Here are the rules:
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one, pick the closest.
Tag five people to do the same.
The title of the book is "Starting From Scratch: The Adventures of A Lady Dude Rancher" by Alice Gleason.
Well, I'm afraid I have to cheat a bit as the book has nothing but photos on page 56! So I decided to just quote the back cover of the book:
Alice Gleason, a slip of a woman with steel backbone, twinkling eyes, and a passionate love for mountain life, wrote as she lived, with forthrightness and good humor. These charming tales describe the times she lived in- the old days of country schools, crank phones, wringer washers, good horses, fresh mountain air, dangerous blizzards, and the occasional flood and rest fire. Alice and her husband Kenneth stated the Circle 8 Guest Ranch by homesteading west of Choteau, Montana in 1930 and bringing their first guest with them. From that year until 1978, the Gleasons shared with many their simple mountain life along the East Front of the Rockies, and Alice recorded anecdotes and stories as the years went by. Found in a closet after her death in 1997, Alice's stories take the reader back to another era along the East Front. These witty first-hand observations and tales capture the essence of a way of life long gone, while providing the reader with an entertaining glimpse into Alice's unique life and the roots of the Circle 8 Ranch.
I first saw the book in an Outfitter's Supply catalog, then found a used copy on Amazon.com. I have not started reading the book yet, but I enjoy autobiographies and my dream is to someday visit or work a summer on a real "dude ranch," so I thought I might find this book inspiring. Has anyone heard of it or read it? I did a little digging and the Circle 8 is now called the Pine Butte Guest Ranch and is owned by the Nature Conservancy. You can click here for more information.
Last time I didn't tag anyone, but seeing as the holidays are nearly upon us and books always make good gifts.... share some good reads with us, my blogger friends:
One great Rancher Woman herself, Linda over at the 7msn Ranch
The Wades over at Galloping Grace Youth Ranch
TJ and Mark at The Ranch at Salmon Creek
My favorite Brown-Eyed Cowgirl
My spotted friends at C-ing Spots Appaloosas.
Thanks and have fun!