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Next Book Club Discussion to Focus on 1918 Flu

December 13, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club Discussion to Focus on 1918 Flu

Our next Book Club discussion will be held Monday January 22, 2018, at 7 pm, and will feature two books about the devastating flu pandemic of 1918.

One of the books to be discussed is John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. Barry’s account is a sweeping history of the outbreak and its aftermath. The New York Times described the book as “[g]ripping . . . easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject.”

The second book, Diary of a World War I Nurse, is a PDF transcription of a diary kept by Rosaline Alice Joan Ready during 1917-1918. Rosaline had joined the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps after completing a nurse training program in Brooklyn in 1916. Her granddaughter transcribed this work. Please note that you won’t find this item in stores; stop by the Public Library or email the Historical Society at info@haddonfieldhistory.org for a copy of the PDF.

This January event is a joint meeting with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club, and we will be gathering at the Public Library at 7 pm for the discussion. All are welcome!

Book Club to Meet Tuesday November 28

November 20, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club to Meet Tuesday November 28

Join us Tuesday November 28, 2017, for a lively Book Club discussion of Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union, by William F. Quigley, Jr.

The book explores the Civil War with the help of a recently rediscovered collection of letters exchanged by a prominent Philadelphia minister and his soldier son.

One reviewer wrote, “Quigley’s narrative serves as a microcosm of the larger conflicts both within the Northern home front and across Southern battlefields . . . a superb scholarly work.”

We will meet at 7 pm at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome, even if you haven’t finished the book!

After this discussion, we will meet next on January 22, 2018 in a joint meeting with the Haddonfield Public Library book club. We’ll be discussing two books at that event: Diary of a World War I Nurse, by Rosaline Ready (email the Society for a PDF), and The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry. We will gather at the Public Library for that discussion.

Next Book Club to Meet Tuesday September 26

July 27, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Next Book Club to Meet Tuesday September 26

We are thrilled to have Haddonfield resident and author Robert Strauss attend our next Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at 7 PM.

We’ll be discussing Robert’s book, Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.”

The book is an irreverent exploration of James Buchanan’s presidency and his disastrous term in the years before the outbreak of the Civil War, as well as the idea of ranking presidents at all. Kirkus Reviews concludes that he “makes a firm argument for the essential doofusness of the 15th president.” The book has won both an IPPY and a Foreword INDIE, national awards for biography.

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book, and feel free to bring a friend! Light refreshments will be provided.

We’ll be meeting at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

In November, we will discuss Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union, by William F. Quigley.

Book Club to Meet Monday May 15

May 2, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Book Club to Meet Monday May 15

The next meeting of the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club will be Monday, May 15 at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin.

This book is a joint event with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club, but it’s our turn to host. We’ll be meeting at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

Toobin’s book explores the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, painting a rich picture of the complicated relationships between the nine justices and how their work impacts the country.

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book, and feel free to bring a friend! Light refreshments will be provided.

If you’re planning your summer reading, make sure to leave time for our September book selection: Worst President Ever: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents, by Haddonfield resident Robert Strauss. In November, we will discuss Pure Heart: The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union, by William F. Quigley.

Joint Book Club Meeting to be Held March 20 at Public Library

February 14, 2017 Book Club Comments Off on Joint Book Club Meeting to be Held March 20 at Public Library

Join us for the next meeting of the Historical Society of Haddonfield’s Book Club on Monday, March 20 at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing the book The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, by Laura Thompson.

This book is a joint event with the Haddonfield Public Library Book Club, so for this discussion, we’ll be meeting at the Haddonfield Public Library, 60 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield.

Thompson’s book is a fascinating biography of six sisters whose intertwined lives “hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII.”

The book was selected as an “editor’s choice” by the New York Times Book Review, while Kirkus Reviews called it “smart, jaunty, and wittily entertaining.” The Atlantic described the book as “meticulously researched, elegantly written . . . an artful history of a most enthralling family.”

As always, all are welcome at the event, even if you haven’t read the whole book! Light refreshments will be served.

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