9780307272881

Claiming Ground

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  • ISBN13:

    9780307272881

  • ISBN10:

    0307272885

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-09
  • Publisher: Knopf

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Summary

In 1977, Laura Bell, at loose ends after graduating from college, leaves her family home in Kentucky for a wild and unexpected adventure: herding sheep in Wyoming's Big Horn Basin. Inexorably drawn to this life of solitude and physical toil, a young woman in a man's world, she is perhaps the strangest member of this beguiling community of drunks and eccentrics. So begins her unabating search for a place to belong and for the raw materials with which to create a home and family of her own. Yet only through time and distance does she acquire the wisdom that allows her to see the love she lived through and sometimes left behind. By turns cattle rancher, forest ranger, outfitter, masseuse, wife and mother, Bell vividly recounts her struggle to find solid earth in which to put down roots. Brimming with careful insight and written in a spare, radiant prose, her story is a heart-wrenching ode to the rough, enormous beauty of the Western landscape and the peculiar sweetness of hard labor, to finding oneself even in isolation, to a life formed by nature, and to the redemption of love, whether given or received. Quietly profound and moving, astonishing in its honesty, in its deep familiarity with country rarely seen so clearly, and in beauties all its own,Claiming Groundis a truly singular memoir.

Author Biography

Laura Bell’s work has been published in several collections, and from the Wyoming Arts Council she has received two literature fellowships as well as the Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award and the Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. She lives in Cody, Wyoming, and since 2000 has worked there for the Nature Conservancy.

Table of Contents

Migrationp. 3
Coon Creek Campp. 17
McCullough Peaksp. 22
Trailingp. 28
Burnt Mountainp. 46
Hiddenp. 61
Medicine Wheelp. 72
Highwayp. 77
Murdip. 87
On the Diamond Tailp. 94
Gatheringp. 113
Shell Creekp. 134
Homep. 143
Leavingp. 156
The Stone Schoolp. 165
Jennyp. 185
Moving Campp. 200
Heart Mountainp. 216
Claiming Groundp. 226
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