Granny D: Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 12, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
"There's a cancer, and it's killing our democracy. A poor man has to sell his soul to get elected. I cry for this country."

On February 29, 2000, ninety-year-old Doris “Granny D” Haddock completed her 3,200-mile, fourteen-month walk from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. She walked through 105-degree deserts and blinding blizzards, despite arthritis and emphysema. Along her way, her remarkable speeches — rich with wisdom, love, and political insight — transformed individuals and communities and jump-started a full-blown movement. She became a national heroine.

On her journey, Haddock kept a diary — tracking the progress of her walk and recalling events in her life and the insights that have given her. Granny D celebrates an exuberant life of love, activism, and adventure — from writing one-woman feminist plays in the 1930s to stopping nuclear testing near an Eskimo fishing village in 1960 to Haddock’s current crusade. Threaded throughout is the spirit of her beloved hometown of Dublin/Peterborough, New Hampshire — Thornton Wilder’s inspirations for Grovers Croner in Out Town — a quintessentially American center of New England pluck, Yankee ingenuity and can-do attitude.

Told in Doris Haddock’s distinct and unforgettable voice, Granny D will move, amuse, and inspire readers of all ages with its clarion message that one person can indeed make a difference.

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A touching first-person account of a doughty political activist who walked from California to Washington, D.C., to promote campaign-finance reform.Haddock (or "Granny D," as she came to be known) is a ... Read full review

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Title Page
Desert Overture
Getting in Shape
On the Beach
A Man Magnet
The Colorado River
Dusting Myself
The Reservation
Purple Glass
Center of the World
Roadside Biology
Our Traveling Circus
Thunder and Rain
Beyond Hope
Dividing Lines
Little Rock

Fraternity Boys and Bikers in Tucson
Tail Winds in New Mexico
Under the Crescent Moon
Coming Alive
Grass for Snow
The Big Enchilada
The Long X Ranch
The Grasshopper Queens
The Boys
Pretty Old for a Damsel
Please Come to Boston
A Familiar Old Face Returns
Along the
The Evening and Next

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About the author (2001)

Doris Haddock is a retired executive secretary and great-grandmother of twelve. She lives in Dublin, New Hampshire. Government reformer Dennis Burke accompanied Doris Haddock on her walk. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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