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by Lynne Cheney

Traces the author's ancestry, as well as that of her vice president husband, from seventeenth-century America through the mid-twentieth century, in a memoir that also describes their youth, marriage, and shared role as parents and offers practical suggestions on how to conduct genealogical research. Simultaneous.
Download Blue Skies, No Fences: A Memoir of Childhood and Family epub
ISBN: 0743568850
ISBN13: 978-0743568852
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Lynne Cheney
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (October 9, 2007)
ePUB size: 1794 kb
FB2 size: 1573 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 231
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In 1941, a girl named Lynne Vincent was born in the Wyoming oil patch town of Caspar, population 18,000 people. "Blue Skies, No Fences" is her extraordinarily honest and highly readable memoir of her youth in Caspar, up through her departure for college.

"Blue Skies, No Fences" is told in two directions. In one direction, Lynne provides the chronological story of her childhood and teenage years in a small town where everyone knows, or knows of, everyone else, and young people's lives are shaped by their parents, teachers, and friends. Lynne Vincent pulls no punches in her narrative; family and friends are described fully, warts and all, as is the era of the 1940's and '50s. Lynne Vincent was fortunate enough to be born a gifted child, and even more fortunate to encouraged to develop those gifts by the adults around her as she grew up.

The second direction of the story is Lynne Vincent's tracing of her family roots back to Europe, and the progress of her ancestors through generations and jobs to the town of Caspar. This portion represents some significant amount of research, and while it can get hard to follow, it is worth the effort.

Towards the end of the book, the man who would become Lynne Vincent's husband makes his appearence. This young man, quiet, intelligent, hardworking, and athletic, would attract her interest in high school. The closing chapters are about their friendship, their dates, and their senior prom. As it turns out, the young Dick Cheney was only one of several of Lynne Vincent's classmates at Caspar who went on to make their mark in the world.

"Blue Skies, No Fences" is very highly recommended as a well-written and thoughtful capture of a time and a place.
Longitude Temporary
Lynn Cheney wrote a book of her childhood that was wonderful to read about. My husband was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming so we had a lot of fun with his memories that were much the same as Lynn's. She is a good writer and I thoroughly enjoyed her book. It brought back of lot of childhood memories for me.
Witty and humorous at times; dark yet determined when it needs to be. Fascinating read.

Only thing I would change would be to include later life. The book stops after high school graduation.
I purchased two copies - one for myself and one for a friend who grew up in Blue Skies/No Fences country. We both have thoroughly enjoyed reading this account of the western way of life that helped define the values of this lovely lady and her husband. This book is a wonderful intimate peek into their lives and I thank her for sharing!
Interesting read, reminded me of my younger days.
Zeks Horde
easy reading
Lynne Cheney does a great job of capturing the feelings and atmosphere of the 1950s. She has a good memory of people and events, which are woven into a story that reads like a novel.