Shaking the Family Tree
“Who are you and where do you come from?” As a historian, Buzzy Jackson thought she knew the answers to these simple questions—until she took a closer look at her scrawny family tree.
In SHAKING THE FAMILY TREE: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist (Touchstone; on-sale July 6, 2010; 978-1-4391-1299-1; $14.99/original trade paperback), Buzzy dives headfirst into her family gene pool: embarking on a weeklong genealogy Caribbean cruise, flying cross-country to locate an ancient family graveyard, trekking to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and sending her DNA for testing to try and find her Jacksons (no easy task with the 20th most common surname).
Great early reviews include:
“In conversational and witty prose, she conveys not only how much fun she is having but also what she is learning. . . Jackson is a skilled writer, and the fun she has trying to find her dead kin is nicely balanced with the touching reconnections she makes with her living relatives.” ~Publishers Weekly
“Jackson packs an amazing amount of information and advice into small, pithy paragraphs. . . her descriptions of the process and the people she met will prove fascinating to everyone with an interest in tracing their family backward.” ~Booklist
You can learn more about Buzzy by visiting www.buzzyjackson.com or watching her book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Jprn7tP_4