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A Milestone Update!

  February 19, 2016

The two new titles, A GUNTHWAITE GIRL (a novelette) and SITE FIDELITY are coming! At the same time, Frigate Books expects to release all titles in The Snowy Series in both Kindle and iBook format, as well as in trade paperback, and the final details are underway to make that happen by Snowy's birthday, March 19. Weather concerns, including related power outages, have slowed the final steps necessary for the actual release of all editions, and Frigate Books wants to release everything at the same time. Please be patient; everyone involved is working very hard to get all versions of the books ino your hands and mobile devices as quickly as possible.

The Web site is undergoing revision to improve the visitor experience on all mobile devices and to make it easier to reach the various merchants who carry the trade paperback and e-book formats.

Meanwhile, THE CHEERLEADER is already available in e-book (Kindle) form from


The Snowy Series, Books 1 - 5 (A Gunthwaite Girl and Site Fidelity will be added soon)


A half-century of women's history!

Snowy touches some chord in me. She's as real as anyone I've ever known.
—Jennifer, a fan from Massachusetts

So much has changed!
And so much has stayed the same.

Each title is a complete story in itself, but most fans of the series would suggest beginning with the first volume, The Cheerleader, now in its fifth printing. Click the panel menu bar, above, to learn more about each volume. Titles are listed in order.

The Cheerleader

Meet Snowy and the Gang


In 1998, on the 25th anniversary of the publication of this national best-seller, The Cheerleader was rereleased as a trade paperback. This rereleased version is now in its fifth printing. (see related story)

An e-book (Kindle) version was released on April 9, 2015, and additional e-book versions will be available soon.

Searchingly honest, achingly real, The Cheerleader recalls all the joy, excitement, and pain of crossing the bridge from childhood to young womanhood in the Fabulous Fifties, when sex was still a mystery and goals were clearly defined--perhaps for the last time.

The Detroit Free Press said, "One of the truest portraits of an American girl ever written . . . Everything works in MacDougall's book. She captures the times, the attitudes, the emotions with the authority of one who was once there and knows the route back by heart."

The second, third, fourth and fifth printings, and the e-book version, of this rereleased version include a foreword by Ann V. Norton of St. Anselm College.

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" . . . prepare to laugh out loud and cry in ernest . . . highly recommended "


What happens when ex-cheerleaders grow up?

For Snowy, the cute, blond, ponytailed cheerleader at Gunthwaite High School in the 1950s, did anything ever match the glory of those days?

This is the story that the multitudes of fans of the best-selling The Cheerleader have clamored for, a story that new readers will respond to with equal eagerness. While chronicling Snowy’s next thirty years, it explores the complexities of friendship as it follows the lives of her best friends, beautiful Bev and outspoken Puddles, and her first love, Tom.

What happens when the Silent Generation grows up?

Snowy describes how Snowy and her friends, who came of age in the security of the 1950s when roles were defined and accepted, develop in the next decades, coping with college, marriage, and careers, their experiences unique and universal.

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Snowy, by Ruth Doan MacDougall
St. Martin's (1993)
Frigate Books (2002)
Reprinted with a new Foreword by Ann V. Norton; Saint Anselm College
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Henrietta Snow

"The Gang" turns fifty . . . and (EEK!) sixty!


"Our generation," Snowy says in   Henrietta Snow, "is 'the disappeared'. We've dropped out of sight between our parents' generation—The Greatest Generation—and the baby boomers. Remember how we were called 'The Silent Generation'? Nobody knows about us."

But you will know!

Here are Snowy and Bev and Puddles, Tom, Dudley, the twins and all the Gang from Gunthwaite High School, in the next stage of their lives. How do they adjust to limitations, deal with grief, and face the realization that this is their last chance at love, success, and happiness? How do they face death?

With humor, for one thing. Like The Cheerleader and Snowy, Henrietta Snow is funny, honest, and indelible.

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Henrietta Snow, by Ruth Doan MacDougall
Frigate Books (2002)
Foreword by Ann V. Norton; Saint Anselm College


The Husband Bench

It's Bev's turn!


Bev was tall, with short thick auburn hair. She looked older, more finished, than the other girls in their class. And she was green-eyed and beautiful, but she loved to make faces.

