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The Unexpected Education Of Two Society Girls In The West

May 29, 2012

Take two East Coast society women, both single, throw them into the wilds of northwestern Colorado in 1916 to teach the kids there, and chances are, you'll get a pretty decent story.

Those ingredients are the underpinnings of Dorothy Wickenden's best-seller, Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West.

Wednesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Wickenden to talk about one of those women, her grandmother, and the story that begins with the rediscovery of long-forgotten letters describing a very different time and place.

Dorothy Wickenden has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast “The Political Scene.” She is on the faculty of The Writers’ Institute at CUNY’s Graduate Center, where she teaches a course on narrative nonfiction. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995 and before that was the longtime executive editor at The New Republic. She lives with her husband and her two daughters in Westchester, New York.

HEAR MORE: Dorothy Wickenden speaks about her book this evening at 7 at Unity Temple on The Plaza, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Call Rainy Day Books in Fairway at 913 384 3126 or click here for more information.