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Drift A Novel By Jim Miller As Drift uncovers the hidden past of a southwestern mecca—a history inhabited by the likes of Emma Goldman, Henry Miller, Mission Indians, and Theosophists—it captures the underlying emptiness and unease of San Diego circa 2000. $24.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3807-7 · 208 pages

A Working Man’s Apocrypha Short Stories By William Luvaas In these unforgettable stories, William Luvaas depicts the struggles of everyday people facing far from ordinary situations. A work of cutting-edge fiction, his masterful storytelling will leave readers breathless. $24.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3837-4 · 224 pages


University of Oklahoma

$14.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3877-0 · 160 pages

After Eden A Novel By Valerie Miner In a story populated by Pomo Indians, Euro-American ranchers and vintners, and Mexican American migrant laborers, Valerie Miner deftly juxtaposes differing cultural views of wilderness, trespassing, and home. Her dramatic novel is contemporary, while reflecting on two centuries of change in a seemingly Edenic place.

Literature U n i v e r s i t y o f O k la h o ma P r e s s

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The Singing Bird A Cherokee Novel By John Milton Oskison Edited by Timothy B. Powell and Melinda Smith Mullikin The Singing Bird is a vivid account of the Cherokees’ genius for survival and celebrates Native American cultural complexity and revitalization. $19.95 Paper (s) · 978-0-8061-3818-3 · 240 pages

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The Life and Work of a Modern-Day Healer By Robert J. Conley In Cherokee Medicine Man, Robert J. Conley introduces John Little Bear, a medicine man who follows his family’s old ways—medicine as it was carried over the Trail of Tears into Indian Territory.

By Jim Lehrer Best known as the anchor of the NewsHour on PBS, Jim Lehrer is also an author of fiction. Like his other satirical novels featuring “One-Eyed Mack,” Mack to the Rescue traces the exploits of a fictional lieutenant governor of Oklahoma. When the governor calls for privatizing state government, Mack decides to oppose his re-election bid, but a medical mishap prevents him from running. Embroiled in a medical malpractice suit, he backs out of the race and throws his support behind a flakey politician friend. Mack finally has no choice but to come to the rescue when the campaign takes a particularly ugly turn. This is political satire at its best.

The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and The Moon in Two Windows By N. Scott Momaday Reminiscent of Momaday’s classic writing, these plays are moving stories that will continue to engage audiences and readers—works of a mature craftsman that preserve the mythic and cultural traditions of a unique tribal community in the face of an increasingly homogeneous society.

Cherokee Medicine Man

Mack to the Rescue

Three Plays

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Growing up Filipina and American By Helen Madamba Mossman Born to a Filipino father and an American mother, Helen Madamba experienced terrifying circumstances as a young child in the Philippines during World War II. When her family relocated to northwestern Oklahoma, she faced new struggles. In this poignant memoir, the author describes how she learned to reconcile her past and present identities.

By S.E. Hinton A teenager when she first gained fame, now a seasoned writer, S. E. Hinton takes her trademark themes to a new level in Some of Tim’s Stories—fourteen original stories depicting adults trapped in lives of missed connections and opportunities.

A Letter to My Father

Some of Tim’s Stories

Edited by Carolyn Anne Taylor, Emily Dial-Driver, Carole Burrage, and Sally Emmons-Featherston Featuring fifty essays from Oklahoma women, this book presents the defining moments in women’s lives and represents all walks of life. This book speaks to readers all across America and demonstrates that women in Oklahoma represent the heart of us all.


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By Rilla Askew A love story infused with history and folk tradition, this book shows what happened to the friends and neighbors Steinbeck’s Joads left behind. Harpsong reveals the strength and resilience of a people who, in the face of unending despair, maintain their faith in the land.

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American Indian Living Sideways

American West Bone Game

Tricksters in American Indian Oral Traditions By Franchot Ballinger In Living Sideways, Franchot Ballinger provides the first full-length study of the diverse roles and dimensions of North American Indian tricksters. While honoring their diversity and complexity, he challenges stereotypical Euro-American treatments of tricksters.

A Novel By Louis Owens Cole McCurtain, a mixed-blood Indian professor in Santa Cruz, California, is haunted by dreams dating back to Spanish California at a time when dead young women are washing ashore. Only with the help of Cole’s Choctaw relatives and their traditional knowledge can this murder mystery be solved.

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Circle of Women

Techniques of the Selling Writer

An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers By Kim Barnes and Mary Clearman Blew This striking array of stories, essays, and poems reflects women’s experiences in the American West. Through their tales, these writers share the struggle against the overwhelming isolation brought on by gender and the physical environment. $19.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3367-6 · 416 pages

Muting White Noise

A Novel By D. L. Birchfield In D. L. Birchfield’s Field of Honor, a secret underground civilization of Choctaws has evolved into a high-tech culture. Here Choctaw traditions are safe from the cultural genocide being waged in the world above. But crisis is about to strike, threatening the community’s continued existence.

Native American and European American Novel Traditions By James H. Cox Muting White Noise breaks new ground in literary criticism. It stands with Native authors in their struggle to reclaim their own narrative space and tell stories that empower and nurture, rather than undermine and erase, American Indians and their communities.

Dreams to Dust

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The Sons of the Wind The Sacred Stories of the Lakota By D. M. Dooling “The Sons of the Wind is completely engaging throughout, and is an important reflection of those wonderful celebrations of the spirit in story which inform the American Indian oral tradition.”—N. Scott Momaday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of House Made of Dawn $16.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3224-2 · 160 pages

A Writer’s Journey By Stephen J. May In this first full-length biography of Michener, Stephen J. May tells how an aspiring writer rose from obscurity to become an internationally known best-selling novelist $29.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3699-8 · 288 pages

Following the Harvest A Novel By Fred Harris Following the Harvest tells the story of sixteen-year-old Will Haley and his adventures as he treks from Oklahoma to North Dakota in the summer of 1943 as a member of a wheat-harvesting crew.

