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Winner of the 1997 _Evans Handcart Prize_, these are the complete diaries of Patty Sessions, detailing early Mormon life from Illinois to Utah.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Utah State University Press
(first published May 1997)
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This book was not what I was hoping for so I only read the first little bit. This book would be great if you want to read a day-to-day account of an LDS pioneer woman who crossed the plains. She was a midwife and I was hoping that the diary would be accounts of her experiences as a midwife, but it wasn't. She wrote in the diary almost every day but the entries typically consisted of only one or two sentences of what happened that day, i.e. felt sick today, put Mary to bed with a baby boy (which ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Jeanette rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Patty Sessions is my 4th great-grandmother. This is a really interesting volume of her diaries with great notes and a really good introduction about Patty Sessions and her family. She became a midwife while living in Maine and then used those skills as she moved across the plains as a Mormon Pioneer and in the settlement of Utah.
I was expecting more of a biography, so it took a little while to get into reading this book. It's her diaries verbatim - without the footnotes the book wouldn't have made as much sense. I did enjoy it once I got used to reading it and learned some interesting tidbits...like an emetic (something to induce vomiting) is the answer to any illness. :)