Writer Nina Sankovitch on Her New Book, The Lowells of Massachusetts

Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Westport author Nina Sankovitch discusses The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, the fascinating story of the Lowells, one of the most influential families in the history of the United States. 

Merchant prince turned farmer, preacher turned community organizer, lawyer turned revolutionary, society debutante turned social commentator, trader turned manufacturer, poet turned abolitionist; traveler of the Far East turned traveler of the Universe. Ministers who fought for change, lawyers who fought for human rights, boys who fought to end slavery, and young women who fought for the chance to live their own lives: these are The Lowells of Massachusetts

"Meet America’s most extraordinary family: The Lowells"The Washington Post review. “Sankovitch has searched out these letters to write the powerful story of one of America’s most extraordinary families, a family that helped shape the course of American history in dramatic and decisive ways…By the final pages of this volume, one feels deeply attached to the individual Lowells, while also exhilarated at having experienced this grand sweep of American history.“

Recommended by Library Journal—“Sankovitch’s use of interpretative passages breathe color into descriptions of home life of various Lowells, adding an artistic dimension to the account. Her ability to switch the focus among the family members while keeping readers fully engaged in the narrative is a significant achievement.”

Nina Sankovitch is the author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing. She also leads the "Book Chat" group here on the first Tuesdays of every month in the Sheffer Reading Room.

Author photo credit Douglas Healey.


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