Claiming Ground (Hardcover)

Author: Bell, Laura

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By turns cattle rancher, forest ranger, wife, and mother, Bell vividly recounts her struggle to find solid earth in which to put down roots. Brimming with careful insight, her story is a heart-wrenching ode to the rough, enormous beauty of the western landscape.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307272881
SKU 211425429
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0307272885
Release Date 3/9/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 1.25T
"An elegant, deep-running chronicle of Bell's 30 years living in the mountain West....A work of descriptive virtuosity and a hard, honest pull through rough emotional terrain-an exemplary memoir." (starred review)
"[W]onderfully written....Bell's extraordinary ability to impart a true sense of place on each page reveals a stark and stunning landscape populated with a playbill of peculiar personalities attracted to a life of solitude and hard physical work, and her life within this remarkable world." (starred review)
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Annotation After graduating from college in 1977, Kentucky girl Laura Bell decided to forego the rat race in favor of the sheep shuffle, as she moved to Wyoming and became a sheep herder. Though she originally intended to stay for only one summer, Bell is still there, more than 30 years later, as she reports in this evocative memoir of her unconventional calling. In prose that is both expressive and meditative, Bell conjures the astonishing, vanishing landscape of the Western prairie, as she attempts to balance the peace and wonder she has accumulated against the relationships with friends and family she left behind in Kentucky.
Editors Note Documents the author's late-1970s experiences in various eclectic jobs in Wyoming, a journey of self-exploration during which she met numerous eccentrics, struggled to forge a home, and realized her love for someone from her past.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0241
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group

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