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“Meet The Author” – Jayne M. Booth

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

She’s back! The LCHS is proud to host another “Meet the Author” event featuring Ms. Jayne M. Booth and her new book in the Rocked in the Cradle of Coal Series. Book 3 is entitled: From the Mine to the Mansion: Ann’s Story. The event will be held on July 14th at 1pm at the Nathan Denison House.
Come out and hear from Ms. Booth about her book, the writing process, and the research that went into it, and pick up a copy for yourself to get signed. Ms. Booth will also be previewing Rocked in the Cradle of Coal Book 4.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The Nathan Denison House is located at 35 Dennison Street, Forty-Fort, PA 18704. For questions or info, call 570-823-6244 x3. or email reservations@luzernehistory.org.
About Book 3: At thirteen, as the oldest of five children, Ann feels an obligation to contribute to her family’s income. She realizes there is only so much her widowed mother can do alone to support their family, so Ann bravely steps into the role of an adult, working full-time in service to a wealthy family uptown. In 1913, in her Pennsylvania coal town, quitting school early to help support the family is a common rite of passage.
Ann has grown up poor, so she knows what it means to sacrifice her own desires for others. Often, girls of the early 20th century took whatever menial work they could find to supplement their family’s income. They cooked, cleaned, did laundry, or took care of other people’s children. Factories and mills snapped others up as cheap child labor, because these girls were smaller and quicker than adults and didn’t need to be paid as much. In the early 20th century women had very few rights, and female children had none.
But, in the mansion, Ann meets the class differences and modern conveniences that separate her family’s shabby neighborhood of mine-owned company houses and the luxuries her wealthy employers take for granted. Ann and several other female servants in the mansion share all the trials and adventures of teenage life and love as they adjust to their new “big girl” roles. At the same time, they are experiencing the culture shock of living between rich versus poor and child versus adult. In the process, Ann decides that she never wants to be so poor again. In the big house on the hill, Ann and her new friends find help and support from unexpected sources. They discover that people everywhere are just people, and we all must help each other


July 14
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Luzerne County Historical Society
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Nathan Denison House
35 Dennison Street
Forty-Fort, PA 18704 United States
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