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Introducing AARP Maryland's Virtual Book Club

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AARP Maryland's Virtual Book Club is a volunteer-led series where we explore contemporary issues in the 50+ community through the lens of literature. The book club meets bimonthly online.

The inaugural selections explore stories out of the coastal Delmarva Peninsula, including fiction and non-fiction tales of beauty, courage, and resilience. The series kicked off exploring the intergenerational caregiving themes woven into the beloved children's tale "Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry, Sept. 14 with author and editor Emily Rich.

Ensuing sessions are facilitated by an array of authors whose works have chronicled life on the Shore, including Fran Severn, Susan Reiss and Christopher T. George, as well as community thought leaders Deborah Dickerson and Mary Angela Baker.

Both AARP members and non-members are welcome to join us for one or all sessions in this free series, but registration is required for each. The link to the online meeting will be shared in your confirmation email.


AARP Maryland Book Club Schedule

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January 11, 2022
7 to 8 pm
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton
Discussion led by Christopher T. George
Click HERE to register and receive the meeting link.

About the Facilitator
Christopher T. George was born in Liverpool, England in 1948 and first came to the United States at age 7 in January 1955. He has been a U.S. citizen since 1995.  Chris retired as a medical editor at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, D.C. in 2016. He is the author of Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Company, 2000) and, with Northern Ireland historian Dr. John McCavitt, the co-author of The Man Who Captured Washington: Major General Robert Ross and the War of 1812 (Norman, OK: Oklahoma University Press, 2016). Chris is a frequent speaker on early American history, including colonial history, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. 


March 8, 2022
7 to 8 pm
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
Discussion led by Fran Severn
Click HERE to register and receive the meeting link.


May 10, 2022
7 to 8 pm
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay by William W. Warner
Discussion led by Susan Reiss
Click HERE to register and receive the meeting link.


July 12, 2022
7 to 8 pm
An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake by Tom Horton
Discussion led by Mary Angela Baker
Click HERE to register and receive the meeting link.


September 13, 2022
7 to 8 pm
Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
Discussion leader TBD
Registration TBD


*The views and opinions expressed in the selected book are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of AARP.

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