Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929)
“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.
“It is easy to tell that Julia Park Tracey, Doris Bailey’s grand-niece, put a hearty effort into transcribing and putting this volume together along with footnotes and photographs. In historical context this book is important; not only does it give us readers a look into the life of a young, blossoming American woman in the ’20s, it also allows a glimpse into other aspects of the time period, such as hospitals and medical procedures, life in the American southwest, and the emerging dark shadows of the Great Depression.” — S Kim, Amazon reviewer
“Doris is back and better than ever. I got hooked on her diary entries after reading I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do and couldn’t wait for the second installment. It didn’t disappoint. I love, love, love her vivid, often hilarious descriptions of life at the dawn of the Depression as she copes with more grown up challenges: petting parties, horse races and even a brush with death. I shared both books with my fifteen-year-old niece, who was skeptical at first that she’d be able to relate to a teen from such a different era. But after just a few entries, she was a fan – a testament to the fact that, no matter how much things change, the heart of the teenage girl remains the same.” — Kamali, Amazon reviewer