The next meeting of the Not-So-Young Adult book group will be on September 9 at 7pm in the Robbins Library conference room. We’ll be reading Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal. Copies of the book are being held at the circulation desk.
Here’s a description from the library catalog:
It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places. Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off—when a Constitutional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, whenchildren smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye. Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.
This award-winning book is sure to be a fun and fascinating read, and I bet we’ll have a lot to discuss when we meet!