Publishing family history | Writing creative nonfiction
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   Author Chan Atchley accepting award in Seattle.


In 2005, The Soul of the Land, was judged   "Best Book of the Year "by the Idaho Press Women’s Association.  Later, it went on to become runner up in the National Competition.


The Soul of the Land is an epic, creative non-fiction story about real people struggling to survive in a hostile unforgiving land.

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Soul of the Land: The true story of two brothers and their struggle to own the land.

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  • Dust Jacket and hard case bound covers by Judith
  • 6.0"x9.0", hard case cover in both kivar and bonded leather
  • 520 pages, with 80 black and white pictures
  • Smyth sewn
  • Printed on acid free paper
  • Limited first edition
  • published May 2004
  • Autographed by author and artist, may also be personalized and dated
  • Type: Historical Reference
  • Genre: Creative nonfiction


“I started the book and couldn’t put it down... a new insight into the meaning of heroism.  It should be valued as a local, regional and national treasure.”

Elizabeth Laden, Island Park Press.


"Soul is a biography with a twist... By the end of the reading, history is something not lost to the gray-toned past, but is as present as our next breath, and just as relevant."  Amy Christensen, Idaho State Journal.