The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party
From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier
“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” – Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review
In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Ill...more
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This account is a little different in that it does not focus on the Donners, but another family that was traveling in the party. Franklin and Elizabeth Graves, their married daughter Sarah, her husband, and their eight children left Illinois on their fateful journey. The story r ...more
Maybe someone more fascinated by or familiar with the Donner party would be able to follow this, but it felt overloaded with information. I wish it had simply focused on Sarah Graves. Instead, there was such an array of people involved, it was near impossible to keep track of them all. I wouldn't say it was poorly written; just not the book for me.
I knew very little about the Donner party and now know more than I ever wanted to know. (Why did I think this would be less gory???)
What I really found fascinating and appreciated about the book was all I learned about the life and trials of the pioneers: the lice, the lack of water, the dust... I would have to be of stronger stu ...more
It was 1846 and promises of land and a wonderful life were being publicized to the American populace. Settlers in many states loaded up wagons and set off in groups to make the long trek to California, usually thousands of m ...more
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I don't know how many of you played the computer game Oregon Trail, but it was all the rage when I was in elementary school. You'd pick your family members, head off with a wagon, a number of oxen, yokes, supplies, etc. Then, you'd head off on the Oregon Trail, praying for balmy conditions as you travel ...more
Well, (spoiler) they were right. But I felt this book was well written and very carefully researched. It you ever thought the idea of pioneering was romantic, you probably should read this book. That'll set you straight.
Can a book be both beautiful and horrific at the same time? Brown tells the tale of the Donner party through the perspective of Sarah Graves, a recently-married young woman who is optimistic about her new life and the journey ahead of her. Though I was familiar ...more
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