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Linda says:

"I consider myself a perpetual student of American western history, culture and ecology. I read constantly. I write to learn and for the sheer enjoyment of following words wherever they lead, whether in poetry or nonfiction. I consider my primary responsibility to be working to preserve the territory I love, including not only the land but its inhabitants, human and otherwise, and their stories. My writing is my primary labor and my own stories are part of the chronicles I record."

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What's New from Linda?
No Place Like Home --- Published in September, 2009.
The Anniversary Edition of Land Circle --- Published in 2008, with new material.
Is Linda Working on a New Book?


Linda's Non-fiction Books about Her Ranch and Life --- listed in order of publication.
Click on the book title to drop down to the information on this webpage.

Windbreak: A Woman Rancher on the Northern Plains
Published 1987.
A journal of a ranch year introducing Linda and George, the ranch, and many friends, family members and other animals.

Going Over East: Reflections of a Woman Rancher
Published 1987. Reprinted with a new epilogue 2001.
Linda, husband George, and son Michael go "over east" to the summer pastures far from the ranch buildings. Each gate they pass brings new ranch stories.

Land Circle: Writings Collected from the Land
Published 1991. Anniversary Edition with new material published 2008.
Linda writes of the cycles of life and death in nature, in her own environment and in her family.

Feels Like Far: A Rancher's Life on the Great Plains
Published 1999.
Linda moves to the city but remembers her ranching past, writing of family, friends, and nature.

Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work
Published 2002.
More stories of the ranch and Linda's connections to nature and to animals, both wild and domesticated.

No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life
Published 2009.
Linda writes stories of changing communities, drawing from her own experiences of ranch life and city life.


Other Non-fiction by Linda: --- These non-fiction books are on topics other than Linda's ranch, though they are chock-full of Linda's descriptive writing. Click on the book title to drop down to the information on this webpage.

Bison: Monarch of the Plains --- The lovely coffee-table book with glorious photos.
Published 1998.

Roadside History of South Dakota --- Travel across South Dakota without leaving home.
Published 1994.

Journal of a Mountain Man: by James Clyman --- This historical journal was edited and introduced by Linda.
Published 1984.


All About the Book: --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about Linda's books: Q&A with Linda, notes about content, information on book jacket photos, and more.

Each book below has a link that will take you to the expanded material found on this website.

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Is Linda Working on a New Book?


Linda and poet Twyla Hansen, from Nebraska, have collaborated on a book of poetry. Dirt Songs was published in fall 2011 by The Backwaters Press. More details are available on the poetry page.


No Place Like Home was published in 2009, so Linda is starting to get questions about her next book. Linda was interviewed in early 2010 by Doug Murano for the University of South Dakota Alumni magazine. Below is an excerpt from that interview.


Q: Have you started planning your next book yet? If so, any hints/​clues/​teasers regarding what it might be about?

A: Only within the past couple of years has it occurred to me that I should be thinking of a book, rather than individual pieces of writing. Since returning to the ranch in June 2008, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to revive my old garden, and in getting reacquainted with the prairie. Of course, that means I’m immersing myself in the plains: smelling the weather coming, noticing the great-horned owl in the tree and the rabbit under the lilac bush, noticing how the cows move over the hill when it’s about to snow, how the grouse leave the cedars the minute someone steps outside.

So naturally, I’m writing about what I see and smell and hear, about the weather, plants, animals. I wouldn’t be surprised if a book evolved. But I don’t have a clear plan.

And envisioning a book is still a long way from publication, especially considering the difficulties publishers are facing these days. Somehow the writer must convince the publisher that a book will “sell.” I’ve always had trouble with that part. I am seldom able to create an outline, and when I have been required to do so, I have immediately destroyed it by writing something different. I write what seems to me important, and then I try to find a way to justify it to someone who might publish it.


