All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party (Paperback)

Virginia Reed and the Donner Party

By Nancy Herman

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781490317793, 236pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2013


About the Author

Author Nancy Herman is a third-generation Californian who is fascinated with her state's colorful history, including the westward migration of the 1800s. She grew up in the coastal town of Watsonville and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Jose State University. After her 25-year career as a Silicon Valley marketing communications professional, Nancy began researching and writing the award-winning All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party. "I drew my facts from diaries, letters, and first hand accounts, including Virginia's memoirs," she says. "Research turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of writing this book. Another was following the Donner Party's route from Independence, Missouri to Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, California." You can follow the route with her at "I'm in awe of the toughness and determination of our California ancestors who crossed two-thousand miles or more by wagon, on horseback, and even by foot to start new lives here," she adds. Nancy lives with her husband Tom in the Sierra foothills, not far from the site of the Donner Party's 1846-1847 winter entrapment. She is currently working on a historical novel about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Visit Nancy Herman online at http: //