A biography of Dorothea Lange, whose photographs of migrant workers, Japanese American internees, and rural poverty helped bring about important social reforms. A biography of Dorothea Lange, whose photographs of migrant workers, Japanese American internees, and rural poverty helped bring about important social reforms. tographer Dorothea Lange. Over the next few years he was gradually drawn into Dorotheas family.
When he married and my parents had kids, we were included in the diverse bunch of children, step-children and grandchildren that made up Dorotheas family. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Fourth of July were all made magical by Dorotheas extraordinary celebrations and rituals. In 1974, I was the first student to graduate with a degree in Womens Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
A year later I went to Great Britain to study Chinese medicine, earning a Licentiate of Acupuncture in 1978 and returning to the Bay Area to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine. In the early nineties I began writing books as well as practicing medicine. I love the wide array of genres within the field of childrens books, and especially enjoy writing biographies, historical fiction, and picture books.
My first book, Dorothea Lange A Visual Life (Smithsonian, 1993) was followed by a middle grade novel, Clara and the Hoodoo Man (Dutton, 1996), and Restless Spirit the Life and Work of Dorothea Lange (Viking, Fall 1998), a photo biography for young adults. Pigs Eggs came out last year (Golden Books, Spring 2000). Oranges on Golden Mountain has just been released (Dutton, Spring 2001), and will soon be followed by an easy reader, Annie and Bo (Spring 2002) and my biography on Woody Guthrie (Viking, Spring 2002).
I still live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and two sons, practicing Chinese medicine and writing books. copyright 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.