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. 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.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. The entire soundtrack to "Paris, Texas," by Ry Cooder; "Peace Piece," by Bill Evans; "Re: Stacks," by Bon Iver; "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis," by Tom Waits; "Mannish Boy," by Muddy Waters.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A giant redwood tree in a protected grove, somewhere on the coast of Northern California.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Sense of humor, kindness, and a grasp of basic grammar.

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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