Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
A Midwife's Tale
Discussing this award, the judges stated, "Although A Midwife's Tale
by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has already received numerous biography and
history awards, this book most deserving of an award based on literary
quality and style. The success of this endeavor is based on the
artful crafting of a story surrounding bits, pieces, and notes of
journal entries. By utilizing complementary sources, Ulrich has
skillfully drawn readers into an amazing woman's story. The literary
creativity makes this story engrossing and unforgettable. Martha
Ballard's contribution to American history is documented by an
intelligent blending of primary documents into a readable text.
Sentences are beautifully cadenced, words carefully chosen. For its
style, its metaphor, its basic literary brilliance, the Association of
Mormon Letters recognizes and honors A Midwife's Tale."