The Mentor Book Club starts its 94th year
The Mentor Book Club began its 94th-year meetings at the home of Betty Thompson on Sept. 11. The club was dazzled by her luncheon fare and beautiful decor.
Attending the meeting were: Elizabeth (Beth) Abernathy, president; Kay Killian; Pat Olsen, secretary; Laura Lineberger; Miraih Rhodes; Rebecca Pomeroy, vice president; Carol Pendleton; and Meredith Shuford, treasurer. The discussion of the novel “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” by Jennifer Chiaverini was led by Betty Thompson.
The book spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history. Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, the dressmaker, was born a slave. She earned her freedom by the skill of her needle and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln with her devotion. The author illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War.