Booked for Lunch: A story of female spies during the Civil War

The Wilton Historical Society’s reading group presents its first Booked for Lunch event of the year on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1:30. The book to be discussed is Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, published by HarperCollins, 2014.

It is the true story of four courageous women who risked everything — their homes, their families, and their very lives — during the Civil War. A socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow; their history is a fascinating yet unknown aspect of the war.

Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Ms. Abbott  weaves her characters’ adventures with a supporting cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III.

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

Participants may bring their lunch to the historical society, 224 Danbury Road, which will provide beverages and dessert.

Registration is requested. Call Katherine Demo at 203-762-7257.