Buzzy Jackson


Buzzy Jackson is the author of the novel "Effie Perine" as well as the nonfiction books "Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist" (Simon & Schuster, 2010) and "A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them" (W.W. Norton: 2005). 

Buzzy is a Correspondent for the Boston Globe, where she reviews books for Sunday Books section. She also writes for BookForum and other outlets. She earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from UC Berkeley and her writing has been honored by PEN-West and the American Library Association.

Buzzy was raised in Truckee, California and in Montana but since then she's lived in Los Angeles, New York City, Barcelona (Spain), San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Perth (Australia). She now lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family, where she is a Research Affiliate at the University of Colorado-Boulder's Center of the American West.

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Book Trailer: Shaking the Family Tree
This short video tells the story of how I came to write the book "Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist" (Simon & Schuster: 2010).


Effie Perine
By Buzzy Jackson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,470. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Effie comes to San Francisco on the hunt for work and her long-lost father, so when she’s offered a job at a detective agency she figures it’s a two-birds-one-stone situation. But when her strange new boss invites her into a world of hardboiled mystery, the line between real life and film noir fantasy becomes as foggy as a San Francisco summer — and Effie’s future happiness is at stake.

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