Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, on tour November 2011

Posted By on October 3, 2011

About The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

• Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin (July 26, 2011)

Just optioned for film by Viola Davis, star of The Help; winner of the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters’ Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction, longlisted for the Orange Prize (alongside books by Toni Morrison and Marilynne Robinson), and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is out now in paperback.

Ann Weisgarber has given voice to a pioneer who embodies the grit and spirit that built this country. Rachel DuPree is an American everywoman, a heroine of uncommon strength whose everyday actions rise to the extraordinary when she’s called on to fight for the safety and well-being of her family. But she’s also a woman finding her place in a man’s world, and very much a white man’s world. The setting—the South Dakota Badlands—and the time period—the early 20th century—bring into high relief Rachel’s ultimate triumph as a woman, and especially as a black woman.

Acclaimed by reviewers nationwide, embraced by booksellers and book clubs, and endorsed by Alice Walker as well as Tony Award–winning actress Viola Davis (who’s starring in The Help), Oprah pick Robert Morgan (Gap Creek), National Book Award finalist Susan Straight (Highwire Moon), indie favorite Jeffrey Lent (In the Fall), and the author of the novel that inspired the movie Crazy Heart (starring Jeff Bridges), The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is a quintessentially American novel with a twist, and it’s poised to break out in paperback.

About Ann Weisgarber

Ann Weisgarber was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. She was a social worker before earning a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Houston and becoming a teacher. She divides her time between Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas.

Visit Ann at her website,





Ann Weisgarber’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:  

Tuesday, November 1st:  nomadreader

Wednesday, November 2nd:  Peeking Between the Pages  

Thursday, November 3rd:  Linus’s Blanket – author Q&A

Monday, November 7th:  A Bookish Libraria

Tuesday, November 8th:  Man of La Book

Thursday, November 10th:  Unabridged Chick

Monday, November 14th:  Book Dilettante

Tuesday, November 15th:  Book Chatter

Wednesday, November 16th:  She is Too Fond of Books- Spotlight on Bookstores guest post

Thursday, November 17th:  Book Club Classics

Monday, November 21st:  Raging Bibliomania

Wednesday, November 23rd:  Historical Tapestry – author guest post, “Why I Love Book Groups”

Wednesday, November 23rd:  Broken Teepee

Friday, November 25th:  Historical Tapestry

Monday, November 28th:  A Bookworm’s World

Wednesday, November 30th:  Elle Lit.

Monday, December 5th:  Book Snob

Wednesday, December 7th:  Life in Review

Thursday, December 8th:  The 3 R’s Blog

Monday, December 12th:  The Brain Lair

Monday, December 19th:  Melody & Words 



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