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Riding the White Horse Home


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Teresa Jordan, an author and artist, is best known for her memoir Riding the White Horse Home as well as Field Notes from Yosemite: Apprentice to Place, Field Notes from the Grand Canyon: Raging River, Quiet Mind, Cowgirls: Women of the American West, and The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off). She resides in Utah with her husband.


Jordan grew up on a ranch in the Iron Mountain area of southeastern Wyoming. She presents a family album of memories about grandparents, parents, brothers, aunts, friends, and hired hands who had an influence on her thoughts and actions. The result is a no-holds-barred description of the joys and sorrows of ranch life, the hard economic times, the injuries and broken bones, and the endurance required for survival. Jordan relates how she longed to return to the ranch when she was away or living elsewhere. She describes the excitement of calving time and of breaking and riding horses and the importance of cattle in the ranch environment. Readers who like stories about life on the ranch will identify with many events in this book. Recommended for collections on Northwest lore.-- Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Piscataway, N.J.

Through four generations Jordan's family lived on a ranch in southeastern Wyoming. When it was sold, she felt she had lost a way of life. She attempts to resolve that loss in this charming memoir, recalling incidents in her childhood and examining the lives of female family members. We meet Jordan's paternal grandmother (``a difficult woman''), her mother and her great-aunt--all women who had to accept difficult lives that included hard physical labor and its attendant dangers. Noting the decline of the family farm, Jordan regrets that our culture teaches us to value a professional life more than one tied to the land. Her community, Iron Mountain, numbers 30 today, down from a population of 2000 a century ago. (Apr.)

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