Ivan Doig

1 Last Bus to Wisdom

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-08-18
Description :  <b><b>Named a Best Book of the Year by the <i>Seattle Times </i>and <i>Kirkus Review</i><br /><br />The final novel from a great American storyteller.</b></b><br /><br />Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig’s beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old’s imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for “female trouble” in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate–bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical—is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German, and Donal can’t seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate &#xa0;packs him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But as it turns out, Donal isn’t traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way.<br /><br />Charming, wise, and slyly funny, <i>Last Bus to Wisdom</i>&#xa0;is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers.&#xa0;<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

2 The Whistling Season

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-05-07
Description :  Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the hungry attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"-none of them of the textbook variety-Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best.

3 The Bartender's Tale

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2012-08-21
Description :  <b><br /></b><br /><b>From a great American storyteller, a one-of-a-kind father and his precocious son,&#xa0;rocked by a time of change.<br /></b><br /><br />Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine&#xa0;Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the&#xa0;town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also&#xa0;has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the&#xa0;sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar&#xa0;their true home, but they manage just fine.&#xa0;<br /><br />Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty &#xa0;turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the&#xa0;person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when,&#xa0;and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as&#xa0;Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and&#xa0;Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling&#xa0;gust of the future, upending every certainty in&#xa0;Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and&#xa0;pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision&#xa0;but his own. As Rusty struggles to decipher the&#xa0;oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build&#xa0;toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures&#xa0;how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.

4 Work Song

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2010-06-29
Description :  An award-winning and beloved novelist of the American West spins the further adventures of a favorite character, in one of his richest historical settings yet. <br /><br /> "If America was a melting pot, Butte would be its boiling point," observes Morrie Morgan, the itinerant teacher, walking encyclopedia, and inveterate charmer last seen leaving a one-room schoolhouse in Marias Coulee, the stage he stole in Ivan Doig's 2006 <i>The Whistling Season</i>. A decade later, Morrie is back in Montana, as the beguiling narrator of <i>Work Song</i>. <br /><br /> Lured like so many others by "the richest hill on earth," Morrie steps off the train in Butte, copper-mining capital of the world, in its jittery heyday of 1919. But while riches elude Morrie, once again a colorful cast of local characters-and their dramas-seek him out: a look-alike, sound-alike pair of retired Welsh miners; a streak-of-lightning waif so skinny that he is dubbed Russian Famine; a pair of mining company goons; a comely landlady propitiously named Grace; and an eccentric boss at the public library, his whispered nickname a source of inexplicable terror. When Morrie crosses paths with a lively former student, now engaged to a fiery young union leader, he is caught up in the mounting clash between the iron-fisted mining company, radical "outside agitators," and the beleaguered miners. And as tensions above ground and below reach the explosion point, Morrie finds a unique way to give a voice to those who truly need one. <br /><br />Watch a Video

5 This House of Sky

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1980-02-19
Description :  <b>A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West</b><br /><br />Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to those who love us, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, love, and family. A powerfully told story, <i>This House of Sky</i> is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.

6 Dancing at the Rascal Fair

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-08-06
Description :  The central volume in Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana trilogy, <i>Dancing at the Rascal Fair</i> is an authentic saga of the American experience at the turn of this century and a passionate, portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try new lives in the imposing Rocky Mountains.<br /><br />Ivan Doig's supple tale of landseekers unfolds into a fateful contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill, walled apart by their obligations as they and their stormy kith and kin vie to tame the brutal, beautiful Two Medicine country.

7 English Creek

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  In this prize-winning portrait of a time and place—Montana in the 1930s—that at once inspires and fulfills a longing for an explicable past, Ivan Doig has created one of the most captivating families in American fiction, the McCaskills.<br /><br />The witty and haunting narration, a masterpiece of vernacular in the tradition of Twain, follows the events of the Two Medicine country's summer: the tide of sheep moving into the high country, the capering Fourth of July rodeo and community dance, and an end-of-August forest fire high in the Rockies that brings the book, as well as the McCaskill family's struggle within itself, to a stunning climax. It is a season of escapade as well as drama, during which fourteen-year-old Jick comes of age. Through his eyes we see those nearest and dearest to him at a turning point—“where all four of our lives made their bend”—and discover along with him his own connection to the land, to history, and to the deep-fathomed mysteries of one’s kin and one’s self.

