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The Indifferent Stars Above
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party | Daniel James Brown
From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier An ideal pairing of talent and material. Engrossing. A deft and ambitious storyteller. Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarahs journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.
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bookandbedandtea
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This well-researched account of the horrors experienced by the Donner Party was one of the best books I read last year.

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Booklover2
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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟What a harrowing tale of some of the toughest people I‘ve ever read about. Not only does this cover the Donner Party and all the horrors they experienced, but he manages to put in all kinds of history at that time. I love how the author followed up on what happened to the survivors and how they managed to live with their past.

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EmilieGR
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This was an absolutely fascinating read, as much for the glimpse into pioneer life as for Brown‘s sympathetic description of the Donner party tragedy. However, maybe not the thing to read after just having a baby 😭

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Lauranahe
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This was a doozy. We all know the general story of the Donner Party, of the people trapped in the mountains and resorting to cannibalism. This book brings those people to life with respect, and tells us of the horrors they survived. Not an easy read!

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kricheal
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Absolutely heartbreaking 💔

Librarybelle I loved this one…so heartbreaking, and I learned so much about the group and the horrors they faced. 11mo
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MittenGirlPeach
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My messy November #BookSpin list! Lots of mysteries, some non-fiction, and some historical fiction. I‘m looking forward to reading the tagged book. November seems to me to be the right month for it.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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VeraNyx
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Moral of the story.. if men valued women's opinions sooner then perhaps they wouldn't have resorted to cannibalism.. in all seriousness, what wild journey!! I've camped at some of these areas. The end got a little boring with how the women had to marry to survive once they got out of the Sierras.

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bookandbedandtea
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What a harrowing tale. The travelers aren't even snowed in yet and the suffering they have already experienced is horrifying.

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DebinHawaii
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#ConflictedWorlds #PersonVsNature

Three books of The Donner Party from my stacks: I have read the novel, The Hunger & the other two are on my Kindle #TBR. Both mother nature & even some human nature got to this group of settlers. Their conflict with #nature did not end well for them.

rubyslippersreads These all sound interesting. However, I hope this is one topic you don‘t have an accompanying cookbook for. 😂 14mo
Eggs @rubyslippersreads 😂😂😂 14mo
Eggs Oh these look so good 14mo
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DebinHawaii @rubyslippersreads 🤣🤣🤣😱🤣🤣🤣 14mo
Reagan This is an excellent book! I‘ve stacked Desperate Passage, looks interesting. 14mo
peaknit I‘ve read The Hunger, I‘m very curious about the others. (edited) 14mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #cloudlibrary

CaramelLunacy I remember reading this ages ago and being fascinated. Hope you enjoy! 1y
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In 1846, 21-year-old Sarah Graves joins the infamous Donner Party, pioneers from the mid-west seeking a better future in California. They reach the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closes the pass ahead of them. By December they are starving and desperate, enduring almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.

Insomnia and interest in the subject matter got me through this book in just over 9 hours.

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A well researched account of the 1846 Donner party that was attempting to emigrate to California. Through a series of bad decisions and bad luck, the party becomes stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains, leading to horrific tragedies. There was much information about the political climate of California, and the fight for control of California with the Mexicans. This is an interesting account of how far people will go to survive.

BookwormM This is the incident mentioned in The Shining I believe 2y
MsMelissa I had never heard of the Donner party prior to Litsy and reading this book, but wow, what an incredible work of non-fiction this was. 2y
KCofKaysville @ReadingOver50 I thought this one was very good. I've been interested in Donner Party for a long time. They passed through Utah where I live and built a mountain road that the Mormon pioneers were able to use to get to the Salt Lake Valley a year or more later. 1y
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ImperfectCJ
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This is at least the third book I've read about overland emigration to the western US during the 1840s-1850s, along with Wallace Stegner's The Gathering of Zion and David Roberts's Devil's Gate, but this is the first specifically about the Donner Party tragedy. It's definitely not a light-hearted read, but it's interesting, especially knowing a lot of the terrain they traveled. It makes me want to visit the Sierra Nevada again (in a car).

