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Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail

Cowboy Slang

Cowboy Lingo -- Here in one volume is a complete guide to cowboy-speak.
Like many of today's foreign language guides, this handy book is organized
not alphabetically but situationally, lest you find yourself in Texas at a loss
for words. There are sections on the ranch, the cowboy's duties, riding
equipment, the roundup, roping, branding, even square dancing. There are
words and phrases you'll recognize because they've filtered into everyday
language — "blue lightnin'," "star gazin'," "the whole shebang" — plus
countless others that, sadly, are seldom heard in current speech: "lonely
as a preacher on pay night," "restless as a hen on a hot griddle," "crooked
as a snake in a cactus patch."  As entertaining as it is authoritative,
COWBOY LINGO captures the living speech of the Great Plains and serves
as a window into the soul of the American West.

The Writer's Guide to Everday Life in the Wild West

The Wordsworth Dictionary of the American West

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon

Fantastic Facts about the Oregon Trail

How Would You Survive in the American West

Pioneer Days: Discover the Past With Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and

Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West,

A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840

Daily Life in a Covered Wagon -- In 1853, the Larkin family loaded their
covered wagon and headed west on the Oregon trail in search of a new life.
How did they do it? What did they eat? How did they dress? How did they
survive sickness or attacks from cattle thieves? Drawing on diaries and
letters, and illustrated with photos of actual objects from the past, Daily
Life in a Covered Wagon explores what life was really like on the wagon
train. Full-color illustrations, b&w photos.

The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West

Soiled Doves: Prostitutes in the Early West

Daughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the American West,

Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier --
Desperate to strike it rich during the Gold Rush, thousands of men
traveled West to the emerging frontier, where they outnumbered women
twelve to one. Only after they arrived did some of them realize how much
they missed female companionship. Hearts West brings to life true stories
of mail-order brides of the Gold Rush era. Some found soul mates; others
found themselves in desperate situations. Complete with the actual hearts-
and-hands personal advertisements that began some of the long-distance
courtships, this fascinating book provides an up-close look at the leap of
faith these men and women were willing to take.

Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-

Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails 1854-
1860 -- Some of the women traveling west in the late 1850s were strong
advocates of equal rights for their sex. On the trail, Julia Archibald Holmes
and Hannah Keziah Clapp sensibly wore the “freedom costume” called
bloomers. In 1858 Holmes joined the Pikes Peak gold rush and was the
first woman of record to climb the famous mountain. Educator Hannah
Clapp traveled to California with a revolver by her side, speaking her mind
in a letter included in this volume, which is also enriched by the trail
diaries of seven other women. Among them were Sarah Sutton, who died in
1854, just before reaching Oregon’s Willamette Valley; Sarah Maria
Mousley, a Mormon woman traveling to Utah in 1857; and Martha Missouri
Moore, who drove thousands of sheep from Missouri to California with her
husband in 1860.

Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1879-

Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier

Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier
The Middle Ages
Medicine  & Drugs --  Now and Then
Lights & Sirens: A Writer's Guide to Emergency Rescue Professions

Code Blue: A Writer's Guide to Hospitals, Including the ER, OR and ICU

American College of Physicians Complete Home Medical Guide -- (with
Interactive Human Anatomy CD-ROM) (American College of Physicians
Homecare Guides)  

The Patient's Guide to Medical Terminology -- (Pmic Consumer Health
This book might have been meant for patients, but it makes a great
handbook for a writer who has a character that is a doctor or nurse, or
even sick.

The Patient's Guide to Medical Tests

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine

American Surgery: An Illustrated History

The Illustrated History of Surgery -- Throughout its development, from an
ancient craft of magic and religion to a field of science and technology,
surgery has inspired strong feelings--hope and admiration, fear and
censure, but never indifference. Here, for the first time-- in The
Illustrated History of Surgery--is a readable and chronological account,
across the whole spectrum of world history, of the development of surgery
and of the great personalities whose skill and courage paved the way for
the modern surgeon. The book also includes information on the use of
drugs, herbal remedies, early anaesthetics and a whole range of
procedures related to surgery and its evolution.

The Alarming History of Medicine: Amusing Anecdotes from Hippocrates
to Heart Transplants

Birth Chairs, Midwives and Medicine -- A study of how birthing methods
have evolved and how key practices have returned

Midwifery and Childbirth in America

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers

Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Western Medicine: An Illustrated History
Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

Vampires (Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena)

The Complete Book of Vampires

Vampires and Vampirism: Legends from Around the World

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters -- From
ancient customs to famous cases of beasts and vampires and their
reflections in popular culture, approximately 600 hundred entries provide
definitions, explanations, and lists of suggested further reading on the
macabre. Rosemary’s third book on vampires and her most comprehensive
on vampires and werewolves to date, featuring unusual cases, lore and
fascinating facts about the most intriguing creatures of the paranormal.  

