Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.95
  • Save: $3.30 (17%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Details
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Following Isabella: Trave... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May include "From the library of" labels.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Following Isabella: Travels in Colorado Then and Now Paperback – May 23, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.65
$16.65 $0.01

Featured selections in Biographies & Memoirs
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
$16.65 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Leaving the flatlands of Michigan for the spatial largesse of Colorado, Root (Landscapes with Figures) follows the 1873 tour by nature writer and pioneer Isabella Bird. Conflating Bird's travails as chronicled in A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains with his own narrative, Root both educates about the experiences of the Victorian clergyman's daughter, an invalid... an apparent spinster until the age of fifty, a small, well-mannered woman who traveled alone and mostly rode astraddle in an age when ladies rode side-saddle and compares them to his own impressions of Colorado. Problematically, Root's story of motor tours or hikes [that] take place on weekdays pales in comparison to that of Bird traversing a still wild west. While he says we all need—or ought—to know where we are, not merely the address but the nature of the place, Root's account relies on mundane details of his daily activities and effusive statements (How grand it would feel to make the passage through and to emerge once again in unlimited space, in a place that might fill me). 10 b&w illus. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From the Publisher

Robert Root is Professor Emeritus of English, Central Michigan University and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University. An author and editor, his most recent works are Landscapes With Figures: The Nonfiction of Place and The Nonfictionist's Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; First Edition edition (May 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806140186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806140186
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
50%
4 star
50%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I began reading, "Following Isabella, Travels in Colorado, Then and Now"by Robert Root with a critical eye. Who on earth did this author think he was, coming to Colorado and writing about the State like he knew the place? Writers are supposed to write about what they know, aren't they? That is only partially true, I concluded, because in the genre of famous travel writing, historically, the authors have known very little about the places they are writing about.
Take, for example , the earliest travel writers in America. Columbus was one of them, who traveled to the Americas four times in the 15th Century and finally returned to Spain a broken man. And what about Cabaza de Vaca, who landed in Florida, ended up in Texas and wrote a tale of acculturation called, "Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca." Thomas Harriot wrote a travel piece about Virginia, called "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia", and shortly after its publication the entire Roanoke Colony disappeared. Isabella Bird whom Root is writing about is the author of "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains". Root astutely points out that her title is something of a misnomer in light of the fact that she only spent three months in the Rocky Mountains, not a lifetime.
So my initial premise, that Root was doomed to write an impostor's tale because he came to the Rocky Mountains as a novice after twenty seven years of living in Michigan did not have any validity. I decided that a prerequisite of travel writing is a certain degree of cluelessness about the place that the author is writing about. Root's description of driving through Eldorado Springs and observing the rock climbers is a perfect example of his status as a newcomer.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse