Nuts for Non-fiction

nuts for non-fiction book club with a purple acorn in a circle

If you are a non-fiction reader and are looking for a book club please join KFPLs first ever non-fiction book club! This club meets in person at Bronzwood Golf Club located at 9645 Kinsman Pymatuning Rd, Kinsman, OH 44428 at 3:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every other month to discuss the latest group selection. 

Meets in January, March, May, July, September & November.

Meeting Date: Wednesday, May 29 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Book: The Sewing Girl's Tale by John Wood Sweet

The cover of The Sewing Girl's Tale by John Wood Sweet.

On a moonless night in the summer of 1793 a crime was committed in the back room of a New York brothel—the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer did what virtually no one in US history had done before: she charged a gentleman with rape.

Her accusation sparked a raw courtroom drama and a relentless struggle for vindication that threatened both Lanah’s and her assailant’s lives. The trial exposed a predatory sexual underworld, sparked riots in the streets, and ignited a vigorous debate about class privilege and sexual double standards. The ongoing conflict attracted the nation’s top lawyers, including Alexander Hamilton, and shaped the development of American law. The crime and its consequences became a kind of parable about the power of seduction and the limits of justice. Eventually, Lanah Sawyer did succeed in holding her assailant accountable—but at a terrible cost to herself. 

Based on rigorous historical detective work, this book takes us from a chance encounter in the street into the sanctuaries of the city’s elite, the shadows of its brothels, and the despair of its debtors’ prison. The Sewing Girl's Tale shows that if our laws and our culture were changed by a persistent young woman and the power of words two hundred years ago, they can be changed again.