Sanora Babb experienced the pioneer life in a one-room
dugout in southeastern Colorado, eye-level with the land that supported,
tormented, and beguiled her. It was where her family fought for their lives
against drought, crop failure, starvation, and almost bottomless loneliness.
Learning to read from newspapers that lined the dugout’s dirt walls, Babb grew
up to be a journalist, then a writer of unforgettable books about the Great
Depression and the Dust Bowl, most notably the novel Whose Names Are Unknown.
She was seven years old when her parents began to homestead
an isolated 320-acre farm on the western plains. She tells the story through
her eyes as a sensitive, fearless young girl who came to love the wind, the
vastness, the mystery, and magic in the ordinary. This evocative memoir of a
pioneer childhood on the Great Plains is written with the lyricism and sensitivity
that distinguishes all her writing.
Owl on Every Post, with its environmental disasters, extreme weather,
mortgage foreclosures, and harsh living conditions, tells an amazing story of the
perseverance and strength required for survival in this era of history and
still resonates as much today as when it first appeared. Download and start listening now!