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The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride by Daniel James Brown
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride

lesherb, January 3, 2010

Being in the heat of a Floridian summer, the author was able to transport this reader to the frigid clime of the Sierra Mountains of the 19th century.

Only knowing the gory details of the Donner Party, I was interested to know the human story. What propelled these people onto this fateful trek? Who survived and how did they manage?

Being introduced to Sarah Graves put me in the story instead of just merely watching it unfold, removed by miles and years. I shivered at night with my new companions, mourned their losses, and willed them onto their destination.

If you are like me and are more apt to appreciate history when the participants are introduced to you, rather than watched from afar, then this book will not disappoint. You will appreciate their strengths and their weaknesses, their bright ideas and their ignorance.

It is cliché to claim not to be able to put a book down but this is one of those books. What really caused me to use a bookmark and return instead of consuming it in one sitting was my desire to read it for as long as possible. It is a rare day when I find something I enjoy reading so much, I put it down for later, to savor it so it lasts as long as possible. This is one of those books.
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