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GREGORY J. LALIRE. Captured: From the Frontier Diary of Infant Danny Duly. Five Star. Hardcover, 404 pages, $25.95, gale.cengage.com/fivestar.

Well-written, solidly researched, fun novel that is told, at first, by a fetus, Danny Duffy, who perceives what is going on around him even before he’s born in 1866 on the Oregon Trail.