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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Doig Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig had only a vague memory of his mother until he discovered a cache of her letters. They revealed a passionate, can-do woman who loved the lilting rhythm of words. A moving prequel to his acclaimed memoir This House of Sky, Doig’s Heart Earth highlights his childhood before his mother’s death and eloquently captures the texture of the American West, the fortunes of a family, and one woman’s indomitable spirit. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Tough and poignant…Heart Earth is a book the repeatedly proves the power of language…Doig uses words like oil paint to create canvasses of enduring value and originality.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An affecting book, heartbreak in in its recital of the stark severance of a young family’s life, but ennobling in the implacable spirit that infuses its page…[It] endure as [a] magnificent testimonial to the men and women who people it, and [a] classic of the bittersweet history of the American West.”

    Washington Times

  • “Doig at his best: fresh, vivid language energizing his keen insight into a woman whose warmth he felt only briefly.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A lyrical evocation of the Doig’s gallantly hardscrabble existence and love for the unforgiving Montana mountains.” San Francisco Chronicle
  • “In poetic and precise prose, Doig has crafted a worthy complement to his acclaimed memoir, This House of Sky.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For House of Sky devotees, and for anyone who cares about the West and the ties that bind rugged individuals, this is a book to treasure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/20/2014

    " Ivan Doig's tribute to his mother and his childhood. His phraseology is so polished and evokes a deep humming warmth inside. This one is a real treat. Read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/12/2014

    " After his original memoir, This House of Sky, it was very interesting to revisit his early life from the perspective of his Mother's letters to her brother. I enjoyed reading about the same people again and learning more about them. I especially enjoyed the obvious research that Ivan had done to include information that had not been in his earlier memoir. In this book as in his others, his descriptions of the places and times are as entrancing as his portraits of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/8/2014

    " I could read Ivan Doig forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathy Halsan | 1/29/2014

    " As always, Ivan Doig's words are poetic. In this memoir, Doig draws the reader into the last year of his mother's life. She died on his sixth birthday. As an adult he receives letters that she wrote to her brother during this time period. From those letters come this beautiful book. "

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