In Life with a Buckskinner, Shari Wannemacher, now known as Renelle West, tells the story of her years with her musician husband Whitey Wannemacher and the dual life they lived as both performers with their showband on the road and as Fur Trade Era buckskinners.
Parts I and III of the book provide a behind-the-scenes memoir of events before, during and after the years Shari wrote a series of stories based on hers and Whitey's buckskinner experiences.Those stories, described below, are included as a collection in Part II.
In the early 1980’s, muzzleloaders across the United States nicknamed Shari Wannemacher the “Erma Bombeck of Muzzleloading” for her humorous, often touching fictional stories based real life people and events, published in the prestigious Muzzleloader and Muzzle Blasts magazines and The Book of Buckskinning. In numerous letters to the editor, readers praised and identified with Wannemacher’s stories of the buckskinner’s life and the efforts of her husband Whitey.
And now Wannemacher’s stories are collected in one entertaining anthology, along with new true stories describing her unlikely meeting with Whitey and the life-style and talents that combined their destinies and ultimately led them to separate lives. Among the stories: the time Whitey tried to tan a hide; why Whitey failed to pitch his tipi; a look at muzzleloader secrets; how to take care of a muzzleloader husband; romance, buckskinner-style; how Whitey introduced Shari into his buckskinning life; and the delights and challenges for a woman sharing life with a buckskinner companion.
"I just finished the book and it was so well written it seemed you were here with me telling the story. I laughed, I cried and got to know and love you even more." ~Bud Chanley
“I swear, I have never read anything any better than your articles and book....” ~Tex Sadler, Author, Buckskinner/Black Powder Hunter
"As I wondered how she/they could willingly participate in such a difficult lifestyle, her brilliant use of humor kicked in, making it all so human and real, and had me laughing out loud! I was thoroughly disappointed to finally put it down." ~Julie Runion
"During the time I spent with your book, I laughed, reflected, cried, learned and got way into your life before the plane touched down. Great read." ~Dr. Linda. Scott DeRosier, author, educator
"I loved Renelle West's Life with a Buckskinner. It is a little gem of a book, marvelously put together." ~Dr. Georgia Collins
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