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No Place Like Home

Nonfiction
Published 2009
Paperback edition 2010
211 pages
size: 6 X 9

$24.95 – hardcover
ISBN 978-0-87417-796-1

$18.95 – paperback
ISBN 978-0-87417-831-9

No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life

Drive the main highway into your community and remember how it looked ten years ago, fifteen, fifty if you are old enough. What you see is what you and your friends value, an announcement to every passerby of what you hold most dear.

--from No Place Like Home
Chapter 1, "Selling the Ranch"


The book's central theme is community, with stories from Linda's 16 years in Cheyenne juxtaposed with her experiences in communities of other kinds as she tries to understand how we are to cope with changes to our rural communities in the healthiest way.

What Linda says about this book:
Without knowing it, I began writing this book in a hotel in Lybster, Scotland, when I encountered a local ex-merchant mariner named Duncan. No Place Like Home draws vignettes from communities I've known in my life in the west, showing how they have grown and thrived and failed and changed. Each of the stories that make up the longer narrative is true; each happened to me, and each taught me something about the kind of place I want to live. Each of these linked stories is part of my definition of how a real community should work. Reading my stories, I believe, can help others recognize the stories that are creating the communities they live in.


All About the Book --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: Q&A with Linda, notes about content, information on the book jacket photo, and more.

Click here to go to the No Place Like Home webpage.

Award Winner!
2010 winner of the WILLA literary award for creative nonfiction by Women Writing the West.
2010 Best Woman Writer Award from the Zonta Club of Billings presented at the High Plains Book Awards in Billings, Montana.

Click here for a webpage about Linda's awards and honors.


No Place Like Home
Nonfiction
Published 2009, Paperback edition 2010
211 pages, size: 6 X 9

$24.95 – hardcover
ISBN 978-0-87417-796-1

$18.95 – paperback
ISBN 978-0-87417-831-9


Published by:
University of Nevada Press
website: www.unpress.nevada.edu

Book sales are handled by the University of Chicago Press
Toll Free: 1-800-621-2736
Or: (773) 702-7000
email: custserv@​press.uchicago.edu


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Between Grass and Sky

Nonfiction
Published 2002
paperback edition 2005
215 pages
size: 6 X 9

$24.95 – hardcover
ISBN 0-87417-522-4

$18.95 – paperback
ISBN 0-87417-627-1

Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work


Linda writes, “Nature is to me both home and office. Nature is my boss, manager of the branch office–or ranch office–where I toil to convert native grass into meat...”

The essays in this book reflect her close attention to her homeplace and the depth of her sympathy with the world around her. She writes knowingly of the rancher’s life and of the intelligence and dignity of the animals she tends, especially the much maligned cow, as well as of the wild creatures-- the owls, antelope, rattlesnakes, bison, mice, coyotes and others-- that share the prairie grassland she calls home.


All About the Book --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: Q&A with Linda, notes about content, information on the book jacket photo, and more.

Click here to go to the Between Grass and Sky webpage.


Award Winner!
2003 Women Writing the West: Willa Award Finalist (runner-up).

Click here for a webpage about Linda's awards and honors.


Between Grass and Sky
Nonfiction
Published 2002, paperback edition 2005
215 pages, size: 6 X 9

$24.95 – hardcover
ISBN 0-87417-522-4

$18.95 – paperback
ISBN 0-87417-627-1


Published by:
University of Nevada Press
website: www.unpress.nevada.edu

Book sales are handled by the University of Chicago Press
Toll Free: 1-800-621-2736
Or: (773) 702-7000
email: custserv@​press.uchicago.edu


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Feels Like Far

Nonfiction
Published 1999
paperback edition 2001
233 pages
size: 6 X 9

$22.95 – hardcover -- out of print
ISBN 1-55821-887-4

$14.95 – paperback
ISBN 0-618-12495-0

Feels Like Far: A Rancher’s Life on the Great Plains

Seventeen interconnected stories paint an intimate portrait of family, love, ranching, community, and survival on the Great Plains. Looking back over her life on her father's western South Dakota ranch from her new home in a city, Linda writes of the joys of training her first horse, lessons learned from a spirited aunt, coming to terms with the death of her beloved husband, the comfort of an old friend, and the frustration of watching her parents’ decline.