That was Bev Colby at age fifteen in The Cheerleader. Now, at sixty, her hair is white but she has remained a beauty and she still loves to make faces.

The co-captain of the basketball team, Roger was tall and coolly jaunty, a senior and so suave.

That was Roger Lambert, Bev’s boyfriend. After college Bev married Roger, they had four children and a comfortable life, but his problems with Bev’s desire for her own career in real estate resulted in a separation.

At the conclusion of Henrietta Snow, the third novel in The Snowy Series, Bev and Roger have decided to give their marriage another chance and to renew their vows.

What happens next?” the readers always ask.

After the euphoria of the decision to get back together, Bev tries to face the reality of this prospect, while also trying to deal with her career and, even more important, a surprise with tremendous impact.

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The Husband Bench, or Bev's Book by Ruth Doan MacDougall
Frigate Books (2007)
Foreword by Ann V. Norton; Saint Anselm College

A Born Maniac

Full title: A Born Maniac, or Puddles's Progress


Ruth Doan MacDougall writes, "Puddles has been on the back burner for so long, but she's clamoring for her turn. And, at long last, the fans who have been asking, (again!)  'What happens next?' will get at least part of the story."

Readers of earlier books in The Snowy Series may recall that originally Puddles came from Maine. Her family moved to Gunthwaite during her early teen years. Over the years Puddles has lived in several places, but her origins as "a born Maniac" haven't been forgotten. 

What surprises are in store for readers as Puddles's life takes center stage?

In response to several queries from readers, Ruth shares some of ther thoughts about crafting Puddles's story. You'll find it here, in the Essays section.

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A Born Maniac, or Puddles's Progress, by Ruth Doan MacDougall
Frigate Books (2011)
Foreword by Ann V. Norton; Saint Anselm College

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One Minus One is a Book Lust Rediscoveries selection in a series produced by noted author and librarian Nancy Pearl, in cooperation with

Legendary Locals and Cover Photos

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Jacket Image 1972

by Ruth Doan MacDougall


July 21, 2015


          Last September, Ray Carbone got in touch, saying that he’d like to include me in a book he was working on, Legendary Locals of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. He needed a photo taken at about the time of The Cheerleader’s publication.
          I was tickled to be a legendary local.
          I rooted around and found the photos I’d saved of the 1972 photo session for the back of The Cheerleader’s book jacket.  As I looked at them, I thought of how for me and probably for a lot of other writers the scariest and most grueling part of the whole project of getting a book from idea to finished copy is the author photo.
          We didn’t own a camera when I needed a jacket photo for my first novel, The Lilting House. We borrowed a Polaroid from a friend and Don began snapping photos. The best one was taken on a woodsy lane, at  a gate bar on the English estate owned by the U.S. Air Force, where we were renting the laundry cottage.
         We were still camera-less for my second novel, The Cost of Living, but a student in the high school where Don worked was interested in photography so Don asked him to undertake this job.  Of the photos Bill took, one turned out to be a double-exposure, with my profile superimposed on me standing at a window. We included it in the photos I sent Harvey, my editor, and Harvey enjoyed it so much he decided to use it for the front cover instead of putting it on the back.
          For my third novel, One Minus One, I decided to go to a photography studio for a professional shot. The result was too formal, but it served the purpose.
          So for my fourth, The Cheerleader, I tried a studio again. No, too posed! By then we’d bought a camera, and thus Don gave it a try. We strolled around our yard testing locations. He got this shot, looking down my top as I was supposedly weeding the rock garden. I found it very funny and sent it to Harvey along with one of me sitting more sedately on a wooden bench. Harvey chose the rock garden, writing me, “This one wins the Miss Cheerleader contest!”

          Ray’s Legendary Locals of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region has just been published. I had sent Ray the rock-garden photo Don had taken right before the one that became the back-cover photo; they are nearly identical. In addition to its place in the Legendary Locals text, amid the photo collage on the front cover is the photo at the top of this article.

          You may be interested in these articles about Legendary Locals:

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Ruth's Neighborhood

(Ruth's Blog; updated July 3, 2016)

NeighborhoodAs her time permits, Ruth Doan MacDougall writes essays about life in and around her neighborhood. Topics vary, but something interesting is always going on in Ruth's Neighborhood!
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