What we’re about
People who enjoy history but especially enjoy it told as fiction in order that they gain human perspective. Summed up best by this quote: “History tells us what people do; historical fiction helps us imagine how they felt.” Guy Vanderhaeghe
Meetings will be held virtually on either the 2nd or 3rd Monday from 7:00pm-8:00pm (eastern time zone) on Zoom. The schedule and supporting materials will be on the website.
Deborah Mayer and Lori Vinesett, Co-Coordinators
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Non-Networking Policy: We are a friendship-based group. We do not allow networking of any type (e.g., passing around business cards, advertising, solicitation, gathering email address/sending emails for the purpose of sales/promotion/recruitment, posting ads for your own group/to create sales for any product you sell). If you do try any of the above it will be cause for immediate removal from the group. Our members do not wish to be used in this way so please do not join us if this is your idea of friendship. There are plenty of other great meetup groups set up specifically for this purpose, please join them instead.
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Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Guests on Earth with author Lee Smith!Link visible for attendees
It’s 1936 when orphaned thirteen-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital, a mental institution in Asheville, North Carolina, known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital’s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses cascading events that lead up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them. Author Lee Smith has created, through a seamless blending of fiction and fact, a mesmerizing novel about a world apart--in which art and madness are luminously intertwined.
- The Sweetness of Water by Nathan HarrisLink visible for attendees
In the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, a profound debut about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, forever.
In the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landry—freed by the Emancipation Proclamation—seek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle. The Walkers, wracked by the loss of their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping through an unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan to save money for the journey north and a chance to reunite with their mother, who was sold away when they were boys.
Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community. In the aftermath of so much turmoil, it is Isabelle who emerges as an unlikely leader, proffering a healing vision for the land and for the newly free citizens of Old Ox.
With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts beauty and terror, as gripping as it is moving, The Sweetness of Water is an epic whose grandeur locates humanity and love amid the most harrowing circumstances.
- The Storyteller by Jodi PicotLink visible for attendees
Some stories live forever . . .
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions.
Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?
In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future.
- Canary Girls by Jennifer ChiaverniaLink visible for attendees
Title: Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiavernia. Munitionettes who built bombs in Britain’s arsenals during World War I, risking their lives for the war effort and discovering camaraderie and courage on the soccer pitch.
Synopsis: Canary Girls – HarperCollins
Review: Ambition, Beauty, and the Inside Story of Emily Weiss's Glossier by Marisa Meltzer Book Marks
Extra feature: A Day In The Life Of A Munitions Worker | Imperial War Museums