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A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
By: (1831-1904)

Isabella L. Bird's travel memoir, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains, offers readers a captivating glimpse into the life of a fearless and adventurous Victorian woman. In this book, Bird recounts her experiences exploring the untamed American West in the late 19th century, encountering rugged landscapes, wild animals, and colorful characters along the way.

What sets this memoir apart is Bird's honest and unflinching portrayal of the challenges she faced as a solo female traveler in a male-dominated society. Her vivid descriptions of the natural beauty of the Rockies are juxtaposed with her reflections on the limitations placed on women in her time, making for a poignant and thought-provoking read.

Overall, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains is a captivating and beautifully written account of a remarkable woman's journey of self-discovery and adventure. Bird's wit, intelligence, and indomitable spirit shine through on every page, making this a must-read for anyone interested in women's history, travel literature, or the American West.

Book Description:

Isabella Bird began travelling while in her early twenties to help alleviate illness that had plagued her since childhood. She was a single woman in her early forties when she made her treck through the Rocky Mountains. A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains details this fascinating account of her travels through a series of letters written to her sister, Henrietta. These letters are filled with beautiful, vivid descriptions of the scenery, the people she encountered, the way of life, and a mountain man named Jim Nugent, that was as rough as they come, but a complete gentleman with Ms. Bird. She has the distinction of being the first woman to become a member of the Royal Geographical Society in 1892.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 20, 2019
Listening to the book for the 4th time. Captivating
Reviewer: - February 17, 2017
Subject: Nature
I'm glad I stumbled onto this book as it was very satisfying in my quest for books of this era. The only thing that would have made this perfect was if the reader would have been English as the author was but this reader otherwise was top drawer, I listened non-stop, thank you so much!
Reviewer: - July 22, 2015
Subject: Amazing book!!!!
Very descriptive and lively narrative! The characters and geography of the land are brought to life, and the listener is transported back in time and brought along on an exhilarating journey. The narrator of this audiobook is wonderful!

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