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Old 11-27-2010, 08:38 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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I was pretty excited to learn of this. A distant cousin of mine "Karen Schutte" has written a book based on the Korell families (my grandmother's side) migration to Wyoming in 1907 where they settled and raised a family. Sounds like a good read and echos experiences shared by many of the early settlers of the state.

Amazon.com: The Ticket (9781936183739): Karen Schutte: Books

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Product Description
"The Ticket" to freedom and opportunity is an American family saga.

When Karl Kessel receives another man's ticket to emigrate from Germany he leaves behind his young wife and two small sons, all for the promise of the opportunity he covets. Arriving in America, Karl is obsessed with becoming the owner of a farm - to be his own man.

When Karl's wife Katja steps off a train with their sons in the wilds of sparsely settled Wyoming, she questions, ''Is this where I am to spend my life?'' Katja soon discovers that it is not only the geography of her situation which will make her life difficult, as she gives everything her husband demands of her, but it is never enough.

In her debut novel, Karen Schutte spins a compelling family story, based on the true story of her own great grandparents' life in rural Wyoming. Her unvarnished narrative exposes the harsh realities of life in the last century.

The Ticket is an unforgettable and touching account of a true American family, filled with ambition, promises, love and loss, and ultimately, a legacy of survival.

About the Author
Karen Wamhoff Schutte was born and raised in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming on a farm homesteaded by her German-Lutheran grandparents. The oldest of four daughters, Karen attended a two-room school for the first eight years of her education, then traveled by school bus to attend high school in Greybull. She studied at the University of Wyoming for two years, married, and raised four sons.
After earning a correspondence degree from the New York School of Interior Design, she established Interiors by Karen in 1980, which she owned and operated successfully for the next twenty-five years. In 1984, Karen returned to the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in interior design. She then applied and was accepted into the American Society of Interior Designers as an allied member.

Karen recently made the decision to reinvent her life and pursue a longtime passion of writing. The Ticket is her first historical fiction novel. She remembers her own tender moments with Karl Kessel near the end of his life, and has dim memories of her diminutive greatgrandmother, Katja.

Karen and her husband Mike live in Fort Collins, Colorado.
There is a long review of the book here Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: The Ticket
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:45 AM
Location: Indiana
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I want to check out this book. It should be a great read!
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