Gabrielle Burton
Searching for Tamsen Donner

FINALIST,2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, autobiography and memoir category

Favorite Books of 2010, Maureen Corrigan, NPR

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Searching for Tamsen Donner follows Burton's own journey in 1977 retracing the Donner Trail of 1846 with her five daughters and husband.  Alongside the Donner Party history with an emphasis on Tamsen Donner, Burton's 'own journey explores the struggle between being a mother and a working writer, between love and passion, between family and adventure -- and the search to have both.

An added bonus: Contains the 17 extant letters of Tamsen Donner, collected and published in one place for the first time, some of them seen by few outside Tamsen's descendants.


"Searching for Tamsen Donner is audaciously ambitious and utterly original... It's just a terrific read."
— Carolyn See, Living the Literary Life

"An original and insightful rendering of a familiar legend, I absolutely loved it."
—Kay Blakely, Wake Me When It's Over

"History lesson, memoir and intimate family portrait all at once."
—LA Times