Marilyn Webb Neagley will present her new memoir, Attic of Dreams, at Ilsley Library on Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 PM. Attic of Dreams is a lyrical memoir tracing a life of healing from family dysfunction and jumping headlong into a life of natural curiosity, art, and activism. Themes explored include home and community; addiction and secrecy; recovery and restoration; the arts and the natural world; growth and wholeness; and how the changing times and culture are perceived through older eyes.
About Attic of Dreams, poet, essayist, and novelist Julia Alvarez says, “Marilyn Neagley’s memoir addresses issues so critical now: how to take care of our natural world, of each other, of ourselves—we need magic attics of imagination and stories that inspire our activism. In addition her book touches on a beloved place in Vermonters’ hearts, and by extension all the beloved places on our planet home we have neglected for far too long!”
Neagley served as president of Shelburne Farms from 1976 to 1988. She is the author of two previous books and co-editor of another. Her 2007 book, Walking through the Seasons, received an IPPY gold medal for best northeastern nonfiction. She has been a Vermont Public Radio commentator and has written essays for her local newspaper. Neagley, raised in Ascutney, Vermont, currently lives with her husband in Shelburne.