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

Indifferent Stars Above

The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride

Paperback Published: 1st June 2010
ISBN: 9780061348112
Number Of Pages: 337

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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 emigrants 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, Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most infamous 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.

Industry Reviews

"In this gripping narrative, Brown reveals the extremes of endurance that underlie the history of this nation, and more than that, of humanity in any part of the world, even today, surviving great peril in search of a better life."--Nina Burleigh
"A compelling retelling of the ghastly events surrounding the Donner party. Daniel James Brown, using one survivor's experience as his focus, moves beyond the cardboard figures depicted in previous accounts and shows how the lucky few endured and survived."--Irvin Molotsky, author of The Flag, The Poet and the Song: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
"Daniel James Brown brings the myth to life, transforming faint history class memories into gripping reality."--BookPage
"An ideal pairing of talent and material. . . . Engrossing. . . . A deft and endearing storyteller."--Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review
"A skillful, suspenseful study of the Donner Party. ... Brown creates a thorough and unique narrative. A moving man-against-nature tragedy that still resonates today."--Kirkus Reviews
"[Brown] tells the tale with a novelist's touch."--Boston Globe
"Remarkable. ... Hard to put down."--Seattle Times

Author's Notep. xi
Prologuep. 1
A Sprightly Boy and a Romping Girlp. 7
Home and Heartp. 9
Mud and Merchandisep. 25
Grassp. 45
The Barren Earthp. 59
Dustp. 61
Deceptionp. 76
Salt, Sage, and Bloodp. 93
The Meager by the Meager Were Devouredp. 117
Cold Calculationsp. 119
Desperationp. 140
Christmas Feastsp. 159
The Heart on the Mountainp. 176
Madnessp. 189
Hope and Despairp. 204
Heroes and Scoundrelsp. 222
In the Reproof of Chancep. 243
Shattered Soulsp. 245
Golden Hills, Black Oaksp. 256
Peacep. 264
In the Years Beyondp. 267
Epiloguep. 274
Appendix: The Donner Party Encampmentsp. 289
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Chapter Notesp. 295
Sourcesp. 325
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780061348112
ISBN-10: 0061348112
Series: P.S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 337
Published: 1st June 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 13.5 x 20.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.3

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