12
Dec
2022
Kansas City
Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
United States of America
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group on Zoom for the discussion of the book The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
 
About the book:
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton is a thoughtful picaresque novel set mostly in the Kansas Territory shortly before the Civil War. Narrator Lidie Harkness grows up in Quincy, Illinois, a tomboyish burden to her several older stepsisters, and leaps at the chance to marry Thomas Newton, a soft-spoken abolitionist who's bent on helping the "free-staters" dedicated to protecting Kansas against those who would make it a slave state. Missourians crossing the border wreak havoc on such hotbeds of abolitionist activity as Lawrence (near which the Newtons settle), and Thomas is soon one of many casualties. Lidie—who'd become an even more ardent free-stater than her husband—thereafter sets off on an eastward journey seeking revenge and finding instead an unexpected empowerment. 


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