The Stories that Shape Us

Contemporary Women Write About the West

Edited by Teresa Jordan and James Hepworth

“This extraordinary anthology of twenty-six personal essays by both emerging and established women writers ranges widely across the regions and the cultures of the West, relating stories of family and commitment, race and gender, spirituality and commitment to the earth.  The conributors include Leslie Marmon Silko, Terry Tempest Williams, Kathleen Norris, Nancy Mairs, Patricia Limerick, Judith Freeman, Mary Clearman Blew, and Linda Hasselstrom.”  — From the back cover

“An anthology to vindicate all anthologies …. Serves as an introduction to writers you might otherwise not meet; it allows you to taste their ideas and beg for their voices again.” — Elgy Gilespie, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“For sheer richness and diversity of voice, The Stories that Shape Us is unbeatable.  This book gives the widest possible perspetive on what it means to grow up female in the West.”  — Susan Lyman-Whitney, Deseret News

“Inspired …. The whole book should make you want to scamper into the wilderness, notebook in hand.” — Joanne Rubiner, Los Angeles Reader

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