The Greatest "Frontier and pioneer life, Kentucky" Books of All Time

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Frontier and pioneer life

Frontier and pioneer life is a category of books that focuses on the experiences of individuals and communities who lived on the edge of civilization during the expansion of the United States in the 19th century. These books typically explore the challenges and triumphs of settlers as they established new homes, farms, and towns in the wilderness, often facing harsh weather, dangerous wildlife, and conflicts with Native American tribes. The genre also includes stories of explorers, fur traders, and other adventurers who ventured into uncharted territories, as well as memoirs and biographies of notable figures who played a role in shaping the American West.

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  1. 1. The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow

    The novel follows the story of Gertie Nevels, a strong-willed and talented woman from the Kentucky hills, who is uprooted from her rural home when her husband finds work in Detroit during World War II. As a skilled woodcarver and a devoted mother, Gertie struggles to maintain her family's Appalachian values and way of life amidst the harsh realities of urban industrial society. Her dream of buying back her family's homestead is challenged by the demands of her new environment, leading to a poignant exploration of identity, resilience, and the clash between rural and urban cultures during a time of societal change.

    The 3462nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

    "Follow the River" is a historical novel based on the true story of Mary Ingles, a woman who was captured by Shawnee Indians in 1755 during the French and Indian War. After being taken to Ohio, Mary, who was pregnant at the time of her capture, gives birth and is subsequently separated from her baby. Despite the harrowing circumstances, she manages to escape with another woman. The narrative follows her perilous 1,000-mile journey through the wilderness, back to her home in Virginia, showcasing her resilience, courage, and unwavering determination.

    The 5327th Greatest Book of All Time

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