"In 900 Miles from Nowhere, Steven Kinsella uses letters, diary excerpts, and photographs to highlight non-Indian settler experiences on the Great Plains from roughly 1850 to 1920. . . .A fascinating glimpse of homestead-era settlement on the Great Plains"
Annals of Iowa
"This is a homesteading book for people from 9 to 109, for students of the homesteading era, for people who are not certain they even like history, for natives of the Great Plains, and for those who have never ventured to 'The West'"
"Kinsella succeeds in breathing life into the empty farmhouses and recollects the dreams and hopes of people who coped with the never ending challenges of life on the Great Plains."
The Chronicles of Oklahoma
"900 Miles from Nowhere places the reader alongside the determined settlers who dared to take up the challenge of the Great Plains. Original letters, enhanced by the author's comprehensive, concise, and passionate narratives, reveal the settlers’ emotional and resolute relationship to their environment."
H. Elaine Lindgren, author of Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders in North Dakota
“Settlers of the Great Plains foresaw the future, experienced stark reality, harbored hopes and feared danger. In 900 Miles from Nowhere, Kinsella offers pithy and forthright commentary to the strong, candid letters, diary entries, and photos of homesteaders on the Northern Plains. Open the covers, put your bare feet down in the grass, and glimpse the distant horizon. Revel in this visual and intellectual feast.”
John Wunder, professor of American history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and former director of the Center for Great Plains Studies