Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by New York Times best-selling author Kate Clifford Larson has been selected as the Winchester Reads book for 2016. The book, Larson’s third critically acclaimed biography, delivers a moving portrait of Rosemary, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, and chronicles how her family responded to her developmental disabilities.
“The third child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy takes center stage in…a biography that chronicles her life with fresh details and tells how her famous siblings were affected by—and reacted to—Rosemary’s struggles…a valuable account of a mental health tragedy, and an influential family’s belated efforts to make amends.” – Meryl Gordon, New York Times Book Review
Kate Clifford Larson will be speaking about the book and her research into the Kennedy family on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 pm at McCall Middle School, 458 Main St. Following the presentation, Dr. Larson will answer questions and sign books. This event is free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Clifford Larson is the author of three critically acclaimed biographies and has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum and public history initiatives focusing on the lives and contributions of women in the making of our national identity. She holds two degrees from Simmons College, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Hosting the author is one of several events planned by the Winchester Reads committee in conjunction with the book. On October 27, 7:30 pm, Jenks Center, there will be a screening of the documentary Front Wards, Back Wards on the history of the Fernald School in Waltham. The Fernald School was the Western hemisphere’s oldest publicly funded institution serving people with developmental disabilities. Filmmaker William Rogers will answer questions following the screening.
The JFK National Historic Site Tour on Sept 29: a visit to the birthplace and childhood home of Rosemary Kennedy in Brookline, MA. has been sold out.
ABOUT WINCHESTER READS
Now in its fifteenth year, Winchester Reads is a community-wide reading event sponsored by the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation and coordinated by the Winchester Public Library, the Winchester Multicultural Network, Book Ends, and many enthusiastic volunteers. The goal of the program is to encourage community members to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. The selected books are meant to give readers a greater understanding of themselves and the world.
See additional details on Winchester Reads events and reading tie-ins.