the indifferent stars above the harrowing saga of the donner party

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The Indifferent Stars Above

Author : Daniel James Brown
ISBN : 9780061877254
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier “An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” – Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

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Author : Daniel James Brown
ISBN : 9780061774737
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In April of 1846, Sarah Graves was twenty-one and in love with a young man who played the violin. But she was torn. Her mother, father, and eight siblings were about to disappear over the western horizon forever, bound for California. Sarah could not bear to see them go out of her life, and so days before the planned departure she married the young man with the violin, and the two of them threw their lot in with the rest of Sarah's family. On April 12, they rolled out of the yard of their homestead in three ox-drawn wagons. Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, Sarah and her family arrived at Truckee Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains just as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. After a series of desperate attempts to cross the mountains, the party improvised cabins and slaughtered what remained of their emaciated livestock. By early December they were beginning to starve. Sarah's father, a Vermonter, was the only member of the party familiar with snowshoes. Under his instruction, fifteen sets of snowshoes were hastily constructed from oxbows and rawhide, and on December 15, Sarah and fourteen other relatively young, healthy people set out for California on foot, hoping to get relief for the others. Over the next thirty-two days they endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, Daniel James Brown takes the reader along on every painful footstep of Sarah's journey. Along the way, he weaves into the story revealing insights garnered from a variety of modern scientific perspectives–psychology, physiology, forensics, and archaeology–producing a tale that is not only spell-binding but richly informative.

The Indifferent Stars Above

Author : Daniel Brown
ISBN : 9780061348105
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A chronicle of the mid-nineteenth-century wagon train tragedy draws on the perspectives of one of its survivors, Sarah Graves, recounting how her new husband and she joined the Donner party on their California-bound journey and encountered violent perils, in an account that also offers insight into the scientific reasons that some died while others survived. 20,000 first printing.

Desperate Passage

Author : Ethan Rarick
ISBN : 9780198041504
Genre : History
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In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival. But until now, the full story of what happened, what it tells us about human nature and about America's westward expansion, remained shrouded in myth. Drawing on fresh archaeological evidence, recent research on topics ranging from survival rates to snowfall totals, and heartbreaking letters and diaries made public by descendants a century-and-a-half after the tragedy, Ethan Rarick offers an intimate portrait of the Donner party and their unimaginable ordeal: a mother who must divide her family, a little girl who shines with courage, a devoted wife who refuses to abandon her husband, a man who risks his life merely to keep his word. But Rarick resists both the gruesomely sensationalist accounts of the Donner party as well as later attempts to turn the survivors into archetypal pioneer heroes. "The Donner Party," Rarick writes, "is a story of hard decisions that were neither heroic nor villainous. Often, the emigrants displayed a more realistic and typically human mixture of generosity and selfishness, an alloy born of necessity." A fast-paced, heart-wrenching, clear-eyed narrative history, A Desperate Hope casts new light on one of America's most horrific encounters between the dream of a better life and the harsh realities such dreams so often must confront.

The Boys In The Boat

Author : Daniel James Brown
ISBN : 159413779X
Genre : History
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Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower. By the author of Under a Flaming Sky. (sports & recreation). Simultaneous.

Summary Of The Indifferent Stars Above

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Warning This is an independent addition to The Indifferent Stars Above, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. This review of The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party by Daniel James Brown provides a chapter by chapter detailed summary followed by an analysis and critique of the strengths and weaknesses of the book. The main theme explored in the book is how hope and the sheer will to survive are what drove the survivors of the Donner Party in 1847 to carry on. In telling the unbelievable story of what happened to the Donner Party as they attempted to travel west and were trapped in the Wasatch Mountains, the author narrows his focus by concentrating on the Graves family. By retelling the true events through a focused narrative perspective, the author is allowing the reader an inside look into what those people thought and felt, and ultimately, what drove them to make the hard choices to survive. Using data gathered from source documents, published histories, journal entries, and psychological research the author makes the case that the inevitable horrors that the Donner Party were forced to commit-most notably the cannibalism of their fellow travelers-were necessary. In fact, the author pushes this idea of survival to not only humanize and explain what they did, but also encourage the reader to understand that their hope and will drove them to carry on. In this way, he sees the story of the Donners not just as a tragedy, but also as a tale of hope. The central thesis of the work is that the saga of the Donners is one of the extremes of the American Dream. These people sought better lives for themselves and their families, and this is what drove them west. As they faced incomprehensible odds, and lost many of lives in the process, the survivors did what they had to in order to carry forward towards their dream. Despite what they endured, many of them did reach their American Dream. Daniel James Brown is largely a narrative nonfiction author. He was born in Berkeley, California and attended the University of California receiving a BA in English. He earned his masters at the same university and taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford for several years. He has written three critically acclaimed nonfiction novels, one of which, The Boys in the Boat, is set to be turned into a feature film. Available on PC, Mac, iphone, android, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2016 All Rights Reserved

Under A Flaming Sky

Author : Daniel Brown
ISBN : 1493022008
Genre : History
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