Leah Jesse Lambert grew up on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of western Nebraska. She attended a one-room school through eighth grade before moving on to high school and then to the University of Nebraska. After avoiding science classes at all costs in high school, she ended up with a major in zoology and a minor in chemistry at the university. She enjoyed a successful career in the sciences before moving into management positions and earning an MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Leah and her husband, Dennis have been married over 50 years. They lived in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Texas and Missouri before settling in Hilliard, Ohio. The couple loves spending time with their three sons, three daughters-in-law and six grandchildren. They also have a weakness for travel and have visited nearly every state and over twenty countries. Leah’s first book, Remembering Nebraska, is a collection of her parents’ and grandparents’ stories about their lives in Nebraska.

Title by Leah Jesse Lambert

  • by Leah Jesse Lambert

    In Nebraska Roots, Leah Lambert presents the story of her own evolution from sheltered child to self-aware young woman. Throughout the book, Lambert weaves in historical references along with some ghostly encounters. She depicts a childhood in the 1950s where her education happened in a one-room schoolhouse and children were affected by news reports about spies, the Cold War, and serial killers—and they responded in unique ways.

    In high school, Lambert encountered classmates who did little to hide their blatant bigotry, teachers who openly promoted their political views, and counselors whose prejudices prevented them from supporting student goals.

    As a college student at the University of Nebraska in the 1960s, she experienced a variety of contrasting cultures, from rabid support of college football, to the emergence of women’s issues, racial awareness, and a rising anti-war movement. After years of anti-war protests and growing feminism, two divergent worlds collide when Lambert falls in love with an Army officer.

    Poignant and honest, Nebraska Roots narrates an eventful life spanning decades of unprecedented change.