10 Questions for Lynne Cheney

The Second Lady loves history, the West and staunchly defending her husband's record. Her memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences, hits shelves Oct. 9. Lynne Cheney will now take your questions

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Lynne Cheney

Why write a memoir?

Adam Jones, Bangor, Maine

I wanted to capture the way things were in midcentury America in a small town in the Rockies. We were the heirs to the optimism of the pioneers, who believed that if they kept going, it would be a better day.

Historically, people went west for opportunity. What lures people west now?

J.B. Tarter, Twin Falls, Idaho

The beauty of the land. It's wonderful to wake up under clear blue skies that stretch from horizon to horizon. There is an openness in small towns. You look other people in the eye.

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