Book group gathers around Abigail Adams

The Wilton Historical Society’s reading group — Booked for Lunch — will reconvene after a summer hiatus with a gathering Tuesday, Sept. 23, from noon to 1:30, at the society, 224 Danbury Road. Participants may bring a bag lunch and the society will provide beverages and dessert.

This month’s book is The Letters of Abigail Adams: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters by Diane Jacobs (Random House, 2014).

Abigail was the wife of President John Adams, and their marriage has been the subject of many volumes. But less well known is the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right.

Their story, as told by Ms. Jacobs, unfolds against the backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years. Progressive women, oldest sister Mary became de facto mayor of her small village; youngest sister Betsy was an aspiring writer who, along with her husband, founded the second coeducational school in the United States; and middle child Abigail spent long stretches alone, running the family farm and raising her family while her husband served in the Continental Congress, and was then sent to France and England, where she joined him at last.

Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, called The Letters of Abigail Adams “a beautifully wrought narrative …  a stunning, sensitive work of history.”

Ms. Jacobs is also the author of Her Own Woman: The Life of Mary Wollstonecraft and three other books. She is a contributor to The New York Times and The Village Voice.

The Wilton Library is planning to have a limited number of copies available in the Reading Group area.

To register, call Katherine Demo at 203-762-7257.