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By Mary Zeiss Stange

Mary Zeiss Stange's tale of working a bison ranch along with her husband in southeastern Montana--on the outskirts of nowhere and far-from-here--is a story of survival in a panorama and a society right away harsh and inviting. during this sequence of essays she illustrates the realities of ranch lifestyles at a time whilst the "New West" of subdivision, "ranchettes," telecommuting, and tourism collides with the "True West" of an excessive amount of, too little, too tough, and too harsh. This society is molded through the weather, and either run to extremes, at the same time unforgiving, frequently brutal, but able to unalloyed attraction and breathtaking beauty.

Her tales discover the myths and realities of ranch existence in smooth America--the brandings, rodeos, and demolition derbies which are significant occasions, and the social, environmental, and political components at paintings in shaping the land and the people.

Less memoir than deep historical past of individuals and position, those shiny, naturalistic stories research the complicated relationships that contain lifestyles within the rural West today.


"From geology to racism and the Indian Wars, from a considerate examine branding to illustrate of pointless cruelty now preserved as conventional customized to her personal classes in looking and feminism, Zeiss Stange weaves a fancy and thorough portrait of where she has come to name home." -- tale Circle publication Reviews

"Scholar, rancher, hunter, and feminist, Mary Zeiss Stange ultimately provides the fly-over nation of the West what it has been missing: a nuanced portrait of its humans and animals from an individual invested within the harsh and lovely landscape." -- Ted Kerasote, writer of Bloodties: Nature, tradition, and the quest and available in the market: within the Wild in a stressed out Age

"[Hard Grass] provides readers a clear-eyed examine Montana lifestyles with no romanticism or nostalgia, as an alternative describing how one relatives got here West and positioned down roots." -- nice Falls Tribune

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