Roosevelt, Muir, Clio and Me:  A Novel of Loss and Discovery

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Roosevelt, Muir, Clio and Me is a straight forward tale about a father-daughter team who embark on a quixotic adventure to hunt down a lost journal of President Theodore Roosevelt. Presumably written during his four-day stay with the naturalist and environmental icon John Muir in and around the Yosemite Valley in May of 1903, the journal might actually exist or may be a figment of the Dash’s wishful imaginings. Winston Dash is a fifty-something history professor at a Chicago community college and his 20-year old daughter, Clio, is a handful. Both embark on their journey estranged from the other largely because of the death of Winston’s wife and Clio’s mother. Grief and lost love have changed them both, and an adventure to look for the impossible seemed like a solution to mend their relationship.

In one sense, this is a book of travel. The Dashes travel east to Pennsylvania’s Amish country, the battlefield at Gettysburg, Washington, D.C. and the Library of Congress, and pass through New York City on to Oyster Bay, Roosevelt’s New York home, with historical commentary throughout.
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About David Matthew Wilcox

David Matthew Wilcox is a professor of history and chair of the Honors College at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas. He received his baccalaureate and master degrees from Iowa State University and attended Rice University for two years, working on a doctorate, before turning to teaching and fatherhood. In his nearly forty years of teaching, he has taught classes in American history, Western Civilization, American diplomatic history and leadership development.
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Winston Dash was driving to D.C. It was his first time east since his wife had died, leaving him in charge of their two teen-age daughters. Read more


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