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Letters of a Woman Homesteader (1914)

by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

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An excellent audiobook -- adventurous and touching. ( )
  Jillian_Kay | Feb 4, 2014 |
This is an interesting read showing an upbeat look at life as a woman homesteader. The book is a series of letters from Mrs. Stewart to a friend back east. ( )
  magnolia2 | Jan 28, 2014 |
Thoroughly enjoyable tale told in letters. A plucky widow moves west with her infant. With humor, wit and optimism she writes of her riveting life. Hard work doesn't daunt her. ( )
  Clueless | Jul 8, 2013 |
Letters of a Woman Homesteader is just that, letters written by a young widow who left Denver in 1909 with her two year old daughter to try and make a better life. She had been working as a "daily domestic" and moved to Wyoming to become the live-in housekeeper for a Scottish cattleman. She decides to try homesteading and claims the plot next to her employeer's land. The letters chronicle her life in Wyoming through 1913. It's a heart-warming story of early 20th century life in the west. ( )
  RebaRelishesReading | May 25, 2013 |
Loved this! Stewart's letters are delightful. Betsy-Tacy is always my frame of reference for the early teens, and I kept thinking about how while Elinore was mowing the meadow or helping someone deliver a baby, Betsy was trying to get a bath in a German hostel. Stewart is indomitable, plucky, and amusing as all get-out. Her life is interesting, her voice unique.

The narrator was good. The letters, terrific!

Highly recommended for all the BT folks. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Dear Mrs. Coney,--
Are you thinking I am lost, like the Babes in the Wood? Well, I am not and I'm sure the robins would have the time of their lives getting leaves to cover me out here.
To me, homesteading is the solution of all poverty’s problems, but I realize that temperament has much to do with success in any undertaking, and persons afraid of coyotes and work and loneliness had better let ranching alone. At the same time, any woman who can stand her own company, can see the beauty of the sunset, loves growing things and is willing to put in as much time at careful labor as she does over the washtub, will certainly succeed; will have independence, plenty to eat all the time, and a home of her own in the end.
Did you ever eat pork and beans heated in a frying-pan on a camp-fire for breakfast? Then if you have not, there is one delight left you. But you must be away out in Wyoming, with the morning sun just gilding the distant peaks, and your pork and beans must be out of a can, heated in a disreputable old frying-pan, served with coffee boiled in a battered old pail and drunk from a tomato-can.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0395321379, Paperback)

In a rich blend of memoir and meditation, Abbott focuses her graceful and witty attention on mothers and daughters of the South. Theirs is a world of red dirt and backbreaking chores and roof-raising revival meetings - a far cry from the magnolias and mint juleps of Gone with the Wind. "The South of the backwoods, hillbilly plain folk has at last found its true and inspired interpreter," says C. Vann Woodward.

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Presents the diary of a woman who made a life for herself and her daughter by homesteading in Wyoming in the early years of the twentieth century.

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