Buffalo for the Broken Heart

Buffalo for the Broken Heart

Restoring Life to A Black Hills Ranch

Book - 2001
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"For twenty years, Dan O'Brien battled drought, overgrazed pastures, and falling cattle prices as he fought to maintain his cattle ranch, the Broken Heart, nestled at the foot of South Dakota's Black Hills. Forced to take stints as an endangered-species biologist, English teacher, and handyman to help pay off his accumulating debts, he questioned the logic of this losing enterprise, though he never lost his fierce love of the Great Plains. But when a neighboring buffalo rancher invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O'Brien came face-to-face with these mammoth, impressive creatures, and the seeds were planted for converting his own ranch from cattle to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, "short-necked, golden balls of wool," O'Brien embarked on a journey that returned buffalo to his land for the first time in more than a century and a half."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375503252
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 01, 2016

A great read for anyone who has ever felt a spiritual connection to the land. This book may also be inspiring for the reader who has been healed and renewed by a particular place or unique geography.

May 23, 2015

A paean to the way the West should be. O'Brien converted his ranch from cattle to bison, trying to return the land to its original state. His stories of the buffalo that make up his herd, the trials of his friends and neighbors, and the previous inhabitants and settlers are engaging and thought-provoking. A great read for those who like books by Sue Hubbell and John McPhee.

JCLHelenH Jan 13, 2011

This book was suggested by Michael Blake, author of "Dances with Wolves", during a talk at the Library of Congress. I'm so glad I followed up. I've now read almost all of Dan O'brien's books, but this is my favorite.


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