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

Published: 2015-09-22
Paperback : 376 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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I think discussing the women who willed themselves to stay alive in order to take care of their children would be an interesting topic.
by MarcyJB (see profile) 02/02/17

Excellent Reading Guide already available on the internet
by moonriver (see profile) 01/13/17

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  "The Indifferent Stars Above"by MarcyJB (see profile) 02/02/17

This book was difficult to read at times and yet captivating. I was surprised that any of them managed to survive the ordeal. To also learn that the women of The Donner Party were the strongest in the... (read more)

 
  "The Indifferent Stars Above"by moonriver (see profile) 01/13/17

Excellent description of the setting and facts about this period of US history. Thought provoking presentation of the impact of human decisions in times of stress and life threatening situations.

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