Great Plains [NOOK Book]

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With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull’s cabin, to an abandoned house once...

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Overview

National Bestseller

With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull’s cabin, to an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde, to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.

With his distinctive blend of intrepidity and wide-eyed wonder, Frazier relates the tale of his 25,000-mile drive across the Great Plains states. In the tradition of Mark Twain's Roughing It, Great Plains is a heartfelt expedition through western America.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
The miscellany in ''Great Plains'' is not uniformly captivating. Here and there, the narrative falls back on the quirky lists, the pointless deadpan and the grandmother's-trunk monologues of which New Yorker reporting, in its most mannered moments, is occasionally guilty, but more often Mr. Frazier displays an ability to revive tired subjects. -- New York Times
Washington Post Book World
Extraordinary...One thinks of such American originals as John McPhee, Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell.
Booknews
This book needs a subtitle to entice both the general and the scholarl reader; but even if it were identified as "writings of a traveller in settled part of America," readers would still find surprises in Frazie unusual wit and diligent scholarship. A good map graces the end paper Includes thorough notes and a collection of photos, mostly historical, living folk he encountered and describes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Extraordinary...One thinks of such American originals as John McPhee,

Wallace Stegner, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, and Evan S. Connell.” —The Washington Post Book World

“This is a brillant, funny, and altogether perfect book, soaked in research and then aired out on the open plains to evaporate the excess, leaving this modern masterpiece. It makes me want to get in a truck and drive straight out to North Dakota and look at the prairie.” —Garrison Keillor

“History written with passion and delight... Frazier is a great storyteller.” —Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466828889
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/4/2001
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 178,740
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author



Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, Coyote v. Acme, and most recently The Fish’s Eye. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Gas up the Car........

    Here is a eulogy for the part of America so few people ever get to see and there is plenty. The Plains have a charm and style all of their own apart from bearing witness to that most fascinating of human stories, the settlers' migrations west. Read this delightful book and gas up the car and drive it......

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