Heart Earth

Heart Earth

eBook - 2006 | 1st Harvest ed.
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Ivan Doig grew up with only a vague memory of his mother, Berneta, who died on his sixth birthday. Then he discovered a cache of her letters--and through them, a spunky, passionate, can-do woman as at home in the saddle as behind a sewing machine, and as in love with language as Doig would prove to be. In this moving prequel to his acclaimed memoir This House of Sky , Doig brings to life his childhood before his mother's death and the family's journey from the Montana mountains to the Arizona desert and back again. He eloquently captures the texture of the American West during and after World War II, the fortune of a family, and one woman's indomitable spirit.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2006.
Edition: 1st Harvest ed.
ISBN: 9780547416625
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (160 p.) : ill.


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May 18, 2019

A beautiful book. Recalling his childhood, and re-reading found letters of his mother, Doig wonderfully integrates his own memories with his family's experiences. He did in-depth research to support his memoir, including WWII, its effects on Montanans,
and rapid economic change as WWII was ending. The powerful sense of place he invoked in This House of Sky (l978) is also part of Heart Earth. The Montana climate and challenging terrain deeply shaped his parents' lives and his own. He describes the rugged and difficult lives of his parents and family in this second memoir. I highly recommend his book.


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Mar 07, 2011

Sequel of sorts to This House of Sky, memoir published in 1978. Uncle has left him some letters, from author's mother to her brother. Mother died when author was 6, so they shed some light on some of his "wonderings".


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