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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynne Cheney Narrator: Lynne Cheney Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Revisit a time when Americans felt sure of themselves and the future.

Home to the Wonder Bar, the Rialto Theater, and Lloyd's Confectionary, Casper was like many small towns in the 1940s -- except it sat on mile-high Wyoming prairie stretching on as far as the eye could see. In this place so full of the sense of possibility, Lynne Cheney grew up listening to Queen for a Day on her family's Zenith radio, playing Wonder Woman with her friends, and dreaming at night that she could fly, soaring upward into the endless blue sky.

In this affectionate memoir, she describes a town where little girls wore dresses, but still played rough-and-tumble games and where insightful, caring teachers knew what the children in their classes were capable of and refused to let them fall short. She recalls the resolute women in her family -- in particular, her mother -- who was determined that there would be no limits on her daughter's aspirations. And she recounts her courtship with one of the local daredevils who grew up to be the man she would marry.

Drawing on a wealth of sources, Lynne interweaves in her memoir the stories of westward-moving men and women -- Puritans and Mormons, Germans and Scots Irish -- whose journeys brought her family and the vice president's to the high Wyoming plains. Evocative and enlightening, Blue Skies, No Fences recalls an era of immense appeal and sets it within the sweep of American history, reminding us that our lives are intertwined, not only with those who share our years, but with others who lived before us. Download and start listening now!


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  • “A captivating amalgam of genealogy and gems of 1950s memorabilia that will bring smiles of recognition to readers of her generation…engaging.” 


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennie | 7/1/2013

    " Reading this book reminded me of listening to my mother tell stories of her childhood and teenage years. She grew up during the same post war era. I really enjoyed reading of the rich family history of our former vice president, whom I admire. This book is a treasure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa | 6/12/2013

    " Filled with geneology, quickly run-through family histories... a bit too much information... the descriptive passages, insights were much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tawni | 4/30/2013

    " What can I say? I am a republican! Dick Cheney spoke at Adam's graduation and mentioned that his wife's ancestors and come across the plains and her grandma had attended Brigham Young Academy, so when I saw this book on the Today show's list of books to read, I thought, "Why not?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angela | 1/13/2013

    " Reads more like a diary than a memoir. I just didn't find myself caring about her family history and the many, many unnecessary details provided. "

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