Granny D by Doris Haddock
Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year

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"There's a cancer, and it's killing our democracy. A poor man has to sell his soul to get elected. I cry for this country."

On February 29, 2000, ninety-year-old Doris “Granny D” Haddock completed her 3,200-mile, fourteen-month walk from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. She walked through 105-degree deserts and blinding blizzards, despite arthritis and emphysema. Along her way, her remarkable speeches — rich with wisdom, love, and political insight — transformed individuals and communities and jump-started a full-blown movement. She became a national heroine.

On her journey, Haddock kept a diary — tracking the progress of her walk and recalling events in her life and the insights that have given her. Granny D celebrates an exuberant life of love, activism, and adventure — from writing one-woman feminist plays in the 1930s to stopping nuclear testing near an Eskimo fishing village in 1960 to Haddock’s current crusade. Threaded throughout is the spirit of her beloved hometown of Dublin/Peterborough, New Hampshire — Thornton Wilder’s inspirations for Grovers Croner in Out Town — a quintessentially American center of New England pluck, Yankee ingenuity and can-do attitude.

Told in Doris Haddock’s distinct and unforgettable voice, Granny D will move, amuse, and inspire readers of all ages with its clarion message that one person can indeed make a difference.
 

About Doris Haddock

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Haddock is a retired shoe factory worker and great-grandmother of twelve. Doris Haddock is a retired executive secretary and great-grandmother of twelve. She lives in Dublin, New Hampshire. Government reformer Dennis Burke accompanied Doris Haddock on her walk. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 12, 2001 by Villard. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Whether her efforts succeed in bringing about campaign finance reform remains to be seen, but politicians should be put on notice: this media-savvy old lady is now back in Dublin, New Hampshire, getting in shape for more walks.

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Opening with an exhortation to readers to “make fresh trouble, today” celebrated troublemaker Haddock details, in a folksy memoir, her naïve youth in the years around the Great Depression and recaps her political agitation efforts leading up to the 2008 recession.

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But behind the folksiness lurk sharp observations, including sly criticism of one of Bill Bradley's speeches, and even fiery proclamations: outside the Louisville, Ky., office of Mitch McConnell, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Haddock denounced the senator's opposition to campaign-financ...

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She wanted to remind people, she says in Run Granny Run, that “Our country is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, and if that is not worth fighting for, I don’t know what is.” Marlo Poras’ documentary follows the campaign more or less chronologically, from the moment...

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Judd Greg is a Republican tough guy from New Hampshire running for US Senate on a pro-war, pro-big business, pro-George W.

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