Book of Ages

Book of Ages

The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Book - 2013
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A revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister and a wholly different account of the founding of the United States
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307958341
Characteristics: xiv, 442 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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PimaLib_SusannahC May 07, 2015

Book of Ages drew mixed reviews from the book club. While readers enjoyed learning more about the history of the times, the information about Jane herself was fairly thin. Many readers rued the loss of the art of letter writing.

hepsabar Nov 13, 2014

While I agree that this book is well researched I became irritable reading it due to the obvious and frequent vitriol expressed towards Ben ... for me a very negative-sounding "voice" of the author. She says early on that there isn't much preserved on Jane, but she tells her story through what she [Jane] "must have felt" about her brother. And Lepore obviously does not like him!
In the end, I had to stop reading it.

2014 Plutarch Award for Best Biography- Finalist

Jane60201 May 22, 2014

I agree with all the previous comments in praising this book. It explains the conditions during the years of the American colonies and the founding of our country from the point of view of a person who lived it rather than just dry facts and dates.

"Wholly different" is a just clause to describe Jane Franklin and her biography...Jill Lepore had a job on her hands writing (As all historians do) a biography of her, and she attained an astonishingly good work. Jane Franklin was one of the many amazing people of the ages. This does justice, not just to Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Samuel Adams but to the pedestrians. That might have done a lot, had they be given the chance. They DO deserve to be recognized. This provides an interesting look.
Reader-Take my word for it and do read this book.


May 18, 2014

I was amazed how much information the author had researched on Jane. I had read a book about Franklin and wondered what Jane must have thought about his flirtations.

Feb 20, 2014

This is a wonderful book, one of the best I ever read. Part biography of Jane, part biography of Ben, part history, part novel -- a wonderful mix of all. I can't recommend this book highly enough.


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