Plaids & Bandanas

From Highland Drover to Wild West Cowboy

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Author: Rob Gibson

Publisher: Luath Press Limited

ISBN: 9780946487882

Category: History

Page: 187

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From droving to driving, reivers to rustlers, heilan kye to long horns, Plaids and Bandanas explores the links between the two cattle cultures in music, song and dance, and folklore. The vast number of Scots who emigrated to North America has been well documented, whether through forcible eviction during the clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries or voluntarily in the hope of a better life. With them they took their culture, their language, their music and their skills. Cattle droving in Scotland was an established profession from the 16th century, and many such migrants took cowboy jobs in the American West. The medium of music paints a vivid picture of their social and personal lives and the exchange was not all one way. The music crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic creating strong links between the old culture and the new. Lonely men in strange surroundings found comfort in songs that reminded them of home.

Scottish Diaspora

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Author: Tanja Bueltmann

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748650628

Category: History

Page: 272

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This introductory history of the Scottish diaspora (c.1700 to 1945) explores migration, Scots' experiences where they landed and the reverse impact of this migration on Scotland. It examines the geographies of the diaspora and key theories, concepts and t

Lost in the Backwoods: Scots and the North American Wilderness

Scots and the North American Wilderness

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Author: Jenni Calder

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748647406

Category: History

Page: 256

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How the American wilderness shaped Scottish experience, imagination and identity. How is the Scottish imagination shaped by its emigre experience with wilderness and the extreme? Drawing on journals, emigrant guides, memoirs, letters, poetry and fiction, this book examines patterns of survival, defeat, adaptation and response in North America's harshest landscapes. Most Scots who crossed the Atlantic in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries encountered the practical, moral and cultural challenges of the wilderness, with its many tensions and contradictions. Jenni Calder explores the effect of these experiences on the Scots imagination. Associated with displacement and disappearance, the 'wilderness' was also a source of adventure and redemption, of exploitation and spiritual regeneration, of freedom and restriction. An arena of greed, cruelty and cannibalism, of courage, generosity and mutual understanding, it brought out the best and the worst of humanity. Did the Scots who emigrated exchange one extreme for another, or did they discover a new idea of identity, freedom and landscape?

Scottish Exodus

Travels Among a Worldwide Clan

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 414

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Millions of Scots have left their homeland over the last 400 years. Until now, they have been written about in very general terms. Scottish Exodus breaks new ground by following particular emigrants, drawn from the once-powerful Clan MacLeod, and discovering what happened to them and their families. This compelling account of Scotland’s worldwide diaspora is based on unpublished documents, letters, and family histories, as well as the author’s travels. It is a tale of disastrous voyages, famine, dispossession, and the hazards and hardships of pioneering in faraway frontiers. It is also the moving story of how individuals—separated from Scotland by hundreds of years and thousands of miles—continue to identify with the small country where their global journey began.

Scots in the USA

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Author: Jenni Calder

Publisher: Luath Press Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 251

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The map of the United States is peppered with Scottish place-names and America's telephone directories are filled with surnames illustrating Scottish ancestry. For the 27 million Americans with Scottish roots, it should come of no surprise that their ancestors helped shape American history from its beginnings. Jenni Calder's Scots in the USA reminds of us of the enormous role played by Scots in the foundation and creation of America, and provides new insight into Scottish-American history.

Tartan and Turban

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Author: Bashabi Fraser

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: English poetry

Page: 107

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A Bengali poet living in Scotland, Bashabi Fraser creatively spans the different worlds she inhabits, celebrating the contrasts of the two countries whilst also finding commonality. The poems focus on clear themes and issues - displacement, removal, belonging, identity and war.

Into the Blue Wavelengths

Love Poems and Elegies

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Author: Roderick Watson

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Poetry

Page: 84

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Roderick Watson is a poet of introspection and retrospection. In the rich distillation of his language, the images of a remembered picnic, a Tuscan encounter, an out-of-date postcard, a holiday cottage -all these assume an iconic intensity in the quiet deliberation of this verse. Roderick Watson is a poet who ponders rather than postures. Each one of these poems, in his accomplished Scots as well as in English, is a pleasure to read, to re-read and to remember. --Philip Hobsbaum

The quest for Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Author: John Cairney

Publisher: Luath Press Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 302

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His design style is instantly recognisable, a rejuvenation of the established art nouveau movement. His buildings are both visually stunning and highly functional. His design for the world-famous Glasgow School of Arts new site received such acclaim that his name was given to its School of Architecture. Having left the architecture firm that brought him fame, and suffered the failure of two independent ventures in Glasgow and London, he gave up design and set off for the South of France, where he proved himself a prolific and gifted painter. This is the story of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a unique and driving force in the establishment of modernism, famous in his own time, and the most prominent Scottish architect in history. Behind the celebrated works was an ordinary man with extraordinary passion. Afflicted with an explosive temper and a fondness for alcohol, Mackintosh aggravated men and attracted women, none more than his fellow artist, collaborator, muse and wife, Margaret Macdonald. Their enduring relationship remains one of the great love stories of art history.