All About the Book --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: Q&A with Linda, notes about content, information on the book jacket photo, and more.

Click here to go to the Feels Like Far webpage.


Feels Like Far
Nonfiction
Published 1999, paperback edition 2001
233 pages, size: 6 X 9

$22.95 – hardcover -- out of print
ISBN 1-55821-887-4

$14.95 – paperback
ISBN 0-618-12495-0


Hardcover published by:
The Lyons Press
123 W. 18 St.
New York NY 10011
(212) 620-9580
or (800) 836-0510
Fax 212-929-1836
www.lyonspress.com

The hardcover (cloth) edition is now out of print; however, Linda has a number of them for sale.

Paperback published by:
Houghton Mifflin, Mariner Books
333 Berkeley St.
Boston MA 02116-3764
(617) 351-5000
Fax: 657-351-1201
www.hmco.com


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Land Circle

Nonfiction interspersed with poetry
Published 1991
paperback edition 1993
349 pages
size: 6 X 9

$19.95 – hardcover
ISBN 1-55591-082-3

This edition is out of print. Linda still has some hardcover (cloth) copies for sale,
or read the 2008 Anniversary Edition.

Land Circle
Anniversary Edition


Nonfiction interspersed with poetry
Anniversary Edition published 2008
with new introduction
foreword by Dan O'Brien
and other new material
402 pages
size: 5.5 X 8.5

$16.95 – paperback
ISBN 978-1-55591-696-1


Land Circle: Writings Collected from the Land


With her father's ranch at the edge of the Black Hills always at the center, Linda explores her connection with the land and the circle of life. Stories, both humorous and touching, on travels with George, land issues, religion, women's views, adversity and loss.

Both editions have endnotes and suggested further reading. The Anniversary edition has a new introduction, a foreword by Dan O'Brien, and other new material.


All About the Book --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about the Anniversary Edition published in 2008. Linda answers some questions about the essays in the book, tells the story of her Redwing boots, and the mystery of the juniper tree is revealed.

Click here to go to the Land Circle webpage.


Award Winner!
1992 Mountains & Plains Booksellers award: one of four best books of the year.

Click here for a webpage about Linda's awards and honors.


Land Circle
Nonfiction interspersed with poetry
Published 1991, paperback edition 1993
349 pages, size: 6 X 9

$19.95 – hardcover
ISBN 1-55591-082-3

The 1991/​1993 editions are out of print; however, Linda still has some cloth copies (hardcover) for sale.


Anniversary Edition published 2008
with new introduction, foreword by Dan O'Brien, and other new material
402 pages, size: 5.5 X 8.5

$16.95 – paperback
ISBN 978-1-55591-696-1


Published by:
Fulcrum Publishing, Inc.
16100 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 300
Golden, CO 80403-1672
(800) 992-2908
or (303) 277-1623
Fax: 800-726-7112
website: www.fulcrum-books.com


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Going Over East

Nonfiction
Published 1987
paperback edition 1993
reprinted with new cover and epilogue, 2001
206 pages
size: 5½ X 8½

$15.95 – paperback
ISBN 1-55591-141-2

Special Offer
We still have some copies left!

$10.00 – original 1993 edition paperback
sale price only from Linda M. Hasselstrom
ISBN 1-55591-141-2
(Shown Here)

Going Over East: Reflections of a Woman Rancher


Paying tribute to the rancher's preoccupation with the cycle of birth and death, Linda reflects on ways to apply the wisdom of nature and the lessons of the past to the problems of the future. The stories are structured around the opening and closing of gates as Linda and George go "over east" to the summer pasture on the John Hasselstrom cattle ranch on the Northern Plains.

