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Rick Baker

Died: March 4, 1988

Connection to Illinois: Baker lived in Peoria.

Biography: Rick Baker was an award-winning columnist for the Peoria Journal Star.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Mary, me: In search of a lost lifetime

The Bakery 1989

In this true account, Rick Baker is a newspaperman assigned to write an obituary for an elderly woman from a nursing home. He discovers that the woman has no past - not even a real name. She has been in mental institutions and nursing homes as far back as her records go - and there are precious few records. Baker takes it on himself to trace her life backward and discover her identity. Along the way he finds the brother of a girl who went missing 50 years earlier. Working forward from the day the young woman disappeared and backward from the day the old woman died, Baker tries to prove, or disprove, that the two women are one and the same.