Appearing courtesy of Algonquin Books
Lydia Reeder is the grandniece of Sam Babb, the extraordinary basketball coach featured in "Dust Bowl Girls." She has worked as a copywriter and editor on behalf of corporate and organizational clients, and most recently developed an eLearning program for a national nursing association. An Oklahoma native, she now lives in Denver with her husband. "Dust Bowl Girls" is her first book.
A former magazine editor tells the story of how, at the height of the Great Depression, her great-uncle trained a group of young women from rural Oklahoma to become college basketball stars.The son of a stern preacher father, Missourian Sam Babb survived a leg amputation in his teenage years to become a successful Oklahoma school superintendent. His career took an unexpected turn in the early 1920s when he decided to become a part-time high school girls basketball coach. As she tells the amazing story of Babb and his underdog women's basketball team, Reeder also reveals the challenges facing serious female athletes during the 1920s and '30s.