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Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
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Sep 12, 12

Read in September, 2012

Beware..while elements of this book are narrative, this is pure non-fiction. Dorothy Wickenden does more than tell the story of her grandmother's 9 months as a teacher in remote, Pre-WWI Western Colorado. She fleshes out their experience by giving lots of background on the time period and the growth of the American West. If you are looking for a story filled with character growth/insight, you will not find it here.

That being said, I really enjoyed this read when I got comfortable with the structure. In some ways it reminded me of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks because Wickenden also tries to educate the reader on the historical and cultural forces intersecting with the main "characters". It is amazing to think that in the Rocky Mountains of 1916 there coexisted cars, trains, bicycles and horses. Or that Ivy-League educated men and women left the East and headed West for adventure or to try their luck on the frontier. You really get a sense of the atmosphere of hope, promise, and community that existed before the great tragedies of the 20th century.

As a previous reviewer noted, the pictures are difficult to see. However, a quick Google search leads you to copies accessible online. Great book for history buffs!!
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