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ImperfectCJ
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I made a dark joke and accidentally spoiled the ending of this Donner Party book my teen and I are reading together. Mom of the year! Now I'm in Time Out.

Bookwormjillk 😆sorry I have to laugh 2y
BookNAround Bwahahaha. At least you‘re outside in time out. 😉 2y
ImperfectCJ @BookNAround And the sky is blue and not hazy with smoke! With this kind of punishment, I doubt I will learn my lesson, but all-in-all not a bad course of events. 2y
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ImperfectCJ @Bookwormjillk Laughter is the preferred reaction. My daughter isn't quite there yet, but I suspect she'll get it by the time she's my age. 2y
UwannaPublishme 😆😆😆 Not a bad time-out! Glad the sky is clear for you today. 2y
ImperfectCJ @UwannaPublishme How is it up your direction today? 2y
UwannaPublishme Hot, hazy and orangey! Not smoky, though. Did you feel the earthquake yesterday? 2y
ImperfectCJ @UwannaPublishme Nope, didn't feel any earthquakes yesterday. And no one on Nextdoor mentioned it so it must have been too far away from us. 2y
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JacqMac
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It just won‘t stop snowing! And people are annoying. It seems like a good day to start this one.
#EasterExtravaganza @Andrew65

Buechersuechtling Excuse me, with snow you mean snow, don‘t you❓I mean, snow, that white stuff that‘s falling from the skies building a white blanket. ❄️ I am puzzled because here in Europe I am enjoying a mild spring day … Is this common for Canada in April❓ 2y
Andrew65 This looks good, the snow doesn‘t! 2y
JacqMac @Buechersuechtling 😂 Yes, I mean that white stuff. It is common to have snow until well into May, in this part of Canada. I have even seen snow in July and August here. But that doesn‘t mean I like it. Enjoy your spring day for me. 2y
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JacqMac @Andrew65 I‘m so tired of snow! 2y
Megabooks 😂😂😂 2y
Megabooks At least you‘re not walking through shoulder deep in just wool clothes. I felt really bad for the Donner Party. 2y
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Astoundingly good. I‘ve always been interested in the Donner Party but I didn‘t know the whole story at all. This is meticulously researched and I learned so much. I‘m fascinated by what these people were willing to do to survive and/or protect their families. The entire tragedy came from very bad information about a shortcut plus a long series of bad decisions, big and little. If you‘re interested in the Donner Party story, I 100% recommend this.

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Almost halfway thru and I know awful things are coming, but I‘m helpless to stop it!!!

teainthelibrary I have this on my shelf! I‘m guessing it‘s worth reading? 2y
bookandbedandtea I have this but keep forgetting that I have it! It sounds really good. 2y
intothehallofbooks @teainthelibrary I think so! I like it, but I really like stuff from this period of US history. There are a few dry parts here and there, but overall I think it is fascinating. It really starts picking up about 1/3-ish into it. 2y
intothehallofbooks @bookandbedandtea I had had it on my shelf for a long time too and it just sat there until I picked it up randomly a few days ago 😊 I really like it! 2y
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Bookish_AF
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Excited for this #NewYearWhoDis giveaway!

This year was awesome! I think @Bookzombie and I were made for each other. I made an effort to choose a variety of books from her list instead of just defaulting to the horror selections (these of course went on my TBR!) and I truly enjoyed all of them. Only one had been on my radar before this event!

It was really hard to choose a favorite, but I am going to go ahead and say it‘s the tagged book.

Bookish_AF The only books from these lists I‘ve read are Circe and Sadie 3y
monalyisha Excellent! Thanks, @whippoorwill815! Glad it was a “stellar” year for you (pun intended)! 😉💫 3y
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Reagan
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Wow. I loved this book. It's not an easy read but worth the discomfort. It's a really neat take, the book is mostly focused on Sarah Graves, who joined the trek with her new husband. I thought I knew about the Donner Party, but I really had no idea what they went through. What a tragic story, a lot of bad luck, a lot of bad decisions, based on bad information and bad advice. Just so sad. If you have any interest in this event, read this book!

