America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamole
This book is a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, to tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph--a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.
From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.
It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father's troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love--with her father's protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William's wife and still be a devoted daughter. Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.
Book Club schedule Sept 2017 - May, 2018
(watch for specific dates as they get closer)
September 2017: America's First Daughter by Stepanie Dray
November 2017: Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
January 2018: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
March 2018: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
May 2018: Zoo Keepers Wife by Diane Ackerman
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The Rev. Mary Rowan
The Rev. Frank VanDeSteeg
The Rev. Beth Wanamaker
The Rev. Betty Herman
The Rev. Darcy Valentine
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Lou Fox, Pastoral Care
Lyn VanDeSteeg, Administrator
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