Preface to Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings

On February 4, VAO Publishing released Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings, a fascinating glimpse inside a truly unique pioneer woman.  Following is the preface, penned by the editor.

MANY REMARKABLE men and women have made the Río Grande Valley their home over the years: the indigenous Coahuiltecan tribes which hunted and fished along the sacred sliver of water; the Spanish settlers who hoped for glory, gold or God and whose culture flavors our own; and the Americans driven by expansionist vision to push ever farther into the wilderness, risking much.  All of them came to a largely inhospitable region, and over the centuries made it a garden, a monument to humanity’s ability to remake the world.

Donna Hooks Fletcher stands out even among these venerable individuals as bridging their often conflicting visions of the world.  As a divorcée, she flouted the norms of her time.  She was a pioneer and entrepreneur who carved out a piece of the scrub and crafted multiple successful businesses. But she was also a woman of great compassion and charity, who stretched forth a helping hand to others in her community. And like the Native Americans whose lands these were for millennia before us, she felt a great unity with the sacred and sought to teach others to find the divine within themselves and the world.

Within these pages you will discover her voice: clear, unaffected, confident. She faced the world in all its immensity and was not daunted.  We can only hope to do the same.

—David Bowles
21 January, 2012

Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings

In February, VAO Publishing (in conjunction with the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum) will release Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings, combining in a single volume all the surviving works of one of the Río Grande Valley’s most legendary historical figures, the name source of Donna, Texas (subject of the new film Miracle at Donna). This volume will be the first in VAO Publishing’s Río Grande Valley Historical Series


Book Description
Pioneer. Divorcée. Entrepreneur. Rancher. Postmaster. Visionary. Spiritual guide. Recluse. Donna Hooks Fletcher blazed trails for women in deep South Texas in the first few decades of the 20th century, and her life left an indelible mark on the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Now, for the first time, her unique view of the world can be discovered in her own words.

Book Details
Paperback: 135 pages
Publishing Date: February 2, 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615580971
ISBN-13: 978-0615580975
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Book Availability
The collection is available at the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum as well as through Amazon.com as a trade paperback. Additionally, eBook versions will be available this summer. Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.