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The Picnickers
by Floy Timmerman

Published: 2004-10-25
Paperback : 508 pages
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The Picnickers has ached to be written and in the nick-of-time, before the delicate nuances of memory fade into oblivion, it is. Descendants research Elizabeth, her one-time circus performer husband Tabor, and their children carving out a farm/ranch operation in the unbroken sod of Dakota. ...
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The Picnickers has ached to be written and in the nick-of-time, before the delicate nuances of memory fade into oblivion, it is. Descendants research Elizabeth, her one-time circus performer husband Tabor, and their children carving out a farm/ranch operation in the unbroken sod of Dakota. Following the 1905 opening of reservation land to homesteaders, innuendos besiege the family throughout the WWI loss of a son, the birth of their eleventh child followed abruptly by Tabor's murder. Elizabeth and her children are left to cope with the aftermath. You are invited to join the Picnickers and sort through the confluence of points of view, for from an array of eleven, surely one speaks from your own ancestry.

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1. Heroes, how do we view family members when they die. Does a tragic death change that.
2. Does our place within a family help to form our mental image of our ancestors? Do we all see them the same way?
3. What role do the "relics" handed down to later generations keep our history alive? Can they shape our personal version of family history?
by Lucile (see profile) 06/07/10

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  "The Picnickers"by Lucile (see profile) 06/07/10

This book is about two generations of a real (with slight literary leeway) family. The adventure and historic events stand alone, however the relationships and variation of personal reactio... (read more)

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