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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dialog Press (Oct. 9 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914153048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914153047
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Part Native American lore, part ecological treatise, part mystical odyssey, and, perhaps, part autobiography, Black's debut novel leads her readers along unexpected paths. Rebecca grows up in western Kansas in the 1950s, moves to Chicago, and becomes a successful journalist, but behind this normalcy lies a moody, nomadic soul. As a child she communes with Gentle Wind, her "spirit sister" who lived on her family's land a century earlier. Rebecca loses touch with Gentle Wind but keeps her fierce allegiance to the plains. Whenever she returns home, Rebecca is angered at the changes time has wrought, giving Black numerous chances to rail against cattle feedlots, overirrigated fields, and strip mining. Interspersed chapters written in the voice of Gentle Wind recount the great buffalo slaughter from 1865 to 1875 and the gradual demise of the Plains Indians, culminating in their removal to an Oklahoma reservation. Black has packed a few extraneous side plots into her debut, but the end result is a poignant family saga and an enlightening history lesson. Deborah Donovan
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Format: Hardcover
Buffalo Spirits is a beautifully written story. I don't think I've ever read a more loving description of the Kansas prairie - a place often overlooked as barren and dry, but she brings to life all the subtle beauties of the plains, reminding me of the things I loved about going there as a child to visit family.
I really identified with and liked the main character, Becca, as she journeyed from girlhood, through her college years, and into adulthood. She is smart, real and likable. Much of the book is her life story - woven in with moving stories of the Native American tribe that had lived on the plains years before, and the modern demise of the small family farm and environmental damage to the prairie. The author is very effective at using the stories of individuals to make a larger point.
This book really makes you think. And its a great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You can go home again Oct. 30 2004
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought this was a wonderful book combining actual description of Kansas and the area where the author was raised, as well as some of the issues facing those living here. Combining this with the indian "spirits" just made this an entertaining and accurate as well as fictional account of Kansas prairies.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great story, thought provoking July 11 2004
By Gwenn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Buffalo Spirits is a beautifully written story. I don't think I've ever read a more loving description of the Kansas prairie - a place often overlooked as barren and dry, but she brings to life all the subtle beauties of the plains, reminding me of the things I loved about going there as a child to visit family.
I really identified with and liked the main character, Becca, as she journeyed from girlhood, through her college years, and into adulthood. She is smart, real and likable. Much of the book is her life story - woven in with moving stories of the Native American tribe that had lived on the plains years before, and the modern demise of the small family farm and environmental damage to the prairie. The author is very effective at using the stories of individuals to make a larger point.
This book really makes you think. And its a great read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent research March 12 2012
By Academy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is one of my all time favorites. The writer has done an excellent job of researching the historical factors of the time. Truly brings the reader into a world of intrigue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put it down! July 13 2008
By J. K. Bramschreiber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Our book club selected this book and it was a big hit! There are many facets to this book; if you want to know more about Native American culture, story of a typical Kansas farm family, what happened to the buffalo, or the personal story of a journalist leaving Kansas for Chicago....you won't be disappointed.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite Telling of America's Real Story July 24 2008
By 4history - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree that Buffalo Spirits is a great read and a compelling probe into one America's great untold stories. It brings together all the pain of our land and our heritage as two cultures--the American farmer and the native Americans--tied to the same acreage--interweave.


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