Wife I also loved the scientific hypotheses about the effects of cold on the mind. After reading this, I vowed that I wouldn‘t complain about the cold anymore 🥶 3y
Bookish_AF Yes this was so so good! I also learned I really knew nothing about what actually happened. 3y
kimo1 A totally compelling novel. Dense and required careful reading but I couldn't put it down. 3y
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Reagan
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I‘m at full day training and things are not looking up for the Donner Party 😬

Scochrane26 😂😂 3y
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Reagan
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February is off to a bit of a rocky start. Like I‘m juggling but here are balls everywhere and people keep throwing me new ones. Please just let me read 😫

JacqMac Ugh. I hope it gets better for you. 3y
kimo1 Really enjoyed this book! Hope things ease up soon. 3y
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Bookish_AF
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#NewYearWhoDis Book 4

Ok, wow. This book is a fascinating and informative piece of non-fiction, especially if you‘re like me and your knowledge comes from playing Oregon Trail and knowing *of* the Donner Party but your details are sparse. I learned that my details were really really sparse.

But guys, this is an utterly harrowing read. And oh so very grim. This was my face for the duration: 😧

Bookish_AF Also, I don‘t know what it says about @Bookzombie and I that we both recommended books to the other that involve graphic and horrifying descriptions of survival cannibalism (both of which really happened)...but here we are 🤔☠️😉 3y
Mdargusch This book is so heartbreaking. Whenever I think I‘m cold, I marvel at how the Donner party survived with little clothing as they trekked through the snow! 💔 3y
monalyisha Yikes! (Also, your darker recommendations were definitely a factor in matching you. 😉) 3y
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Bookzombie @whippoorwill815 Ha! I‘m glad this was a pick for you too! It‘s harrowing and dark, but human survival is also so fascinating. In high school, we read Alive and I think that‘s were my interest started. 3y
Bookzombie @Mdargusch This was heartbreaking. I think about this one often. 3y
Bookzombie @monalyisha I think you did a great job matching us! If you do this again next year, I‘m sure some of Amy‘s recommendations will be on my list. Maybe all of them. 🙂 3y
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It‘s weirdly warm in NY today but also dark and rainy.

So you can find me in my chair with blankets, coffee, candles burning, and some #NewYearWhoDis reading! Maybe a cat sometimes too!

tracey38 Same here in NC. 3y
Bookish_AF I hope you will also be hiding out from the rain with a book as well!! @tracey38 3y
tracey38 @whippoorwill815 yes, once I got home from the grocery it started raining lightly but we'll get storms tonight. I'm cozy with a book the rest of the day/weekend. 3y
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Death was the rule, life the exception.

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I‘m really happy with my November reads. 💜

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RealBooks4ever
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My relatives lived next door to someone in the Reed family, down in Hollister, so this audiobook definitely called to me and didn‘t disappoint! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NonfictionNovember

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Even after growing up hearing about them, I still was in shock at exactly how #frozen the poor Donner Party was. Great book!
#movember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I‘m halfway through this book/ need to get back to it!!!! It‘s been in #Hibernation since June 😬 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I really enjoyed it, but it is a bit dry. 3y
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know this story about the Donner Party but it sounds horrible! 3y
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB I learned about them the first time in the third grade (age 8-9, kinda young for cannibalism), then again in middle school and high school. It‘s one of those American pioneer stories that is really ingrained in children growing up. I‘m sure you have similar stories that it just seems like everyone has heard of at some point. The scope and senselessness of the tragedy didn‘t hit home until I read this, though. 3y
BarbaraBB Thanks for explaining! Coincidentally, I read a lot about American pioneers this year because I became interested in the history of Mormons! 3y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB That‘s cool! I know the general story of the Mormon migration from my area of the world to Utah to find religious freedom and a tad about the seer stones and the Book of Mormon. Is there any book on Mormon history you‘d particularly recommend? 3y
k.reads.5 I just read this recently myself and also thought it was great! So incredible what they faced, wow. 3y
Megabooks @k.reads.5 Yes! It was a really well written book. 3y
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Bookzombie
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This book was excellent. I was caught up in the lives of the Donner Party. I can‘t imagine having the will to set out on such a journey. Brown brings life to each of the people, and their suffering and losses are heartbreaking. #Booked2019 #nightorientedtitle #nonfiction19

Read in July.