The Mythology of Native North America By David Leeming and Jake Page Most North Americans experience mythology by way of translations of classical texts, and surprisingly few of us are familiar with Coyote, Spider Woman, Water Jar Boy, Falling Sky Woman, or the epic of the Blessingway—to name just a few of the stories retold in this collection of significant myths of Native North America.

$16.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3713-1· 304 pages

Light and Variable A Year of Celebrations, Holidays, Recipes, and Emily Dickinson By Connie Cronley In Light and Variable, the reader is invited to join celebrated Oklahoma essayist and commentator Connie Cronley on a delightful romp through the calendar year.

$16.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3239-6 · 224 pages

The Vengeful Wife and Other Blackfoot Stories By Hugh A. Dempsey The Vengeful Wife and Other Blackfoot Stories presents tales of the Blackfoot tribe on the plains of northern Montana and southern Alberta. These stories are about warfare, hunting, ceremonies, sexuality, the supernatural, and captivity, and reflect Indian viewpoints and beliefs. $16.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3771-1· 304 pages

Black Silk Handkerchief A Hom-Astubby Mystery By D. L. Birchfield Black Silk Handkerchief is the first volume of a new murder mystery series featuring Hom-Astubby, a hard-luck Oklahoma Choctaw lawyer, whose encounters are sure to keep readers on their toes. $26.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3751-3 · 368 pages

The Trickster of Liberty Native Heirs to a Wild Baronage By Gerald Vizenor A series of related stories, The Trickster of Liberty follows the lives of seven mixed-blood trickster siblings who begin their lives on a reservation in northern Minnesota. $16.95 Paper (s) · 978-0-8061-3677-6 · 188 pages

Learning to Write “Indian” The Boarding School Experience and American Indian Literature By Amelia V. Katanski In Learning to Write “Indian,” Katanski examines a range of writings that portray the Indian boarding school experience— from descriptions of life within the Indian boarding school to accounts of the lasting impact this widespread government policy has had on generations of American Indian people.

$16.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3788-9 · 272 Pages

A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush By Sheldon Russell Dreams to Dust takes readers back to the early days of Oklahoma Territory—a sometimes dangerous place—to tell the story of frontier men and women gambling everything to find their fortune on the windswept southern plains.

Confessions of a BerlitzTape Chicana By Demetria Martínez In Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, Demetria Martínez shares her deeply personal views of the world. In a series of revealing essays, Martínez brings her trademark blend of humor and irony to bear on a variety of topics. $16.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3722-3 · 160 pages

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Best Sellers Mountain Windsong

From the Glittering World

A Novel of the Trail of Tears By Robert J. Conley “Bob Conley takes the reader on a journey that allows one to feel the effects of the Trail of Tears on individual people and their families while weaving in solid historical information about all the external forces which forever changed the Cherokee Nation.”—Wilma P. Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

$26.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3721-6 · 296 pages

Oh, Give Me a Home Western Contemplations By Ann Ronald Ann Ronald’s Oh, Give Me a Home muses on the words of the beloved ballad, exploring what it means to be a westerner today and speculating on how our present actions are shaping the West for future generations.

All But the Waltz

$19.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3799-5 · 288 pages

A Memoir of Five Generations in the Life of a Montana Family By Mary Clearman Blew In language reminiscent of the wild beauty of Big Sky Country, Mary Clearman Blew gives us a glimpse into the lives of her family as she traces their connection to Montana’s natural and human landscape. Beginning with her greatgrandparents’ arrival in 1882 in Montana—still a territory then—Blew relates the stories that make up her life.

Oklahoma Tough My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers By Ron Padgett Wayne Padgett was a charming and generous man. He was also one of Oklahoma’s most elusive bootleggers and career criminals from the 1960s to the 1980s, and a high-ranking member of the Dixie Mafia. Poet Ron Padgett tells the inside story of his notorious father and of how he earned his reputation as a Robin Hood “King of the Bootleggers.”

A Navajo Story By Irvin Morris From the Glittering World conveys how a contemporary Navajo writer experiences this world as a mingling of the profoundly traditional with the sometimes jarringly, sometimes alluringly new. $19.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3242-6 · 272 pages

The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories

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By Rudolfo Anaya With The Man Who Could Fly and Other Stories, the reader ventures deeply into the world of Rudolfo Anaya: a world of magic, mystery, harsh realities, and redemption. $19.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3738-4 · 216 pages

Whose Names Are Unknown A Novel By Sanora Babb This long-hidden novel tells an intimate story of Oklahoma Panhandle farmers in the 1930s who fought and fled drought and dust storms. $16.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3712-4· 288 pages

$16.95 Paper (s) · 978-0-8061-3852-7 · 288 pages

A Pipe for February

A Novel By Rigoberto González In the grim reality of Southern California’s grape fields, even the sun is a dark spot for the migrant grape pickers. The characters endure back-breaking work as they succumb to their corrupt bosses. This uncompromising tale gives names and faces to the anonymous laborers whose lives are like the tangled vines of the fruits of their labor.

$26.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-1191-9 · 342 pages

Michener Field of Honor

Crossing Vines

By Dwight V. Swain This book provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers.

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the Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and the Moon in two Windows By N. Scott Momaday Reminiscent of Momaday’s classic writ- ing, these pl...


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