Riding the White Horse Home: A Western Family Album

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The daughter and granddaughter of Wyoming ranchers, Teresa Jordan gives us a lyrical and superbly evocative book that is at once a family chronicle and a eulogy for the land her people helped shape and in time were forced to leave. Author readings.

The daughter and granddaughter of Wyoming ranchers, Teresa Jordan gives us a lyrical and superbly evocative book that is at once a family chronicle and a eulogy for the land her people ...

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Overview

The daughter and granddaughter of Wyoming ranchers, Teresa Jordan gives us a lyrical and superbly evocative book that is at once a family chronicle and a eulogy for the land her people helped shape and in time were forced to leave. Author readings.

The daughter and granddaughter of Wyoming ranchers, Teresa Jordan gives us a lyrical and superbly evocative book that is at once a family chronicle and a eulogy for the land her people helped shape and in time were forced to leave.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Through four generations Jordan's family lived on a ranch in southeastern Wyoming. When it was sold, she felt she had lost a way of life. She attempts to resolve that loss in this charming memoir, recalling incidents in her childhood and examining the lives of female family members. We meet Jordan's paternal grandmother ``a difficult woman'', her mother and her great-aunt--all women who had to accept difficult lives that included hard physical labor and its attendant dangers. Noting the decline of the family farm, Jordan regrets that our culture teaches us to value a professional life more than one tied to the land. Her community, Iron Mountain, numbers 30 today, down from a population of 2000 a century ago. Apr.
Library Journal
Jordan grew up on a ranch in the Iron Mountain area of southeastern Wyoming. She presents a family album of memories about grandparents, parents, brothers, aunts, friends, and hired hands who had an influence on her thoughts and actions. The result is a no-holds-barred description of the joys and sorrows of ranch life, the hard economic times, the injuries and broken bones, and the endurance required for survival. Jordan relates how she longed to return to the ranch when she was away or living elsewhere. She describes the excitement of calving time and of breaking and riding horses and the importance of cattle in the ranch environment. Readers who like stories about life on the ranch will identify with many events in this book. Recommended for collections on Northwest lore.-- Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Piscataway, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679751359
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Series: Vintage Departures Series
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Departures ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,030,801
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
My Family Tree 2
Walking the Hogbacks: A Prologue 3
Legends 19
Mothers 41
How Coyote Sent the White Girl Home 73
Newtime: A Calving Diary 89
Bones 113
Marie 131
The Death of the Hired Man 157
Writing My Grandmother's Life 177
My Life as a Bride 197
Looking Back 209
Notes 211
Permissions Acknowledgments 221
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