Trials Of The Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman (Hardback)
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Trials Of The Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 27/10/2016
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Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866-c.1936) was encouraged to record her experience as a female pioneer. The result is the only known first-hand account of a woman thrust into the center of taming the American South--surviving floods, tornadoes, and fires; facing bears, panthers, and snakes; all while caring for her children, several of whom didn't survive despite her efforts. The extreme hard work and tragedy she faced are eclipsed only by her strength and faith in her husband, a mysterious Englishman, and by her sense of adventure. Written in frank and expressive prose, and withheld for almost a lifetime, Trials of the Earth speaks to the heart of our ability to endure and will resonate with readers of history and fiction alike.

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
ISBN: 9780316341394
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 170 x 236 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"To read Hamilton's autobiography is to experience an extraordinary life of courage and hardship...Hamilton, a born storyteller, has written a rich, simple narrative; her personal strength is surpassed only by the strength of her writing abilities." "Library Journal "(This text refers to an earlier edition of the book)"
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"A unique story."
"Crystal Goldman, "Library Journal"
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"A unique story."
Crystal Goldman, Library Journal
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Best Books of 2016, The Chicago Tribune--
"It's the backstory that will first grab a reader, but it's Hamilton's gift for storytelling in her blunt voice that makes this memoir such a standout. . . . Beyond everything else, this memoir impresses on readers just how easy it was to vanish in an earlier America.... How fortunate that the manuscript of Trials of the Earth didn't meet that same fate."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
"A riveting and instructive read.... Hamilton is a natural-born storyteller.... [Her] first-person accounts are important testimonials about what used to be."--Melanie Kirkpatrick, Wall Street Journal
"Magnificent. Told with precision and searing honesty, Hamilton's captivating and cinematic autobiography deserves to be a classic."--Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Promise
"Wherever there is men's work, you can bet women's work is happening invisibly in the background. Trials of the Earth is a firsthand account of this backbreaking labor.... It's impossible not to root for this woman."--Amy Gentry, Chicago Tribune
"A reminder of how punishing the physical struggle could be, and how unspeakably lonely a woman's life was when men were clearing the land."--Rosellen Brown, New York Times Book Review
"This compelling, no-frills posthumous memoir...reveals the hidden nature of late 19th century American life.... Mary's unsentimental story crackles with personality, putting a face on the unsung, nameless tillers of the soil."--Publishers Weekly

"Draws the reader right into the hardscrabble minutiae of the daily struggle for survival on an untamed and unforgiving frontier.... Hamilton's rich personal tapestry is a testament to endurance and to the indomitable spirit of the often overlooked American pioneer woman."
--Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

"A unique story."
--Crystal Goldman, Library Journal

"Hamilton's matter-of-factness wins you over almost immediately, and unexpectedly.... Most remarkably, this book somehow enables a reader not to feel abject guilt at complaining about the temperature of their latte, but only a genuine gratefulness and admiration for those who went before."--Kim Ode, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Fast-paced, inspirational and fascinating.... Mary Mann Hamilton's life was an endurance test and Trials of the Earth is her remarkable story.... Modern women will marvel at Hamilton's grueling daily schedule.... There are valuable lessons to be gleaned from Hamilton's pioneer code of conduct."--Patricia Dawn Robertson, Toronto Star
"Much has been written about the bold, gritty women who helped settle the American West. Much less attention has been paid to the female pioneers who muscled their way into other unsettled regions during the late 1800s. Trials of the Earth...goes far in filling that gap.... [and] underscores the huge power of unvarnished storytelling.... This is an unblinking narration of a life hard-lived by a woman who never lost her strength, humor or morality."--Sharon Peters, USA Today (3/4 stars)
One of the Best Books of the Year, The Chicago Tribune--

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