Napiers history of herbal healing, ancient, and modern

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Author: Tom Atkinson

Publisher: Luath Press Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 272

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- A concise history of herbal healing in the UK, and the world around, from ancient times to present day. - An account of Napiers Herbalists of Edinburgh, the famous herbalist clinic.

A Long Stride Shortens the Road

Poems of Scotland

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Author: Donald Smith

Publisher: Luath Press Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Poetry

Page: 125

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Ranging from a celebration of the Holyrood parliament to a dialogue between Jamie Saxt and a skull, from a proposed national anthem to an autobiographical journey through pre-history, this book traverses a Scotland that is irrevocably independent of spirit, yet universal in outlook.

Forthcoming Books

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Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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Memoirs Of A Cold War Son

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Author: Post, Jr. Gaines

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1587293048

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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In 1951 Gaines Post was a gangly, bespectacled, introspective teenager preparing to spend a year in Paris with his professorial father and older brother; his mother, who suffered from extreme depression, had been absent from the family for some time. Ten years later, now less gangly but no less introspective, he was finishing a two-year stint in the army in West Germany and heading toward Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, having narrowly escaped combat in the Berlin crisis of 1961. His quietly intense coming-of-age story is both self-revealing and reflective of an entire generation of young men who came to adulthood before the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Post's experiences in high school in Madison, Wisconsin, and Paris, his Camus-influenced undergraduate years at Cornell University, and his army service in Germany are set very effectively against the events of the Cold War. McCarthyism and American crackdowns on dissidents, American foreign and military policy in Western Europe in the nuclear age, French and German life and culture, crises in Paris and Berlin that nearly bring the West to war and the Post family to dissolution—these are the larger scenes and subjects of his self-disclosure as a contemplative, conflicted "Cold War agnostic." His intelligent, talented mother and her fragile health hover over Post's narrative, informing his hesitant relationships with women and his acutely questioning sense of self-worth. His story is strongly academic and historical as well as political and military; his perceptions and judgments lean toward no ideological extreme but remain true to the heroic ideals of his boyhood during the Second World War.

The Horse Whisperer

A Novel

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Author: Nicholas Evans

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 9780307574749

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A compelling portrait of three people who love each other but can't break through the self-created walls that keep them apart.”—Chicago Sun-Times His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl’s savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her: a reason to believe. Praise for The Horse Whisperer “Compelling . . . a real page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Fascinating . . . moving . . . a big, engrossing book [with] an unexpected endeing that surprises mightily.”—Los Angeles Times “Brilliance pervades this five-hankerchief weepie.”—The Times (London) “Outstanding . . . a book of rare power and beauty.”—Booklist

My Traitor's Heart

A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

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Author: Rian Malan

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802193900

Category: History

Page: 368

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An Afrikaner crime reporter returns home to face the evil and complex legacy of South African apartheid in “a witness-bearing act of the rarest courage” (Michael Kerr). Rian Malan’s classic work of reportage, My Traitor’s Heart is at once beautiful, horrifying, and profound in ways that earned him comparisons to Michael Herr and Ryszard Kapuściński and inspired the London Times to call him “South Africa’s Hunter S. Thompson.” An Afrikaner, Malan is the scion of a centuries-old clan deeply involved in the creation of apartheid. As a young crime reporter, he covered the atrocities of an undeclared race war and ultimately fled the country, unhinged by what he had seen. Eight years later, he returns to confront his own demons, and those that are tearing his country apart. With unflinching candor, Malan explores the grizzly violence and perverse rationalizations at the root of his nation’s identity. Written in the final years of apartheid’s bloody collapse, My Traitor’s Heart still resonates, offering a “passionate, blazingly honest testament” to the darkest recesses of the black and white South African psyches. “Those who read it will never again see South Africa the same way” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Windy City

A Novel of Politics

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Author: Scott Simon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588367940

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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The acclaimed author of the intensely powerful novel Pretty Birds, Scott Simon now gives us a story that is both laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercing–as sprawling and brawling as Chicago, where politics is a contact sport. The mayor of Chicago is found in his office late at night, sitting in his boxer shorts, facedown dead in a pizza. The mayor was a hero and a rascal: dynamic, charming, ingenious, corruptible, and a masterly manipulator. The city mourns. But it’s discovered that the mayor was murdered–shortly after he may have begun to squeal on some of his colleagues at City Hall. Over the next four days, police race to find the mayor’s killer, while the politicians who bemoan his passing scramble for his throne.

The Protector's War

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Author: S. M. Stirling

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0451460774

Category: Fiction

Page: 591

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Ten years after all of Earth's technology had been rendered useless by the Change, two thriving communities in Oregon's Willamette Valley are confronted by a dangerous new challenge when the totalitarian Protectorate prepares to seek control over their priceless farmland. Reprint.

Wee Wifie

A Novel

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Author: Rosa Nouchette Carey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English fiction

Page: 421

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Country Life

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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