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Book Title: Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey|
The author of the book: Lillian Schlissel
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780805209778
The size of the: 23.68 MB
Date of issue: March 3rd 1990
Read full description of the books Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey:I received this book as a gift (NOT from the authors of the book). Historical non-fiction had always been of my favorite reading choices. I especially love to learn more about different periods of american history and as you can see from the title and summary three long chapters cover the journey of the three (or actually four to be precise) families to the West, their attempts to build new life for themselves, their struggles and their longings to get home, which sometimes was a bit illusory.
What I loved about the book the most was that I thought I was reading a novel, the characters, the settings and their stories were that vivid. And I loved that those were real people. I wish all non-fiction books were that much fun to read besides being educational. The authors used the letters that family members used to write to the family members they left home, but I actually thought that especially in the first chapter long quotes could have slowed down the story (the main correspondent there was not very educated, at least for me her letters were hard to read). The writer of the chapter was excellent though and made the first chapter my very favorite part of the book.
If you love history and compelling stories about ordinary people, I highly recommend this one.
Read information about the authorLillian Schlissel is professor emerita of Brooklyn College-CUNY, where she was director of American studies. Her books include Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey; Far From Home: Families of the Westward Journey, written with Byrd Gibbens and Elizabeth Hampsten, Western Women, Their Land, Their Lives; and Western Women’s Reader (with Catherine Lavender). Schlissel is a member of the editorial board of Studies in American Jewish Literature and is working on a history of five women of American vaudeville.
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