We've just finished the two books by Minnesota author William Durbin, The Broken Blade and Backwater Ben. The Broken Blade is about a young man who goes to work as a Voyageur when his father is injured and unable to work for their family and Backwater Ben is about a boy who works for his father who is a head cook in a logging camp in the early 1900s. Both books give a good feel for the challenges men faced in these jobs. They are written with realism and a bit of humor. Both feature jobs with really rough men but are presented cleanly. My Great Grandfather was a cook in a lumber camp in Northern Minnesota and we love visiting Lake Superior so both these stories feel like part of our own local heritage. Both are great historical fiction.