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Book Title: Bound Like Grass: A Memoir from the Western High Plains|
The author of the book: Ruth McLaughlin
ISBN 13: 9780806143262
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 13.92 MB
Edition: University of Oklahoma Press
Date of issue: September 24th 2012
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At the start of this haunting memoir, Ruth McLaughlin returns to the site of her childhood home in rural eastern Montana. In place of her family's house, she finds only rubble and a blackened chimney. A fire has taken the old farmstead and with it ninety-seven years of hard-luck memories. Amidst the ruins, a lone tree survives, reminding her of her family's stubborn will to survive despite hardships that included droughts, hunger, and mental illness.
Bound Like Grass is McLaughlin's account of her own — and her family's — struggle to survive on their isolated wheat and cattle farm. With acute observation, she explores her roots as a descendant of Swedish American grandparents who settled in Montana at the turn of the twentieth century with high ambitions, and of parents who barely managed to eke out a living on their own neighboring farm.
In unvarnished prose, McLaughlin reveals the costs of homesteading on such unforgiving land, including emotional impoverishment and a necessary thrift bordering on deprivation. Yet in this bleak world, poverty also inspired ingenuity. Ruth learned to self-administer a fashionable razor haircut, ignoring slashes to her hands; her brother taught himself to repair junk cars until at last he built one to carry him far away. Ruth also longs for a richer, brighter life, but when she finally departs, she finds herself an alien in a modern world of relative abundance. While leaving behind a life of hardship and hard luck, she remains bound — like the long, intertwining roots of prairie grass — to the land and to the memories that tie her to it.
Read information about the authorPress Release February 2011:
Bound Like Grass has received the Montana Book Award! Librarians from across the state choose their favorite among Montana books published in 2010.
August Update: BLG is a finalist in the creative nonfiction category of the WILLA Awards, sponsored by Women Writing the West.
October 15, 2011:
Bound Like Grass received the High Plains Book Award in "Best First Book" category, open to nominees from seven states and three provinces.
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