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NANCY PLAIN. Light on the Prairie: Solomon Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's Pioneer Days

LightonthePrairieNANCY PLAIN. Light on the Prairie: Solomon Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days. University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books. Trade Paperback, $16.95, www.bisonbooks.com.

Solomon Butcher came to Nebraska in 1880 and claimed a homestead but soon turned to the pursuit that was his passion: photography. His photographs have become icons of the Plains. Nancy Plain is eloquent, detailed, precise and evocative in her descriptions of Butcher’s life in the 2013 Spur winner for juvenile nonfiction.