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Sketches from the Ranch: A Montana Memoir

by Dan Aadland

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I will highly recommend this gently told reminiscence of Dan Aadland's life in Montana. A preacher's kid, Aadland married into a ranching family that dates back to the nineteenth century. His love of his wife and sons, family, fine horses, and country shine through every page in this lovely book, punctuated beautifully by illustrations from artist Nik Carpenter. Although the book is primarily about Aadland's ranching life and his horse breeding business (Tennesee walking horses), along the way there are also stories interspersed about his childhood, his second job teaching high school English, and his service as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam. Every chapter sparked memories and associations for me, even though I have never ridden a horse or visited Montana. This uncanny ability to connect with a widespread and diverse reading population is the unmistakable mark of a gifted writer. A superb memoir. ( )
  TimBazzett | Sep 1, 2009 |
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Sketches in the title has a dual meaning, referring both to the words that Dan Aadland uses to beautifully limn a fascinating way of life and Nik Carpenters illustrations that so appealingly portray that life. Thus an increasingly rare occurrence, that of working the same land as ones forebears, is illuminated for everyone to experience and appreciate. We learn how the four seasons of the year and the interaction of people with their horses and other livestock shape life on a ranch and foster a continuity between the generations.

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