Sara's Wheeler's winning history of six 1800s Englishwomen wrestles with a male-dominated culture and the trials of pilgrimage in America's infant plains states.
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December 5: "It's common these days for memoirs of childhood to concentrate on some dark secret within the author's ostensibly happy family.... Memoir in America is an atrocity arms race."
Novelist Wiley Cash uncovers the notebook of his seventh-grade self: "Halloween Hallow," Die Hard, and an apprentice writer's first work of suspense.
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