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Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland by Ken Ilgunas (review)

Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across... Many readers will contest Carter’s explanation for the appeal of Butcher’s photographs (he states that “we would all like to be descended” from such “pioneer stock”) and note the absence of Native Americans in Carter’s history of Custer County; he provides no accounting of the county’s name, for example, and insists throughout that the settler culture stands for a singular American experience. Readers seeking a scholarly history should consult the fine chapter on Butcher’s photographic albums in Rachel Sailor’s Meaningful Places (2014) and Martha Sandweiss’s Print the Legend (2002). But readers and viewers seeking a rich and detailed visual record of the individual and collective process of settlement in central Nebraska will want to study, remember, and return to Butcher’s photographs, so effectively displayed in this book. Audrey Goodman Georgia State University Ken Ilgunas, Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, NeverDone-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland. New York: Blue Rider Press, 2016. 267 pp. Cloth, $27; paper, $16; e-book, $11.99. In the genre of nature writing one of the oldest motifs has been the walk, the perambulatory sojourn through the natural world. Ken Ilgunas provides an interesting and quite timely twist on this motif by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland by Ken Ilgunas (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 52 (2) – Aug 16, 2017

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Many readers will contest Carter’s explanation for the appeal of Butcher’s photographs (he states that “we would all like to be descended” from such “pioneer stock”) and note the absence of Native Americans in Carter’s history of Custer County; he provides no accounting of the county’s name, for example, and insists throughout that the settler culture stands for a singular American experience. Readers seeking a scholarly history should consult the fine chapter on Butcher’s photographic albums in Rachel Sailor’s Meaningful Places (2014) and Martha Sandweiss’s Print the Legend (2002). But readers and viewers seeking a rich and detailed visual record of the individual and collective process of settlement in central Nebraska will want to study, remember, and return to Butcher’s photographs, so effectively displayed in this book. Audrey Goodman Georgia State University Ken Ilgunas, Trespassing Across America: One Man’s Epic, NeverDone-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland. New York: Blue Rider Press, 2016. 267 pp. Cloth, $27; paper, $16; e-book, $11.99. In the genre of nature writing one of the oldest motifs has been the walk, the perambulatory sojourn through the natural world. Ken Ilgunas provides an interesting and quite timely twist on this motif by

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Published: Aug 16, 2017

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