Old Jules, by Mari Sandox, begins in 1884 when Jules Sandoz is 22 years old and has just arrived from Switzerland. He homesteads in northwest Nebraska and lives in a leaky, old sold house. During his lifetime, he has four wives. He fathers five children with his last wife, Mary. Jules is not a lovable character, and he lives his life as if everyone is out to get him. He is also a very lazy and arrogant man. So why did I read this book, not once, but twice? Because I think it is an honest look into frontier life, and because it is so wonderfully written. The author is Jules' daughter, Mary, who was named after her mother. This book is not your Little House on the Prairie, but if you're looking for great little vignettes of pioneer life, mail order brides, blizzards, snake bites, and just the day-to-day events of life on the frontier, then this is the book for you!