Dear Great Book Guru, This weekend is the start of the Fourth of July week celebration here in Sea Cliff. I am so looking forward to the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Village Green and I would very much like to read something that will be in keeping with the day's celebration. Any suggestions? Fan of the Fourth
Dear Fan of the Fourth, My friend Bob Haim who is a great student of history told me about a wonderful book that might be just what you are looking for….FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph Ellis. I enjoyed it immensely and I am sure you will too. The Founding Brothers were the intellectual and political giants of the American Revolution. Ellis takes six events that he sees as defining moments for the new nation. Beginning with the famous Burr/Hamilton duel, he shows the underlying tensions and tenets that bound these men together but also tore them asunder. He describes in exquisite detail the secret dinner hosted by Jefferson and attended by Madison and Hamilton that determined Washington, D.C. as the nation's capital . Benjamin Franklin stars in the chapter entitled "The Silence" in which the question of slavery's place in the new nation is quietly put aside- and Franklin silenced because of his abolitionist views. The complex relationship of Adams and Jefferson is analyzed in the final chapter where the two are reunited after years of brutal hostility and see each other once again as "brothers." Highly readable and very informative, this book is a perfect choice for the Fourth of July week.
P.S. So many exciting things are happening over the next few days I am hard pressed to choose which to recommend but…. Thursday, June 28 at 7pm the beloved Sunset Serenade concerts begin and will continue every week through the summer. Sunday, July 1 at 11am is the First Annual Sea Cliff Pet Parade. Bring your pet and yourself to Memorial (Sunset) Park for a march down Sea Cliff Avenue. "Happy Birthday USA" will be celebrated Tuesday, July 3 at 6pm at the Children's Library with cake, song, and treats for all ages. And, of course, on the Fourth of July at 10am on the Village Green-outside the Library- the Reading of the Declaration of Independence with music, toys, drama, and refreshments!