Pacing Dakota is a collection of essays reflecting on the history and culture of the Great Plains of North America. The author, with more than 40 years as a working historian and regional author, transitions from the close confines of historical archives into the prairie landscapes of the northern plains. Pacing Dakota speaks with the mingled voices of scholarly historian, outdoor sportsman, culinary enthusiast, lifelong Lutheran, and prairie farm boy. The author prowls prairie churches, finds forgotten artifacts, and gathers cherished stories from Williston to Wahpeton and points beyond. He situates his encounters along the way into the canon of literary and historical writing on the prairies. In the end, he speaks for a generation committed to making a good life in this place. Awards2019 Independent Publishers Book Award Gold Medal Winner in Midwest - best regional nonfiction. 2019 Independent Press Award Winner in Western nonfiction. Praise for Pacing Dakota: "With these colorful and insightful stories from the northern plains, Thomas D. Isern proves again he deserves consideration with Wallace Stegner, Kathleen Norris, Hamlin Garland, and Willa Cather as one of our foremost celebrators of a sense of place. Having devoted more than four decades to his regional project, he brings together observations on everything from windmills, signs, pit silos, and lutefisk suppers to sod and rammed-earth houses, cast-iron grave markers, roads, and blizzard narratives. Readers will be the richer for it." (John E. Miller, author of numerous books on the Midwest and Great Plains, including, most recently, Democracy and the Informed Citizen: A South Dakota Perspective)"Pacing Dakota is the work of a consummate regional historian and firmly-rooted plainsman. The work is sensate, literate, socially rooted, and thoughtfully situated. It is a book to savor for the tastes an 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas D. Isern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/170657/bk_acx0_170657_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What happened in history in August? Love learning about the people and events who "made" history? Then get ready to listen to Today in History - The August Edition and enjoy an evening of little-known tales from around the world. Discover the strange life of Mary Shelley (8/30), the optical illusion of Goldy Goldsmith's curveball (8/16), the reason Robert E. Lee tendered his resignation to Jefferson Davis (8/8), and much, much more! Today in History - The August Edition contains 31 fascinating stories about the people, places, and events that shaped our world . . . making it short enough to be listened to in a relaxing evening at home or on the road. Throughout history, tens of thousands of people have made an impact not only on their own times but for decades or centuries to come. Some, like John Adams and the Wright Brothers, are known by us all, while Hannibal Hamlin may still be a virtual unknown. In August, you will meet some familiar faces along with the unknowns whose beliefs and actions may just surprise you! Listen n' Relax: While many people love learning about the past, few have the time to dig deep enough to find the fascinating tales and interesting facts about the movers and shakers of the past. With Today in History - The August Edition you won't have to pour over historical books and research papers because the author has done it for you. Ready to Time Travel? If you're ready for a fun evening of listening, settle in for a few hours of traveling back in time with some of the most fascinating characters who walked through the pages of history! 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Edmondson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008256/bk_acx0_008256_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.