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Leaning into the wind : women write from the heart of the West

Author: Linda M Hasselstrom; Gaydell M Collier; Nancy Curtis
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What kind of woman flourishes on the High Plains, that harsh but beautiful expanse of prairie stretching roughly from the Rockies to the Mississippi River? What some people may picture as a wasteland is, in fact, home to all the women in this book: sheep and cattle ranchers, grassland farmers, rural teachers and mail carriers, wilderness rangers - ordinary women who posses extraordinary grit. In the true stories,
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Biography
Biography Anecdotes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda M Hasselstrom; Gaydell M Collier; Nancy Curtis
ISBN: 0395837383 9780395837382 0395901316 9780395901311
OCLC Number: 36066010
Notes: "A Marc Jaffe book."
Description: xxi, 388 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Growing into the land --
This soil, my body --
I carry the ranch inside me --
Pay a holy kind of attention --
2. Taking the measure of the high plains --
Grass echoes grass --
Not a half-assed country --
Experience counts --
Savoring the prairies --
Choose the music --
The good dance --
The river of stories.
Responsibility: edited by Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis.
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What kind of woman flourishes on the High Plains, that harsh but beautiful expanse of prairie stretching roughly from the Rockies to the Mississippi River? What some people may picture as a wasteland is, in fact, home to all the women in this book: sheep and cattle ranchers, grassland farmers, rural teachers and mail carriers, wilderness rangers - ordinary women who posses extraordinary grit. In the true stories, poems, and reflections in Leaning into the Wind these.

Women tell of the rigors, glories, and ironies of Western life over the past century. Some are native to the region, some are transplants, but all have made their living, at least in part, from the land - a land that both "wounds and heals, isolates and unites," in the words of Harriet Rochlin. They are survivors: One proved her mettle at age eleven as a barnyard midwife during a prairie tornado; another's marriage was sorely tested by "the great bull round-up." Here are.

Lessons - often hilarious - on the many uses of baling wire, how to navigate a tractor, and how to tell the real cowboys from the fakes. Here, too, are the family lives and legacies that strengthen these women's roots in the prairie soil.

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