The True Account by Howard Frank Mosher
A Novel of the Lewis and Clark and Kinneson Expeditions (Lewis & Clark Expedition)

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In the spring of 1804, Private True Teague Kinneson -- schoolmaster, inventor, playwright, and explorer -- sets out with his nephew, Ticonderoga, to race Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the Pacific. Along the way True and Ti encounter Daniel Boone and his six-foot-two spinster daughter, Flame Danielle; fight and trick a renegade army out to stop Lewis's expedition; invent baseball with the Nez Perce; hold a high-stakes rodeo with Sacagawea's Shoshone relatives; and outwit True's lifelong adversary, the Gentleman from Vermont, a.k.a. the devil himself. And when a beautiful and mysterious Blackfoot girl named Yellow Sage Flower Who Tells Wise Stories enters the tale, things start to get really interesting.
The True Account, which Lawrence Millman calls "part riotous adventure, part book of wonders, and part historical travesty," is the hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking story of a man "whose imagination is unfettered by either convention or fact, whose hopefulness and good nature yield to no force, and whose ways and stays rank second to none in the history of the world."

About Howard Frank Mosher

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Howard Frank Mosher is the author of many books, including "North Country: A Personal Journey Through the Borderland," "A Stranger in the Kingdom," & "Where the Rivers Flow North.
Published June 5, 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 352 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The utterly loyal Ti, mounted on a fine stallion, a gift, like True’s white mule, from President Jefferson, dutifully follows the possibly mad man to Monticello and the world beyond, a world that includes Daniel Boone’s nymphomaniacal daughter, an endless succession of interesting Indian tribes, ...

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Meanwhile, Ti lovingly paints his experiences onto canvas, True corresponds with the Kinneson clan back in Vermont and the pair keep in touch with their rivals, Lewis and Clark.

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True's exploits in THE TRUE ACCOUNT are acts that reflect his ribald imagination.

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Along the way he fished the headwaters of the Missouri and Columbia rivers, hiked in the Selway-Bitterroot Mountains where the original expedition nearly starved and froze to death, and had several interesting encounters, including one with a Nez Perce elder “who seemed to have absolutely magical...

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