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An American Odyssey Paperback – June 17, 2011
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"Donna Gruber Adair does well in crafting a riveting story of the pioneers. 'An American Odyssey' is a fine and much recommended read, not to be overlooked." - The Midwest Book Review MBR Bookwatch November 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is about winning, achieving freedom and adventure. It is a story about generations of Adair's who left their secure lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to explore the wide-open spaces and freedom that the West offered. They left behind a comfortable world and crossed a threshold into the unknown. Benjamin Adair took his family into this unknown world, exposing them to the dangers of the wilderness. Through this journey, we meet generations of Adair's, a good, kind and brave family, who endured the hardships of establishing a home from scratch, with little support and infrastructure. Their own skills and ability to persist kept them alive. The author keeps us hungry to read more as she constantly throws new challenges in front of the Adair's. She explores the emotional and physical ramifications caused by Indians, slavery and Civil War. I recommend this book as one of my top picks for 2012.
The characters lived in the 1800s and moved by covered wagon from Virginia to Ohio, then Indiana, and eventually to Kansas. At each place, the Adairs established farms and helped build communities that still exist today. While the book touches on the historical hardships and challenges endured by those early pioneers, it doesn't dwell on them. Instead, the central theme is family, and how determination, love and concern for one another carried them through the difficult times which included high water river crossings, broken wagons, Indians, locusts, prairie fires, the Gold Rush, vigilante violence, Civil War, reconstruction and of course, numerous births and deaths. It is the story of America in the 1800s as told through the activities of a real American family of determined pioneers, the Adairs, and is a very, very good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a marvelous and true story of the pioneers who went west. Ms. Adair uses her geneology research to create a moving book in which I came to know and love its characters.Published on July 12, 2013 by Alice C.
Loved this book. It's a great reminder of what our ancestors went through to develop this country. It's a book that should be read by all. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Donna K
An American OdysseyAn American Odyssey is a masterful blend of historical fact with fiction that portrays the lives of the early settlers. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Wayne L.
This story paints an incredible picture of the Adair family's westward movement across America. The book was very interesting; an extremely accurate portrayal of American... Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Snookman