First Tuesday Book Group

April 7 and May 5 • 7:30pm-9:00pm
Fireplace Room

The book for April 7 is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. An African-American labor/delivery nurse in charge of newborns at a Connecticut hospital is ordered not to touch the baby of a white supremacist couple. When the baby dies in her care, she is charged with murder. The story is told from the complex multiple racial perspectives of the principal characters: the nurse Ruth, the white supremacist father of the baby, and Ruth’s lawyer.

May 5: Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien, celebrates a quintet advocating “women’s suffrage of the sky,” explaining how Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols, Louise Thaden, Ruth Elder, and Florence Klingensmith made aviation history a decade after the Nineteenth Amendment lifted American women from second-class citizenship. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes—and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.

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