I also thought a lot about Alma Katsu‘s The Hunger while I read this. I felt like I could see how she came up with her horror story.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! 3y
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heidisreads Just listened to this audio and really appreciated the research and writing! 3y
Cinfhen I need to try this book again🤓 3y
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I would say give it another go. I really liked it on audio. 🙂 3y
Bookzombie @heidisreads I did too! 3y
Cinfhen Maybe I‘l switch to audio xx thanks 3y
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Megabooks
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Fantastic book about the Donner Party. It brought an adult understanding to a story I had half heard since childhood. What the men, women, and children endured that winter should have never happened. So many tactical mistakes!!

#underneaththestars #ayupaugust @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I wanted to love this one but I got bogged down in the many details. It‘s been in hibernation but I think I‘ll revisit the book in the winter months. It‘s a compelling story 🌟✨🌟✨🌟 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I liked the details when I read it, but I can see myself feeling differently if I weren‘t in the mood for this kind of detailed, historical #nonfiction. Like I started Recursion a couple of days ago, but idk if I‘m in the mood for it anymore. Sometimes I feel my reading is as moody as a teenager going through puberty!! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Cinfhen TRUTH!!!!! This entire summer I have been SO MOODY 🤪it‘s been terrible for my reading😫😫😫 3y
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Cinfhen And I pretty much skimmed MOST of Recursion/ I wasn‘t feeling it, AT ALL 🙁 3y
k.reads.5 This has been on my TBR for ages, glad it was a great read for you! 3y
squirrelbrain I didn‘t know anything about this 😳 - has to Google.... 3y
OnlyYoo This sounds so interesting! Stacked 😊 3y
Melissa_J This was one of my favourite reads last year. I knew absolutely nothing about the Donner party prior to picking the book up. 3y
Megabooks @k.reads.5 I Definitely enjoyed it! 3y
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I think it‘s an American thing. I remember first reading about it at age 8 or 9 in school. 3y
Megabooks @OnlyYoo I hope you enjoy it! 3y
Megabooks @Melissa_J it‘s very thorough in a wonderful way! 3y
allureofbeauty It‘s been in my tbr for awhile 3y
Megabooks @allureofbeauty Definitely give it a shot when you‘re in the mood for historical nonfiction! 3y
allureofbeauty I‘ve just always been intrigued by the donner party (which my phone tried to make dinner) so I bought it when it was on sale on kindle. 3y
Megabooks @allureofbeauty That‘s when I got it, too. My fascination started with a book in my third grade classroom, which may have been a little young to introduce cannibalism. 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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Texreader
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Just bought these two ebooks, great deals on Amazon today.

Crazeedi Both look very good! 3y
GingerAntics They‘re good deals on Apple Books, too. 3y
GingerAntics Here‘s hoping they still exist when I get paid. How come these things come up when I have no money?! Gah! 3y
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nicpears

This book was great! The author really humanized all the characters in the story and I related to them even though I've never been through anything even remotely similar to what they went through. It's a nonfiction book but instead of throwing fact after fact at the reader the narrative is smooth and tells as a fiction story. Highly recommend!

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Growing up, I read McClashan‘s work (tag👇), and field trips to Sutter‘s Fort in Sacramento also familiarized me to the history of the Donner Party. Even so, Brown‘s research was a hard read at times because it details the party‘s hardships and the difficulties of westward travel.We have it easy today.

☝️: 1975 pic of me (left) & my sister at the Donner monument. Had some family trips over the years through the pass and/or to Donner Lake.

ValerieAndBooks Maybe I should reread this — I have a copy. No hurry to do so though. 3y
BarbaraBB What a great photo!! 💜 (edited) 3y
mabell What a terrific photo! Your outfits are awesome!! 3y
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ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB @mabell Thanks! The bell bottoms on our pants, though 😄! 3y
Reggie I was gonna say you ladies were super fashionable!!! Nice post!! 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie thanks 😊 those wide collars, too ! 3y
Suet624 Gorgeous photo. I‘m kind of obsessed with the Donner Party. I get shivers when I drive over that area. I keep thinking I must have been there with them. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 Maybe you are either descended or reincarnated from someone in the Donner Party. 3y
Suet624 I truly think I was. 3y
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Starting this about the Donner Party. I gave this to my Dad last Father‘s Day. He didn‘t get to finish it— I will for him.

But the history of the Donner Party was pretty familiar to us. I grew up a couple hours away from Donner Pass, and so we were also taught about them in school as part of our local/state history.

This should hopefully be an interesting refresher to what I learned years ago!

LauraJ Sounds like a compelling read. 3y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3y
Suet624 Awww...💕💕💕 3y
Suet624 By the way, I freak out every time I go over Donner Pass. Chills. 3y
DivineDiana A memento to cherish. ❤️ 3y
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aschermetz
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The suffering of these people! Absolutely unimaginable. The author did a great job with pacing and setting a sense of place, which really helped move the story along...helpful, because this tragedy was so long-suffering and at times the material could have been VERY dry. My only quibble is that I would have liked a listing of every person involved because there were a LOT to keep track of. Overall, two thumbs up.

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This account of the Donner Party follows Sarah Graves and her family as they crossed the country in search of a better life. I appreciated that the author focused on one person during this story of tragedy and survival since there were so many people in the group. Sarah Graves was so inspirational to read about as she battled the snow, cold, and loved ones being used for food after their deaths.
#shessocold
#anglophileapril

jpmcwisemorgan It‘s odd that you would post about this book when I saw a tweet a day or so ago in which the person said she wouldn‘t have qualms about eating someone in a survival situation. Based on the responses it‘s a conversation people have had with their friends. It‘s never come up in any of my private musings about a zombie apocalypse. 😮 3y
Mdargusch Horrifying @jpmcwisemorgan I hope I never have to find out what I would do in that situation. 😢 3y
Cinfhen I‘m in middle of this book. 3y
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emilyhaldi She was one badass bitch for sure 😳 3y
Mdargusch I hope you like it @Cinfhen - I had a little trouble keeping so many people straight. 3y
Cinfhen Me too!! Im Reading it on my Kindle, which is why I haven‘t picked it back up in a few weeks. I was liking it though. I think I want to pick up a print copy (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola This was definitely a cold book. 🥶 3y
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alli

This book reminds me I should read more nonfiction. It‘s beautifully written but I‘m just over half through it and I know it‘s about to get brutal.

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AshleyC816
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This book was horrible to read but so well done! Those poor people! I used to drive by Donner pass almost every weekend for a couple of years. I can‘t believe something so horrible happened in such a beautiful place. All the trigger warnings for many terrible things.

gradcat I‘m in love with your dog. Yup, I am. 🐶🥰 4y
AshleyC816 I am too! 🥰😍 4y
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Bklover
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#nightorientedtitle #Booked2019 A pick, but barely. This was a bit of a slog for me. Seemed to take forever to get through it.

Cinfhen I started this book on the airplane but I‘m only at 17% mark & I haven‘t felt the desire to pick it back up. I‘ve heard it‘s a really compelling story so I will definitely get back to it. (edited) 4y
Bklover @cinfhen It's an interesting story. I'm thinking maybe it just wasn't the right time. At any rate, I kept checking how many pages I had left. Never a good sign. 4y
callielafleur I adored it, but I listened to the audiobook. Maybe it's better experience that way? 4y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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The story of the Donner party in gruesome detail. Super interesting to see where things went wrong and how things happened.

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Geeklet
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Yay! My reading slump has ended. I‘ve been in video game land for awhile but this book was definitely worth the break. This is a fascinating look at the life of the Donner party. Brown brings a true vibrancy to the tale that is hard to duplicate. I highly recommend this book.

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Geeklet

So I‘m almost finished with this book and I‘m craving more true stories about man trying to survive when isolated in nature. I‘m reading In the Heart of the Sea on my kindle. Any suggestions for books that would scratch this itch?

Redwritinghood This is a great book about surviving in the arctic. 4y
Geeklet @Redwritinghood Thank you! That sounds perfect for what I‘m looking for! 🤗 4y
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Geeklet

I‘ve had this book for awhile and decided to start it as my bedtime book. I feel so dumb for saying this but I held off on reading the actual account of the Donner party because I enjoyed The Hunger so much, lol.

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Reading this for #Booked2019 #NightOrientedTitle. Harrowing, indeed! While I‘d heard of the Donner Party, I had no idea of the suffering these people went through. These people were tough, heading out to California with their families (and babies!) and everything they owned.

sk888888 I have this on my TBR - May have to bump it up on the list. 4y
Cinfhen I‘m using the same book!! 4y
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Gross. Hope I never run into these “Buffalo gnats” 👀👀

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Mdargusch
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I will never think of winter in the same way after reading this story of Sarah Graves, a member of the Donner Party. I really appreciated that Brown decided to focus on one person. The courage, tenacity, and strength demonstrated in this survival story can sometimes be overshadowed by the cannibalism, however, Brown deftly portrays the lost souls and their unending need to survive.

➡️For fans of In the Kingdom of Ice

Redwritinghood I loved In the Kingdom of Ice, so will definitely pick this one up. 4y
Mdargusch It‘s another great survival story @Redwritinghood - I was in awe of their courage. 4y
StephBengtson This book is fantastic! He also wrote a book about a devastating fire in the town where my cabin is. He has a way of writing about historical events in a way that‘s not dry and boring to read. 4y
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Mdargusch I saw that book @StephBengtson - have you read it? 4y
LeahBergen I need to move this up my TBR. It‘s been sitting on my shelf for ages! 🙄 4y
Mdargusch I‘ll be anxious to see how you like it. @LeahBergen I thought it was well done. @Cinfhen gave me the idea to read it for the popsugar challenge and I was glad to get to it because it‘s been on my shelf for awhile too. 4y
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to reading it too @LeahBergen let‘s #buddyRead 4y
Cinfhen Are you doing #Booked2019 Mariann?? Because I‘m using it for #NightOrientedTitle too besides the #Pop19 #DoubleDip 🍦🍦 4y
Mdargusch Good idea @Cinfhen - I love to double dip! 4y
Reviewsbylola Ugh this was a rough one. 🥶 4y
emilyhaldi So crazy!! 🤯 4y
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Mdargusch
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I walked farther than normal so I could listen to more of this book and enjoy this great weather! Daniel James Brown has really researched not only the Donner Party but life back in the 1840‘s. It‘s fascinating but I‘m dreading getting to the winter part. #audiowalk

JoScho 💙💙💙 4y
Wife I read this last year and vowed not to complain about the cold 🥶 this season. I kept my vow even through the polar vortex. I really liked how the author used current knowledge about PTSD and hypothermia to help explain some of the behaviors of the Donner Party. 4y
Mdargusch That sounds very interesting @wife. 4y
Reviewsbylola It‘s a good way to remind ourselves how lucky we are! 4y
emilyhaldi Wow good for you!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
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Starting this tonight (I cannot just read one book at a time) and thought I‘d do a quick synopsis of each book I intent to read in case anyone wonders. This centers on one member of the Donner Party,Sarah Graves. By focusing on one person the author hopes to give insight and empathy for their journey with Sarah‘s own words and descriptions.

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Only 16 days into the new year and I‘m predicting this will be the book I enjoy the most in 2019. 🤓#donnerpartyobsessed #bookstagram #theindifferentstarsabove

Megabooks Its really good! 4y
Lyn-Mara @Megabooks Painfully so, right?? You just want to scream at them to turn back, go no further. 😫 4y
Megabooks @Lyn-Mara Exactly! That‘s why I read it over a week!! 4y
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What an amazing book! 4.5⭐️

