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Daniel James Brown was born in Berkeley, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. mostrar mais He is the author of The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride, Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894, and The Boys in the Boat. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Compelling, interesting, and well-written. The jusxtoposition of the boys training and the building of a lie in Germany is fascinating. The Nazi propoganda machine is disturbingly contemporary, but the boys from Washington are utterly likeable throughout their journey.
Library_Guard | outras 263 resenhas | Jun 17, 2024 |
As someone who live in Reno, I’ve been to Donner Lake, driven over Donner Summit, and been to Donner Memorial State Park. But all I really knew about the Donner Party beforehand was that they’d gotten stuck up in the Sierras and had to turn to cannibalism to survive. This book was informative and very well-written, but also the word “harrowing” in the book’s subtitle is there for a reason…Brown really immerses you in the world and experiences of the party and parts of it are incredibly hard to read. It’s very good, but it’s nightmare fuel.… (mais)
ghneumann | outras 66 resenhas | Jun 14, 2024 |
Years ago, an author I respect greatly recommended this on social media. Unknown to one another, both she and I were reading Donner Party books at the same time. Eagerly, I placed an ebook on hold and was delighted to read a sample. I was disheartened to find out that I considered the writing style annoying, canceled the hold and that was that. Fast forward to now, I wanted to know if I would have the same opinion. I did not, and I even finished the book and decided to review it. I expected something different than I got the first time. Now, I remembered the style it was written and that helped my reading experience a lot. It's jarring to go from vividly written word about the past, right into making modern-day comparisons in the next paragraph. The author does that a lot. It's the style in which the book is written. I never got used to it, but I was on the lookout, as it were. I appreciated the efforts to draw the audience in. The level of detail drew me in. I'm glad the author did so much work to write this. I'm glad I was able to finish the book on second read.… (mais)
iszevthere | outras 66 resenhas | Jun 6, 2024 |
Digital audiobook narrated by Michael Prichard

Subtitle: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride

Brown looks at the events that led to and resulted from the infamous Donner Party trapped in a blizzard in the mountains near present day Lake Tahoe. I think that most people today have at least heard of the Donner Party, and for most of us the single thing we remember is their descent into cannibalism, but Brown gives us a more complete picture. We learn of their goals, hopes, and dreams, of their preparations and survival skills. We also learn about their mistakes and disagreements.

He chose to focus on one particular young woman, Sarah Graves, who was a 21-year-old newlywed when the group, which included her new husband, her parents and younger siblings, set out from Illinois bound for California, and who survived the ordeal. Brown did extensive research, interviewing descendants, pouring over historical reports, and actually replicating parts of the journey so that he could get a real sense of walking through waist-high fields of prairie grasses, experience the blinding whiteness of walking across salt flats in summer, feel the bitter wind of a snowstorm in the mountains. This made the tale more personal, even visceral, and helped this reader feel connected to Sarah and the entire Donner party.

Michael Prichard does a marvelous job of performing the audiobook. Nonfiction – even narrative nonfiction – can be dry at times but his delivery kept me engaged and interested in hearing the story.
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BookConcierge | outras 66 resenhas | May 31, 2024 |



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