• Brides of 1941

    In 1934, Dr. Lelia McLatchey Skinner and her husband T. Wayne move to a copper mining town in Sewell, Chile, to earn enough money to pay for their children’s educations. The catch? They had to leave the kids behind in America. This time capsule of Americana would’ve remained a piece of hidden history, if not for letters unearthed three-quarters of a century later. Brides of 1941 is an intimate glimpse into a Greatest Generation coming-of-age story. Author Bonnie Bedford Park, Roberta and Buster’s youngest Baby Boomer daughter, reveals it all.

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  • About The Author

    When New Jersey-born Bonnie Ann Bedford picked Park City, Utah, as a place to settle in the 1970s no one expected the old silver mining boomtown, turned ski town, would evolve to become a 2002 Winter Olympics host city and, later, a world class destination resort. Fresh out of grad school, her first full-time job with the Park City Chamber of Commerce (then housed in the former Sheriff’s office on Historic Main Street) placed her in a non-profit position to convince visiting travel agents and press writers “This is the Place!” It was a tough sell, especially with Utah’s weird liquor laws. But it’s how she met her husband of thirty-six years, Pete Park. Did his forebears own the city? 

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  • Using letters discovered in the back of a closet, Bonnie Park weaves together three generations of women in a remarkably honest family history. Moving deftly between a Chilean copper mine, an elite East Coast college campus as the U.S. enters WWII, and her own Vietnam-era coming-of-age, her narrative honors women and the families they hold together. In a larger sense, the book speaks to the power of writing to sustain human connection. As a reader, I am grateful those boxes of letters fell into Park's capable hands.

    --Amy Williams, PhD, Associate Professor of English

  • Six Weeks for Boat Mail

    The next in the trilogy by Bonnie Bedford Park

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