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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (749 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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