Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Review - One Thousand White Women

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

This book was lent to me by a friend and co-worker who has a similar taste in books. She's helped supply me with a number of books this past year and she's on a roll with some really great ones... and I hope they keep on coming. One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd's journey from an insane asylum to a Cheyenne bride. May's not insane, but gets placed in the asylum by her family when they don't approve of her behavior. May finds an opportunity to be free through a program where the government trades one thousand white women for one thousand horses with the Cheyenne Indians. Most of the novel documents her time with the Cheyenne and the other women who are with her.

I'm impressed with this book for a number of reasons, but the one that stands out the most is that the author, who is a man, does a fantastic job of writing from a woman's perspective.  It's a well told story with a message that spans all times. 

Grade: A+
Books read since the beginning of 2012: 6

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