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I Am a Stranger Here Myself

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Part history, part memoir, I Am a Stranger Here Myself taps dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history, and embracing womanhood in the patriarchal American West. Gwartney becomes fascinated with the missionary Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, the first Caucasian woman to cross the Rocky Mountains and one of fourteen people killed at the Whitman ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 15th 2019 by University of New Mexico Press (first published February 6th 2019)
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    Cindy Sundvik
    Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I picked up this book to learn more about Narcissa Whitman. However, I learned so much more. This fun to read, couldn’t-put-it-down book gave me some insight into myself as a granddaughter, daughter, mother, wife, woman, and dreamer. It gave me permission to look back at my life and ancestry with appreciation and understanding, and look forward to my own life with a new vigor to color outside the family lines.

    Gwartney sets her own life against the backdrop of Narcissa Whitman, "the first Caucas
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    Fletcher
    Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I Am a Stranger Here Myself is meant for all who seek a deeper relationship with their ancestry, their community, and themselves.

    The story opens with the narrator’s road trip to her grandfather’s funeral in Salmon, Idaho, the small town where she and several generations of family before her were born and raised. On the way, she's tailgated by an impatient Idaho stranger in a big pick up—tailgated all her life by her family’s expectations of who she should be and what she should do with her life.
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    Karen
    Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book is a well-crafted narrative that combines the study and analysis of Narcissa Whitman’s history and letters, interspersed with the author’s own reflections as a native born Idaho woman examining her personal experiences and cultural roots. A wonderful read!
    Jill Sullivan
    Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Debra Gwartney’s book is what memoir strives to be—questioning, curious, exploratory and deeply reflective. The writing is fabulous—phrases roll off the page as the author explores what it means to inhabit the West. Braiding her story with that of Narcissa Whitman, an early American missionary who raised the ire of the Native population she was trying to “save,” Gwartney questions both hers and Narcissa’s innermost insecurities, motives, failures and success.

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