Stories set before written record of humanity, selected by Forbes Library Staff. Summaries from ContentCafe, NoveList, Wikipedia, Amazon.com. March 2011.
- People of the Owl: a novel of prehistoric North America
by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
Four thousand years ago, in what centuries later will be the southern part of the United States, a boy is thrust into manhood long before he's ready. When his heroic brother is killed, Salamander becomes the leader of America's first city. He inherits his brother's two wives, who despise him, and is forced to marry his mortal enemy's daughter to forge an alliance for the trade goods his people desperately need. Book number 11 in the First North Americans series.
- Dance of the Tiger : a novel of the ice age
by Björn Kurtén
Kurten draws on recent anthropological discoveries and his vivid imagination to create a compelling tale of life thirty-five thousand years ago, telling the story of Tiger as he seeks revenge for a savage attack on his tribe.
- Song of the River
by Sue Harrison
Having vowed revenge on the tribesmen who attacked her, a young woman adopts a handicapped infant and sets in motion events that lead to the boy's growth into a respected storyteller and peacemaker.
- The Clan of the Cave Bear
by Jean M. Auel
Orphaned and wondering alone in an Ice Age world, the peculiar looking Ayla is adopted by the Clan of the Cave Bear. Follow Ayla as she struggles with her identity in her adopted tribe. The first in Auel’s Earth’s Children series.
- Stonehenge, 2000 B.C.
by Bernard Cornwell
The original construction of the ancient English monument of Stonehenge forms the backdrop of the story of three men, brothers and rivals--Lengar, a bloodthirsty tyrant and patricide; his bastard brother Camaban, a sorcerer whose madness taints Stonehenge with human sacrifice; and Saban, who must reverse the horrors of the past to realize the vision of Stonehenge.
- Daughter of Kura
by Debra Austin
Reaching an age at which she must choose a mate for the winter, Snap, a future leader of an early human society 500,000 years in the past, is astonished when her mother chooses a dangerous man who eventually causes Snap's expulsion from her clan.
- The Sanctuary
by Nate Neal
A graphic novel that tells the story of a mysterious nomad girl who is offered up as an item of trade. She seeks refuge with the local cave-painter-turned-outcast, and together they embark on a dangerous mission to bring truth to their corrupt tribe.
- The Golden Shrine
by Harry Turtledove
When the glacier-neighboring city of Nidaros is invaded by mammoth-riding conquerors, the nomadic Bizogot race is decimated by the attackers' magic and plagues, a situation for which a small band of heroes including a cannibal shaman rises to save the land.