Great Plains

Ian Frazier




Trade Paperback

320 Pages



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With a unique blend of intrepid adventure, tongue-in-check, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey through the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains—from the site of Sitting Bull's cabin to an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.


Praise for Great Plains

"History is a brilliant, funny, and altogether perfect book, soaked in research and then aired out on the open plains to evaporate the excess, leaving this modern masterpiece. It makes me want to get in a truck and drive straight out to North Dakota and look at the prairie."—Garrison Keillor

"A bewitching display of book learning and chance experience, of awe and laughter . . . This is found journalism, unexpected and authentic."—Charles Truehart, The Washington Post

"History written with passion and delight . . . Frazier is a great storyteller."—Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

"Great Plains ennobles its subject, even as it enlightens it."—Robert Wilson, USA Today

"A rambling, enraptured meditation on the land."—Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"This is a terrific book . . . With wit and style, Mr. Frazier writes about tumbleweeds, Bonnie and Clyde, the weather, café conversations, tepees, MX missiles."—Sue Hubble, The New York Times Book Review

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Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish’s Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Dating Your Mom, Lamentations of the Father, and The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
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  • Ian Frazier lives in Montclair, New Jersey. His books include Fish's Eye, On the Rez, Great Plains, Family, and Coyote v. Acme.
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