In 1783, during a two-day journey through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, confessed "to a certain pleasing, melancholy sensation."
Look out, America!, this book shouts from the margins of nearly every page of its blood-soaked bulk. And it has much to warn us about.
After a harsh, nomadic life, a woman in her 30s with calluses on her hands from years of picking fruit and working on farms slips inside a Congregational church in a little town in Iowa one Sunday morning to escape the rain. This small act alters her life and leads to an unexpected, miraculous marriage to the elderly minister who spots her in the back of his church.
It would take Jayne Thompson, a Widener University English professor, an hour or more to navigate the layers of security that separated her from her students.
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