The Newport Historical Society invited the public  to join them for their monthly book club at the Museum of Newport History & Shop every first Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at 127 Thames St. Newport, RI.

Each month features a book with ties to Newport’s history. The books are available for sale in the shop and on the web store at ShopNewportHistory.org. Purchase your Brick Market Book Club books on the web store, and receive 25% off with code “BOOKCLUB”. Shipping is always only $1 for all web store purchases. Attendance at Brick Market Book Club is free.

July 2 – The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio.

Laura Auricchio looks past the storybook French hero of the American Revolution to fully reveal a man driven by dreams of glory. He casted aside family and fortune to advance the transcendent aims of liberty only to be felled by tragic, human weakness.

August 6 – Chappaquiddick: Power, Privilege, and the Ted Kennedy Cover-Up by Leo Damore. A young woman leaves a party with 37-year-old Senator Ted Kennedy. The next morning her body is discovered in his car at the bottom of a pond. It is the story of a powerful, privileged American man who could treat a woman’s life as disposable without facing real consequences.

September 3 – Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked a close U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t.

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.