Event box

CANCELLED - Rodgers Readers (Evening Book Group) - The Ride of Her Life

CANCELLED - Rodgers Readers (Evening Book Group) - The Ride of Her Life In-Person

Our apologies for the late notice. Due to staff illness this event has been cancelled. Participants will receive and email from the group leader with further details. 

 

Come join us to discuss the non-fiction book The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts.

Book Summary:  In 1954, sixty-three-year-old Maine farmer Annie Wilkins embarked on an impossible journey. She had no money and no family, she had just lost her farm, and her doctor had given her only two years to live. But Annie wanted to see the Pacific Ocean before she died. She ignored her doctor’s advice to move into the county charity home. Instead, she bought a cast-off brown gelding named Tarzan, donned men’s dungarees, and headed south in mid-November, hoping to beat the snow. Annie had little idea what to expect beyond her rural crossroads; she didn’t even have a map. But she did have her ex-racehorse, her faithful mutt, and her own unfailing belief that Americans would treat a stranger with kindness.Annie, Tarzan, and her dog, Depeche Toi, rode straight into a world transformed by the rapid construction of modern highways. Between 1954 and 1956, the three travelers pushed through blizzards, forded rivers, climbed mountains, and clung to the narrow shoulder as cars whipped by them at terrifying speeds. Annie rode more than four thousand miles, through America’s big cities and small towns. Along the way, she met ordinary people and celebrities—from Andrew Wyeth (who sketched Tarzan) to Art Linkletter and Groucho Marx. She received many offers—a permanent home at a riding stable in New Jersey, a job at a gas station in rural Kentucky, even a marriage proposal from a Wyoming rancher. In a decade when car ownership nearly tripled, when television’s influence was expanding fast, when homeowners began locking their doors, Annie and her four-footed companions inspired an outpouring of neighborliness in a rapidly changing world.

Date:
Thursday, February 1, 2024 Show more dates
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Registration has closed.
Michele Ricca

Upcoming Events

Time Zone: Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

Jun
24
10:00am - 11:00am, Community Room, Rodgers Memorial Library.
Jun
24
12:00pm - 1:30pm, Study Room 2, .
Jun
24
1:30pm - 2:30pm, Community Room, Rodgers Memorial Library.
Jun
24
7:00pm - 9:00pm, T-Bones, .