From a Jan. 27 2011 email to her friends from Connie Crooker (ShortLink to this article: http://wp.me/p4njL-1N )
“To Friends, Family and Hikers:
The book about Mom and the Over the Hill Hikers is now in print! The author, Shirley Elder Lyons, is a professional journalist with a snappy writing style. Mom conducted many of the hiker interviews that form the basis of the book. I had the pleasure of editing it. A book description and ordering information follow. I hope you are as thrilled as we are to see Mom’s truly remarkable achievement honored, and in her lifetime too.
OVER THE HILL HIKERS
And How They Grew… and Grew… and Grew
by Shirley Elder Lyons
Veteran political reporter, Shirley Elder Lyons, working with Elizabeth MacGregor Bates, has produced Over the Hill Hikers, a book that chronicles the ups and downs (literally) of a group of retirees in Sandwich, New Hampshire. They became a very cohesive bunch of happy hikers under Lib’s instinctive use of casual leadership. Lib was determined to make the hiking experience fun as well as satisfying. It worked. The hikers just hiked, every Tuesday, and built a unique community along the way.
Lyons is the writer, Bates the doer. Lib, as she is known far and wide, has hiked all around New Hampshire‘s mountains for 80 years or so. Shirley Elder Lyons has covered Congress for the Washington Star and New Hampshire politics for the Boston Globe. She also has co-written two books; a profile of House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, and a case study on Capitol Hill lobbying, and edited a book on Sandwich (N.H.) history. And now: the Over the Hill Hikers a truly amazing group.
Available from Enfield books at http://www.enfielddistribution.net/overthehillhikers.aspx