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An Owl on Every Post by Sanora Babb

An Owl on Every Post

by Sanora Babb

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I enjoyed this memoir of a young girl brought up on the Colorado prairie. In this modern world, I think it's hard for most people to imagine a life so dependent on nature's whims. ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
While the rest of the country was becoming more urban, with telephones, motorcars and electricity becoming commonplace, Babb's family decided to emulate Laura Ingalls (Wilder)'s family and spend several years breaking sod, suffering scurvy and living 5 in a one-room dugout severely isolated from schools or neighbors in eastern Colorado. I found it a bleak read, though some readers find it heartwarming, and the Babbs did, after all, survive. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
"[It was a] wild, lonesome land. And still we stayed. It laid its claim on our deepest mind while we but claimed its earth."

The author draws on her childhood memories to recount a difficult, poor upbringing in the southeastern plains of Colorado. Told from a candid, child’s perspective, the reader is transported into the family’s dugout shack during the dust bowl and Depression-era. It is a very moving account from this little-known, but fascinating author.
  AmronGravett | Apr 10, 2013 |
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In this memoir, first published in 1970 and long out of print, Sanora Babb recalls her family's attempt to practice dry-land farming in eastern Colorado in 1913. Leaving the relative security of a small town in Oklahoma, the mother of and two daughters travel by train and wagon to join the father and grandfather at their isolated dugout. Here, Senora (nicknamed Cheyenne) gradually comes to love her withdrawn grandfather and to appreciate the harsh beauty of the prairie environment. Cheyenne's experiences range from rare encounters with other settlers to the constant threat of hunge to warm and mystical relationships with animals. They are related with a child's sense of wonder and played out against the background of the plains--clear air, vast distances, rapid changes in light and shadow, and sudden, dangerous storms.

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Sanora Babb experienced pioneer life in a one-room dugout, eye-level with the land that supported, tormented and beguiled her; where her family fought for their lives against drought, crop-failure, starvation, and almost unfathomless loneliness. Learning to read from newspapers that lined the dugout's dirt walls, she grew up to be a journalist, then a writer of unforgettable books about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, most notably Whose Names Are Unknown. The author was seven when her parents began to homestead an isolated 320-acre farm on the western plains. She tells the story through her eyes as a sensitive, fearless young girl who came to love the wind, the vastness, the mystery and magic in the ordinary. What this true story of Sanora's prairie childhood reveals best are the values - courage, pride, determination, and love - that allowed her family to prevail over total despair.… (more)

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