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The Image Seeker (Bold Women of the 20th Century, Book 2)

4.88  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The Dust Bowl 1936-Battered and near death, Billie Bassett gazes up at the stars from the door of a boxcar wondering if she can go on. Yet, in spite of the violence and privation riding the rails, she endures and becomes one of the finest photojournalists in the nation.
From humble beginnings in an Indian boarding school in Minnesota to high society in New York City, Billie
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Published June 5th 2019 by Amazon Digital Service
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Stanley McShane
Billie Bassett is separated from her family and reservation in Minnesota at age 5 and sent to an Indian boarding school. Not allowed to speak her native language, she is fed, sheltered, and educated--until a tragic occurrence forces her decision to escape. She is lucky in that during several summers as she got older she was welcomed into a German farm family exchanging domestic help for another kind of education. And something else--love and support. It is through the encouragement and generosit ...more
Chele Kispert
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Hughes, you have amazed me again! The tale of The Image Seeker, is another wonder!

There are facts about our American history that have been minimized. One of these is life on our many reservations. Another is the plait of the poor before and during the Great Depression. In this tale that Ms Hughes has spun, she takes through many of these truths. Starting on a reservation in Northern Minnesota, to life on the rails as a drifter. The shores of California to the alleys of Brooklyn. Across the
Dorothy Wiley
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a nutshell, this was one of the best books I've ever read. It is a slice of life, and a thick slice at that, that opened my eyes to a fascinating period of American and international history. After a long and difficult journey, the main character becomes one of America's first female photojournalists. Successfully competing in a man's world, and highly creative, she is finally recognized as being among the finest news photographers in the nation. The setting is one of our country’s most tragi ...more
mary e savini
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very moving story

I felt a great deal of sadness reading this story. The capacity to mistreat fellow human beings is brought so forcefully smack in your face, takes my breath away. The beginning is told in such a matter of fact manner from a girls perspective that broke my heart. There is a love story, more than one in my eyes, but the real story is of love and respect for all our fellow human beings. I think that Native Americans honor this concept more than the white Europeans that "discovered"
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this for me rather sad, bleak story about a young girl escaping from a school for Indian children who lives for years riding the rails during the depression. While it had some interesting moments, there were just too many lucky coincidences to be truthful. I normally like Hughes writing but this was just too sad and a bit unbelievable for me.
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