Jackson’s Library Card Virtual Book Club

Readers ages 16 and older are invited to join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for a monthly virtual book club! Grab a snack and your favorite beverage and then log into Zoom for an hour-long meet-up with fellow readers. Discuss that month’s selection, ask questions and get to know that book on a deeper level. Meetings will happen the first Tuesday of the month.

Books will be chosen quarterly and will include historical and modern works in both fiction and nonfiction. This is a fun way to engage with fellow readers worldwide. We look forward to diving in with you!

Reading List

October 4, 2022: Wieland, or the Transformation: An American Tale by Charles Brockden Brown.

Andrew Jackson’s personal library includes a first edition of Brown’s seminal horror novel, Wieland. Widely considered the first gothic horror, or psychological horror novel in American literature, Wieland became a voice against the politics of the Enlightenment and an inspiration to Keats, Poe, and many other better-known writers. Copies of Wieland are available in Google Books, as well as through libraries and all booksellers. Audio and ebook copies are available as well. Join us as we get Jackson’s copy down off the shelf and peruse it!

November 1, 2022: Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory by Andrew Denson.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Treaty of New Echota of 1835 set the stage for one of the most painful chapters of Cherokee history. With the passing of time, monuments to the removed Cherokee began to appear across the South. What do these monuments say about the people who placed them, and how do we interpret them today? With the current debate over monuments and the role of memory in American history, please join us for this timely read. Copies can be had through all major booksellers. Your public library can provide the book through interlibrary loan. A Kindle version is also available.

December 6, 2022: The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nussbaum.

The winter holiday season in America includes celebrations by almost all major religious and cultural groups. Join us for a festive exploration of holiday traditions from the Puritans through the 19th century and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the free and enslaved communities at The Hermitage celebrated the season. The book is available through major booksellers, as well as Kindle. Library apps such as OverDrive, Hoopla and Libby have it as well.

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