April 7, 2017
On March 28 JoAnne Sash hosted the Alpha Study Club at the Methodist Church. President, Pat Goos, opened the meeting with Bookish Problem #59; Wishing everyone would stop worrying about the fact that you love being left alone to read! President Goos welcomed new member Carolyn Anker. Nineteen members answered roll call. The Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were read and approved. New Business: Karen Handorf reported all current officers have agreed to continue serving in their present offices for next year. Jean Livingston of the Program Committee introduced Joan Applegate who reviewed the book; Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in The Civil War by Karen Abbott. The book follows four women’s efforts to help their respective sides during the course of the Civil War and how they fought alongside men breaking that era’s gender norms. In a time where women were considered the weaker or fairer sex, before they were given the vote, and in a time where they were expected to maintain a certain air of etiquette these four women chose their own fates, involving them in a war which pitted neighbors against one another. From Emma, who posed as a man for two years to get away from an overbearing father, Belle, the fiery young woman who did virtually anything she pleased without a care for the consequences, Rose, who openly flaunted the rules in a tight lipped Union society, to Elizabeth, who conducted her undercover activities in the violent south; Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War leads you through the war from beginning to end. Charting how these women steered the fates of both the Union and Confederate armies, from individuals broken out of hell like prisons, to mass troop movements which helped one side or the other. These women did not know one another and never met, but Abbott has managed to weave the stories together in one chronological tale. President Goos adjourned the meeting with a Kathleen Norris quote; “Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day, makes that day happier.” Our next meeting will be hosted by Carol Kress on April 11 with Pat Goos as the reviewer. JoAnne served a butterscotch pudding dessert with nuts and mints and a choice of coffee, tea or cold drink.
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