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.
Nicole Eustace’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America, begins on the eve of a major conference between the Iroquois and Anglo-American colonists when a pair of colonial fur traders brutally assaulted a Seneca hunter near Conestoga, Pennsylvania in the winter of 1722. Though virtually forgotten today, the crime ignited a contest between Native American forms of justice.
Julian Sancton’s NYT best-seller Madhouse at the End of the Earth:The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night is a true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter.
From Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, comes The Mosquito Bowl, the story of an epic football game. On Christmas Eve of 1944, when the 4th and 29th Marine regiments found themselves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, their ranks included one of the greatest pools of football talent ever assembled. When the trash-talking between the 4th and 29th over who had the better football team reached a fever pitch, it was decided they would play each other.
In her book, Worn, Sofi Thanhauser tells five stories—Linen, Cotton, Silk, Synthetics, Wool—about the clothes we wear and where they come from. She makes clear how the clothing industry has become one of the planet’s worst polluters and how it relies on chronically underpaid and exploited laborers.
But she also shows us how micro-communities, textile companies, and clothing makers in every corner of the world are rediscovering ethical methods for making what we wear.
Joshua Prager’s Pulitzer Prize finalist book, The Family Roe, looks at “Jane Roe,” the pseudonym for Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Propelled by the crosscurrents of sex and religion, gender and class, it is a life that tells the story of abortion in America.