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, all while remaining socially distant. We look forward to diving in with you!
July: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Print copies are available inexpensively from most booksellers and through your local public library. Electronic sources include the OverDrive and Libby apps.Audio versions are available through providers such as Audible.com for a fee.
August: Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman
Walter Borneman’s biography explores 11th POTUS James K. Polk, from being Andrew Jackson’s protégé to the greatest champion of Manifest Destiny. Polk’s westward expansion fervor drove him to declare war on Mexico and admit Texas and Oregon to the Union in just four short years. The book is available through most booksellers and online retailers. Free access is provided by public libraries or through the OverDrive or Libby apps. Audiobook versions are available for a fee from Audible.com or chirpbooks.com.
September: A History of the Orchid by Gustavo Romero and Merle Reinikka
Chronicling mankind’s fascination with the sensual and exotic orchid, this book also explores the fierce 1830s battle to identify the Harvard scientist worthy of being called the world’s leading orchidologist. Available through book retailers and several secondhand retailers as well as library apps such as OverDrive and Libby. No audiobook is available.
October: The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Published in 1839, this classic work of American horror writing explores the price of decadence at a remote family home. Copies are available through public libraries, as well as OverDrive or Libby apps. The book is carried by all booksellers. A free audiobook is available through librivox.org.
November: Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson by Christina Snyder
Christina Snyder’s award-winning book looks at the Age of Jackson through the experiences of the Choctaw Academy in Great Crossings, Kentucky. Available from all major book retailers, the book is available in hardback, paperback, and Kindle or through the public library.
December: Christmas Under Three Flags: Being Memories of Christmas in the White House with Old Hickory by Mary Emily Donelson Wilcox
Andrew Jackson’s niece, Mary Emily Donelson Wilcox shares her reminiscences of a special Christmas spent at the White House in 1836 as well as other Christmases spent in Mexico and Prussia. The book is available through online retailers. A free audiobook version is accessible through librivox.org.