With suggested further reading.

A new epilogue in the 2001 edition offers readers a look at the changes to the land and Linda's life since this book was first published.


Study Guide
A Going Over East study guide created by a college professor is available.
Click here for details.


All About the Book --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: Q&A with Linda, notes about content, information on the book cover, and more.

Click here to go to the Going Over East webpage.


Award Winner!
1987 Winner of the first annual Fulcrum American Writing Award.

Click here for a webpage about Linda's awards and honors.



Going Over East
Nonfiction
Published 1987, paperback edition 1993
reprinted with new cover and epilogue, 2001
206 pages, size: 5.5 X 8.5

$10.00 – original 1993 edition paperback
sale price only from Linda M. Hasselstrom
ISBN 1-55591-141-2

$15.95 – paperback 2001 edition
ISBN 1-55591-141-2


Published by:
Fulcrum, Inc.
16100 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 300
Golden, CO 80403-1672
(800) 992-2908
or (303) 277-1623
Fax: 800-726-7112
website: www.fulcrum-books.com


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Windbreak

Nonfiction interspersed with poetry
Published 1987; reprinted
233 pages
size: 5½ X 8½

$14.95 – paperback
ISBN 0-9609626-3-8

Windbreak: A Woman Rancher on the Northern Plains


"Through her eyes, we too come to notice more, and to cherish with her all the fine small beauties of her strenuous life." [from New York Times Book Review]

A journal of a ranch year, following Linda and George on the John Hasselstrom ranch at the edge of the Black Hills in western South Dakota. Linda vividly details the daily work, worry, and wonder of one who lives on the land. With map and glossary.


Study Guide
A Windbreak study guide created by a college professor is available.
Click here for details.


All About the Book --- Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: How much of the book is true? Is that really Linda on the cover? How did Linda turn her daily journal into a published book?

Click here to go to the Windbreak webpage.


Award Winner!
1988 Literary Guild alternate.

Click here for a webpage about Linda's awards and honors.


Windbreak
Nonfiction interspersed with poetry
Published 1987; reprinted
233 pages, size: 5.5 X 8.5

$14.95 – paperback
ISBN 0-9609626-3-8


Published by:
Barn Owl Books
Berkeley, California

Book sales handled by:
Linda M. Hasselstrom Books
PO Box 169
Hermosa SD 57744
(605) 255-4064
www.windbreakhouse.com
info@​windbreakhouse.com


Some Readers' Comments about Windbreak

"Just discovered you ~ Windbreak ~ was mesmerizing . . . My family homesteaded in 1885 near Aberdeen, SD from Spydeburg, Norway. . . I have my great-grandmother's journal that one uncle translated from the Norwegian. . . she came here with no English at 18 /​ lived in sod house originally /​ had 6 children. . . I must say that I believe it is your candidness that most gripped me. . . LOVE, LOVE your work."
-- Connie E. Mabry, Ed. S.
author of Saving Your Life ~ One Day at a Time: A Daily Guide to Easy, Fundamental Coping Skills for Depression
www.savingyourlife.org


"Oh my, the nostalgia. Ranching is a way of life no one really understands unless they have lived it. What a marvelous job [Linda] did describing the deep dark realities, the heart aches and the joys. And most of all the antidotes around the medicine of all, the smells, the sun, the rain and the feelings."
-- Penny Porter


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Bison: Monarch of the Plains
Shown here in slip cover.

Nonfiction
Published 1998
128 pages
Size: 10 X 13

$39.95 or less – hardcover
ISBN 1-55868-406-9

Oversized with full-color dust jacket and slip cover.

Bison: Monarch of the Plains
Full-color dust jacket shown without the slipcover.

In case it is unclear in this tiny website photo, that's
a close-up of part of a bison's head on the cover--
the horn in the center and one eye in the lower right corner.

