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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz by Eric Larson

“Through the remarkably skillful use of intimate diaries as well as public documents, some newly released, Larson has transformed the well-known record of 12 turbulent months, stretching from May of 1940 through May of 1941, into a book that is fresh, fast and deeply moving. . . . Larson’s deft portraits show the essential connection that words created between the powerful and the powerless, capturing the moments that defined life for millions struggling to survive the decisions of a few.”—Candice Millard, The New York Times Book Review

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Phyllis Larrabee

Phyllis Larrabee has been a resident of Greensboro but now lives in Montpelier. She won an award for her poetry from the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has published many collections of poetry, 22 of which are in the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Phyllis has also produced radio programs and her plays and has led writing workshops.

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Gina Jenkins

Gina Jenkins lives in Hyde Park. She took a color theory class from Susan Sawyer several years ago, and began doing collages with color cut from magazines in 2017. She met Phyllis and fell in love with her poetry while volunteering at the Greensboro Free Library.