Press Release – Letters: A Look into the Past

Look for A Journey of Voices, Book 3, coming in 2016.  This will be the McAdams family story beginning in Scotland in the 1400′s and going through WWII in the United States.  The adventures in history continue!


Click here to read the official Press Release for Stewards of the Land!

The second book in the Diane McAdams Gladow series, A Journey of Voices, titled Stewards of the Land, follows the Crume family through seven generations of rich American history.

Gladow’s A Journey of Voices series begins with book one, A Journey of Voices: Chasing the Frontier, and continues with Stewards of the Land tracing common, ordinary families through letters, pictures, land documents, Bible records, and historical references with accounts of the family’s lives and movement through many generations.

While the first book in the series focused on the lineage of the Jordan family, the second installment charts the whereabouts in history of the Crume family. Whether it be flatboating down the Ohio River, building homes in the wilderness, fighting in the American Revolution, enduring the Civil War in a border state, dealing with Indians in Texas, surviving the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, or experiencing two world wars, this family will continue to surprise and challenge readers to look at history in a completely new way.

Diane McAdams Gladow is a former English Composition instructor at Emporia State University, heading the Emporia Literacy Program and also directing the University’s Writing Center and Grammar Hotline. She has authored two other books, one a memoir of her husband’s family, Rich Heritage, and the other the first book in the A Journey of Voices series, Chasing the Frontier.

A Journey of Voices: Stewards of the Land is available in softcover (ISBN 978-1-62137-075-8) from,, and This book can also be ordered from most bookstores around the United States and United Kingdom. More information can be found at the author’s website,

Click here to read the official Press Release for Chasing the Frontier!

How would you like to learn about the most strenuous times in this country’s history through reading — not out of a textbook, but by hand-written passed-down and time-traversing letters, describing the trials of everyday American life under semi-nomadic conditions?

The Jordan family’s journey from North Carolina down to the gulf coast area and ultimately to New Mexico, is highlighted in “A Journey of Voices”, the latest nonfiction work by Diane McAdams Gladow. The Jordan family is faced with a harsh life of living in and traveling through Dixie and the newer southern territory, all while dealing with the immense uncertainty and tension of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction period which followed.

The Jordan family allows the reader to take this grueling journey with them through reading their personal letters to each other and to have an eyewitness view of almost a century of American life.

Diane McAdams Gladow lives in Emporia, Kansas with her husband. She has three grown children and six grandchildren. Gladow, raised in New Mexico, graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, and then received her master’s at the University of New Mexico. A former English Composition instructor and director of the Writing Center at Emporia State University, she is working on the next volume in the “Journey of Voices” series.

“Journey of Voices” (ISBN: 978-1-60264-530-1) is available in softcover from,, and The book can also be ordered from most bookstores around the United States and United Kingdom. More information can be found at the author’s website,

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Sue Patterson June 27, 2010 at 12:40 am

I just finished your book! It was so very interesting and so well written that I actually felt that I had participated in their lives. My heart ached for those with losses and for Floyd in his loneliness. I felt the frustration of the women as they were jerked up, moved and had to start housekeeping all over again. Romance, or perhaps castle dreams, is truly something our parents referred to as “the good ole days.” I am thankful for the times I live in today even though they may be quite perilous in the months and years to come.

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