the indifferent stars above the harrowing saga of the donner party

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Author : Daniel James Brown
ISBN : 9780061774737
Genre : History
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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 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.

Desperate Passage

Author : Ethan Rarick
ISBN : 9780195383317
Genre : History
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Drawing on fresh archeological 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--ninety pioneers who became stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846-47-- and their unimaginable ordeal.

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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

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Author : Daniel James Brown
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The #1"New York Times" bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, now in a premium mass market edition. Available just in time for The 80th anniversary of the boys gold medal win as well as the 8/2 broadcast of the PBS /American Experience documentary, "The Boys of 36." and the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics. For readers of"Unbroken," out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man s personal quest."

The Blue Tattoo

Author : Margot Mifflin
ISBN : 9780803211483
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"Based on historical records, including the letters and diaries of Oatman's friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society - to her later years as a wealthy banker's wife in Texas."--BOOK JACKET.

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