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The Old Wolf Lady: A Biography
Life story of social activist, Jacqueline H. Day, a woman who understood the importance of making a difference. Funny. Steeped in history.
Photo of Native American descendent, Jacqueline H. Day--The Old Wolf Lady as a young woman.
Sponsored and Published by a Grant from The Iowa Arts Council & Kirkwood Community College. Archived in the Women's Special Collection Division of The University of Iowa Library.
Now available as an ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005J6JER0
- AN EXCEPTIONAL PICK FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
- A NECESSITY FOR EVERY LIBRARY
- A DYNAMIC CHOICE FOR READING GROUPS
- AN OUTSTANDING RESOURCE FOR WOMEN’S STUDY PROGRAMS
- A TOUCHSTONE FOR NATIVE AMERICANS
- COMPELLING READ FOR MEN & WOMEN OF ALL AGES
- NEVER-REVEALED-BEFORE FACTS ABOUT VIET NAM
Joyce Daniels’ work has appeared in numerous publications, including, Doorknobs & Body Paint, The Broad River Review, The Elkhorn Review, One Town Folio and The American Culture and Literature Journal in Turkey. While living and writing in Cambridge, England she won a literary prize for poetry from Emerson College/Cambridge University. She has read in Prairie Lights, Northside Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and on a ship sailing to Istanbul. For over twenty years she has taught writing and literature in community colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Currently, she is an editor for Prairie Wolf Press Review and is listed in Poets & Writers an The Iowa Arts Council Directories She divides her time between her home in Florida and her home in the Midwest.
The story you will read here is about a woman raised in poverty, who overcame great odds and refused to bow to a society that tried to reshape her.
The Old Wolf Lady
In this compelling biography, author Joyce Daniels creates a sensitive and humorous portrait of Jackie Day, from her humble beginnings to her active and dedicated eighth decade. Daniels distills countless interviews with Jackie Day, her colleagues and her family into an engaging narrative, peppered with Jackie’s own colorful language, stories, and jokes. I found myself laughing out loud at some of Jackie’s unique phrases and tales. Daniels chooses just the right stories and examples to give readers a multi-dimensional picture of Jackie. Jackie Day comes alive on the page.
In The Old Wolf Lady, Daniels has created an engaging record of an important woman’s life and her contributions to Iowa and women’s history.
-Marjorie Carlson Davis, author of A Little Menagerie and contributor
to Stories From Where We Live: The Great Lakes
Joyce Daniels, Iowa writer and college professor, writes with humor, admiration, and charm about her uncle’s wife, who is described by others as “a master mechanic for the Republican Party,” “a sparkling woman of uncut realism,” and a woman with “Betty Grable legs.” Daniels shares Jackie-isms, like “Life shouldn’t be a spectator sport,” and “The easiest way to resent your age is to regret the things you haven’t done.”
The Old Wolf Lady inspires us all with its depiction of a woman who used her natural strengths and passions to live fully and to make a difference.
-Suzanne Kelsey, freelance writer, editor, and writing coach
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