A transcendent memoir from an author of rare talent, Laura Bell's Claiming Ground recounts Bell's time living mostly alone in the hills of Wyoming, where she herded sheep and cattle and battled isolation. A journey to the heart of self, Bell's work sparkles with shimmering prose and remarkable insight. "Bell's extraordinary ability to impart a true sense of place on each page reveals a stark and stunning landscape populated with a playbill of peculiar personalities."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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