The Sum of our Past: Revisiting Pioneer Women
224 pages, hardcover:
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.