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Grace & Steel: Virtual Author event with J. Randy Taraborrelli

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with J. Randy Tarraborrelli about his new book, Grace & Steel.

Purchase a copy from our local Barnes and Noble here

As First Ladies, Barbara and Laura Bush had profound impacts on American life. As Barbara famously said, “Our success as a society depends not on what happens in the White House, but what happens in your house.” However, what happened in the White House—and perhaps more importantly—what happened in the Bush homes before the presidencies, reveals the motivations and foibles of a family known for their adherence to traditional American values, yet whose women nevertheless embodied feminism in varying degrees. Grace & Steel tells never-before-heard stories not only about Barbara and Laura but also Dorothy Bush, Barbara’s powerhouse mother-in-law, Pauline Pierce, Barbara’s mother, and Jenna Welch, Laura’s mother. Readers also meet Columba, Jeb’s wife, and Sharon, the former wife of Neil Bush. Laura’s twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, represent the fourth generation, raised by a coterie of commanding women. As these women’s lives intersect through marriage, childrearing, political tenures, and scandal (public and private), they emerge as exceptional individuals who held fast to their convictions and upheld a model of personhood that is revered to this day.

“This is a unique and colorful look at one of America’s most powerful political families.” —Publishers Weekly


J. Randy Taraborrelli is the author of 20 biographies, most of which have become New York Times bestsellers, including: Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of CamelotAfter Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family 1968 to the Present, which was adapted as a mini-series for Reelz; and Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her DaughtersJacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, currently being adapted for television by Taraborrelli.

This event is co-sponsored by the Avon Library & Avon Historical Society.

Please register and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.


Tuesday, March 2
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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