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Saturday Afternoon Book Discussion

Adults

2024-07-20 14:00:00 2024-07-20 15:00:00 America/New_York Saturday Afternoon Book Discussion Join us for a thought provoking and engaging book discussion of Flight of the WASP. Richmond Heights Branch - Meeting Room A+B (50)

Saturday, July 20
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-07-20 14:00:00 2024-07-20 15:00:00 America/New_York Saturday Afternoon Book Discussion Join us for a thought provoking and engaging book discussion of Flight of the WASP. Richmond Heights Branch - Meeting Room A+B (50)

Richmond Heights Branch

Meeting Room A+B (50)

Join us for a thought provoking and engaging book discussion of Flight of the WASP.

 "Fifteen families. Four hundred years. The complex saga of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant elite in America's history. For decades, writers from Cleveland Amory to Joseph Alsop to the editors of Politico have proclaimed the diminishment of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, who for generations were the dominant socio-cultural-political force in America. While the WASP elite has, in the last half century, indeed drifted from American centrality to the periphery, its relevance and impact remain, as Michael Gross reveals in his compelling chronicle of the WASPs in our history. From Colonial America's founding settlements through the Gilded Age to the present day, Gross traces the complicated legacy of American WASPs--their profound accomplishments and egregious failures--through the lives of fifteen influential individuals and their very privileged, sometimes intermarried families. As the Bradford, Randolph, Morris, Biddle, Sanford, Peabody, and Whitney clans, among others, progress, prosper, and stumble, defining aspects in the four-century sweep of American history emerge: our wide, oft-contentious religious diversity; the deep scars of slavery, genocide, and intolerance; the creation and sometime misuse of astonishing economic, political, and social power; an enduring belief in the future; an instinct to offset inequity with philanthropy; an equal capacity for irresponsible, sometimes wanton, behavior. "American society was supposed to be different," writes Gross, "but for most of our history we have had a patriciate, an aristocracy, a hereditary oligarchic upper class, who initiated the American national experiment." In previous acclaimed books such as 740 Park and Rogues' Gallery, Gross has explored elite culture in microcosm; expanding the canvas, Flight of the WASP chronicles it across four centuries and fifteen generations in an ambitious and consequential contribution to American history"-- Provided by Atlantic Monthly Press, publisher.

Copies of Flight of the WASP, by Michael Gross, are available at the Richmond Heights Branch Information Desk.

If you have questions about this book discussion, please contact a Reference Librarian at the Richmond Heights Branch - 440.449.2666.

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Richmond Heights Branch

[email protected]
Phone: 440.449.2666
Fax: 440.473.3264
Branch manager
Julie Liedtke

Hours
Mon, Jul 15 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jul 20 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jul 21 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

The Richmond Heights Branch is the only branch in the Cuyahoga County Public Library system co-located with a school. Opened in August 2021, the branch is connected to the Richmond Heights Upper School, but has its own dedicated entrance, allowing the general public to access the branch seven days a week.

This branch is a Student Success Center and Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kids Cafe location.

Upcoming events

Canceled
Fri, Jul 19, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A+B (50)
Join us for a thought provoking and engaging book discussion of Flight of the WASP.

Canceled
Mon, Jul 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Thu, Jul 25, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Fri, Jul 26, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Mon, Jul 29, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Wed, Jul 31, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Thu, Aug 01, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A+B (50)
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Sat, Aug 03, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A+B (50)
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Tue, Aug 06, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
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Wed, Aug 07, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A+B (50)
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Thu, Aug 08, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A+B (50)
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Thu, Aug 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Fri, Aug 09, 9:00am - 12:00pm
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Thu, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A+B (50)
Boost your toddler's brain through play! Join us for a 5-week series for caregivers and children ages 1 to 3.

Rescheduled
Thu, Aug 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
New date Thursday, August 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Boost your toddler's brain through play! Join us for a 5-week series for caregivers and children ages 1 to 3.