Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore reconstructs the life of Ben Franklin’s youngest sister Jane in this National Book Award finalist. Jane married at 15 years old and birthed 12 children; she left behind letters written to her famous brother that reveal a fascinating woman. Lepore looks at how the parallel tracks of the lives lived by the Franklins reveals much about the role of men and women in the 18th century.
Suggested by Angela Serratore, contributing writer