Off the Shelf: This Is Not the Ivy League by Mary Clearman Blew

Blew Read the beginning of Chapter 1 from This Is Not the Ivy League: A Memoir by Mary Clearman Blew:

"In the spring of 1944 my mother and father borrowed more money than they had ever seen and purchased the old home ranch on Spring Creek, in central Montana, that had been my great-grandfather’s 1882 homestead. My father would be thirty-one in a few weeks, my mother had just turned thirty. I was four years old, my sister a toddler of eighteen months. We had been living on an alkali ranch in the sagebrush, down on the Judith River, and the move meant hay meadows and fresh water and good grazing for the cattle on the slopes of the mountains that overlooked the creek drainage, together with all the family associations with place, which even in 1944 were becoming emblematic. My great-grandfather had been one of the earliest homesteaders in central Montana, and it seemed that every shale hill and coulee, bend of the creek or grove of cottonwood trees, had its name and its position in the landscape of the family narrative.

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Off the Shelf: Honyocker Dreams by David Mogen

Mogen Read the "Finding Home" from Honyocker Dreams: Montana Memories by David Mogen:

"By the time I got to know my way around a new hometown, it was time to leave.

And where was “home”? While I was growing up we moved through a series of small towns along the Montana Hi-Line, the three-hundred-mile corridor stretching west from North Dakota to the Rockies, and north from the Missouri River to Canada. But we also lived in Bozeman and Missoula while Dad went to school, and since we visited relatives all across the state it sometimes seemed that all of Montana was home. For a while, Idaho was home, too. When I was twelve I began working as a farmhand for three summers in a row at my uncle Phil and aunt Roma’s Idaho homestead, nearly a thousand miles from my Montana home.

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