History and Biography Book Club
Second Tuesdays of the Month at 7:30 pm
co -sponsored by the NS Recreation Department
We have copies of the book for those who need one; this group is open to all on a drop-in basis.
April 8 - Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
"Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction."
May 13 - John Adams by David McCullough
This biography of John Adams is a thrilling tale of this brilliant, earnest, independent patriot who would become one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and its second president. His marriage to the wise and faithful Abigail Adams displays a love story rivaled by few. This story is not just of political and social issues, but also about human nature, love, virtue, and friendship, among other things.
June 10 - Revolutionary Summer by Joseph Ellis
Revolutionary Summer narrates, in a new and refreshing way, the summer months of 1776. In this book, Ellis examines the crucial figures of both sides of the war for American independence, weaving together the political and military decisions that affected both sides into a single story.
July 8 - The Women of the Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory joins two eminent historians to explore the extraordinary true stories of three women largely forgotten by history: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, queen of England; and Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty. This non-fiction account is an accompaniment to The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Lady of the Rivers.
August 12 - A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Formar
"At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary ... At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come."