Join us to discuss a variety of books related (sometimes vaguely) to genealogy or history. We hope to learn a few things and have a lively discussion each month. Open to the public.
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February 13th, 2023: Kiss Myself Goodbye: The Many Lives of Aunt Munca by Ferdinand Mount. From the publisher's description: "Aunt Munca never told the truth about anything. Calling herself after the mouse in a Beatrix Potter story, she was already a figure of mystery during the childhood of her nephew Ferdinand Mount. Half a century later, a series of startling revelations sets him off on a tortuous quest to find out who this extraordinary millionairess really was. What he discovers is shocking and irretrievably sad, involving multiple deceptions, false identities and abandonments. The story leads us from the back streets of Sheffield at the end of the Victorian age to the highest echelons of English society between the wars."
March 13th, 2023: All The Frequent Troubles Of Our Days: The True Story of the Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler by Rebecca Donner. The author's website is here, and there's a video 'trailer' about the book here.
January 2023: The Last Slave Ship, by Ben Raines. "The incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day--by the journalist who discovered the ship's remains." The Center for Brooklyn History has posted their interview with Ben Raines on YouTube. Also highly recommended: The Smithsonian webpage about The Slave Wrecks project work on the Clotilda, the Netflix documentary 'Descendant', and the website belonging to the Clotilda Descendants Association, The Clotilda Story.