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What to Read? What to Read Next?

IndieBound is a website maintained by independent booksellers with frequently updated recommendations for readers with interests in fiction, children's books, and non-fiction works. IndieBound's monthly Next List often features new titles with a Western outlook, and June's Next List is no exception.

Each Next List includes featured titles, new books in paperback, and a list of notable works. This month's Next List featured titles include Norman Ollestad's Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival, an account of Ollestad's childhood in California and Mexico during the 1970s, and the small plane crash in the San Gabriel Mountains so pivotal to his life. Copies of Crazy for the Storm are on order for DPL's circulating collection.

June's notable works include Daniel James Brown's The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party, another in a recent spate of works on the ill-fated travelers trapped by winter snows on their way to California. What makes Brown's take different is its focus on Sarah Graves Fosdick, a young, newly married woman who accompanied her family on its journey. Numerous copies of The Indifferent Stars Above are available in DPL's circulating collections. And if the Donner expedition piques your interest, come and read Gabrielle Burton's Searching for Tamsen Donner, available for use in the Western History & Genealogy Department, and Ethan Rarick's Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West, available both in our department and DPL's circulating collection.



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