This was one of the best books I have ever read. I am not reporting it because I am sending it to my neice. It was terrific. It really gives you an idea of women in the scientific community at the turn of the century and how constrained they were-- yet it isn't lecturing at all. It's in the form of an engrossing story told in letters. It was just great.
A young medical student from Cornell travels to Yellowstone Park to join in on a bontanical rsearch expedition. Going only by the first initials A.E., she is invited by Professor Merriman (in charge of the group) and to his chagrin finds out that she is a woman. and refuses to take her along for economic, gender and other reasons. She fights and earns the right to accompany them and do her own scientific research. To quote from the back cover of the book: "Simply and brilliantly captures that time when the American wilderness was still a pristine, awe-inspiring place."
very easy to read, whimsical
This was the second time I read this book, for a discussion group session this time. I enjoyed it even more this time. The characters are an interesting, diverse group--professor, Crow Indian, mountain man, park ranger, rancher, woman naturalist, and a talking raven! The setting is wonderful--near turn of the 20th century Yellowstone--then called the Nation's Park because it was the only one. I particularly liked how the evolving nature of natural history study and collecting was told in an interesting, easy to read story format. And there are delightful, funny moments, too. I liked this book so much I'm planning to read her next one.
THIS BOOK WAS WONDERFUL. IF YOU LIKE THE OUT OF DOORS, YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK. IF YOU ARE INTO BOTANY THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK. THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL VARIETIES AND THE WOMAN'S RIGHT TO FOLLOW HER DREAM IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR THAT ERA.
This is a wonderful read! It's an inspiring account of a young woman who knew her own mind. In addition, the story, written in letters from her and the people who were with her, was a wonderful journey into all of the characters' points of view. I read it just before we went to Yellowstone and it helped the place come alive for me while I was there.