Bison: Monarch of the Plains

Text by Linda M. Hasselstrom
Photography by David Fitzgerald


More than any other animal, the bison symbolizes the American West. Linda recounts the natural history and Native American connection of the bison, while David Fitzgerald's photographs capture the grandeur and appeal of this awesome beast.

With 100 color photos, map, notes, suggested further reading and index.


All About the Book
Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: Q&A with Linda, notes about content, information on the book cover, and more.

Click here to go to the Bison book webpage.


Award Winner!
1999 Independent Publishers Association award: best environmental and nature book.

Click here for a webpage about Linda's awards and honors.


Bison: Monarch of the Plains
Nonfiction
Published 1998
128 pages, Size: 10 X 13

originally priced at $39.95 – hardcover
new copies recently selling online for $24.95
ISBN 1-55868-406-9


Published by:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing
Portland, Oregon

Graphic Arts has gone out of business and their website is no longer available.
To purchase this book you'll need to search online for new or used copies.

Please note: Linda does not carry this book for sale, sorry.


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Roadside History of South Dakota

Nonfiction, guide to major highways, towns
Published 1994; reprinted
467 pages
Size: 6 X 9

$18.00 – paperback
ISBN 0-87842-262-5

Roadside History of South Dakota


Linda takes readers on a tour across South Dakota's major and minor highways, introducing its towns and characters, both past and present. She also addresses Indian-white relations, the rise of tourism and the plight of twentieth-century agriculture.

With maps, chronology, bibliography, index, and black & white photographs.


All About the Book
Read some behind-the-scenes details about this book: a list of corrections to this text and an exclusive essay by Linda about her experiences writing this book, and why the corrections have never been made to subsequent editions.

Click here to go to the Roadside History of South Dakota webpage.


Roadside History of South Dakota
Nonfiction, guide to major highways, towns
Published 1994; reprinted
467 pages, Size: 6 X 9

Hardcover edition is out of print.

$18.00 – paperback
ISBN 0-87842-262-5


Published by:
Mountain Press
PO Box 2399
Missoula, MT 59806
Phone: (800) 234-5308
or (406) 728-1900
Fax: 406-728-1635
Website: www.mountain-press.com
email: info@​mtnpress.com


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Journal of a Mountain Man
by James Clyman

edited and introduced by Linda M. Hasselstrom

Nonfiction
Published 1984 by Mountain Press
reprinted 1998 by Tamarack Books
295 pages
Size: 6 X 9

$18.95 – paperback (out of print)
ISBN 1-886609-09-8

Kindle edition now available on Amazon.com

Journal of a Mountain Man -- By James Clyman

Edited and introduced by Linda M. Hasselstrom

One of Win Blevins's "Classics of the Fur Trade" series, this is a journal and correspondence of a fur trapper and explorer during the heyday of the American fur trade, and during the peak of emigration to Oregon and California. James Clyman was a member of Jedediah Smith's first brigade, and he encountered the Donner Party in 1846.

With chapter notes, bibliography, map and index.


All About the Book
Click here to go to the Rendezvous webpage where we have posted more about this book.
Read an essay by Linda about James Clyman, mountain men, western myths, forgotten westerners, and how she came to put together this book.


More About Mountain Men
If you are interested in the Mountain Man era you may also enjoy historical reenactments with Rendezvous camping and black powder muzzle loading. Linda has written Rendezvous stories which may be found in her books Windbreak, Land Circle, Between Grass and Sky, and No Place Like Home.
Click here to go to the Rendezvous webpage on this website for a bibliography of Linda's Rendezvous stories and to see photos of Linda's Rendezvous experiences.


Journal of a Mountain Man: by James Clyman
Nonfiction
Published 1984 by Mountain Press
reprinted 1998 by Tamarack Books
295 pages, Size: 6 X 9

$18.95 – paperback
ISBN 1-886609-09-8


Book sales handled by:

Out of print. Find the book online.

Kindle edition available on Amazon.com

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