"In the 1930's, a girl moved to a rural community along the Imnaha River in Wallowa County. There, in country so remote electricity didn't arrive until the 1960's, she married and built a life of hard work and deep friendships with family and neighboring ranchers. Through it all, she kept a diary- four lines a day- for sixty years."
When I first read this book in 2013, the story of Mary Marks, gleaned from her diaries by author Janie Tippett, inspired me to be brave and resourceful. This book changed my life, in that it led me to Wallowa County, and I've never been happier.
I'm re-reading it now, and over the past three years I've become familiar with the places and the culture of Imnaha country. I marvel at the beautiful language Janie uses to describe that magnificent land that shaped the people then, and even today.
What lovely, lovely writing...
Where Four Lines A Day is sold: The Bookloft and Grain Growers, Enterprise; Simply Sandy's, Sports Corral, and Copper Creek, Joseph. $16.