Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seeing America by Nancy Crocker

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Seeing America
by Nancy Crocker


Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Medallion Press
Paperback & eBook; 327 Pages

Genre: Historical/Literary Fiction

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Missouri, 1910. John Hartmann is graduating from high school under the critical eye of his father and has no idea what options lie beyond the family farm and his small town.

When Paul Bricken, nineteen and blind, buys a brand-new Ford Model T and suggests John drive him to Yellowstone National Park, John jumps at the chance.

He’s less enthusiastic about inviting Henry Brotherton, who’s loud, crude, and a bigot—but Henry’s available both as a second driver and a tough guy who might be helpful in a tight spot.

As the three young men set off on their tumultuous journey, America is preparing for the fight of the century between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries—and is headed for its biggest racial upheaval since the Civil War.

With Yellowstone drawing ever closer and tensions rising, Paul, John, and Henry will soon learn there is a great deal they didn’t know about the fledgling American Midwest—or about each other.

My Review
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
This was such a sweet and endearing story. It reminded me of "Stand and Deliver".  Three boys set out to conquer the world.  Three very different boys and thrown together with the thirst for adventure. Set in the mist of American Midwest, racial tensions are at a tipping point.  I loved the first person narrative, because if done right, I think it really pulls in the reader. 

Each boy: John, Paul and Henry added to the story and there were some sweet and heartbreaking comments.  This was a fun and fulfilling adventure. I might have missed out the opportunity to partake in this adventure but I hope other readers don't.  "Seeing American" was a great insight into a turbulent America viewed by three young men searching for their identities. 


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Praise

". . . a heartwarming, gut-wrenching story about finding out the meaning of the word 'home,' realizing that 'different' doesn't always mean 'insignificant,' and finding oneself by getting lost." —Lisa Senftleben, Library Thing

“With echoes of Twain and Steinbeck, Seeing America is a story for every restless soul who ever wondered what lay over the horizon and conjured the courage to set out in search of it.” —Robert Klose, author Long Live Grover Cleveland

"It’s this kind of steadiness of narrative voice, married to visual detail and deftly crafted characterization, that makes this book sing." —Rosemary Herbert, Star Tribune

"Crocker’s writing is powerful, witty, and at times quite funny." —Jessica Stock Books

About the Author03_Nancy Crocker

Nancy Crocker is a Missouri native who started her career as a singer, having performed alongside Loretta Lynn at age thirteen. Her written work has appeared in the American Heritage Anthology, and she is the author of the picture book Betty Lou Blue, published by Dial. Her first novel, Billie Standish Was Here, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and was a Booklist Top 10 Novel for Youth, a Kirkus Editor's Pick for Best Books for Young Adults, a 2009 TAYSHA Reading List selection, and a New York Library’s Book for the Teen Age selection. She now lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son.

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