Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nancy Drew 2011 Convention Clues #25

Meet LuAnn!

We'll be previewing those of you who want to share a photo of you and/or your Nancy Drew collection and a brief bio for other members attending the Nancy Drew convention in Charlottesville, VA. If interested, e-mail me a photo and a bio!

I grew up in the Finger Lakes area of New York State on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, exploring the woods alone and with my brother and going to school. For the past 18 years I’ve lived in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and five children all of whom we homeschooled. Two are currently in college while three are still home. Besides a homeschooling parent, I am a spiritual director and enjoy reading, learning, travel, art, gardening, crafts and friendship.

Nancy saw me through some rocky years as a child–I could escape to River Heights and join Nancy in having fun with friends, facing adventure and danger, traveling the world and solving mysteries from the basis of a stable home and loving family. My mom was always trying to get me to read something ‘better’, like AoGG, and I did read a lot of other books, but for a while, ND was my favorite. While not great literature, I learned a lot of vocabulary, geography and miscellany from them (such as about carrier pigeons.

I started collecting Nancy Drew Mysteries in college when I needed something fun to do (besides study ;-), adding to the dozen or so I had. Not knowing then about first editions, my collection consists only of what I found in used bookstores in the 80s: the blue tweed and the yellow spine. Recently I completed my original text set by making sure I had every one with the earlier picture cover (mostly Nappi, of course) for which one is available. To me the covers are an integral part of the ND experience. I also own several of the books about ND. Will I ever get into first edition? Not sure about that as I’d like to collect Judy Bolton since I live within a few hours of Margaret Sutton’s hometown which is the setting of the JB books in Central Pennsylvania and the realism of them entices me. This will be my first convention, and I'm greatly looking forward to it!



Anonymous said...

Hello LuAnn,

Nice to meet you via your posting. It is good to know that I am not the only novice at the first edition collecting. It was not until I found the ND Sleuths site which led to so many things, that I was aware of the various versions of the ND book printings and so forth.

I look forward to meeting you in person at the convention!

:) debra frazier

Lea said...

Hi LuAnn -- I am looking forward to meeting you in Charlottesville - it's always good to meet folks who understand how I see so much of the world through a Nancy Drew prism.

-- Lea

Lisa K said...

Hi Luann,
I may have an extra Judy Bolton to sell at convention, if you're interested.

Lisa K