Join BLT (Books and Lunch on Tuesdays), Howe Library's book group. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at noon.  Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.

Tuesday, November 14th
Hero of the Empire

by Candice Milalrd

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Biographer Millard "gets at" her subject by a somewhat out-of-left-field path that leaves the reader satisfied and feeling that her approach is right and perfect. In The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey (2006), she lets TR's post-presidency activities speak for the great president's natural "rough-rider" attitude toward life. In Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (2011), she defines James Garfield's extraordinary qualities by reconstructing his slow, gruesome death by an assassin's bullet. Now she writes about one of the most famous statesmen of the twentieth century, British prime minister Winston Churchill. Rather than facing the man in full bloom during WWII, she casts dramatic light on the incidents that brought "to the attention of a rapt British public a young Churchill." In 1899, he was already aware of his future importance in the political world and certain that he would need to show glory on the battlefield during the colonial Boer War in South Africa. The perfect opportunity arose when he was taken prisoner and managed not only to escape but, after great hardship, also return to the fight. Millard's rendering of the exciting details of Churchill's heroic exploits result in a magnificently told story. -(Booklist, starred review)

News of the WorldNext BLT on December 12th:
News of the World
by Paulette Jiles