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Choose Your Western Adventure

Family Travel Friday

Wyoming
Wyoming scenery, Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Close

Destination: The American West


Children’s Book:Westward Expansion – An Interactive History Adventure  by Allison Lassieur

Review by Jennifer Close

(Like Matinee Wednesday, when Jane Boursaw talked about Western Films, Jennifer is bringing us a book related to the Western Road Trip currently running at A Traveler’s Library.We’ve visited Northern Arizona, Nevada, and North Dakota. Next week we’ll be in southern Arizona and New Mexico.)

When I was younger some of my favorite books to read were those books in which you chose your own reading path. The reader chooses which direction to take by answering questions and following the directions at the bottom of the page. The choices determines what happens to the character. I would spend hours reading the books over and over, each time choosing a different path to take. Continue reading Choose Your Western Adventure

Road Trip: Ranching in Oregon

The Great American Road Trip

Heart of the Beast book cover
Book Cover:Heart of the Beast

Destination: Oregon

Check Music Road for music to take along on your road trip to Oregon. (Appropriately enough, one pick is Joni Harms, a farmer/rancher.) And while you are there, take a look around. Kerry Dexter’s blog has been chosen as one of the 5 best music blogs on the Internet. You can thank her for providing us with road tunes by voting for Music Road to be top blog. Go ahead. We’ll wait for you to come back and read..

Book: The Heart of the Beast (2002) by Joyce Weatherford

In this novel, first timer Joyce Weatherford definitely follows the advice “write what you know.”   I advocate writing about things you DON’T know in non fiction, but the mantra works in fiction. With Heart of the Beast: A Novel , we certainly get an insiders’ view from a writer who grew up on a ranch. Continue reading Road Trip: Ranching in Oregon

Murder and Forgiveness

 Naseem Rakha and The Crying Tree
Naseem Rakha and the book cover

Destination: Illinois and Oregon

Book: The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha (NEW) 2010

Unlike Steig Larsson, author of The  Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, Naseem Rakha understands the demands of fiction. Continue reading Murder and Forgiveness