A history teacher struggles to navigate a pandemic and the politics of 2020–2021

by Lois Larkey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/10/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781665710527
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781665710534

About the Book


That shocking word ushered in a surreal time for Lois Larkey.

It was March 11, 2020, and there was a pandemic, a killing virus, the first in one hundred years.

Like everyone else, Lois had to shelter in place, wear a mask and totally separate from friends and family.

Living alone in her apartment she was afraid of catching Covid-19 and dying alone in a hospital.

She had to find something that would help her work through her fears.

The idea of chronicling the tragedy, brought on by a virus and exacerbated by a divisive president, was compelling.

Lois began writing her blog, The Larkey Lowdown, with an eye to capturing unfolding history.

The election of 2020 brought a bizarre rejection of the longtime American tradition of “peaceful transfer of power.’ Lois kept writing.

January 6th brought the violent storming of the Capitol in the name of the president who lost the election. Our democracy was threatened. Lois, horrified and heartbroken, kept writing.

January 20th, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, brought a new administration and hope for the future. Inauguration Day signaled an optimistic time to lay down her pan and search for perspective.

Diary of a Dystopian Era is a fascinating collection of Lois Larkey’s blog entries that describe the tumultuous events of the years 2020-2021 in real time.

About the Author

Lois Larkey is a lifelong teacher, community activist and social justice advocate. A native of Newark, New Jersey, she has devoted her energies to helping Newark children, since she joined the board of the Newark Boys and Girls Club in 1975, the first woman. Lois graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and remains deeply committed to her college. Married and moving to South Orange, Lois taught English and history in both public and private schools for twenty-five years, the last at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx. In South Orange, she served as Chairman of the Community Relations Committee, and oversaw the initiation of many current traditions, such as the “Gaslight” newsletter. After classroom teaching, Lois fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an author. Her family memoir, Looking Back, Moving Forward: The View from Beyond Seventy, published in 2019. Lois is the proud mother of two married daughters and four wonderful grandchildren, all of whom live in Brooklyn.