214577
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Nature

Recounts the author's work with the Peregrine Fund, his two thousand mile journey following the natural migrational movement of falcons, and the behavior and history of the endangered American falcon

The Indian Agent

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803235885
Release Date: 2011-03
Genre: Fiction

Dan O’Brien’s earlier award-winning novel The Contract Surgeon introduced readers to Valentine McGillycuddy, a friend of the great war chief Crazy Horse. Through McGillycuddy’s eyes, the novel recounts the friendship that so deeply impacted history. It also chronicles the great Sioux Wars, one of the most violent periods in this nation’s history. The Indian Agent is the riveting sequel to The Contract Surgeon. After Crazy Horse’s death, McGillycuddy went on to become the youngest agent in history for the Red Cloud Agency, renamed the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, of the Oglala Lakota band of the Sioux. Although Red Cloud and McGillycuddy have diametrically opposing views, they have more in common than either suspects. They both love the land, and they both love the past. The politics and the enormous tensions of the early days on the reservation come to life here in fascinating detail, as McGillycuddy (known as “the most investigated man” in the government) urges the Sioux to adopt a life of farming. Because he had lived on the vast plains with them, no white man knew better what the Sioux had given up—or understood more fully the impossibility of returning to the old life. Full of the dynamic history of the plains, The Indian Agent is the true story of the conversion of this land from one of free nomadic people to one of settled commerce—achieved, however, at an unfathomable cost.

Sixth Prime

Author: Dan O'Brien
Publisher:
ISBN: 1534810641
Release Date: 2016-07-12
Genre:

2.3.5.7.11.13. A war brews as a galaxy struggles to maintain a peace treaty signed in haste. The Commonwealth boasts sprawling cities built upon slums. The Sovereignty has placed the yoke of industry upon its citizens. Sixteen men and women are connected in a way they cannot yet understand. A murder of a prominent artist begins a chain of events that will ultimately determine the fate of the universe. Only thirteen will remain. In the end, there can be only one Prime. Are you a Prime?

The Worst Hard Time

Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547347774
Release Date: 2006-09-01
Genre: History

In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows. The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.

The Night Buffalo

Author: Guillermo Arriaga
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743281867
Release Date: 2007-02-20
Genre: Fiction

A compelling new novel by the author of 21 Games revolves around the suicide of Gregorio, a charismatic but troubled young man betrayed by the two people whom he trusted the most. Reprint.

Letters from the Dust Bowl

Author: Caroline Henderson
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806187945
Release Date: 2012-10-19
Genre: History

In May 1936 Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace wrote to Caroline Henderson to praise her contributions to American "understanding of some of our farm problems." His comments reflected the national attention aroused by Henderson’s articles, which had been published in Atlantic Monthly since 1931. Even today, Henderson’s articles are frequently cited for her vivid descriptions of the dust storms that ravaged the Plains. Caroline Henderson was a Mount Holyoke graduate who moved to Oklahoma’s panhandle to homestead and teach in 1907. This collection of Henderson’s letters and articles published from 1908 to1966 presents an intimate portrait of a woman’s life in the Great Plains. Her writing mirrors her love of the land and the literature that sustained her as she struggled for survival. Alvin O. Turner has collected and edited Henderson’s published materials together with her private correspondence. Accompanying biographical sketch, chapter introductions, and annotations provide details on Henderson’s life and context for her frequent literary allusions and comments on contemporary issues.