- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395911516
- ISBN-13: 978-0395911518
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 639 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The letters begin in 1909, apparently right after a homestead act made it possible for the author, Elinore Pruitt Stewart, to claim a homestead of 160 acres in Wyoming. Ms. Stewart is a very resourceful woman as well as a wonderful story-teller. She explains that she never received formal education but she refers to current literature so I am guessing that she has learned to write from her interest in reading. Apparently she was a prolific author in her time and one of her descendants has published a book about her. (There are pictures of her on the web and more information if you want to know more about her.)
Elinore has a cheerful and pragmatic approach to life making her well-written letters a lot of fun to read. She mostly writes about events, usually involving meeting some of the other inhabitants of the area, ranging from mountain men to Mormons. She loves to go camping and several times recounts setting out on her horse with her baby and camping in the wilderness. She brings very little supplies, catching trout and snaring rabbits for food. She also does some description of her everyday life which apparently was very busy and full of hard work but she always describes it as fulfilling.
I enjoyed this slice of life from another time. It is a quick fun read and definitely worth the price!
She did all this with so much humor and grace, considering how difficult and challenging it was with the terrain and the isolation. The shrewd perceptions of people, places and things are reflected in her letter writing.
You will feel, in reading her letters a sense of awe at the community of these times and how much these people gave of themselves when they had so little.
As I continued to read I felt like I was experiencing the situations with her. The story is written as letters which is a refreshing change of pace. I would have loved to read the letters that were sent back to her as she references them many time.
This is a wonderfully, beautiful story of a woman setting out on her own to start a new, exciting life. It has many unexpected twists and turns and shouldn't be missed. I simply loved this book!
I searched for homesteading books on Amazon, found this little book and saw that it was free, so I grabbed the chance. I was very much delighted! Many of the characters, although I am only given a few moments with them so I couldn't get to know them deeply, they have surprisingly already become dear to me. I am so grateful for this book, it has entertained me well. The letters are old, but real. I still don't want to let go of my mini ranch life, as a woman homesteader, living modestly but fully by the name of Elinore Pruitt Stewart.
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