RoadTrip 16: Speaking of Stories

The first book I read upon my return home from the epic RoadTrip 16 was Jenny of the Tetons by Kristiana Gregory. It’s a sweet piece of historical fiction written for young adults based on the life of English trapper Beaver Dick Leigh, his Shoshoni wife Jenny, and their children. Using excerpts from Leigh’s own journal, the book tells a story of this pioneer family living in the Grand Tetons of the 1870s.

Wonderfully, Gregory was able to obtain a photo of the Leighs from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, which makes the story all the more poignant.

The photo, the maps, and her descriptions of the Tetons and Wyoming offered a chance to see the place I had just visited in more vivid and layered detail. Perhaps that is why I arrived home with a small collection of books, and an even larger Reading List—both related and completely otherwise—dotting the map from Wisconsin all the way to Jenny’s Grand Tetons!

Maybe you’ll find something that whets your curiosity, too!

Spring Green, Wisconsin
The Women, T. C. Boyle
Loving Frank, Nancy Horan
Frank Lloyd Wright & His Manner of Thought, Jerome Klinkowitz
Never Enough: The Creative Life of Alex Jordan, Tom Kupsh
The Bird Sisters, Rebecca Rasmussen
A Basket of Sculptured Thoughts, Gladys Walsh
The Fellowship, Harold Zellman and Roger Friedland

McGregor, Iowa
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

Walnut Grove, Minnesota
Little House on the Prarie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pipestone, Minnesota
Sister to the Sioux, Elaine Goodale Eastman
Old Indian Legends, Zitkala-Sa

Rapid City, South Dakota
The Thin Place, Kathryn Davis
Independence Day, Richard Ford
Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi
The Guest Cat, Takashi Hiraide
Waiting, Ha Jin
My Seven Lives, Solveig Sedlet
The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

Crazy Horse, South Dakota
Flight, Sherman Alexie
Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie
The Spirit of Indian Women, Judith Fitzgerald and Michael Oren Fitzgerald

Yellowstone, Wyoming
Death in Yellowstone, Lee H Whittlesey

Jackson, Wyoming
La Rose, Louise Erdrich
The Hour of Land, Terry Tempest Williams
The Earth Shall Weep, James Wilson


©2016 Jen Payne. Photos: reading in the library room at Hisega Lodge; message at Art Alley, Rapid City, SD

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