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Anna Hubbard: Out of the Shadows Hardcover – June 8, 2001

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"Cunningham goes beyond her own experiences and circumstances to find out more about their lives, which gives this portrait well-roundedness." -- Ashland Independence



"Cunningham has taken Anna, as the title suggests, out of Harlan's larger shadow and allows her to occupy her own moment in the limelight." -- Bowling Green Daily News



"Offers the reader another side of this fascinating woman. Her motivations, resolve and eventual steely determination to live a life so different from our own make this biography a rewarding read." -- Chevy Chaser Magazine



"Meticulously research and fills many gaps in our knowledge....The narrative is skillfully woven together with the author's reflections on the feelings Anna rarely allowed anyone to know." -- Filson History Quarterly



"Insightful and touching.... Takes Anna out of the shadows of her famous husband and reveals a multi-dimensional woman with deep commitments to her husband and the life they chose." -- Kentucky Monthly



"Captures the complex markers that rendered an extraordinary, yet difficult, life dynamic." -- Lexington Herald-Leader



"Cunningham delivers a rich and compelling story of Anna Hubbard. Her observations of Anna's life shed light on a woman who tended to remain in the shadows." -- Northern Kentucky Heritage



"This lovely book includes excerpts from Anna's private journal, Anna's recipes, a selected bibliography with works on the Hubbards, and photos of Anna and Harlan taken on the river boat trips and at Payne Hollow." -- Ohioana Quarterly



"Using Anna's letters and her personal relationship with Anna, Mia Cunningham has both personalized and humanized Anna's story. This is likely to be the definitive work on Anna Hubbard." -- Robert J. Rosenthal



"Cunningham peels back the layers of Anna's life -- first, the biographical facts, then her roles as homemaker and wife to Harlan, and finally her private, secret life, her hidden heart." -- Wade Hall

About the Author

Mia Cunningham grew up in a house built by Harlan, visited the couple each summer as a child, and enjoyed a twenty-eight-year correspondence with Anna. She lives with her husband in Fairfax County, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; First Edition edition (June 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813121892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813121895
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,634,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Williams on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Recently, my husband and I (along with our little dog) took an 8 week boat journey on the Ohio River. When we got to Big Bone Lick in Kentucky, we heard about a fascinating couple named Harlan and Anna Hubbard who had navigated the Ohio in a Shantyboat and then homesteaded along its shores. Two of the people we spoke to actually had met the Hubbards and spoke of them with great reverence. So it's no small surprise that as soon as I got to a Lewisville, KY and a big bookstore, I looked for works by and about the Hubbards. That is when I discovered Mia Cunningham's book. I bought it and read it as we navigated the same waters Anna had, along with her husband, Harlan. From the start of my river journey, I was interested in women's experiences, finding that so much river lore is from an entirely male perspective. The river world, I found, is largely a man's world; women's hopes, dreams, and heroic journeys are largely forgotten or spun into romantic yarns. So I was happy to find a book that examines river life and homesteading from a woman's, Mia Cunningham's, viewpoint. Cunningham's book breaks apart the Hubbard mystique. Harlan Hubbard is a great source of pride for people living near the Hubbards' old homestead, and rightly so. Harlan and Anna LIVED what we have come to understand as the Thoreau-like existence of simplicity and self-sufficiency. Yet sometimes people's lives get spun into myth and these people are projected as larger-than-life with no character faults. Cunningham's book gently tears at the seams of the Hubbard mystique.Read more ›
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This is one of the best biographies I have read. Even though Mia Cunningham was a young friend of Anna, she maintains a perspective that informs a reader about the personalities of Anna and Harlan, as well as adding the insights she is able to draw from the letters she and Anna wrote to each other through many years.

One must have read Harlan Hubbard's stories of their journey down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in "Shantyboat" before Cunningham's biography is read. Harlan has written with great skill of their travels down the rivers, but one comes away wanting to know why Anna would leave her previous way of living to marry Harlan and be happy with him for the rest of her life. Harlan gives no recognizable reasons in his writing.
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By Jeffrey R Steller on January 9, 2015
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Precisely as expected
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