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Bad Land: An American Romance (Thorndike Press Large Print Americana Series)
Bad Land An American Romance - Thorndike Press Large Print Americana Series Author:Jonathan Raban NonfictionLarge Print Edition*A New York Times Bestseller*The New York Times Book Review Editors Choice of the YearBad Land is an imaginative re-creation of the austere terrain that once housed the hopes of thousands. Homesteaders flocked to Montana to take advantage of the governments offer of 320 free acres in the stark plains at the turn of t... more »he century, never dreaming that once there, theyd be left to their own meager devices to survive. With razor-sharp acuity and wit, Raban makes clear that our notion of the West is more myth than reality in a revelatory and moving story of the forlorn soul of Americas heartland.« less
Casey C. reviewed Bad Land: An American Romance (Thorndike Press Large Print Americana Series) on
Helpful Score: 2
Regardless of the title....this book is not a love story. It is an historical account about immigration to rural America in Montana and North Dakota. If you like American History....this one is a must. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
I liked this book. Mostly because my grandparents homesteaded in Montana in the 1920's. It has a lot of history of how the land was given out, and the hardships that the people went through. It told of how the railroads were started, the weather, etc. Very much information.
This book made my own past come alive. My father was born in Montana back in the twenties. His family were farmers who had immigrated from Wisconsin. I remember the stories about the thunderstorms and the blizzards that he told. This book fills in the missing pieces and explains how the family wound up there, and why they had to leave. Not to be missed if a trek across the plains is part of your history.