And I understand there will be a movie made about it.
Venturing further with this same author, I just finished reading The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride. Oh my,.it is indeed harrowing, but I learned so much about their story. The epilogue in the book addresses all of my own questions and concerns as I was reading. It isn't for the faint of heart, but absolutely worth the read. (I also can't imagine reading it except in the summer time- the description of the freezing cold crept into my veins.)
"In this gripping narrative, Daniel James Brown takes the reader along on every painful footstep of Sarah's journey. Along the way, he weaves into the story revealing insights garnered from a variety of modern scientific perspectives–psychology, physiology, forensics, and archaeology–producing a tale that is not only spell-binding but richly informative." http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6033525-the-indifferent-stars-above
But it is definitely time for some lighter reading. Our next book is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
by Deborah Moggach. I've already seen the movie but the book should be great.