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What made the experience of listening to Ladies of the Canyons the most enjoyable?
At a time when women were relegated to marriage and little else, these women of means left the comforts of wealth behind to pursue their art, passion, and longing for adventure, in the austere and unforgiving wilderness of the American Southwest. Largely forgotten, or ignored, their individual stories, all unique, are brought to life.
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One caveat is that the book is heavily researched, and the author mainly has a scholarly writing style, but veers randomly from that bent to sudden attempts at a more intimate style which I found confounding. Overall though a well written and well done production and tribute to these female trailblazers.
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I want to be sure and note at the start that the narrator made this a difficult listen. She is not incapable or inarticulate - she is STILTED. Oh, how lacking in any intonation she was! It felt almost as though a computer was generating the words. Is this her usual style? Does she try to avoid making nonfiction seem more fictional by not adding anything to the words? I don't know. She had a great voice. But it made this book quite a bit longer to me...that said...
The tale of Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright and their wild excursions and lives in the west was absolutely stunning. There is no way to sum it up. Each life lived to the hilt. Each risking - well, nearly everything - to live the life they desired rather than that dictated to them by family scions and society.
I was referred to this book by the wonderful Ed at Mountain & Prairie podcast when he hosted Jillian Lukiwski. Defniitely worth a listen as she seems to me to be an echo of those ladies of the land. Do give this book a try and absolutely gift it to young ladies who are...unsettled in their lives. You do not know what good it might bring them.
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