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Author: Lydia Reeder Narrator: Virginia Wolf Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781681681993
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The Boys in the Boat meets A League of Their Own in this true story of a Depression-era championship women’s team.

In the early 1930s, during the worst drought and financial depression in American history, Sam Babb began to dream. Like so many others, this charismatic Midwestern basketball coach wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm near the tiny Oklahoma college where he coached, Babb recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education in exchange for playing on his basketball team, the Cardinals.

Despite their fears of leaving home and the sacrifices that their families would face, the women joined the team. And as Babb coached the Cardinals, something extraordinary happened. These remarkable athletes found a passion for the game and a heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach—and they began to win.

Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, Dust Bowl Girls takes readers on the Cardinals’ intense, improbable journey all the way to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson.

Lydia Reeder captures a moment in history when female athletes faced intense scrutiny from influential figures in politics, education, and medicine who denounced women’s sports as unhealthy and unladylike. At a time when a struggling nation was hungry for inspiration, this unlikely group of trailblazers achieved much more than a championship season.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thrilling, cinematic story…[of] bold, daring women whose remarkable journey is the stuff of American legend.”

    Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Allows us to sit in the stands and watch a forgotten era when times were tough, odds were long, and underdogs rose to the occasion.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “I can’t wait for the movie.”


  • “A compelling, heartwarming story of a group of college students determined to accomplish the impossible.”

    Denver Post

  • “A multilayered history and a compelling story…about their time and place.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Narrator Virginia Wolf’s modulated performance lets this exciting sports story almost tell itself. Her approach works since there’s action aplenty in this audiobook…Wolf’s understated style seems fitting for this dramatic true tale of braving the hardships of the era. The story is also a kind of social history of women’s sports. This audiobook puts the listener virtually in the players’ sneakers as these talented farm girls will their way to victory.”


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About the Author

Lydia Ellen Reeder is the grandniece of Sam Babb, the extraordinary basketball coach featured in Dust Bowl Girls. She spent over two years conducting research for the book and also wrote and narrated a short film about the Cardinal basketball team, currently on view at the Oklahoma Historical Society website: As a former associate editor at Whole Life Times in Los Angeles and Delicious Magazine in Boulder, Colorado, she has worked for many years as a copywriter and editor on behalf of corporate and organizational clients and most recently developed e-learning for a national nursing association.

About the Narrator

Virginia Wolf is a Connecticut-based actress, radio personality, and audiobook narrator. In addition to appearing on stage throughout the state, she hosts a weekly radio show on arts and entertainment and is founder of Herstory Theater.