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Dolley Madison & the War of 1812

Thursday, November 4th — Book Club Meeting Part 1 — With Special Guest: Author Libby Carty McNamee

Wednesday, December 8th — Book Club Meeting Part 2 — With Special Guest: Author Libby Carty McNamee

Book Description:

Amidst the nonstop turmoil of the War of 1812, the decisive First Lady takes action and inspires an anxious nation.

Dolley Madison faces a bitterly divided Washington City when her husband, James Madison, becomes our fourth president. The prospect of war against Great Britain threatens to tear our fragile republic apart. The “Presidentess” hosts open parties in the new President’s House to unite political foes and cultivate an American identity.

When President Madison declares war with disastrous results, Dolley carries on, ignoring the threats against her. However, as British soldiers march toward Washington City, she becomes their target. Now America’s Second War of Independence hinges on her. What must she do to save the United States while also saving herself?

The true story of a woman with humble Quaker roots who rallies America during the War of 1812!

About the Author:

An author, speaker, and lawyer, Libby McNamee loves exploring America’s many historical sites. When a descendant told her about Susanna Bolling’s heroism, Libby was determined to share Susanna’s story with the world. “Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War” is her first published novel. The 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards (“IPPY AWARDS) named it #1 in Juvenile Fiction. In addition, the 2020 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards also named it #1 in Juvenile Fiction.

In 2019, the Virginia General Assembly unanimously designated Susanna’s birthday, December 5, as “Susanna Bolling Day” in Virginia. Her second novel, “Dolley Madison & the War of 1812: America’s First Lady” was released on May 20, 2021, which was Dolley’s birthday!

Libby served as a US Army JAG Officer in Korea, Bosnia, Germany, and Washington State. She and her book-obsessed husband and son live in Richmond, Virginia, with their zany cat, Zeke. Libby graduated from Georgetown University and Catholic University Law School.

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John Adams

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Thursday, October 28th — Book Club Meeting Part 1

Thursday, January 13th — Book Club Meeting Part 2

Thursday, February 17th — Book Club Meeting Part 3

Book Description:

In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history. This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

About the Author:

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback; His other widely praised books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood. He has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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