The Healing of Natalie Curtis Book Review

The Healing of Natalie Curtis fictionalizes the true story of ethnomusicologist Natalie Curtis, and her quest to preserve songs of America’s Indians in the early 1900s.

In 1902 Natalie travels west with her brother and is introduced to the music of America’s Indians. As she works to preserve their music into a book, she learns of the US government’s Code of Offenses used in schools where Indian children, taken from their parents and placed into schools for assimilation, were punished for singing, dancing, or speaking their own language.

This book feels more like a biographical retelling of Natalie’s efforts to gather Indian songs as she appealed to President Theodore Roosevelt to repeal the government’s Code of Offenses, than it does a work of fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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I wish you well.

Sandy

All She Left Behind Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

All She Left Behind, written by Jane Kirkpatrick, tells the story of Jennie Pickett in 1870s Oregon Territory. This book is filled with hope and disappointment. Love and betrayal. Courage and desperation. What I found most interesting with All She Left Behind is the way Jane Kirkpatrick wove her details into a compelling story based on the lives of real individuals.

Jennie wants to help people and uses her skill with herbs as one way to do that, hoping to turn that skill into a medical career. Trusting those closest to her proves costly, and deception sends Jennie on a path she wasn’t expecting to walk as she deals with the very real issue of alcoholism in her area and family.

Through to the final pages of All She Left Behind Jennie continues to follow her dream and refuses to give up.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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Sandy

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Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

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