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These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
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Aug 14, 10


This book is about a girl, Sarah Agnes Prine, and her stories as a pioneer/territorial settler in the late 1800s. The book is her journal and she begins writing at about 14 years old, then it ends when she's in her 30s, though the entries are spotty and much more rare at the end. The character is VERY loosely based on the author's great-grandmother. The author is from Arizona and attended Pima Community College and the University of Arizona as an older adult.

At points in this book, it feels a little depressing like Tess of the D'Urbervilles, like "What else could go wrong for this poor girl?" And other times, things are going splendidly and I'm almost jealous of her beautiful family and sassy, independent attitude.

I think this book is a classic book club read and worthwhile for anyone. I don't think it's a spectacularly crafted piece of fiction, and while there is plenty of excitement, there's no "climax" or "plot," per se, but I still found it to be a pretty decent page-turner.
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