What I'm Reading (No. 6): classic novels of the frontier
Somewhat on accident this week, I ended up finishing a couple classic novels of the frontier genre. These are sort of Westerns, but instead of "cowboys and indians" they're more about life — and usually its hardships — on the frontier of America in the 1800s (usually the great plains of Kansas/Nebraska and the Rocky Mountain region). They tend to tell a really interesting aspect of our nation's story, and they don't often come with the blatant stereotypes and/or racism often found in old cowboy/indian stories.
Let's do this.
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Butcher's Crossing by John Williams
Thanks for reading, and let me know what you've been enjoying this week!