The working cowhand of old was a dusty laborer, but today´s rodeo performers can hone their skills before small-town crowds and be stars in urban coliseums. Historian Kristine Fredriksson follows the evolution of rodeo from the range to Buffalo Bill´s Wild West to the extravaganzas in modern times. How an ordinary, low-paying job became an entertainment that attracts thousands of spectators is a lesson in American culture and a story that will appeal to anyone who spells ´´western´´ with a capital W. The book is published by Texas A&M Press. ´´In this entertaining and informative work, Fredriksson has written the first detailed historical account of rodeo as organized entertainment in the United States.´´ (Library Journal) ´´Here is a well-written and thoroughly documented scholarly narrative of the rodeo´s evolution from its amateur origins to its present status as a professional Sport.´´ (American Studies) ´´As an up-to-date, carefully-researched, and clearly-written history of the development of professional rodeo into a national sport, the book makes a valuable and significant contribution to rodeo literature.´´ (New Mexico Historical Review) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Curless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022608/bk_acx0_022608_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Chautauqua presentations and medicine shows to rodeos and the singing cowboys of the Silver Screen, the history of itinerant entertainment is as old as the frontier itself. Cowboys, Clowns & Carnies takes the listener on an evocative journey through the outrageous cast of men and women - quack doctors, unscrupulous pitchmen, exotic dancers, and silent movie stars - who brought to frontier life the sights and sounds of a fabled Western ideal, the likes of which will never be seen again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bennie Shipley, Joe Loesch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/read/000001/bk_read_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Not many have experienced as much of Texas history firsthand as John James Dix. At the age of seven, he came to Texas with his family, arriving in Stephen F. Austin´s colony, and listened to the stories of his father, who fought in the early battles of the Texas Revolution under heroes of the Republic - Austin and Travis. He drove steers, worked under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican-American War, and, after he married, was a neighbor to Richard King on the Santa Gertrudis Ranch. He became a Texas Ranger and rode with John Salmon Old Rip Ford. These were only a few of Dix´s many adventures, and in this detailed biography, Dan R. Manning brings to light the great history of a man who was part of that legendary foundation that became the Lone Star State. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Rundell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046837/bk_acx0_046837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this comprehensive book, Cathy Scott and Clay Myers, with a foreword by former NBA star Bill Walton, show how service and therapy dogs are having a profound impact on the lives of military personnel injured in action. Not only do our veterans deal with physical injuries, but they often return with psychological issues that can be treated with help, companionship, and love from working canines. Through moving stories, Unconditional Honor highlights the nearly 40-year history of working dogs helping wounded veterans, the mental and physical combat traumas that are mitigated by the dogs, the selection and training of the dogs, including rescued canines, and what the future holds. Featured in the book are inspiring personal accounts of what the dogs mean to veterans, and how their lives have been forever changed and even saved since adopting canines. In addition to the remarkable healing journeys of wounded warriors and their canines, this book showcases the various groups, formed originally to train dogs for the blind and the physically disabled that now embrace military services, that provide, at no cost, returning troops with dogs to make them whole again after surviving the reality of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry Abrams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/069135/bk_acx0_069135_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Penn Traffic Department Store is back in business in this one-of-a-kind book. Now´s your chance to revisit this Johnstown, Pennsylvania, landmark or experience its magic for the very first time. The whole true story of the legendary store, its employees, and the shoppers who loved it is right here, complete with all your favorite treats and traditions. Help yourself to Penn Way candies...have a burger and fries in the Penn Traffic restaurant...relax on the mezzanine...and wait on the sidewalk on a cold winter´s night for the grand unveiling of the most spectacular Christmas window in town. You´ll never forget this trip through history, from the store´s pre-Civil War beginnings to its dramatic finale 123 years later, with three devastating floods, an epic fire, and a high-stakes robbery in between. You´ll feel like you´ve returned to the store of your dreams, especially when you cook up the authentic goodies in the Penn Traffic recipe section, handed down from the store´s own bakery and candy kitchen all-stars. If you´ve ever longed to go back to the magical department store where you always felt at home, or you just wish for a simpler, sweeter place where the air smells like baking bread and the customer is always right, step inside. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Flavell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052856/bk_acx0_052856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History: Miantae Metcalf McConnell
Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States:A Montana History Miantae Metcalf Mcconnell
This collection of three highly entertaining audio dramatizations is perfect listening for the whole family! These classic tales are brought to life by a star-studded cast that includes Kevin Sorbo, John deLancie, Daniel Roebuck, Jim O´Rear, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Tiffany LaBarbera, Virginia Hey, Kyle Hebert, Bonita Friedericy, John Billingsley, Mandy Barnett, and Reggie Bannister. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007175/bk_blak_007175_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Before Lucy and Desi became America¿s favorite television couple, Lucille Ball developed her show-business-aspiring housewife character from 1948-1951 on CBS Radio. Some of TV¿s most popular sitcom stars reprise two episodes from the radio series that inspired I Love Lucy. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Samantha Bennett, Jeff Conaway, Harold Gould, Marilu Henner, Joe Liss and Alley Mills. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Samantha Bennett, Jeff Conaway, Harold Gould, Marilu Henner, Joe Liss, Alley Mills. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000370/pf_latw_000370_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Don’t let’s ask for the moon! We have the stars!” The film that concludes with Bette Davis’s famous word reaffirmed Davis’s own stardom and changed the way Americans smoked cigarettes. But few contemporary fans of this story of a woman’s self-realization know its source. Olive Higgins Prouty’s 1941 novel Now, Voyager provides an even richer, deeper portrait of the inner life of its protagonist and the society she inhabits. Viewed from a distance of more than 60 years, it also offers fresh and quietly radical takes on psychiatric treatment, traditional family life, female desire, and women’s agency. Boston blueblood Charlotte Vale has led an unhappy, sheltered life. Lonely, dowdy, repressed, and pushing 40, Charlotte finds salvation at a sanitarium, where she undergoes an emotional and physical transformation. After her extreme makeover, the new Charlotte tests her mettle by embarking on a cruise and finds herself in a torrid love affair with a married man which ends at the conclusion of the voyage. But only then can the real journey begin, as Charlotte is forced to navigate a new life for herself. While Now, Voyager is a tear-jerking romance, it is at the same time the empowering story of a woman who finds the strength to chart her own course in life; who discovers love, sex, and even motherhood outside of marriage; and who learns that men are, ultimately, dispensable in the quest for happiness and fulfillment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Coleen Marlo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005754/bk_adbl_005754_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.