8 The Eleventh Man

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-09-03
Description :  <b>After Pearl Harbor, the lives of eleven Montana college football teammates are changed forever in an “intensely suspenseful and moving” novel (Scott Turow).</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> In the early 1940s, the starting lineup of Treasure State University’s football team are local heroes. But as America is pulled into World War II, they feel called to become heroes of another kind.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Now, ten of them are scattered around the globe in the war’s lonely and dangerous theaters. The eleventh man, Ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training by a military propaganda machine. He is to chronicle the adventures of his teammates, man by man, for publication in small-town newspapers across the country like the one his father edits. Ready for action, Reinking chafes at the assignment—not knowing that it will bring him love from an unexpected quarter and test the law of averages, which holds that all but one of his teammates should come through the conflict unscathed&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “<i>The Eleventh Man</i> vividly evokes a prior time and way of being. It takes a serious view of war and the practitioners of war, and looks hard at the meaning of heroism.” —<i>The Washington Post</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Doig is in the best sense an old-fashioned novelist.” —<i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Ivan Doig (1939-2015) was born in Montana&#xa0;and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. A recipient of a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, he is the author of fifteen novels&#xa0;and four&#xa0;works of nonfiction.<br /> &#xa0;

9 The Sea Runners

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2013-07-16
Description :  In 1853, in the farthest outpost of the Czar’s empire, four Scandinavian indentured servants—seven-year men no better off than slaves—resolve to escape from Russian Alaska. They steal an Indian canoe and point it south toward Astoria, in Oregon, twelve hundred miles away.<br /><br />This novel of audacity is based on a historical incident discovered by the author, and transformed by his imagination into a sustained sweep of adventure. The four sea runners must weather the worst the ill-named Pacific can throw at them, and must weather their own fierce squalls, too, as day upon day, guided as much by instinct and determination as by map, they paddle through the magnificent maze of the Northwest Coast toward the mouth of the Columbia River.

10 Bucking the Sun

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2013-07-09
Description :  <i>Bucking the Sun </i>is the story of the Duff family, homesteaders driven from the Montana bottomland to work on one of the New Deal’s most audacious projects—the damming of the Missouri River.<br /><br />Through the story of each family member—a wrathful father, a mettlesome mother, and three very different sons, and the memorable women they marry—Doig conveys a sense of time and place that is at once epic in scope and rich in detail.

11 Mountain Time

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-07-09
Description :  At fifty-something, environmental reporter Mitch Rozier has grown estranged from Seattle's coffee shop and cyber culture. His newspaper is going under, and his relationship with Lexa McCaskill is stalled at "just living together." Then, he is summoned by his sly, exasperating father, Lyle, back to the family land, which Lyle plans to sell in the latest of his get-rich schemes before dying. Lexa follows, accompanied by her sister Mariah, and the stage is set for long-overdue confrontations -- between lovers, sisters, and father and son. <i>Mountain Time</i> is distinguished by humor and a wry insight into the power of family feuds to mark individuals and endure. Set against the glorious backdrop of Montana mountain country, it is a dazzling novel of love, family, and the contemporary West.

12 Heart Earth

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2013-01-22
Description :  Ivan Doig’s companion memoir to his bestselling <i>This House of Sky</i>—inspired by the letters his mother wrote during World War II—is “a lyrical evocation of the Doigs’ gallantly hardscrabble existence and love for the unforgiving Montana mountains” (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>).<br /><br />Raised by his father and maternal grandmother, Ivan Doig grew up with only a vague memory of his mother, who died on his sixth birthday. Then he discovered a cache of her letters, and through them, a spunky, passionate, can-do woman emerged. His mother was as at home in the saddle as behind a sewing machine, and as in love with language as her son.<br /><br />In this prize-winning prequel to his acclaimed memoir <i>This House of Sky</i>, Doig brings to life his childhood before his mother’s death, and the family’s journey from the Montana mountains to the Arizona desert and back again. “Profoundly original and lustrous,” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>) Doig eloquently captures the texture of the American West during and after World War II, the fortune of a family, and one woman’s indomitable spirit. Doig is “a colloquial stylist without equal…and <i>Heart Earth</i> is a book that repeatedly proves the power of language” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).

13 Prairie Nocturne

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary  Historical 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  From one of the greatest novelists of the American West comes a surprising and riveting story set in Montana and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, drawing together an unlikely set of thwarted performers in one last inspired grasp at life's set of gold rings: love and renown.<br /><br />Susan Duff -- the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from the pages of Doig's most popular work, <i>Dancing at the Rascal Fair</i> -- has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society. Wesley Williamson -- business scion of a cattle-empire family -- has fallen from the heights of gubernatorial aspirations, forced out of a public career by political foes who uncovered his love affair with Susan. Years later, Susan is taken off guard when Wes arrives at her door with an unusual request: to train his chauffeur, Monty, in the ways of voice and performance.<br /><br /><i>Prairie Nocturne</i> is the saga of these three people and their interlocked destinies. Monty is distantly known to Susan from their childhoods in the Two Medicine country, yet an enforced stranger because of the racial divide. When she realizes he possesses a singing voice of rare splendor, Susan joins Wes's Pygmalion-like project to launch Monty on a performing career -- only to find the full force of the Ku Klux Klan in their way. As Monty and Susan overcome treacherous obstacles, Wes's mysterious motives unsettle everyone, including himself, and the trio's crossed fates form a deeply longitudinal novel that raises everlasting questions of allegiance, the grip of the past, and the costs of career and passion.

