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Dear Mad'm (Women of the West) Paperback – October, 1982

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Product Details

  • Series: Women of the West
  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Naturegraph Pub; 1982 ed edition (October 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879611316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879611316
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
My grandmother gave me this book several years ago, and I have just finished reading it for the 2nd time. "Dear Mad'm" chronicles the adventures of octagenarian Stella Patterson who, realizing she has spunk and energy to spare, in addition to a great pair of "young legs", sets out to manage her placer mine in the remote wilds of northern California. With wit and style she relates an amazing year of adventurous living on the mighty Klamath river,striving with and against nature, kept company by a herd of friendly goats, her beloved dog Vicki, and a neighborly duo of miners whom she comes to love as family. I found myself enthralled with her tales and filled with admiration for this energetic and adventuresome lady who said "No!" to old age and lived out her dream in her little cabin in the wilderness. I would dearly love to learn what became of her and to read any other biographical material that is available relating to this remarkable woman.
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I read this book several years ago,and enjoyed it.I recently reread it after travelling from Yreka to Happy Camp,and realizing what a very remote and wild area it is now,let alone back in the 50s.I was impressed with the courage and physical fitness that the author had at the age of eighty.The book is written in a simple but interesting way.There are surprises throughout!
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By A Customer on June 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I first purchased this book while on a vacation trip exactly 14 years ago (1989); since then I've tried to read it at least once a year. I laugh my way through the book, and the author's courage & zest for life continues to inspire me! I only hope I am able to always view life with the same gusto & joy she had, trials & tribulations notwithstanding. She was quite a remarkable woman.
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DEAR MAD'M IS WONDERFUL SO GREAT AND SO HILARIOUS AND REALLY BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN I JUST LOVED SO MUCH I THAT I AM GOING TO READ IT OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN ITS THAT GREAT HOW STELLA WALTHALL PATTERSON LIVED IN HER CABIN AND HAD FRIENDS THERE LIKE DEAR SIR, AND UP AND UP AND FRENCHY .AND THE MAIL MAN TOM I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS THAT I HAVE EVER READ I THINK I WILL GET A COPY WHO IS NINETY ONE AND STILL GOING STRONG. SHE SAYS SHE WANTS I MAY LOAN MY COPY IF SHE GIVES IT BACK.I THINK I WILL GET A COPY ANYWAY I ORDERED A HARDBACK COPY OF IT FROM A ANOTHER PLACE BUT HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT YET IN THE MAIL.I MAY LOAN HER THAT COPY OF IT I THINK SHE WILL JUST LOVE IT LIKE I DO.
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This is a great book to read. It is about than Elder living on her own in a remote area. How she was able to accomplish her everyday needs. Very enjoyable story. I sent this books to a few friends.
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A Kid's Review on February 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
For 2 years my grandma had been after me to read this book, but I didn't think it looked that great so left it collecting dust on my bookshelf. Finally, when desparate for a book to read at the last minute for a school book report, I grabbed Dear Mad'm. I was a little disappointed by the first chapter but after that the story blasted off. Who would think a book about an 80 year old woman living in the Siskiyou Mt by the Klamath River could be so exciting? She left the comforts of the city because she was bored. For 80 years old she was very young acting. She moved into a rusty old cabin and the adventures started from there - from how she got food and supplies from a nearby camp, making curtains out of flour sacks dying them yellow and green by soaking them in onion skins and green plant leaves, to planting large patches of wildflowers. But the silliest part was her friendship with two neighbors who she nicknamed 'UpnUp' and 'Dear Sir' and they nicknamed her 'Dear Mad'm.' The most exciting part was when she fought off a cougar that was attacking her dog 'Vicky.' Dear Mad'm shot the cougar in the head with a gun that weighed almost more than she did. This book is a ture story written by Stella Walthall Patterson who was the real Dear Mad'm.
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A delightful story that I bought for my mom who is familiar with the area that the story took place in, loves her flowers and is quite an independent woman who will be 90 this year. I know she will love the book.
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I found it to be a well written heartwarming story of following your own path, being adventurous in your senior years, and finding your true community. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
If you think you might like an autobiography by a spunky nature loving woman living in the mountains this one's for you!
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