Gabrielle Burton's new book, Searching for Tamsen Donner, is available ahead of schedule from the University of Nebraska Press. I haven't had a chance to read much of the published version, but can tell you that it's quite a story. In the summer of 1977, bitten by the Tamsen bug, Gabrielle, her husband, and five daughters piled into their station wagon and set out from their home in Buffalo, New York, on the trail of Tamsen Donner, a two-month oddyssey that took them to Springfield, Illinois, Independence, Missouri, and across the country to Donner Lake. Gabrielle weaves Tamsen's story into her own, and a fine tale it is. As a bonus, she publishes all of Tamzene's known letters at the end.