Into the wilderness.
About a month and 245 years ago, Daniel Boone led a group of pioneers into Kentucky to establish a settlement which he called, with his typical sense of modesty, Boonesborough. A week later, the 13 colonies declared their independence from England. And a few weeks after that, some Cherokee and Shawnee canoeing up the Kentucky river kidnapped Boone’s daughter, Jemima. His pursuit of the kidnappers and rescue of his daughter and her friends would later be fictionalized in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans.
Next week’s Reader Meet Writer event with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin takes a new look at a man almost entirely obscured by legend. A restless wanderer in a violent time, Blood and Treasure is a unique portrait of America’s first and arguably greatest pathfinder Daniel Boone—not the coonskin cap-wearing caricature of popular culture but the flesh-and-blood frontiersman and Revolutionary War hero whose explorations into the forested frontier beyond the great mountains would become the stuff of legend. It is also the story of the birth, or birth pangs, of a country, told through the eyes of both the ordinary and larger-than-life men and women, white and Native American, who witnessed it.
Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 PM EST. REGISTER HERE
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Bookseller Buzz: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Reviews of Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Trans.), Not Our Summer by Casie Bazay, Brat by Andrew McCarthy, The Sky Above Us by Natalie Lund, The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews