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    Description In April of 1846, Sarah Graves was twenty-one and in love with a young man who played the violin. But she was torn. Her mother, father, and eight siblings were about to disappear over the western horizon forever, bound for California. Sarah could not bear to see them go out of her life, and so days before the planned departure she married the young man with the violin, and the two of them threw their lot in with the rest of Sarah's family. On April 12, they rolled out of the yard of their homestead in three ox-drawn wagons. Seven months later, after joining a party of emigrants led by George Donner, Sarah and her family arrived at Truckee Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains just as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. After a series of desperate attempts to cross the mountains, the party improvised cabins and slaughtered what remained of their emaciated livestock. By early December they were beginning to starve. Sarah's father, a Vermonter, was the only member of the party familiar with snowshoes. Under his instruction, fifteen sets of snowshoes were hastily constructed from oxbows and rawhide, and on December 15, Sarah and fourteen other relatively young, healthy people set out for California on foot, hoping to get relief for the others. Over the next thirty-two days they endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, Daniel James Brown takes the reader along on every painful footstep of Sarah's journey. Along the way, he weaves into the story revealing insights garnered from a variety of modern scientific perspectives-psychology, physiology, forensics, and archaeology-producing a tale that is not only spell-binding but richly informative.


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    Title
    The Indifferent Stars Above
    Subtitle
    The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel James Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 337
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061348105
    ISBN 10: 0061348104
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBW
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: B5
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    DC21: 978.02092
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A16140000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036040
    B&T Approval Code: A16300000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036140
    LC subject heading: , , , , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 978/.02092
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: F868.N5 B838 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    William Morrow & Company
    Imprint name
    William Morrow & Company
    Publication date
    01 May 2009
    Review quote
    Brown draws from the many previously published accounts of the tragedy, letters from the party and those who knew them, accounts of life on the Oregon and California trails, genealogical databases, and his own travel along the trail but he tells the tale with a novelist s touch. --Boston Globe