Book Club: August 2017

Next Book Club Meeting:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. at both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Offices.
A light lunch will be provided, please contact us to let us know you’re coming:
• Kalamazoo: RSVP to Leatrice (269) 345-1516 x118
• St. Joseph: RSVP to Terezie (269) 982-7761

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

(By: Cate Clifford Larson)

They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.
Major new sources — Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors’ letters, and exclusive family interviews — bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three, and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret.
Join us as we talk about the book and how shame, fear, and stigma around disability has and has not changed since Rosemary was born.

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This book is available in print, CD, Michigan Library for the Blind, and in multiple formats at local libraries. A print and CD version is available for short term borrowing in our offices.