Gail Lukasik
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Gail Lukasik

Gail Lukasik was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a ballerina with the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company. She has worked as a choreographer, freelance writer, editor, and college lecturer.

Gail's appearance on PBS's Genealogy Roadshow became the inspiration for her book, White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing. Vowed to secrecy until her mother's death, Gail revealed on national television to 1.5 million people that her mother passed for white. Within three days of her appearance, the family she never knew she had found her. Set against the historical backdrop of the Jim Crow South, White Like Her chronicles her journey to uncover the truth of her mother's racial heritage and to understand her mother's decision to pass for white.

Her first mystery novel, Destroying Angels, was written as a result of her son's suggestion: "You're always reading mysteries, why don't you try writing one." Kirkus Reviews described her second Leigh Girard mystery, Death's Door, as "fast-paced and literate, with a strong protagonist and a puzzle that keeps you guessing."

Peak Season for Murder, her third Leigh Girard mystery, won a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth. Mel Jacobs of Gumshoe Reviews said of Peak Season for Murder: "The exciting climax will keep the pages turning. The intricacies of the characters and relationships add spice to the continuing story of Leigh Girard."

Her book of poems, Homeless, In My Own Words: True Stories of Homeless Mothers, was inspired by her interviews with homeless mothers living in Chicagoland area shelters. She spent a year recording the women's stories.

She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught writing and literature. For fun, she became a certified canoe instructor and has led canoeing trips on the Des Plaines River. When her nose isn't buried in a book, she likes to hike the beautiful forest preserves near her house.

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    • White like Her

    • By: Gail Lukasik PhD, Kenyatta D. Berry - foreword
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother's decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By yolanda m. collier on 06-06-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Peak Season for Murder

    • Leigh Girard Series, Book 3
    • By: Gail Lukasik
    • Narrated by: Mara Lynne Thomas
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Twenty-three years ago, local actress Danielle Moyer vanished after starring in a play at the Bayside Theater. Her body was never found....

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Destroying Angels

    • By: Gail Lukasik
    • Narrated by: Janean Jorgensen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    An amateur naturalist dies of mushroom poisoning, a day later the local librarian kills herself, then the buried bones of an infant are discovered....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • not as good as I thought it would be

    • By Bob on 09-12-09

    Regular price: $22.39

    • Death's Door

    • Leigh Girard Series, Book 2
    • By: Gail Lukasik
    • Narrated by: Janean Jorgensen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    On the eve of tourist season in the resort community of Doo County, Wisconsin, a killer is targeting young blond women, leaving their strangled bodies along the desolate Mink River....

    Regular price: $22.39

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