Friday, September 01, 2006

Bargain Books

David Laskin's The Children's Blizzard is the story of the 1888 prairie storm that killed five hundred—including over a hundred children who were returning home from school when it struck.

"The American prairie has its indelible epics—the luck-charmed journey of Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail tales and travails—and The Children's Blizzard adds to our trove of western lore the nearly lost story of a mighty blow of nature. David Laskin's telling of the immense 1888 blizzard is elegant in its research and eloquent in its recountings of prairie dwellers facing impossible weather. This is a haunting book about the odds stacked against the settlers of the American heartland."

—Ivan Doig, author of This House of Sky and The Whistling Season.

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