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Letters of a Woman Homesteader

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  5,049 ratings  ·  695 reviews
"Peopled with the kinds of characters most novelists only dream of"(Christian Science Monitor), this classic account of American frontier living captures the rambunctious spirit of a pioneer who set out in 1909 to prove that a woman could ranch. Stewart's captivating missives from her homestead in Wyoming bring to full life the beauty, isolation, and joys of working the pr ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Mariner Books (first published May 1st 1914)
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Diane Barnes
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This lady had everything needed by the pioneer women. She was smart, kind, strong, not afraid of hard work, inventive, humble, had a great sense of humor and love of life. It never fails to amaze me when reading accounts of this type at how much people could get done in a week or a month or a year. Yeah, that's the thing about hard work....It gets things accomplished. Leaves very little time for whining and complaining.

I very much enjoyed these letters describing a homesteader's life in Wyoming
Carla Baku
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants some inspiration
This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I have probably read it at least a dozen times. This is the story of a person who followed her heart and worked incredibly hard; the end result is that she built a life she loved. Set in Wyoming at the start of the 20th century, Stewart (a widowed single mother)left the drudgery of taking in wash to work on a cattle ranch and prove up her own piece of land for homesteading.

She writes with wonderful droll humor and remarkable insight to the human
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“Fallen trees were everywhere and we had to avoid the branches, which was powerful hard to do. Besides, it was quite dusky among the trees long before night, but it was all so grand and awe-inspiring. Occasionally there was an opening through which we could see the snowy peaks, seemingly just beyond us, toward which we were headed.But when you get among such grandeur you get to feel how little you are and how foolish is human endeavor, except that which reunites us with the mighty force called g ...more
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Of course I rate this book a five because my great grandmother wrote it and I can relate to it because of my grandmother's stories about growing up. However, if I was not related, I would still love this book because it is very similar in style to Jack London's prose. It has historical and sentimental value.
Magrat Ajostiernos

Elinore Pruitt Stuart me deja admirada y maravillada tras leer estas cartas llenas de encanto, humor y un amor por la naturaleza y el prójimo altamente contagioso.
¡A mi wishlist ya 'Cartas de una cazadora'! :D
Lise Petrauskas
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, homestead
I have fallen in love with Elinore Pruitt Stuart. For one thing, she's witty and kind. For another, I love her philosophy of scaring off troubles with a belly laugh. She's a keen observer of people and loves and can describe natural beauty. She is independent, curious, loyal, likes to eat, is kind to children and animals, is not afraid of hard work, is open-minded, and is honest enough to laugh at herself when she is wrong. She seems to have made friends easily, which is natural probably for som ...more
No tengo palabras para describir lo que he disfrutado leyendo este libro. Me ha resultado delicioso.
Las cartas escritas por Elinore hace tantos años, te trasladan a una época perdida, a una forma de vida en contacto con la naturaleza, de solidaridad entre vecinos y de amistades para toda la vida.
Y también transmiten fuerza y vivacidad. Fuerza de una mujer que escapó de los estereotipos de su época, y que decidió tomar las riendas de su vida e irse a una nueva tierra para empezar de nuevo con su
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro precioso y sencillo sobre una mujer fuerte, valiente, optimista, y amante de la naturaleza.
Es un libro que huele a empoderamiento, pino y a bollitos calientes. Una delicia.
Jul 19, 2011 marked it as own-unread  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio, kindle, usa, history
Right now the Kindle version if free at Amazon.
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Definitely love this book. Thank God for pioneer women!
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho, hay cartas que se hacen algo pesadas, pero las descripciones, las aventuras que narra y sobre todo el carácter de la autora es una maravilla, está plagada de positivismo y alegría. Da gusto encontrarse personajes así.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos, no-ficci-n
Este libro no es una novela, contiene una serie de cartas que la autora envía a su patrona y donde narra su día a día como colona en el oeste americano. Una delicia. Mi reseña:
Letters of a Woman Homesteader hits close to my heart. My husband and I farm the land that his grand-parents first homestead in the 1910’s. I was not born here but I immigrated from Brazil close to 25 years ago. It was, and in some ways still is, a very hard adaptation to rural life and Canadian winters. I often think of those women pioneers that braved this land without the amenities I have: indoor plumbing, electricity, cars, phones, internet. Their stories and bravery is still part of the loc ...more
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women homesteaders
These letters make for a fascinating narrative and descriptive journal of Mrs. Stewart's life, moving from the city to a Wyoming homestead, marrying and still having the determination to homestead ON HER OWN. She is a very positive, optimistic individual, generous and giving, nearly always seeing the positive in others. Her words and attitude are inspirational.

Whether tidbits are fabricated or exaggerated is a bit of topic of debate. However, the general storylines, characters, and situations ar
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pioneer-memoirs
My initial review was lost since I first read this book in 2013. I have just finished it again five years later, and enjoyed it even more the second time. What I love about Elinore Pruitt Stewart's letters is how they reveal her indomitable spirit and determination to be cheerful. Although she lost her husband at a young age, and then an infant boy, she never lacked optimism. And she absolutely loved homesteading! "Any woman who can stand her own company, can see the beauty of a sunset, loves gr ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this just a little over three years ago, and I loved it immediately. I'm happy to report that I love it still. How absolutely delightful it is! I smiled and chuckled and cheered throughout it.

