Reaching for the Moon

More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929)

by Editor Julia Park Tracey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/14/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781475998955
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781475998962
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781475998979

About the Book

“I’m glad I’m alive.”

Doris Louise Bailey, a teen in the Prohibition era, writes this sentiment over and over in her diaries as she struggles with a life-threatening bout of scarlet fever. But it’s also an apt summation of how she lived in the years following her brush with death. Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929) contains Doris’s true-life adventures as she flirts with boys, sneaks sips of whiskey and bets on racehorses – breaking rules and hearts along the way. In Portland, Oregon, she’s the belle of the ball, enjoying the attention of several handsome gents. In Arizona, she rides a wild strawberry roan, winning races and kissing cowboys. From hospital wards and petting parties to rodeos and boarding school, this older, more complex Doris faces the dawning of the Depression and her own emergence as a young adult with even more humor, passion and love of life than she showed in her earlier diaries. Readers of all ages will relate to her pursuit of true love, freedom, and adventure in her own time and on her own terms.

About the Author

Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist. She is the great-niece of Doris Bailey Murphy, who left dozens of diaries covering an 80-year span. The Doris Diaries is a multimedia project designed to publish and broadcast the historic contents of Ms. Murphy’s journals. Read more at Park Tracey has also written a novel, Tongues of Angels (Indie-Visible Ink, 2013), and poetry collection, Amaryllis (Scarlet Letter Press, 2009). Her long-running, award-winning blog, Modern Muse, was named the best multimedia site by the East Bay Press Club in 2010; the same association named her blog Best Independent Blog in 2007. She lives in the East Bay and in the Russian River Valley, California. Follow Julia on Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.