"This gripping memoir from Jacquelyn Tuxill combines a story of familial struggles and reconciliation with the grandeur of revelation amid high mountains. Her climactic journeys to her birthplace of Chengdu and the majestic peak Minya Konka in southwestern China, first with her parents and then with her grown children, rewarded her with a vantage point from which to understand and affirm her personal history. They also offer readers a dramatic counterpoint to their customary worlds, which is the
true gift of fine travel writing."
-- John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home, professor emeritus of English and American Literature and Environmental Studies, Middlebury College
Even as a child, Jackie Tuxill's world view was expansive. Born in Chengdu, China, of medical missionary parents, as a toddler she escaped the final months of WWII with her family and celebrated her third birthday in India before obtaining passage to the US and settling in a rural West Virginia town in 1948. After graduating cum laude from Muskingum College with a BS in biology, she worked in a medical research lab while her husband attended medical school; they later moved to Alaska, where Jackie discovered a love of outdoor adventure and a passion for nature that led to a thirty-five-year career in environmental work. "Ashes and Rivers," a chapter adapted from Whispers From the Valley of the Yak, appeared in the 2019 anthology True Stories: The Narrative Project, Vol I. For the past three decades, Jackie has made her home in Lincoln, Vermont.
Please join us for this event, the February 2024 installment of the VBS/IPL Vermont Authors Series, at 6:00pm in the Research Room of the Library.