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This 'patchwork' of women s words and pictures captures the pioneer experience memorably and elegantly. Just as a quilt is made up of many small pieces, this books is based on a multitude of individual stories and a rich range of source material. The authors stitch the pieces together skillfully and unobtrusively, presenting us with an overall picture that is both detailed and sweeping in its design. This is a book to enjoy and learn from. Like an heirloom quilt, this is a book to be treasured. --Susan Armitage, coeditor of The Women s West and Writing The Range
Ursula Smith pursued graduate work at San Francisco State University under a Ford Foundation Fellowship and taught in the San Francisco school system. She began collaborative work in women's history and biography with coauthor Linda Peavy in Bozeman, Montana. Since then Peavy and Smith have coauthored ten books, including Women in Waiting in the Westward Movement, Pioneer Women, Frontier Children, and Frontier House. Currently residing in Vermont, Smith has given presentations and workshops with Peavy across the nation, including at the Library of Congress and the White House. With Peavy she has been awarded a Redd Center for Western Studies Independent Research Award, a Smithsonian Short-Term Visitors grant, two nonfiction writing residencies at Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington, and two Paladin Awards for excellence in writing western history.
A good first read if you've never read or thought about women's lives in the days od wagons and wilderness, but not too meaty if you;ve read other books on the topic.Published 5 days ago by connie
Excellent! Very well researched. Some surprises, little neat details. I found this very interesting and could not reading once I started.Published 18 days ago by Kelsie Blackmoon
Especially for those of us who are prairie-born. The photos are really lovely. It's not at all like me to cut up my books (I used to teach English) but I did cut some of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stotie in Seattle