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Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West Paperback – May 18, 2004
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This diverse and uplifting collection of prose and poetry is the third gathered by the editors, three literary women who also work ranches and whose aim is to honestly portray the lives of contemporary western women. One hundred fifty-three women contributed pieces on the ways in which communities of women, whether spontaneous or organized, have affected their lives. Some groups will sound familiar in all parts of the country, like the "casserole women" in a nameless subdivision taking food to the family of a SIDS victim or the "Tupperware ladies" who make their signature hot dish in response to every birth, death, anniversary, and broken leg. Others seem unique to the West, like the four animal-loving friends from isolated ranches who gather for the births of horses and puppies, ending with a champagne toast, or the woman who conducts tortilla-making lessons for her daughter, then later her grandchildren. Church ladies, sewing and quilting circles, library "read-alouds," yoga and meditation groups, Uno-playing chemotherapy patients--all have contributed to this thoughtful, restorative collection. Deborah Donovan
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"They depict an American West that is blessedly unromantic."
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These are true stories by our friends, neighbors, and people we probably don't much care for who live down the lane. And because these women so fearlessly let us into their lives, we are able to be part of that circle of comapssion and understanding that is what I believe is the true nature of humanity.
Yeah I know, I'm making it sound like it's a bluepprint for world peace--but maybe it is!
Anyway, these are stories(and poems) that will make you weep and laugh out loud --I would recommend it to any type ofwomen studies groups.
Some of these women are professional writers, and some are previously unpublished writers, but some simply have a story to tell.
And what stories! These women write in a straightforward and unpretentious manner about the women (and men) who lift them up, aggravate them, support them, teach them, and, more often than not, need their help in return. We hear stories of Native American healers, church groups serving funeral lunches, firefighters, book clubs, families, snow-shovel posses, and politics in the West.
I feel like I want to give this book to all of my close women friends, whether they physically live in my community or not.
The essays in this book will definitely make you think about your own connections to others, no matter what size town you call home. I highly recommend it, and cannot wait to get my hands on the other anthologies by these editors (Leaning into the Wind, and Woven on the Wind).