3rd Tuesday of the month at the Wylie Senior Center
Ages: 55 Yrs +
Social networking and a good book. Immerse yourself into a good story with friends. Discuss thrilling tales, mysterious manuscripts, and awe-inspiring adventures. Copies of the book will be available in large print and book on cd. Register online or by phone at 972-516-6349.
Past Third Tuesday Book Bunch Selections
The Dressmakers of Auschwitz
L. J. Adlington
At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp mainly Jewish women and girls were selected to design, cut, and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers. This fashion workshop was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant's wife, and patronized by the wives of SS guards and officers. Here, the dressmakers produced high-quality garments for SS social functions in Auschwitz, and for ladies from Nazi Berlin's upper crust. Drawing on diverse sources The Dressmakers of Auschwitz follows the fates of these brave women. Their bonds of family and friendship not only helped them endure persecution but also to play their part in camp resistance.
Booked on Fridays
2nd Friday of the month on Zoom
Join us for engrossing reads, good conversation, and loads of fun. Not already a member? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on obtaining a copy and to receive a meeting invite. Copies of the book are also available on Overdrive.
Past Booked on Friday Selections
The Personal Librarian
Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray
The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian - who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray. In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage which lets her pass as white-her complexion is dark because she is African American. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go-for the protection of her family and her legacy-to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.