The Library’s Afternoon Open Book Club will hold its next meeting in the Story Garden Room on Wednesday, October 17th at 1:00 pm. The group will discuss Marc Peyser’s Hissing Cousins.
When Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, his beautiful and flamboyant daughter was transformed into “Princess Alice,” arguably the century’s first global celebrity. Thirty-two years later, Alice’s first cousin Eleanor moved into the White House as First Lady. The two women had been born eight months and twenty blocks apart in New York City, spent much of their childhoods together, and were far more alike than most historians acknowledge. But their politics and personalities couldn’t have been more distinct.
Democratic icon Eleanor was committed to social justice and hated the limelight; Republican Alice was an opponent of big government who gained notoriety for her cutting remarks. The cousins liked to play up their rivalry—in the 1930s they even wrote opposing syndicated newspaper columns and embarked on competing nationwide speaking tours. When the family business is politics, winning trumps everything. Lively, intimate, and stylishly written, Hissing Cousins is a double biography of two extraordinary women whose entwined lives give us a sweeping look at the twentieth century in America. (amazon.com)
All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 655-9322. The Afternoon Open Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1 pm and the Evening Open Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Books are available at the circulation desk for checkout. All are welcome!