Oh, Give Me a Home: Western Contemplations

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-10-31
  • Publisher: Univ of Oklahoma Pr
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Evoking memorable images of the American West, the old cowboy song "Home on the Range" is both nostalgic and eternally appealing. The verses remind us of the sweep of history, while their innocence indicates the way westerners still tend to view the land. In lyrical prose, Ann Ronald's Oh, Give Me a Homemuses on the words of the beloved ballad, exploring what it means to be a westerner today and speculating on how our present actions are shaping the West for future generations. Through Ronald's eyes, we see the western world, not through rose-colored glasses, but through a prism of peaks and canyons and big sky--landscapes that continue to promise freedom, optimism, and infinite possibilities. Oh, Give Me a Homealso crosses into a new American West--a land of Indian gaming and cloud seeding, wildlife management and urban forest fires, theme parks and pay-per-view scenery. It is a realistic, yet fond look at the West, a "home" that for many of us is as much a state of mind as it is an actual place.

Author Biography

Ann Ronald is Foundation Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Table of Contents

Chorus: Introduction 5(10)
Chapter One: Oh, Give Me a Home 15(30)
Chapter Two: Cities and Air 45(32)
Chapter Three: Pressed from the West 77(32)
Chapter Four: Glittering Stars 109(30)
Chapter Five: Flowers and Flocks 139(32)
Chapter Six: Stream Flows 171(27)
Chapter Seven: Home on the Range 198(31)
Refrain: The Owyhee 229(20)
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading 249

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