A COWGIRL’S LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS
Autographed copies available: $25.00 (per book, tax, & postage)
Contact me by phone (509) 996-2404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Send check to: Lauralee Northcott
P.O. Box 276
Winthrop, WA 98862
I will send you an autographed copy. Be sure to indicate a name for the autograph.
Also, available through Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, or use the link below:
“A Cowgirl's Life in the Mountains”, is an adventure book about my life as a wilderness guide and mountain cook for over 30 seasons, in the north cascades wildernesses of Washington state. You might call it a memoir, with an attitude.
The book features original cowboy-rhyming style poetry. I've included the lyrics to many songs, written over the years. Each chapter features a complete menu, tried and true for wilderness excursions, and it is all woven together with stories about trips and people I've met. An interesting part of writing a memoir is that everyone's memory of events vary greatly. It has been proven that there is nothing less reliable than an eye witness. So, here I've endeavored to bring to you the flavor, feeling, and authentic texture of mountain pack trips, remembering that the stories are collages of many trips and many people. Like my dear old friend Shine Flagg told me, “any story worth telling, is worth improvin'”
The book is visually interesting too because it is punctuated, and enhanced by the drawings of my talented nephew Peter Whitley. I asked him for some pen and ink drawings reminiscent of Will James books, or Charles Russell letters full of doodles. I think he will doodle his way into your heart, as he has mine. It really has added a lot to the book.
When the book is available I'll let you know, but until then I hope to see you down the cowboy music trail somewhere in the west.
Book Review Published in: The Western Way Volume 29 Issue 1 Winter 2019
The official Publication of the International Western Music Association
Reed's Reading (Recommendations & Book Reviews)
Lauralee Northcott's book, like the woman herself, is work in many parts. Northcott is a singer-songwriter, poet, teacher and, as the book reveals, a wilderness guide, camp cook, accomplished horsewoman and one tough cookie. The book is a mash-up of adventure stories, memoir, poetry, song lyrics and recipes. I'm no kind of cook, but I admit recipes such as, “Mules 'R' Us Caramel Apple Cake,” had me slowing down to check out the ingredients. Northcott was for many years a member of the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band, which won IWMA's group of the year award in 2016. She works solo now, and her latest album, “On the Loose and Headed Your Way,” was released in 2018. She's a real talent and no one who has seen her perform would have any difficulty envisioning her singing or reciting poetry around a campfire. But what I love about this book is Northcott's stories about the pleasures and challenges she encountered during more than 30 years as a guide and cook in Washington State's wilderness areas, getting people to that campfire. She lives in Winthrop, Wash., a town of 300 people that is close to the Canadian border and 47 miles from the nearest stoplight. The town is also near the Pasayten Wilderness, a half million acres of natural beauty, less than 2 percent of which is graced with trails. In her forward, Northcott makes it plan that the places she write about – Bald Mountain, Cougar, Upper Hidden, Middle Hidden and Big Hidden lakes – are real, but the characters and situations are a mixture of multiple people and various occurrences. So even though the stories are solidly rooted in her experiences, there's a shot of creativity in the telling of them. She writes about an incompetent packer whose slipshod approach to his responsibilities endanger guests on a mountain ride; vain, arrogant women unaware of the unspoiled wonders they are riding through but acutely aware of and devastated by a broken fingernail; and generous-hearted, compassionate excursion clients whose easy-going manner help put a struggling ride employee at ease. Decorated with small but engaging drawings by Northcott's nephew, Peter Whitley, the book spans the mountain-riding experience from meadows filled with startlingly beautiful wildflowers to gut-churning pack-mule wrecks. The message is that things can go from good to watch-your-butt in a hurry. “the mountains can rip you,” Northcott writes, “Nature is dangerous and usually unforgiving.” It's easy to see that Northcott's experiences as a mountain guide and camp cook have inspired poems such as her, “Dutch Oven Cooking” and “Mountain Staircase” and songs such as “When the Ponies Stretch Out Their Stride: and “Don't Know Where We're Going.” But in reading this book, I was surprised to learn that a serious illness suffered by her husband, Clayton, was the basis for her poem “Wilderness is Where You Find It”
Wilderness is here in the Pasayten
Wilderness is in the hospital too
Dear one in jeopardy
This is a book of many parts. And you can tack on another part to Northcott. She's a pretty good author.
(“A Cowgirl's Life in the Mountains, : ISBN 9781525528415, hardback, $22.99;
“What do you get when you combine: a crack horseback guide, a poet, a songwriter and a great outdoor cook? And throw in a dash of humor while you are at it? You will get Lauralee Northcott! Believe me, as a writer of books for and about Cowgirls, as well as cookbooks, I know a great combination when I see one. Lauralee is the Real Deal. I highly recommend her debut book, A Cowgirl’s Life in the Mountains. You will laugh, you will gasp, you will be touched by her poetry and you will go into the kitchen to whip up one of the recipes she has included. If she is appearing anywhere within a 100-mile radius of where you are living, go and listen to her. If that option is not available, buy her CD, On the Loose and Headed Your Way 9isn’t that a great title???) and hear for yourself why Lauralee Northcott, is in my opinion, a very special and multitalented woman who speaks and sings what is True.”
~Jill Charlotte Standford