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Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57131-268-6
Pages: 139
Publish Date: January 2003
Genre: Nonfiction

The Prairie in Her Eyes

BY Ann Daum

Ann Daum’s memoir rolls like the prairie hills, carries twists and turns like the path of the White River, and can pack a punch like Dakota weather. In sixteen pieces, Daum captures the beauty, despair, rewards, and loneliness of ranching in the contemporary West. The book begins in the present, then moves into the past as Daum tells her story from childhood to her life today as a independent rancher raising sport horses on what’s left of a 30,000-acre spread.

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“Daum describes growing up on a South Dakota ranch and her life as a rancher today with great feeling, candor, and an understanding of the challenges of living in the West.”

—Lori D. Kranz, Bloomsbury Review, “Editors' Favorite Books of 2001”

“The author shares vivid stories and memories of her life on the South Dakota ranch where she grew up and continues to raise horses. Daum brilliantly evokes the excruciating beauty and frustration of ranching life.”


“Daum's memoir evokes the harsh beauty of life in the modern American west. Raised on her father's 13,000 acre cattle ranch, Daum now breeds sport horses on the scant remains of her family's land.... Eloquent . . . she reveals the character of the West and the changes it is undergoing.”

Publishers Weekly

“Readers come to know Daum as the daughter who left the ranch to attend college but then returned to her family home to stay.”

Library Journal

“A grim tale purporting to explain the pull of a place (the ranchland of South Dakota) that succeeds mainly in making those lucky readers who have never lived in that high dry country feel luckier still.”

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Ann Daum

Ann Daum is a freelance writer and horse breeder from Okaton, South Dakota.

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