The Sum of our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women
Judy Busk
224 pages, hardcover: $32.95
Signature Books, 2004.

Pioneer women are often portrayed as strong, brazen heroines or meek, conforming housewives. Author Judy Busk looks beyond the stereotypes to find the truth of these women’s lives in a book that’s part personal memoir, part historical research. Busk retraces the Mormon and Oregon Trails in the modern "covered wagon" of her van, interweaving her own sorrows and joys with those of the women who traveled West more than a century before.