Austintown library book club discusses historical literature

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Librarian Starr Jones shared her thoughts on Kathy McKeon's "Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family" at a meeting of the "...And the Rest is History" book club at Austintown library on Oct. 2.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Shirley Bartlett, member of the "...And the Rest is History" book club, examined pictures from the memoir that Jones shared at the meeting. Bartlett delivered stories from her personal history that recollected her memories of World War II at the meeting.


Austintown library’s “...And the Rest is History“ book club met in the library’s small children’s meeting room on Oct. 2.

The book club, run by librarian Starr Jones, discusses historical books, both fiction and nonfiction. The members all read something different and come to the meetings to share what they have read.

An example of a typical book would be the discussion of Kathy McKeon’s book “Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family,“ which Jones read and shared. The book covers McKeon’s time spent as Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant. The story talks about the triumphs and tragedies of the Kennedy family through a close personal lens.

In atypical fashion, another member shared her own personal history as opposed to a book. Shirley Bartlett was asked to write her memories of World War II, and she shared them with the history-themed book club.

She read portions of her manuscript detailing the memories of her family members who had gone to war, what life was like for those on the home front in general and her personal home life. She recounted her brothers’ roles in the war, the way the government made coins with cheaper metals and practicing air raid drills at school and home.

The group often talks about current-day politics during the club. Bartlett contrasted the patriotism during World War II to the patriotism people show today. Bartlett also brought up current news stories of the day. Jones said this happens often between the members.

The club meets the first Monday of every month. The next meeting will be on Nov. 6.

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