No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life

No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life

by Linda M. Hasselstrom

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In No Place Like Home, Linda Hasselstrom ponders the changing nature of community in the modern West, where old family ranches are being turned into subdivisions and historic towns are evolving into mean, congested cities. Her scrutiny, like her life, moves back and forth between her ranch on the South Dakota prairie and her house in an old neighborhood at the edge of downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. The vignettes that form the foundation of her consideration are drawn from the communities she has known during her life in the West, reflecting on how they have grown, thrived, failed, and changed, and highlighting the people and decisions that shaped them. Hasselstrom’s ruminations are both intensely personal and universal. She laments the disappearance of the old prairie ranches and the rural sense of community and mutual responsibility that sustained them, but she also discovers that a spirit of community can be found in unlikely places and among unlikely people. The book defines her idea of how a true community should work, and the kind of place she wants to live in. Her voice is unique and honest, both compassionate and cranky, full of love for the harsh, hauntingly beautiful short-grass prairie that is her home, and rich in understanding of the intricacies of the natural world around her and the infinite potentials of human commitment, hope, and greed. For anyone curious about the state of the contemporary West, Hasselstrom offers a report from the front, where nature and human aspirations are often at odds, and where the concepts of community and mutual responsibility are being redefined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874178050
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 08/28/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Acclaimed nature writer Linda Hasselstrom sees herself as a rancher who writes. Now owner of the South Dakota cattle ranch where she grew up, she lives in daily intimate contact with the natural world. She writes knowingly of the rancher's toil and of the intelligence and dignity of the animals she tends, especially the much-maligned cow, as well as the wild creatures that share the prairie grassland she calls home. Her voice rings with the ardent common sense of the one who knows and loves the land, who appreciates the concerns of environmental activists but also knows the role that responsible ranchers can play in nurturing a healthy rural ecosystem. Linda Hasselstrom writes, ranches, and conducts writing retreats on the South Dakota ranch homesteaded by her grandfather, a Swedish cobbler, in 1899. She is the author of several books.

Table of Contents

Title Page Contents Acknowledgments Prologue Selling the Ranch Dear John The School Bus Driver Laughter in the Alley Tomato Cages . . . A Rocket Launcher . . . The Beauty of Resp. . . Watching for Grizzlies . . . He Pinched . . . Shoveling Snow . . . Stalking Coffee in Sitka Recycling Freedom Tattoos and a Thong Learning the Names . . . How to Live at the Dump It Doesn't Just Happen Making Pottery out of Sewage Pray for Me . . . The Stolen Canoe Mystery Playing Pool with . . . Sounding the Writing Mudhole Investigating the Heron Murders Who's Driving the Subdivision Overlooking . . . Epilogue Additional Resources

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