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Posted November 5, 2008
Excellent Depiction of Real Mavericks
It is unfortunate that some reviewers of this book failed to recognize its simplistic brilliance. Contemporary Americans have much to learn from the grit, resourcefulness and enveloping love of these wilderness characters. Elinore and her compatriots were the original American social service network, providing food, shelter and forgiveness for all in need within their range. Her wealth lay in the natural beauty surrounding her and the love of an extended motely family. I highly recommend this book for its message and the rich prose of someone who truly understands the "Christian values" I hear we all hold so dearly.
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Posted August 17, 2008
A Lackluster Example of Feminine Empowerment
Though this primary source format has the potential to be strikingly inspirational to a reader, the content itself was bland in terms of accomplishing the goal of the book's publication. The letters written by Elinore Stewart are nothing more than letters to a former employer, with little meaning behind them. Her admirable qualities that were intended to stand out as components of revolutionary feminism are overshadowed by the unclear and vague accounts of her every day life, each letter growing more and more opaque to the reader's understanding as the piece drags on. The book would have likely been more of a success if written as a biography, as sometimes primary sources must be sacrificed for the overall comprehension and appeal to the audience.
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