Booked for Lunch

Looking for a great read and lively discussion, something engaging and informative?

Come to “Booked for Lunch” A History Reading Group!

About three times a year, the Wilton Historical Society hosts a lunchtime book discussion that focuses on a non-fiction work of history. Over time, book topics have ranged from the story of the Dutch influence on Manhattan’s culture and character; the life and times of the famous Adams sisters; and the Japanese interment camps during WWII. Recently we have added Zoom to some Booked for Lunch discussions, welcoming the author to the table to talk about their work and answer questions. A 2020 participant was the journalist Elaine Weiss, who provided fascinating insight into the writing and research for “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”.

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Past Booked for Lunch Title Selections:


February 24: Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline by Andrew Kahrl


January 28: Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant by Anne Gardiner Perkins

June 3: The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights by Dorothy Wickenden

October 28: The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott


February 13: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone

April 30: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

June 30: Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman

September 24: Booked for Lunch: Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State by State Historian Walter Woodward


January 31:  Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman

June 20: Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Civil Rights Movement by Sally McMillen

October 24: Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the “Powerless” Woman Who Took On Washington by Patricia Miller


January 26:  Angelic Music: The Story of Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica by Corey Hunt

June 22:  Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

September 7:  97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in a New York Tenement by Jane Zeligman


January 27: Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff

June 30: Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves

September 22: No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in WWII by Doris Kearns Goodman


February 2: Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation  Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald, Tamara De Lempicka  by Judith Mackrell

June 7: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan

September 20: Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas


February 3:  Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy: Four Women Under Cover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

May 26:  First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis’s Civil War by Joan E. Cashin

September 12:  The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto


June 10:  Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

September 23:  Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters by Diane Jacobs