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Montana Sky
I read it all the way through, but I hated it. There were so many ridiculous factual inaccuracies that I could write a novel on this novel! How incred ...more
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Feb 03, 2008
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
This is the worst book ever. Bryson is a fat, cynical white guy traveling around the country, proclaiming in the subtitle: "Travels in Small Town Amer ...more
Feb 19, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
Bad Land: An American Romance
I picked this book up on the advice of the gossip monger of Terry, Montana. Terry is my favorite town ever, but I can't live there because there are n ...more
Feb 11, 2005
Feb 07, 2008
This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
This book, like this doctor, is amazing. I read it in one sitting, and it brought me to tears many times over. As a doctor providing legal abortions i ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Colorado: Megan's Choice/Em's Only Chance/Lisa's Broken Arrow/Banjo's New Song (Heartsong Novella Collection)
Whoops. This darn Christian literature posing as pioneer romance stories caught me again! The problem with this whole genre of writing is that so ofte ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Quicksand - The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo
It seems so many young adult books string a series of un-descriptive sentences together, forming a sort of plot where the characters have no depth of ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
Sweet Savage Heart
I love a good romance: they really have the ability to take my mind off whatever is going on in the "real world" and put me in a place where dreams co ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Hog Ranches of Wyoming: Liquor, Lust, & Lies Under Sagebrush Skies
This book described life on a "Hog Ranch" slightly better than I've ever read before. My first introduction to the term "hog ranch" came from Lonesome ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
The first time I "read" this, my mom read it to my family on a car trip out west. I re-read it again last summer.

Meriwether Lewis and Sacajawea (Saka
May 06, 1998
Feb 06, 2008
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree
I am a huge fan of pioneers. I love history, and I really enjoy stories of women's struggles with the land. This one was just a little too distant for ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album
This book really hit home with me. It captures a part of the west, and the way westerners become their own community, their own family, and their own ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale
This was one of those suck-you-in, have you feeling like when you look up from the book you should be looking out the window onto an English moor kind ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Unfortunately, Gary McCarthy has no idea what it's like to be a woman. Without really trying to understand, he writes a generalized, silly book full o ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Great Plains
How did I miss this one when I was going through my Ian Frazier stage? This book is previous to his famous novel, On The Rez, but I enjoyed this one e ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Mar 13, 2010
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Why isn't this required reading in high school? It's so much more interesting and thought provoking than the tripe we were fed!

This book will make yo
Oct 18, 2004
Feb 06, 2008
Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself By Becoming an EMT
I think everyone who has that quiet place in themselves that takes action in a crisis, rather than falling to pieces or panicking, should become an EM ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
One of the best books I have ever read. His prose is incredible! I would recommend this to anyone interested in pioneers or Montana.
Jun 06, 2006
Jan 31, 2008
Deep Black: An Advaenture Through the Black Canyon
A true novel of two men descending into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and attempting to navigate the river, mirroring the successful ...more
Apr 15, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Historic Hahns Peak
This book was very helpful for the area immediately surrounding the small town of Hahns Peak. Although it did include the Elkhorn mine, its scope did ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
Women of the West
This book is amazing. It includes excerpts from women's diaries, but not just your average covered wagon/ Oregon Trail pioneers. We have diaries of bl ...more
Feb 10, 2006
Feb 06, 2008
Apples of the Mummy's Eye: The Dickerson Sisters
This is the story of two sisters who grew up on their grandfather's 1911 homestead claim, high in the Rocky Mountains in the Poudre Canyon. The sister ...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 19, 2010
Half Broke Horses
Wow, talk about tough love! From the beginning, you have to admire the main character for her guts. But as the book goes on, she sounds less like a de ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
Pioneer Women: The Lives of Women on the Frontier
My very favorite thing about this book is the cover photo, and the author's explanation of this. Because I have read a huge number of pioneer stories, ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Cowboy Trouble
How lucky for me to grace a romance novel about a big city journalist moved out west to live her dream, especially considering I am a big city journal ...more
Apr 17, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
Rocky Mountain Warden
This book surprised me. Sometimes, Calkins would come off as a sensitive, careful warden with an eye for the greater good. Other times, he would kill ...more
Feb 2011
Mar 01, 2011
The Last Cowboy
Jane Kramer makes cowboys sound like they are all women-hating, animal-abusing alcoholics with no morals and little dignity. This book, and its charac ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Mar 13, 2010
Where Rivers Meet: Lore from the Colorado Frontier
Another fantastic book from Muriel Marshall! Where Rivers Meet is about the Delta, Colorado area, including the history of the surrounding towns encom ...more
Jan 18, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
What Once We Loved (Kinship and Courage Series, #3)
I entered into this trilogy in the last book, I think. Generally I love books about pioneers, and this one had some horse-interest going on as well. H ...more
Jan 24, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
Colorado Mountain Women: Tales From the Mining Camps
I hated this book at first-- every story had a happy (or hopeful) ending. Miner's wives didn't have happy lives, they lived in a crummy cabin and were ...more
Mar 04, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
Homesteading: A Montana Family Album
I read this after I read Bad Land by Jonathan Raban. Bad Land is about the dry land homesteaders of the eastern Montana territory, a country I happen ...more
Jul 2006
Feb 07, 2008
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