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3.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 5 3.66 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Lawrence Hunt Narrator: Pat Stien Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight children named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to a woman who walked across America.

Hoping to win the wager and save her family's farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter Clara, armed with little more than a compass, red-pepper spray, a revolver, and Clara's curling iron, set out on foot from Eastern Washington.

Their route would pass through 14 states, but they were not allowed to carry more than five dollars each. As they visited Indian reservations, Western boomtowns, remote ranches, and local civic leaders, they confronted snowstorms, hunger, thieves, and mountain lions with equal aplomb.

Their treacherous and inspirational journey to New York challenged contemporary notions of femininity and captured the public's imagination. But their trip had such devastating consequences that the Estby women's achievement was blanketed in silence until, nearly a century later, when Linda Lawrence Hunt encountered their extraordinary story. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debi | 2/20/2014

    " Amazing that this woman and her daughter walked across America, the entire country and I had not knowledge. I mean what makes something historical and something else a forgotten event? Who decides? I admired the authors ability to stick with the facts she was able to unearth through newspaper interviews along the way, it might have been easier to write a historical fiction rather than sticking w/ nonfiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 2/19/2014

    " This is a book club book and while interesting I also found myself bored at times. This has the feel of a book you should read in High school for an American History class or something. At one point, I was reminded of Forrest Gump making his running trek across America. We have come along way baby! I will hold out on further comment until next month after our book club review! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthmarie | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting historical research. Many holes in the history because of lost/destroyed data, and author had to piece together from oral and printed materials. Writing style is a bit off-putting but Helga and her daughter hold the reader's interest. This book came about because of the history project of a little boy recalling family tales. The reader is left to wonder about the person or organization that supposedly offered the $10K reward that spurred Helga to take on the trek across America. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 1/31/2014

    " I'm throwing in the towel on this book - which I NEVER do. But I'm just so frustrated by such an amazing story being told in such a hamfisted, unclear, boring way. Darn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/17/2014

    " While I enjoyed the book, I would have enjoyed it many times over if it had actually been Helga Estby's own account. It was fascinating that Hunt could gather so much information from the time period to make an educated guess about Estby's experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selina | 1/17/2014

    " This story is absolutely amazing. It is about a woman sho walks across the country with her daughter to win a prize so she can save their farm. The injustice of the ending was infuriating and at times I was angry with the Helga and couldn't understand why she was doing this, but I learned that a woman's spirit is strong, stronger than any man's - sorry guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 1/15/2014

    " I loved this book. It is an enlightening book about how women were viewed in the 19th century. Also, a wonderful story of two women's courage. I learned the importance of keeping a journal and the profound loss when one's words are destroyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/13/2014

    " This book is completely surprising and wonderful. It's incredible that two women could walk across the US in 1896! A great addition to historical record, and wonderful to think that this actually happened (but sad to learn how it all turned sour). This is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Elmore | 1/13/2014

    " Not the genre I usually read, but I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madalene | 1/1/2014

    " Interesting. Can't believe Helga and Clara actually walked that distance, not because they were women, just because of the year! No roads, no protection, yikes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scot Marvin | 12/17/2013

    " Small bit of Pacific NW history. Great story of a courageous woman and her walk across American in 1896. In those high button shoes that weren't made to be walked in. Let's see our modern athletes do that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 11/15/2013

    " An amazing story of an amazing yet ordinary woman, this is pieced together from tidbits but turned into a surprisingly engaging and suspenseful book about America in 1896. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 11/10/2013

    " This was not entertaining like a novel, but a serious read. I could see it used in an introductory class for Women Studies. The book was conjecture based on researched facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jr Jackson | 11/1/2013

    " There is lots of background history of early Spokane. Since I live here it helps explain some of the thoughts and feelings Helga felt and experienced. I'm happy that her story has not been lost. Helga was a very determined Woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 9/3/2013

    " This is an amazing true story of an incredible woman who walked across America from Washington State to New York! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 VanessaD Hayden | 7/6/2013

    " Great story; I grew up in the area, and had never heard of this. Too bad that so many stories had been forgotten - who knows how our history would be defined and clarified by these stories?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacee | 3/17/2013

    " This book had a great impact on me. I loved how it tells a story of determination and courage. I like that it records a bit of personal history. I recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denine Benedetto | 10/12/2012

    " Another nonfiction book that surprised me. Fascinating story. Will get your feminist feathers ruffled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seraphina | 5/19/2012

    " A little repetitive, but overall a very interesting account of a phenomenal achievement. Additionally the political similarities between 1896 and 2008 are eerily astounding! History really does repeat itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/26/2012

    " inspiring story of one women's determination and journey, but what I really took away was the importance of safe-keeping the stories for the future "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/5/2011

    " I loved this book. An amazing story of courage and strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Aley | 8/15/2011

    " This is the story of Helga, a Spokane woman, who took a wager to walk all the way across the United States for $10,000. It was almost lost until her granddaughter recovered some papers and went on to finally publicly tell the story. It was interesting, but could have used tighter editing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denice | 7/26/2011

    " I really liked this book. It is so impressive what this woman accomplished and I thought it was really interesting to hear about all of the obstacles (physical and social) that she and her daughter had to overcome and how easily the whole story could have been erased in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madalene | 5/10/2011

    " Interesting. Can't believe Helga and Clara actually walked that distance, not because they were women, just because of the year! No roads, no protection, yikes! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 5/3/2011

    " This was a great story, but the writing was tedious. It became more of a beginning college course on the value of family stories and their preservation than on the story. It is shame that the deatils were lost; it could have made a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jml | 4/18/2011

    " This book is incredible. I only can only hope to have the mental fortitude and resilience of these two women. I also found the end words about family lore to be insightful and very useful in helping me think about the value of my own family's stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 4/10/2011

    " A wonderful story! I can't imagine walking across the U.S., even today, much less in 1896 and in long Victorian skirts! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/24/2011

    " I was so frustrated by the lack of actual accounts. The author did a lot of research about that time and the events and then "supposed" her way through it. It was a fascinating story but I wanted more facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aellis1019 | 2/17/2011

    " An amazing story. I wish Helga's notes had been saved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/30/2011

    " Amazing story about a woman in the 1890's and the extent to which she would go and the humiliation she would endure to save her family. A fascinating story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/7/2011

    " 3 and a half stars.

    this was an amazing story, i just wish so much of her story hadn't been destroyed and we knew more about it. the author did a great job with what little she had to work with and a lot of supposition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 12/9/2010

    " I was very interested in this very unusual story, Next time that I find it hard to make myself get out and walk, I will remember Helga's walk across America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 11/27/2010

    " this is a remarkable tale of a woman living in Victoria america...who walks from spokane WA to NY City. Her traveling companion is her young daughter. How this experience afects her life and that of her family is one I will never forget.
    highly recommended....don't miss this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charity | 11/1/2010

    " Boring, repetitive and "preachy." Not recommended for content or for style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 10/15/2010

    " I'm throwing in the towel on this book - which I NEVER do. But I'm just so frustrated by such an amazing story being told in such a hamfisted, unclear, boring way. Darn. "

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