14 Sweet Thunder

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2013-08-20
Description :  <b>A beloved character brings the power of the press to 1920s Butte, Montana, in this latest from the best storyteller of the West</b><br /><br />In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, who debuted in Doig’s bestselling <i>The Whistling Season</i>, promises to be less windfall than money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems—like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.<br /><br />These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the <i>Thunder</i>, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath. Amid the clatter of typewriters, the rumble of the printing presses, and a cast of unforgettable characters, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is&#xa0; enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well—the struggle to win lasting love for himself.<br /><br />Brilliantly capturing an America roaring into a new age, <i>Sweet Thunder </i>is another great tale from a classic American novelist.

15 Winter Brothers

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  United States  History  United States 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1982-10-20
Description :  <b>A blend of modern-day travel memoir and nineteenth-century history, “infused with the fresh air and spirit of the Northwest” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br /><br /> The author of the acclaimed<i> This House of Sky</i> and <i>Mountain Time</i> provides a magnificent evocation of the Pacific Northwest through his exploration of the unpublished diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, an early settler of the region who was drawn there from Boston in the 1850s.<br /> &#xa0;<br /><i>Winter Brothers</i> fuses excerpts from these diaries with author Ivan Doig’s own journal entries, as he travels in Swan’s footsteps one winter along the once-wild coastline of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. What emerges is a remarkable interaction of two minds, a dialogue across time that links the present with the reality of the American frontier.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Absorbing&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. A double portrait of striking clarity, yet with wonderfully subtle hues.” —<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /><br /> Ivan Doig (1939–2015) was born in Montana and grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. Recipient of a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, Doig is the author of fifteen novels and four works of nonfiction.

16 Ride with Me, Mariah Montana

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  This greathearted novel is the finale of Ivan Doig's passionate and authentic trilogy about the McCaskill family and their alluring Two Medicine country along the hem of the northern Rockies.<br /><br />Jick McCaskill, the illustrious narrator of English Creek, returns as the witty and moving voice in this classic encounter with the American road and all the rewards and travails it can bring. Jick faces his family's—and his state's—legacy of loss and perseverance from the vantage point of Montana's centennial in 1989 when his daughter Mariah enlists him as Winnebago chauffeur to her and her ex-husband, the magnificently ornery and eloquent columnist Riley Wright, when their news-paper dispatches them to dig up stories of the "real Montana." Just as the centennial is a cause for reflection as well as jubilation, the exuberant travels of this trio bring on encounters with the past in "memory storms" that become occasions for reassessment and necessary accommodations of the heart.

17 Verano en English Creek

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2013-01-21
Description :  El verano de 1939 se presenta como uno más en la vida de Jick McCaskill, un chico de English Creek, Montana. Jick espera con ansia los ritos estivales: el conteo de las ovejas, el rodeo y el baile con que se celebra la fiesta del Cuatro de Julio. Pero cuando su hermano Alec anuncia que ha decidido casarse y renunciar a sus estudios universitarios, la armonía familiar se tambalea.<br /><br />Con poco más de catorce años, Jick acompañará a su padre en una de sus excursiones como guarda forestal y le echará una mano en sus muchos quehaceres; la dureza del trabajo y la vida al aire libre, sus nuevas responsabilidades y la gente que va tratando lo introducen en el mundo de los adultos que hasta entonces le estaba vedado.<br /><br /> <i>Verano en English Creek</i> evoca ese momento mágico de la vida de todo adolescente en que el mundo parece abrirse a su alrededor, lleno de posibilidades y misterios por desvelar. El escenario de la narración, sus gentes y paisajes, nos habla de una forma de vida más humana y sencilla, hoy ya desaparecida. Con esta novela, la primera dedicada a la saga de los McCaskill, Ivan Doig se consolidó como uno de los más memorables narradores del mundo rural norteamericano.

18 Una temporada para silbar

Author : Ivan Doig
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-05-20
Description :  ?No cocina, pero tampoco muerde?. Así comienza el anuncio en el que Rose Llewellyn, una viuda de ?buenas costumbres y disposición excepcional?, se ofrece en el otoño de 1909 como ama de llaves; la frase capta de inmediato la atención de Oliver Milliron, un viudo con tres hijos y poca maña en las tareas domésticas, que la contrata para poner un poco de orden en su casa de Marias Coulee, Montana.<br /><br />Y así comienza también la inolvidable temporada que Rose y su hermano Morris, un dandi sabelotodo, pasarán en este pueblo de granjeros. Cuando la maestra local se escapa con un predicador, Morris se verá obligado a aceptar su puesto; sus particulares métodos de enseñanza marcarán para siempre a los jóvenes alumnos de la escuela rural. Ni ellos ni la familia Milliron ni el pueblo de Marias Coulee volverán a ser los mismos tras la llegada de Rose y Morris.<br /><br />Ivan Doig está considerado como uno de los mejores cronistas contemporáneos del Oeste americano, alumno aventajado de autores como Wallace Stegner o Norman Maclean. "Una temporada para silbar" es una de sus mejores novelas, fruto de su particular manera de entender la vida y la imponente naturaleza de Montana.



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