Claiming Ground

  • by Laura Bell
  • Narrated by Laurie Birmingham
  • 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1977, Laura Bell, at loose ends after graduating from college, leaves her family home in Kentucky for a wild and unexpected adventure: herding sheep in Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. Inexorably drawn to this life of solitude and physical toil, a young woman in a man’s world, she is perhaps the strangest member of this beguiling community of drunks and eccentrics.
So begins her unabating search for a place to belong and for the raw materials with which to create a home and family of her own. Yet only through time and distance does she acquire the wisdom that allows her to see the love she lived through and sometimes left behind.
By turns cattle rancher, forest ranger, outfitter, masseuse, wife and mother, Bell vividly recounts her struggle to find solid earth in which to put down roots. Brimming with careful insight and written in a spare, radiant prose, her story is a heart-wrenching ode to the rough, enormous beauty of the Western landscape and the peculiar sweetness of hard labor, to finding oneself even in isolation, to a life formed by nature, and to the redemption of love, whether given or received.


What the Critics Say

“Bell’s extraordinary ability to impart a true sense of place on each page reveals a stark and stunning landscape populated with a playbill of peculiar personalities.” (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful writing

A beautifully written memoir but at timres disjointed and confusing. But so beautifully wtitten it is still a delight to read.
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- Rand Hall


Slow, monotonous, babble. A difficult listen. What else can I say, not my cup of tea!
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- Bonnie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-14-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books