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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.

An 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unsung masterpiece in the field of American autobiography. I was completely blown away. This memoir offers an unforgettable picture of pioneer life. Her ageless story deserves a permanent place in our nation’s literature.

    Arnold Rampersad, New York Times bestselling co-author

  • “Masterly. Hers is a small song and not grand opera. But hearing it is a significant and salutary experience.”

    Times (London)

  • “The author has achieved a small miracle with this book for she has turned hunger, poverty, loneliness, and depression into incomparable beauty by the magic of her writing.”

    Pretoria News

  • “Alyssa Bresnahan brings an evocative sepia tone to this beautiful memoir about the lives of a real pioneer family…Bresnahan’s thoughtful pacing and the slightly roughened edge she gives her clear, warm voice perfectly conjure wide skies and strong winds, and echo the considered speech of people who don’t talk much. And when they do talk, she offers telling portraits of everyone from child to grandfather. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Babb’s engaging memoir recalls a childhood spent on the harsh and wild Colorado frontier during the early 1900s.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Relate[s] vividly and with fine and fond recollection.”

    Library Journal

  • “A wry, affectionate but unsentimental recall of frontiering struggles in Colorado just prior to WWI.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “On a par stylistically and thematically with Willa Cather’s My Antonia, this is a classic that deserves to be rediscovered and cherished for years to come.”

    Linda Miller, professor of English, Pennsylvania State University, and chairman of the editorial advisory board for The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Sanora Babb (1907–2005), born in what is now Oklahoma, was the author of five books, as well as numerous essays, short stories, and poems that were published in literary magazines alongside the work of William Saroyan, Ralph Ellison, Katherine Anne Porter, and William Carlos Williams. As a native of Oklahoma’s arid panhandle and a volunteer with the Farm Security Administration in Depression-era California, she brought an insider’s knowledge and immediacy to her authentically compelling narratives. Her Dust Bowl novel, Whose Names Are Unknown, was featured in the Ken Burns documentary The Dust Bowl.