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Book Bash for hometown author Buzzy Jackson in Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Bring the family and join the fun at the Old Community Center in Truckee where Friends of the Truckee Library will be holding an ice cream party, book reading and signing, with a portion of proceeds from book sales benefiting the Friends, to celebrate the release of Buzzy Jackson’s new book, “Shaking the Family Tree…Blue Bloods, Black Sheep and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist.”

Buzzy grew up in Truckee, graduated from Truckee High School and went on to receive her Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. Her award-winning first book, “A Bad Woman Feeling Good…Blues and the Women who Sing Them” was published by Norton in 2005.

In her new book, Jackson investigates her roots. As a historian, she thought she knew her heritage until she took a closer look at her scrawny family tree. With a name like Jackson (the 20th most common American surname), Buzzy knew that tracking down her history might not be easy. A visit to the Boulder Genealogy Society brought more questions than answers — but also gave a tantalizing peek into the fascinating (and enormous) community of family-tree huggers and after-hours Alex Haley’s.

Jackson dives headfirst into her family gene pool: Flying cross-country to locate an ancient family graveyard, embarking on a week-long genealogy Caribbean cruise, trekking to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (Mecca for genealogists) and even submitting her DNA for testing to try and find her Jacksons. Through her research, she connects with distant relatives, traces her roots back more than 250 years and in the process comes to discover — genetically, historically and emotionally — the true meaning of “family” for herself.

Join Friends of the Truckee Library for Truckee-style celebration!

What: Free Book Party with family tree games, ice cream, book reading and signing. A percentage of book sales benefits Friends of the Truckee Library

Who: Book lovers, family tree shakers of all ages

When: Sunday, July 25, 4-6 p.m.

Where: Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee

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