Would a meeting of your book group be enchanced by talking to the author of the book you all have read? I have spoken to book groups about all the books I have written, a time that has certainly helped to energize me as a writer. Readers have been able to find out more about the stories behind my books, the research and writing process, and to share their own experiences. Discussion questions are also available on request. Here are more thoughts about which book might fit your group.
Learn more about how I discovered the hidden story of Emily Hale and my experience at Princeton University Library when the 1,131 letters that the poet T. S. Eliot wrote her were finally opened on January 2, 2020. 2022 marks the centennial of Eliot's monumental poem "The Waste Land." My talk can share photographs of Hale and what I've learned about her since my novel was published and the letters were opened. I am now working on a traditional biography of Eliot's little known muse.
If you attended college in the 1960s or 1970s, this book will provide the basis for a lively discussion. It tracks the discrimination that women endured on American campuses during those years, and how a fe of them developed a strategy to fight back. The book chronicles one of the most visible complaints that was filed in 1970, the one against my alma mater, the University of Michigan. I covered the story as a student journalist, and it was an episode that inspired me as I pursued my own career
Elly Peterson was a moderate Republican leader and a key figure in the battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. This book provides the basis for a discussion of how the role of women in politics has evolved over the past half century--and the nature of politics itself. Learn how I got to know Peterson and was inspired to write her story.
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