By Tina Jordan
Updated December 04, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST
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Book of Ages

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  • Book
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Benjamin Franklin and his sister Jane were the babies of the family, sharp-witted and saucy. He apprenticed to a printer and she to a life of drudgery, marrying at 15 and losing herself in childbearing, sewing, scrubbing, soap making, and cooking. What little we know of her comes from the tender letters she wrote to her brother, to whom she remained close, and from her homemade ”Book of Age’s,” a family record. As she stitches together Jane’s story, in Book of Ages, Lepore gives us a side of Benjamin Franklin we have never seen — and an evocative look at what life was like for most 18th-century women (in a word: awful). A

Book of Ages

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Jill Lepore
publisher
  • Knopf

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