Short presentation with photos, reading
BRATTLEBORO- Mary Ann Hooper grew up on Sunset Lake Road, and her family was prominent in the town in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her grandfather, Howard C. Rice, was publisher of The Brattleboro Reformer and her father, John S. Hooper, was editor and then publisher of the Reformer from 1950 to 1971.
Hooper will give a short presentation with photos and read from her book followed by questions and discussion on Wednesday, September 12, at 7 pm, at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street.
Her debut book “Across America and Back – Retracing My Great-Grandparents’ Remarkable Journey,” recently published by University of Nevada Press, is a memoir based on diaries and documents handed down in her family and a travelogue of two family journeys – her great-grandparents’ transcontinental train trip to California in 1871 to 1872 and her retracing their route in 2008.
Filled with rich details of time, place, and culture, Hooper’s compelling narrative is also a thoughtful account of how the American West has changed over the last 150 years, imbued with John Muir’s emphasis on the environment. She also treats readers to her entertaining encounters on the trip and escapades on her folding bike, which she used to explore towns along the railroad.