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Anne Hanson Author Talk

Join us at the Library for a special visit from local author Anne Hanson! She will be discussing her book, Buried Secrets: Looking for Frank and Ida, much of which she wrote in the Brookline Village Library’s Brookline Room. Copies of the book will be on sale starting at 1:30 PM at the entrance of Hunneman Hall and Anne will be available to sign copies after the event.

About Buried Secrets:

Ida Hanson hated when her sons left her sight. It was almost as if this fiercely protective mother, who sacrificed everything to nurture her four young boys during the economic ruin of the 1930s Great Depression, feared she might never see them again. What happened in her earlier life to make this devoted mom, Anne’s grandmother, so afraid of losing her boys? Anne Hanson’s new book, Buried Secrets: Looking for Frank and Ida, is a true-life mystery about her quest to discover the hidden past that her grandparents Frank and Ida took to their graves. When she finally unearthed their real identities, she learned that their stories were lies invented to conceal disturbing truths. As well as being a tale of suspense, Buried Secrets celebrates love and family. Anne’s discoveries gave her dad the answers he had longed for his entire life. She helped to heal families that had been deeply wounded by Frank and Ida’s actions eighty years earlier. Buried Secrets explores a not-so-distant era when a young couple, thwarted by social conventions, could simply disappear and create new lives. Kirkus Reviews said, “Hanson interweaves her engaging personal account … with fictionalized vignettes from various times in her grandparents’ lives, which give the memoir a novelistic dimension … it’s an intriguing journey through the world of genealogical sleuthing.”

Anne Hanson, an inveterate explorer of the unknown, has always followed when her curiosity beckoned. She crossed the ocean for her African Studies degree, and as a reporter would drive endless miles across town to get the story. Finally, when investigating her grandparents’ secrets, she journeyed into a bygone century, her vehicle painstaking and detailed research. Anne has written for the Boston Globe and numerous newspapers, as well as for corporate publications and the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s American Ancestors magazine. Although she loathes first drafts, Anne loves whipping unfinished writing into shape.

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States


Hunneman Hall is located on the second floor of the Brookline Village Library. To access, use one of the main entrances, which are equipped with ramps and door openers, followed by the elevator in the atrium. This venue is equipped with assistive listening transmitters and devices, available upon request.

Need aids or accommodations? Email our administration team or give us a call at 617-730-2360 for more information.

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