A Name of Her Own

by Jane Kirkpatrick | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1578564999 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lauraloo29 of Edmonton, Alberta Canada on 4/22/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by lauraloo29 from Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Sunday, April 22, 2007
From the Publisher
Based on the life of Marie Dorion, the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest, A Name of Her Own is the fictionalized adventure account of a real woman's fight to settle in a new landscape, survive in a nation at war, protect her sons and raise them well and, despite an abusive, alcoholic husband, keep her marriage together. With two rambunctious young sons to raise, Marie Dorion refuses to be left behind in St. Louis when her husband heads West with the Wilson …+ read moreBased on the life of Marie Dorion, the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest, A Name of Her Own is the fictionalized adventure account of a real woman's fight to settle in a new landscape, survive in a nation at war, protect her sons and raise them well and, despite an abusive, alcoholic husband, keep her marriage together.

With two rambunctious young sons to raise, Marie Dorion refuses to be left behind in St. Louis when her husband heads West with the Wilson Hunt Astoria expedition of 1811. Faced with hostile landscapes, an untried expedition leader, and her volatile husband, Marie finds that the daring act she hoped would bind her family together may in the end tear them apart.

On the journey, Marie meets up with the famous Lewis and Clark interpreter, Sacagawea. Both are Indian women married to mixed-blood men of French Canadian and Indian descent, both are pregnant, both traveled with expeditions led by white men, and both are raising sons in a white world.

Together, the women forge a friendship that will strengthen and uphold Marie long after they part, even as she faces the greatest crisis of her life, and as she fights for her family's very survival with the courage and gritty determination that can only be fueled by a mother's love.

Journal Entry 2 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Saturday, February 19, 2011
I'm going to send this out as part of a book spiral.

Rules: Not many. Please journal the book's arrival and departure. And please keep it moving by keeping it no longer than 4-6 weeks. The last person is free to release the book as they wish.

1. iwillrejoice - US (NA)
2. imawinn2 - US (NA)
3. Rrrcaron - US (Intl)
4. DubaiReader - UAE (Intl)
5. penelopewanders - Switzerland (Europe)
6. silvia-pco - Portugal (Europe)
7. abigailann UK (UK)
8.

This bookspiral will begin its journey on March 3rd. Happy travels!

Journal Entry 3 by iwillrejoice at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Friday, March 11, 2011
Received this in today's mail. Looking forward to reading it! Thanks for letting me be a part of your book spiral. =D

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3/23/11

I just wanted to leave a note here, now that I've read the book. I really enjoyed it, & have since gone looking for more from this author. Thanks for helping me find a new favorite!


Journal Entry 4 by iwillrejoice at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Florida USA on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Released 11 yrs ago (3/24/2011 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, trades, Florida USA

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Released to imawinn2 as next in line for this book spiral. Enjoy!


Journal Entry 5 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Friday, April 1, 2011
Book arrived yesterday. Looks like a very interesting read. I love historical fiction. Should be able to start on it within the week.

Journal Entry 6 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Monday, April 25, 2011
What a story! Every time I read about the journeys and hardships our early predecessors endured, I have a renewed sense of admiration and awe for them. This story of Marie Dorion and her family is no exception. To take long travels with children, even in this days and age, is sometimes a trying feat, but to travel across the wild country in early 1800's takes near saintly perseverance. But as Marie finds, Providence provides.

I found that the author, Jane Kilpatrick, did a wonderful job telling this tale of the
Dorion family, the trek of the Astorians and the people they met along the way. It was interesting to experience the story through various characters' point of view and in Marie's as well. Seeing the journey through her eyes gave the adventure more depth and balance. It made us see the additional concerns, worries and things that held importance to a woman/mother on such a long and dangerous trek.

Thanks for sharing lauraloo29. May I also suggest, to those who liked this story, the book Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo. Don't be daunted by its thickness. It is a hard one to put down once you start. Alright then, I have already contacted the next person and am just waiting to hear back from them giving me an address.

Journal Entry 7 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Released 11 yrs ago (4/27/2011 UTC) at Neenah, Wisconsin USA

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Sent this out in the mail today. The book is heading to Rrrcaron. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 8 by Rrrcaron at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, May 5, 2011
Received this book in the mail yesterday. Will get right on it!

Journal Entry 9 by Rrrcaron at Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Monday, June 20, 2011
I really enjoyed this book. What a strong woman Marie is. I can't wait to see how she endures her next travels without her husband, and with two growing boys. My heart went out to her in so many ways throughout the read, especially when she lost her infant daughter. Anxiously awaiting the next book... Sending on to next reader.
Ruth

Journal Entry 10 by DubaiReader at Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates on Sunday, July 24, 2011
Thanks to Lauraloo for offering this book in a spiral, I had never heard of this author before but she gets great Amazon ratings.

I just got back from holiday to find the book waiting so I apologise if I've held things up.
Looking forward to it :)

Journal Entry 11 by DubaiReader at Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates on Monday, December 19, 2011
My apologies for taking a while to read this book.
Unfortunately I found it pretty hard going.
I'll add my review in a few days but meanwhile this is on its way to Switerland.
I hope you enjoy it Penelopewanders

Review:
A slow read.

Although this novel has been highly acclaimed by other readers, I found it a slow read. The sections where Marie interracted with other characters on a personal level flowed well, but I got bogged down in the minutiae of the general day to day survival.

Marie was based on Marie Dorion who travelled with an investigatory expedition from St. Louis to Astoria in Oregon. She accompanied her interpreter husband with two young sons, across thousands of miles of inhospitable terrain and we are with her for every gruelling mile. Whilst I am sure Jane Kirkpatrick has done thorough research, this felt like a history lesson and failed to capture my imagination.

Journal Entry 12 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Tuesday, February 7, 2012
This has arrived behind a few other rings and rays, so I'll try to get to it fairly soon. Thanks so much for sending and making it available. It is currently safe and warm despite the frigid temperatures outside here in the Alps!

Journal Entry 13 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Interesting saga of the search for trade routes in the west. The main character is moving and very credible with her foibles, stubborness, strengths, right and wrong decisions... Likewise her husband, struggling with his sense of pride and masculinity and what he considers a woman's place. I found myself thinking back to certain scenes in Little Big Man, although presumably this is more accurate than most of what was portrayed there.
Thanks so much for making this available - I've PMed for the next address.

Journal Entry 14 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Monday, February 27, 2012

Released 10 yrs ago (2/27/2012 UTC) at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland

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Now on its way from the Swiss Alps to Portugal. Enjoy! Thanks for making this available...

Journal Entry 15 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Saturday, March 17, 2012
Here it is! I'll keep you posted :) Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 16 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Saturday, June 30, 2012
This book has become stalled. No answer to PMs. :( Hopefully it will finish its journey someday.

Journal Entry 17 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I'm sorry I'm taking longer than usual to pass on this book; I am currently reading it and will be passing it on in a few days' time. lauraloo29, I answered every PM I got from your regarding this book, if you sent any message that remained unanswered I didn't got it, which sometimes happens with PMs :)

Journal Entry 18 by abigailann at Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Just got this book. Had forgotten I'd signed up for the ray. It looks good though and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 19 by abigailann at National Trust Walk 1 in Buscot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 8, 2013

Released 9 yrs ago (9/7/2013 UTC) at National Trust Walk 1 in Buscot, Oxfordshire United Kingdom

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