I have been interested in the Donner Party ever since I read about them in the 3rd grade. This account mainly follows Sarah Graves and the difficult situations and choices she, her new husband, Jay, and other family members make. It took me over a week to read because some parts required “mulling time.” Overall, a fascinating, well researched piece of #narrativenonfiction.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, sounds so good! I saw a documentary about it awhile back, I wish I could remember the name of it, but truly such a sad and terrible tragedy when you find out more about it. 4y
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It is, and I think you‘d really enjoy it. He‘s very meticulous about getting his facts straight, yet keeps the narrative spirit well. 4y
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Cinfhen I‘m reading this book later this year!! Can‘t wait. Great review 4y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 4y
alisiakae My early morning fog brain misread Donner as Dahmer, and I kept thinking, you learned about Jeffrey Dahmer in 3rd grade? Oops! Then I kept reading and it clicked. 😮 (edited) 4y
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft You know, I think the whole Dahmer thing happened when I was right about the third grade, so six of one, half dozen of the other! 🤭 4y
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I am DETERMINED to finish these two books in the next 24 hours!! My reading has been so disjointed this year so far.

Does anyone have tips on improving concentration?? It‘s just never been like this. 🤷🏻‍♀️

cherinium I have also had a hard time concentrating on reading lately. I just can't seem to find my groove. I've had a lot of false starts the past 6 weeks or so. I hope you find a way to focus soon! 4y
sixgun I find that when I am unable to keep on with a book, every though I like it, I have to find a feel good book. One of those that you can't put down, but short. Nothing complicated. And then I can go back to the thoughtful, interesting one. I'm loving the book I'm on right now, and I find it fascinating, but by no means is there a gripping story involved to hold my attention. 4y
gradcat @sixgun My problem is that I‘m having trouble finding one that I can‘t put down...I think something is wrong with me—can‘t seem to find one of those propulsive page turners.... 😏 4y
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Megabooks @cherinium I hope you do too! Maybe it‘s the winter blahs that have gotten me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It‘s been gray every day lately. 4y
Megabooks @sixgun I‘m thinking about that. It does help! Sometimes a short funny book helps me. Usually Sedaris is good at getting my mojo back but the diary is long and less funny than most of his. 4y
Megabooks @gradcat Yeah, I‘d like one of those as well!! 4y
CouronneDhiver Take the pressure off 4y
sixgun @gradcat since I rarely re-read books sites like these are so helpful to me. But my favorite genre is sci-fi, so I can pick up anything there and be safe if the writer is at least putting sentences together. Biographies are my second favorite and hit and miss, but audio book I do better. With other not-fiction with a subject matter that is interesting, if I just can't get into it, I try to find it on audio-book. If I can walk and listen, I get through the pages. Maybe that would work for you too @Megabooks 4y
Megabooks @sixgun @gradcat Yes! I‘ve switched to nonfiction. There‘s no genre I like. I usually read heavy books when I read fiction, so that‘s out. I ended up buying the second Belinda Blinked book on Kindle. 😂😂😂 I can‘t listen to the podcast. It‘s too dirty for most in my house! We‘ll see how things go. I have the Sedaris on audio too and have been listening a bit. I enjoy his audiobooks. 4y
Megabooks @CouronneDhiver That is a good point. I‘ve been comparing myself to other people on Litsy as far as speed and stuff. Generally, that doesn‘t turn out well. Thanks for the reminder! 😊 4y
gradcat @Megabooks @cherinium @sixgun @CouronneDhiver You guys have some great ideas 👍 💡! It‘s so nice to have other people chime in with help when you‘re stuck. I love nonfiction, too, but my guilty pleasure is mystery...I love a good mystery, especially if it‘s set in another country than my own (US), because I get to sort of travel at the same time! Cheers, everybody! 🍻😍 4y
Megabooks @gradcat @cherinium @sixgun @CouronneDhiver Yes definitely! There have been some great discussions lately! I‘m not a mystery fan, but when I do read them, I like British and Australian. I‘m US too 😊👍🏻📚 4y
sixgun @gradcat @Megabooks my mystery book club, "The to die for club" had us reading Crocodile on the Sandbank. I am loving it! #crocodileonthesandbank #mystery Think independent woman egyptologist set in 1910. Too fun. 4y
Megabooks @sixgun @gradcat I think my mom enjoyed that one. She pretty much only reads mysteries. 😁😁 4y
gradcat @sixgun @Megabooks Yay! Keep those recommendations coming 😁📚👍 4y
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