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- Durable Fire
Author: Bernhard, Virginia
Publisher: Morrow $ 22.95 ISBN: 0688089003Date: 1990
The recently widowed Temperence Yardley endures the brutal reality of 1609 Jamestown with the help of her husband's best friend. Their love story survives the next 12 years, as the colony struggles with incompetent leadership, uncertain financial backing, Indians bent on annihilation, and an untamed wilderness.
Author: Sharpe, Matthew
Publisher: Soft Skull $ 25 ISBN: 9781933368603 Date: 2007
Jamestown chronicles a group of “ settlers” (more like survivors) from the ravaged island of Manhattan, departing just as the Chrysler Building has mysteriously plummeted to the earth. This ragged band is heading down what’ s left of I-95 in a half-school bus, half-Millennium Falcon. Their goal is to establish an outpost in southern Virginia, find oil, and exploit the Indians controlling the area. Based on actual accounts of the Jamestown settlement from 1607 to 1617, Jamestown features historical characters including John Smith, Pocahontas, and others enacting an imaginative re-version of life in the pioneer colony. In this retelling, Pocahontas’ s father Powhatan is half-Falstaff, half-Henry V, while his consigliere is a psychiatrist named Sidney Feingold. John Martin gradually loses body parts in a series of violent encounters, and John Smith is a ruthless and pragmatic redhead continually undermining the aristocratic leadership. Communication is by text-messaging, IMing, and, ultimately, telepathy. Punctuated by jokes, rhymes, “ rim shot” dialogue, and bloody black-comic tableaux, Jamestown is a trenchant commentary on America's past and present that confirms Matthew Sharpe’ s status as a major talent in contemporary fiction. - Publisher Marketing
- Argall: A Book of North American Landscapes
Author: Vollmann, William T.
Publisher: Viking $ 40 ISBN: 0670910309 Date: 2001
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The third book in Vollman's seven-volume series of novels that examines the repeated collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers and oppressors, Argall digs beneath the romantic legend of Pocahontas and the betrayals, disappointments, and atrocities behind it, offering a moving tale of dispossession that will appeal to fans of history and contemporary fiction alike.
- The Birth of Black America: The First African Americans and the Pursuit of Freedom at Jamestown
Author: Hashaw, Tim
Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780786717187 Date: 2007
Four hundred years after the birth of English-speaking America, this volume reconstructs the true origins of the United States and of the African-American experience. Here, Hashaw explores the significance of the voyage made by some 60 Africans stolen from a Spanish slave ship and brought to the young struggling colony of Jamestown in 1619.
- The Jamestown Project
Author: Kupperman, Karen Ordahl
Publisher: Belknap $29.95 ISBN: 9780674024748 Date: 2007
Capturing England's intoxication with a wider world through ballads, plays, and paintings; the stark reality of Jamestown, through the words of its inhabitants; and with archeological and environmental evidence, Kupperman re-creates Jamestown's formative years with astonishing detail.
- The Virginia Adventure: Roanoake to James Towne: An Archaelogogical and Historical Odyssey
Author: Noel Hume, Ivor
Publisher: Knopf $ 40 ISBN: 0394564464 Date: 1994
With clarity, authority, and wit, author Hume--writer, lecturer, and chief archeologist at Colonial Williamsburg for 35 years--now chooses to write about the two earliest English outposts in Virginia. He pieces together revelatory information from the most recent digs with journals, letters, and official records of the period.
- Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocohontas, and the Heart of a New Nation
Author: Price, David A.
Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375415416 Date: 2003
Unraveling the crucial roles of Pocahontas, Captain John Smith, and Chief
Powhatan, Pagels offers a dramatic retelling of one of the great survival
stories of American history--the opening of the first permanent English settlement
in the New World.
Suggested Reading: Virginia Stars
- A Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America
Author: Woolley, Benjamin
Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.50 ISBN: 9780060090562 Date: 2007
Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first American colony, A Savage Kingdom presents the bold, even reckless, political adventure driven by a sense of imperial destiny and dogged by official hostility.
For Younger Readers
Author: Bruchac, Jospeh
Publisher: Silver Whistle $ 17 ISBN: 0152167374 Date: 2003
Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Bruhac reveals an important part of American history through the eyes of two historic figures.
Grades: 7+ Category:
- The Paradox of Jamestown: 1585-1700
Author: Collier, Christopher & James Lincoln
Publisher: Benchmark $ 31.36 ISBN: 0761404376 Date: 1998
Discusses the circumstances surrounding English colonization of Virginia and the evolution of slavery in that colony.
Grades: 5+ Category:
- The Serpent Never Sleeps: A Novel of Jamestown and Pocahontas
Author: O'Dell, Scott
Publisher: Houghton $ 17 ISBN: 0395442427 Date: 1987
In the early seventeenth century, Serena Lynn, determined to be with the man she has loved since childhood, travels to the New World and comes to know the hardships of colonial life and the extraordinary Princess Pocahontas.
Grades: 4-7 Category: