Saturday, October 15, 2022
Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin—the thrifty inventor-statesman of the Revolutionary era—but not about his love life. Nancy Rubin Stuart’s Poor Richard’s Women really humanizes Franklin by revealing the long-neglected voices of the women he loved and lost during his lifelong struggle between passion and prudence.
From Deborah Read Franklin, his common law wife of forty-four years, to various romantic other attachments, this book is an outstanding look at the personal side of Benjamin Franklin.
Janice Nimura’s Pulitzer 2022 finalist book The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine is a biography of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell. In 1849, Elizabeth became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician. Exploring the sisters’ allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents a story of trial and triumph.
Allison Gilbert’s biography, Listen, World, is the first biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of. She was a well-known columnist from 1921-1956 and she became the highest-paid woman in the Hearst organization.
Elsie was also part of the Crowell family in Brattleboro. She married Christie Crowell and they had a son, George. They all lived together, for a time, at Lindenhurst.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Nicholas Dawidoff’s book, The Other Side of Prospect, interweaves social history, true crime, and biography in this sprawling report on the 2006 murder of a grandfather in New Haven, CT. is a sweeping account of how the injustices of racism and inequality reverberate through the generations, and a beautifully written portrait of American city life, told through a group of unforgettable people and their intertwined experiences.