Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Brown Bag Book Club will next read...Nothing Daunted.

For its next meeting, the Brown Bag Book Club has selected Nothing Daunted, by Dorothy Wickenden. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 12:00 noon. As always, all are welcome to join our group.

Naomi Aronoff

Reference Librarian
Buena Vista Library

From the Publishers Weekly Review

On July 24, 1916, the Syracuse Daily Journal printed the headline: "Society Girls Go to Wilds of Colorado." The two young women were Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, recent graduates of Smith College who, in order to defy their family's expectation of marriage, sought work in the small town of Hayden, Colo. Woodruff was the grandmother of New Yorker executive editor Wickenden, who herself becomes a central character in an informative and engaging narrative. Using letters from her grandmother, newspaper articles, and interviews with descendants, Wickenden retells how Woodruff and Underwood traveled to the newly settled state of Colorado to teach at a ramshackle grade school. The book offers a wide cross-section of life in the American West, but the core of the story is the girls' slow adaptation to a society very different from the one in which they were raised, and their evolution from naive but idealistic and open-minded society girls to strong-willed and pragmatic women who later married and raised families in the midst of the Great Depression. Wickenden brings to life two women who otherwise might have been lost to history and who took part in creating the modern-day West.

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