It’s 1925, and 15-year-old Doris Bailey has chopped off her hair, raised her skirts, climbed out a window and driven off after a cute boy. True story.

“I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1925-1926)” presents the real-life diaries of Portland native Doris Louise Bailey Murphy, who started writing in the 1920s and graduated from Reed College in 1938.

Author Julia Park Tracey — a California journalist, blogger and Doris' great-niece — will read from the diaries in a presentation for the Oregon Encyclopedia Project at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at McMenamin’s Brew Pub at the Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland. Admission is free. For more information, call 503-249-3983 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A second reading/signing event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, for Stumptown Storytelling at the Jack London Bar, 529 SW Fourth Ave., Portland. This reading also debuts a cocktail in honor of Doris — The Rebel Girl. Come to this event in Roaring Twenties attire, and you could win a prize. There's no admission fee, but it's for 21 and older only. For more information, call 503-228-7605.

Park Tracey brings her great-aunt and 1920s Oregon to life with commentary, footnotes and original photos from Doris’s youth, along with a glossary of Roaring Twenties slang. This is the first in a series of books containing the diaries.

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