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Narrative Nonfiction Book Club

June 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War

JUNE’S BOOK SELECTION: “You Don’t Belong Here” by Elizabeth Becker

The long-buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the barriers to women covering war.   Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign reporters, Frankie, Catherine, and Kate challenged the rules imposed on them by the military, ignored the belittlement of their male peers, and ultimately altered the craft of war reportage for generations.

In You Don’t Belong Here, Elizabeth Becker uses these women’s work and lives to illuminate the Vietnam War from the 1965 American buildup, the expansion into Cambodia, and the American defeat and its aftermath. Arriving herself in the last years of the war, Becker writes as a historian and a witness of the times.

What emerges is an unforgettable story of three journalists forging their place in a land of men, often at great personal sacrifice. Deeply reported and filled with personal letters, interviews, and profound insight, You Don’t Belong Here fills a void in the history of women and of war.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk for this independent book club.

 

Details

Date:
June 26
Time:
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Venue

Terryville Public Library
238 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786 United States
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Phone
8605823121