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First Ladies on the Page: A First Lady Inspired Book Club

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First Ladies' National Historic Site

205 Market Avenue South

Canton, OH 44702

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Whether they’re writing memoirs, digging into a novel, or promoting literacy, reading has been a big part of many first ladies’ lives. Join us for a discussion of a different first lady inspired book each season. We’ll explore fiction and non-fiction and examine some of the historical connections and issues highlighted in each book.

Winter: February 27, 6:00 pm
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

This gripping historical novel unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the perspective of the first lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley.

Spring: May 28, 6:00 pm
Becoming by Michelle Obama

In this compelling memoir, former first lady Michelle Obama takes readers from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work and her time spent at the world’s most famous address. We’ll also explore some of Obama’s journaling exercises from her latest release.

Summer: August 27, 6:00 pm
Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

A startling and eye-opening look into America's First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave who risked it all to escape the nation's capital and reach freedom.

Fall: November 19, 6:00 pm
The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This novel examines the Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina, who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and women's rights movements from the perspective of a young slave, Hetty.

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