Come to “Booked for Lunch”: A History Reading Group
Discussing No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Wilton Historical Society hosts a reading group that focuses on books with a historical bent. The book to be discussed in September is No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States.
With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, and FDR’s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.
From the bestselling author of Team of Rivals and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, No Ordinary Time is a compelling chronicle of a nation and its leaders during the period when modern America was created. At the center of the country’s transformation was the complex partnership of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Using diaries, interviews, and White House records of the president’s and first lady’s comings and goings, Goodwin paints a detailed, intimate portrait not only of the daily conduct of the presidency during wartime but of the Roosevelts themselves and their extraordinary constellation of friends, advisers, and family, many of whom lived with them in the White House.
Bringing to bear the tools of history and biography as well as her great talent for capturing larger-than-life characters, Goodwin relates the unique story of how Franklin Roosevelt, surrounded by his small circle of intimates, led the nation to military victory abroad against seemingly insurmountable odds and, with Eleanor’s essential help, forever changed the fabric of American society.
“Goodwin has pulled off the double trick of making Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt seem so monumental as to have come from a very distant past, and at the same time so vital as to have been alive only yesterday. “ — Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
“Engrossing…No Ordinary Time is no ordinary book…An ambitiously conceived and imaginatively executed participant’s eye view of the United States in the war years… The sheer abundance of colorful biographical anecdotes and the cumulative weight of telling detail sustain and atmosphere of immediacy and leave a lastingly vivid impression. “ David M. Kennedy, New York Times Book Review
Participants bring a brown bag lunch, the Society provides a beverage and dessert. There is no charge, but please register for this program. By email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257.