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The Hours Count

October 2016 book selection

The Hours Count

by Jillian Cantor

October 5, 2016

The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor is our selection for October CapRadio Reads.  This is the story of Millie Stein, the fictional neighbor of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The Rosenbergs were the only Americans ever executed on the charge of treason, and their story has been told many times, in non fiction articles and books, but not often in a novel. The book is filled with many of the known facts of the case.  Some of these facts were only made public as late as the 1980's, thanks to the Freedom of Information act, passed in 1970.  To make this more of a thriller, with a little romance thrown in for good measure, Cantor does invent new characters.  However, the bones of the book are the fascinating, and disturbing story of the allegations, the trial and the ultimate execution of the Rosenbergs  It is also the story of family dynamics, communists, and the Cold War Era. It's an incredible, thrilling and sad tale, and I can't wait for our discussion.  We will meet on October 11 at either 2pm or 6pm to try and sort this all out. It surely will be interesting.  Come join us.

PS After our discussion, we found this interesting article on 60 Minutes - take a look.

September 28, 2016

Historical events seen through current political eyes.

Several weeks ago, the Republican candidate for president called for "an idealogical screening test" for persons wishing to enter our country. Of course, this is not a new idea, and also it did not start with the McCarthy Era. The US has had policies like this before, and many feel they were some of the worst policies in our countries' history.  What can happen when these policies become entrenched is seen in our October selection The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor. Whether you believe in the Rosenberg's guilt or innocence, you will read the story and be so intrigued, I think you will want to do more research. Please join us for what is certain to be an interesting and provocative discussion. October 11 at either 2pm or 6pm in our Community Room.

September 21, 2016

Where do fact and fiction collide? The Hours Count, our October book review selection by Jillian Cantor, makes excellent use of both.  In this book, which centers on the trials of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and their ultimate fate, Cantor keeps enough real characters and events in to keep the reader wondering.  The notable fictional character, Millie, is based on an actual neighbor of the Rosenbergs, who took their sons in when Ethel was arrested. Our Millie has a fictional life and family, but we quickly allow ourselves to feel her love and pain. Is her Russian born, hard drinking, mean husband really a Russian spy?  Is sweet psychologist Jake who he claims to be?

I hope you are finding the book both interesting from a historical perspective as well as a face paced story.  Let's talk about it, on Tuesday, October 11 at either 2pm or 6pm in our Community Room.  See you then.

September 13, 2016 | Vicki Lorini

We hope you enjoyed our evening with author Meg Waite Clayton as much as we did.  Now, we are back to our Face To Face meetings in October with Jillian Cantor's latest book The Hours Count.

While the book is Historical Fiction, the main characters are anything but fictional.  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were put to death in 1953 for spying during the Cold War. They may, or may not have been spies, but they were parents of two young boys who were left abandoned, never to see their parents again, after their arrests.  This is the "story" of the neighbor who took them in, and battled for her own child in almost unimaginable ways. 

Our conversation should be fascinating, talking about fact, fiction, and where the two cross.  Please join us, Tuesday, October 11, at either 2 or 6pm, for what is going to be one of our most interesting meetings.