The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings

The Field Guide to North American Hauntings: Everything You Need to
Know About Encountering over 100 Ghosts, Phantoms, and Spectral

The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits -- The ghost hunter’s bible!
Revised and updated with new bios, new photos and new entries on
famous haunted places. The leading ghost reference book preferred by
paranormal investigators and enthusiasts! Presents a fascinating
compendium of ghost beliefs, lore, knowledge and case stories from
around the world and throughout history. More than 600 A-to-Z entries
on ghosts, apparritions, hauntings,spirit communications,paranormal
phenomena, and paranormal investigations.  

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot/Book and Card Set

The Book of Vodou: Charms and Rituals to Empower Your Life

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Voodoo

A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive

Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels

The New Encyclopedia of the Occult -- An invaluable reference guide to
magic, alchemy, astrology, divination, Tarot, palmistry, and geomancy;
magical orders such as the Golden Dawn and Rosicrucians; important
occultists; and religions and spiritual traditions associated with occultism
such as Wicca, Thelema, Theosophy, and the modern Pagan movement.  

The Complete Book of Spells, Curses and Magical Recipes

Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook

The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft

The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca -- Containing more
than 480 entries, The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft & Wicca, Third
Edition marks an exciting expansion and update of a landmark reference
on the subject. This new edition provides unparalleled coverage of
witchcraft practices around the world – spanning different time periods
and societies – including entries on magic, shamanism, the occult and

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Jets, Buggies, Boats & More
Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the American West

Stagecoach Lines & Freighters of West Texas -- Stagecoach & Freighters of
West Texas tells the rough and tumble story of stage drivers and freighters
enduring floods, sandstorms, Indians and outlaws while delivering the mail,
passengers, or goods in West Texas. This book has 65 illustrations that
include pictures and maps.

Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the American West

First Mail West: Stagecoach Lines on the Santa Fe Trail

The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling, Navigation, and Seamanship --
Instant answers for your boat handling, navigation, and seamanship
questions. The Instant Handbook uses a dynamic new quick-reference
format to cover the critical aspects of piloting, seamanship, and boat
handling under sail or power more accessibly and effectively than has ever
been done before. It puts at your fingertips all the information you need

The Practical Encyclopedia of Boating -- Whether it’s boat maintenance,
navigation, boat handling in all kinds of weather, or the physics of how
boats function, every sailor and powerboater needs a comprehensive go-to
source for specialized information. Now you have it with The Practical
Encyclopedia of Boating:   Addresses virtually every aspect of powerboating
and sailing in 500 entries.  Covers seamanship and boat handling,
navigation, routine boat maintenance, boat design and building, and
nautical reference data.  Ranges from vital techniques--such as recovering
overboard crew and measuring distances off--to essential concepts like
reading the water and sky and evaluating a boat’s seaworthiness.  Includes
numerous cross-references and an exhaustive index to direct you quickly to
the right entry and to unify related topics.  Makes delightful browsing as
well as a source of sound guidance for practically any boating situation

Chapman Piloting: Seamanship & Boat Handling (Chapman Piloting
Seamanship and Boat Handling, 63rd Ed)

Airplane Flying Handbook: Federal Aviation Administration -- This official U.
S. government guide to piloting aircraft—created by the Federal Aviation
Administration—is the essential resource for finding the knowledge and
skills to fly all types of planes. It includes an introduction to flight training
and official information on ground operations, basic flight maneuvers, slow
flight, stalls and spins, takeoff and departure climbs, ground reference
maneuvers, airport traffic patterns, approaches and landings, performance
maneuvers, and night operations. Pilots will find information on
transitioning from small aircraft to more complex airplanes, as well as
detailed explanations of emergency procedures. Each topic is coupled with
colorful, detailed illustrations to aid the reader.

How To Fly A Plane -- Learn to operate everything from a glider to an Airbus
super-jumbo jet. Barnard covers the basics of aerodynamics from the
sensation you’ll experience in the air and a step-by-step training flight to
contact information for training schools and specifics regarding different
types of aircraft. There are tips for your first flight and advice regarding the
best plane for your needs. Divided into three sections, Nick Barnard covers
basics and puts you in the cockpit so you can feel what it’s like to get up in
the air for the very first time. How to Fly a Plane is an excellent resource for
all would-be and novice pilots, aircraft enthusiasts, travelers, and fact-
fanciers of every stamp.
The Civil War in Books
The police, the law, and more
Cause of Death: A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine

Cop Speak: The Lingo of Law Enforcement and Crime

What Cops Know

Cops: Their Lives in Their Own Words

Police Procedural: A Writer's Guide to the Police and How They Work

Armed and Dangerous: A Writer's Guide to Weapons

Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons

The Writer's Complete Crime Reference Book

Just the Facts, Ma'Am: A Writer's Guide to Investigators and Techniques

Missing Persons: A Writer's Guide to Finding the Lost

Amateur Detectives

Murder One: A Writer's Guide to Homicide

Order in the Court: A Writer's Guide to the Legal System

Scene of the Crime: A Writer's Guide to Crime-Scene Investigations

Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries

Private Eyes: A Writer's Guide to Private Investigating
Some More Books to Help Out with Research