Riding the White Horse Home: a Western Family Album
By (author) Teresa Jordan
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Riding the White Horse Home: a Western Family Album by Teresa Jordan
Book DescriptionIn 1886, Teresa Jordan's great-grandfather J.L. Jordan left Maryland for the West. It was on Wyoming's Iron Mountain that the Jordan ranch began and survived for nearly a hundred years. Riding the White Horse Home is Teresa Jordan's story of four generations of her family's devotion to the land, a devotion that required at once physical courage and psychic endurance. She celebrates the strength and character of the women of her family - her mother, grandmother, and great-aunts; the men - her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather; and the ranch hands - the hay crew, cooks, and cowboys. With reverence and grace, Teresa Jordan uses the history of her family to mirror the demise of a quintessential American way of life. This is not only Teresa Jordan's family history, it is every Western family's story: it is the story of the American West. Teresa Jordan writes of her family and of finding her place within its history with warmth, sincerity, and pride. It is only after she leaves Wyoming that she begins to understand the women of her history - some who were shoehorned into the only lives they could imagine, others who found ways to create the lives they wanted - and to discover where she belongs. Teresa Jordan's essays in Riding the White Horse Home are eloquent homage to her history and to ours as well.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679751359
(204mm x 130mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Teresa Jordan
Stories That Shape Us, Paperback (August 1996)
"For sheer richness and diversity of voice, The Stories That Shape Us is unbeatable. This book gives the widest possible perspective on what it means to grow up female in the West." -Susan Lyman-Whitney, Deseret News
Cowgirls, Paperback (April 1992)» View all books by Teresa Jordan
American lore has slighted the cowgirl, although at least one can still be found in nearly every ranching community. Based on the author's traveling sixty thousand miles in the American West and talking with more than a hundred authentic cowgirls running ranches and performing in rodeos, this book situates the cowgirl in history and literature.
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