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2. "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," by Timothy Egan

Edward Curtis is honored today as the photographer behind the world's best-known photos of Native Americans. But how much do most of us know about the life of Curtis himself? Pulitzer Prize-winner ("The Worst Hard Time") Timothy Egan tells his remarkable story in "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher." "We were insane about this book," says Nelson of the enthusiasm level for this title among the editorial staff at Amazon. To understand Curtis's life, she says, try to imagine the story of "Ansel Adams crossed with Annie Liebowitz."

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