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Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm
at at Sixth & I
600 I St NW
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
Sue Monk Kidd
From the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees comes The Invention of Wings, which tells the story of two women in 19th century Charleston—Sarah, the daughter of a wealthy family who still feels herself hemmed in by the limits imposed on women, and the handmaid she receives as a gift for her eleventh birthday, ten-year-old Handful. The Invention Of Wings is a novel that looks at one of the most devastating wounds in American history through two women struggling for liberation, empowerment, and self-expression.1 ticket = $15
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Anniversaries of seminal historical events are usually accompanied by a proliferation of books about the subjects, and the 100th anniversary of World War I is no exception. Predictably, with the war’s centennial approaching next year, a handful of excellent World War I books are already out and gaining attention. Several are mentioned in our holiday newsletter, but here’s a group worth noting:
The first to come out was Christopher Clark’s magnificent work, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, published last year. Relying on a trove of new sources, Clark mined huge amounts of scholarly research and produced a lively narrative of the war’s unfolding.
Our favorite is the work of a German journalist and best-selling author, Florian Illies. Titled 1913: The Year Before the Storm, the book was already a smash in Europe when the English translation was published here last month thanks to Dennis Johnson at Melville House. Illies offers a month-by-month chronicle of the year that led up to war, told entirely through vignettes drawn from the worlds of art, music, literature, politics, and culture. The reader ends up with a rich and deeply satisfying mosaic—at once informative, entertaining, and troubling—of the world marching itself to war.
For an exploration of the geo-politics of the war, as well as relevant diplomatic history, we recommend author and journalist Max Hastings’ Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War. Hastings disputes the idea that a series of mistakes caused the war and instead plants the blame squarely on Germany. Then in a rich description of the first months of fighting, he broadens the focus beyond generals and statesmen to include grunts, ambulance drivers and the wives left behind.
In The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan draws a compelling portrait of Europe in the pre-war era—the politics and personalities and follies that led to war.
An out-of-the-box approach comes from illustrator Joe Sacco, whose on The Great War is a gorgeous, accordion-style panorama of the events of July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The pages of the book literally unfold, stretching out to 24 feet and showing detailed scenes of the battle. Accompanying the book is an essay by Adam Hochschild, plus an annotated guide to the illustrations.
--Brad and Lissa