|Book of Ages|
Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin. He is internationally famous for his part in creating the United States of America. His sister, Jane, is not famous. She outlived eight of her children and held her family together when her wastrel husband was in jail or out of work. And she wrote letters to her dear brother. She wrote about daily life in Boston. She wrote about her challenges. And, as she grew older and more self-confident, she wrote about her political ideas.
Lepore’s book explores life in Colonial America away from the revolutionary spotlight and shows the tender relationship between Benny and Jenny. It is a little gem.