Elinore Pruitt Rupert, a widow with a young daughter, took a job keeping house for a man named Clyde Stewart out on the plains of Wyoming in 1909. She wanted to try homesteading for herself, but knew she'd need some way of keeping herself and her daughter until she had her homestead up and runn
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Increíble me ha encantado, mi reseña en el blog:
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series of letters written by a young widow on the Wyoming frontier, sent regularly from 1909 to 1913 to her friend back home in Denver. Since the letters were not originally intended for publication, they are very personal and chatty, and I felt when reading them as if I had stumbled onto a dusty pile of letters from a long-gone great-grandmother and was discovering a piece of forgotten family history for the first time. This is part of the charm of this book; i ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub, non-fiction
I had all but the last two chapters of this book read in July. I have several books (five, I believe) in the same state that I just need to wrap up. Since I had already listened to the audio version of this book last year, I felt prepared for book club, even without the last part. I enjoyed my second read of this book as much as the first time. It is really a very delightful book. This book is a compilation of letters written by a woman who homesteads in Wyoming. The stories she tells are deligh ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars if it were possible.

I enjoyed the voice of the MC in this autobiography via letters. She was a single parent and a homesteader. It was 'mighty powerful' to use a term that she used a lot. Her voice felt so authentic. I love reading about the pioneer spirit and she had a double helping. I loved her descriptions of the people and the places.

This book was a quick read and it was fun.
Challice Neipp
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It is true, I want a great many things I haven't got, but I don't want them enough to be discontented, and not enjoy the many blessings that are mine."

I think this is now one of my favorite books. I loved the history, the grit and determination, the nature and geography, and most of all Elinor's wit and humor. I would somewhat describe her as a homesteader Anne of Green Gables. Her optimistic letters give a picture of true life on the range but still a hopeful view. I loved it and will read it
“I am so glad when I can bring a little of this big, clean, beautiful outdoors into your apartment for you to enjoy. And I can think of nothing that would give me more happiness than to bring the West and its people to others who could not otherwise enjoy them.”

These are good, old-fashioned stories, similar to the ones I remember hearing from my Midwestern US relatives. Her letters give us an intimate look into the life of this woman homesteader, as she overcomes challenges with laughter, a posi
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Probably one of my most favorite things to read are the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Aside from getting all atwitter over exact instructions on how to make my own meat smokehouse, I love the parts of the books that focus on the gritty side of life - like having to deal with Nellie Oleson, or the very real possibility of being killed in a freak blizzard, or tornado season. What can I say, I like drama.

Letters of a Woman Homesteader reminds me of a more grown-up, dramatic, and shor
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Finished with my latest Kindle book, I wondered what I would read next. I wasn't ready to cough up another $10 for a regular book, but I was tired of reading samples. A regular book was out of the question - I was already in bed, and a two-handed read was just too much to consider. (Wah.) So I came upon this, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, for FREE on Kindle. My expectations were low. Free? A series of letters, written by a woman who never had ANY formal schooling, during the late 1800's to ear ...more
Thom Swennes
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Positive delightful! Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart is a collection of highly readable, interesting, informative, moving and occasionally very humorous letters. She wrote epically long letters to everyone that showed the slightest interest in reading them. It is a shame that she settled on this as a medium of displaying her considerable talent. The letters were written to various recipients during the period 1909-1913 and covered many subjects. The letters were first pu ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was quite taken by surprise when I started reading this book. What a little gem! This is typically not my first, second, third... you get the idea... choice in subject matter for books I read. What an adventure! What a life! What a community! Elinore's narrative, through her letters to a former employer, describes a desolate life in a bleak land that even sweet corn won't grow in. Alas, if you sit and wallow in all you don't have it will make your life that much harder. Elinore's powerful opti ...more
Deanne Patterson
This is a nonfiction book consisting of letters written to people detailing Elinore Pruitt Stewart's life. Original publication of this book is 1914. I thought I would enjoy this book because I enjoy reading pioneer stories and historical books are one of my favorite genre to read. Unfortunately the writing style is very simplistic like they may not have had more than a fifth grade education. There were many spelling errors but they were left there since they are her true letters. I am a stickle ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Literally sick from the hard work and poor living conditions in Denver, widowed Elinore took her ~4 year old daughter and settled in the wilds of Wyoming. Although the territory was largely unpeopled and filled with physical hardship, Elinore loved it. She wrote amusing letters filled with anecdotes to her friends back home; this is a collection of some of them. Her descriptions of the beautiful landscapes and odd people she encounters are wonderfully wrought. Altogether, it's rather like a sarc ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Una historia auténtica del Oeste americano real. Desde la perspectiva de una mujer valiente y que podía ver más allá de la fachada de las personas. Increíble como disfrutaba con cada cosa pequeña. Dejo la reseña completa del blog:
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of the accounts of homesteaders and pioneers on the Oregon trail since I was a child. Give me a whole chapter on how one makes butter in the winter and I'm happy. Is it time to build a new lean-to? Tell me all about it. Farming potatoes on new land? I'm all ears. So, Letters of a Woman Homesteader was, to me, the perfect collection of stories which follow the true life of Elinore Pruitt Stewart, a woman who took her young daughter to claim some land in Burnt Fork, Wyoming in 1909 ...more
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Elinore Pruitt Stewart (born Elinore Pruitt; June 3, 1876 – October 8, 1933) was a homesteader in Wyoming, and a memoirist who between 1909 and 1914 wrote letters describing her life there to a former employer in Denver, Colorado. Those letters, which reveal an adventurous, capable, and resourceful woman of lively intelligence, were published in two collections in 1914 and 1915. The first of those ...more
“Of course I am extra strong, but those who try know that strength and knowledge come with doing. I just love to experiment, to work, and to prove out things, so that ranch life and "roughing it" just suit me.” 3 likes
“My brother Calvin is very sweet. God had to give him to us because he squealed so much he sturbed the angels. We are not angels so he dont sturb us.” 2 likes
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