Buzzy Jackson

Buzzy Jackson earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from UC Berkeley, where she wrote her first book, A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them (W.W. Norton: 2005). She has received numerous writing and teaching awards, including those from UC Berkeley, PEN-West and the American Library Association. She is currently a Research Affiliate at The Center of the American West at CU-Boulder. Buzzy writes for many online publications as well as for radio and film.

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Books by this Author

Shaking the Family Tree



Buzzy Jackson presents a glimpse inside the quirky and obsessive world of genealogy enthusiasts, while investigating her own tangled family tree.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Quitting a dreadful job as a cocktail waitress in mid-shift may not have been my greatest achievement, but it was certainly a great day for me. Very little feels as good as slamming down a plastic tray full of overpriced Long Island Iced Teas and stepping out into the freedom of a warm summer's day.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Hal 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Jack Torrance (The Shining).

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Paramedic or wildlife biologist. Or geneticist. Or astronomer. Or...

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Samuel Beckett, who once said: "Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness." So I would settle for (silently) buying him a drink.

Author Voices

June 16, 2010

Well, it's a miracle we made the Shaking the Family Tree book page, anyway. Please check it out and, er, "Like" it!

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