2013-05-16 / Columns

Off the Bookshelf

By Maralee Kalianoff

The Pioneer Woman

Ree grew up in Bartlesville, Okla. The daughter of a successful doctor, her childhood home was located near the seventh green of the local country club golf course.

After her high school graduation, she continued her education in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. Ree loved the city life and everything it had to offer. Involved in what she saw as a dead-end relationship, Ree decides to “go home for a while” and crashes at her childhood home. Missing the big city life but wanting to remain in the Midwest, Ree soon makes plans to move to Chicago, sending out resumes and making a deposit on the perfect apartment.

And then, when she least expects it, a good-looking cowboy, dubbed “the Marlboro Man,” arrives on the scene (minus the white horse, since he appears in a bar) and changes Ree’s plans, and life, forever.

In the midst of packing her things for her move to Chicago, Ree’s life is totally altered by the chance meeting with that cowboy. A dyed-inthe wool city girl, Ree knows zilch about life in the country. Ree’s whirlwind courtship only begins to show her what life on a ranch in the middle of nowhere would be like. Even when logic is telling her to run, her heart convinces her it is the right decision for her to stay.

After a beautiful wedding and a disastrous honeymoon, Ree is thrown into the real world of rural life. Although she has many moments in which she wishes she had followed her original plan to move to Chicago, the love of her cowboy always convinces her she made the right choice. Through it all, Ree learns that in life it isn’t where you live or what you have, it’s who you have beside you for the journey.

Ree’s book, “The Pioneer Woman, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, a Love Story,” is the result of the popularity of blogs about “Marlboro Man” which Ree posted on her cooking website. That food website was named Weblog of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by the Weblog Awards, the world’s largest blog competition. Fans, although they loved the recipes and cooking tips, wanted more about Ree and her Marlboro Man’s love story. In response to her fans’ requests, Ree wrote her book. The rights to the book have been purchased by Columbia Pictures, and Reese Witherspoon has signed on to play the lead as Drummond.

To view Ree’s website, go to www.thepioneerwoman.com. According to posted reviews, most readers seem to love her book; I found her website blogs to be much more interesting and humorous. “The Pioneer Woman” can be found at the Harry L. Petrie Library in Linton.

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If a book you are looking for is not available at the Harry L. Petrie Library, Librarian Carla Frison will be happy to obtain it from the North Dakota State Library for you. If you return the book to the State Library in Bismarck within the allotted time, there is no charge. The staff can return it by mail but will have to charge you for postage.

Hours for the library in Linton are Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and 2-5 p.m. on Friday. Friends of the Library meets every first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Library. Everyone is welcome.

To contact Maralee, e-mail her: bonus73@hotmail.com and put Off the Bookshelf in the subject line.

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