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From Barnes & Noble"The morning is spread before us, raw and brilliant, tumbling for miles into the desert basin below. The sheep are fanned in a great pale arc through the sage, and the birds cry out their morning songs."
Have you ever fantasized about leaving behind the materialism of civilization to live a simpler life in the wilderness? Bell did just that. After college graduation in 1977, she left her home in Kentucky to seek adventure in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin. With no grand plan or political agenda, she was simply drawn to the "nomadic life of horses and sheep and dogs."
Her soulful memoir chronicles three decades in this awesome, unyielding landscape, a place "whose bare-bones immensity can make you feel like a sacrifice left on a slab for the gods to pick clean."
Bell worked at grueling jobs, many of which hadn't been tackled by a woman before. She tells of her first lonely years as a shepherd on the seasonal trek from the lowlands to the high tundra, and then as a supervisor during calving season. As her confidence builds, Bell feels a sweet satisfaction that increases her longing for connection. Among the solitary eccentrics available, she meets and marries a widower, accepting his young daughters into her life, opening her heart. But when her marriage disintegrates, she tries once again to disappear from her life, only to yield to the inexorable pull back home.