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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award finalist Ivan Doig had only a vague memory of his mother until he discovered a cache of her letters. They revealed a passionate, can-do woman who loved the lilting rhythm of words. A moving prequel to his acclaimed memoir This House of Sky, Doig’s Heart Earth highlights his childhood before his mother’s death and eloquently captures the texture of the American West, the fortunes of a family, and one woman’s indomitable spirit.

©1993 Ivan Doig (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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“Another profoundly original and lustrous re-creation.” ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Like a warm blanket on a chilly night.

I love Ivan Doig. Making my way through every one of them, some twice. Decided to try the audible.com version. Tom Stechschulte was made for Doig books, or lullabies or road maps. That deep voice and his changes of character are so good. I’ll be going back to my favorite Doig books to hear Tom read them. My only criticism is the book was too short.

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The Mother....

This one REALLY tugs at your heart strings. I really hated for this one to end.

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Beautifully Written

I have read this book and also listened to the audiobook. Both readings were magical. Mr. Doig paints a beautiful picture.

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Another wonderful book by my favorite author!

This book helps fill out the story of the early life of Ivan Doug as learned from his mother's letters. Superbly narrated as well!

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Ivan Doig..The master of story , language and heart.

A beautiful book..poignant, with vivid imagery and heartfelt awareness of life. I can’t get enough of his writing.

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A story I knew the end of...

....... but now I feel it in some way I can only acknowledge with tears and not explain with any words.

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Sweet, sad, funny, poetic memoir of Doig's family

If you could sum up Heart Earth in three words, what would they be?

lyrical, insightful memoir

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud a few times, but was mostly in awe of Doig's ability to help me experience what he and his parents experienced during his childhood.

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I love the way Doig concisely evokes a whole world of feeling; he sees such humor, poetry, and intensity in each moment and place. Somehow he notices everything.. A sweet, sad, funny memoir of his childhood and his mother.