Historic Newton Book Club Meeting
March 29, 2012
The club’s book selection is "The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West: 1840-60" by John Unruh Jr. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history and the winner of seven awards for historical writing, "The Plains Across" is a thoroughly researched study of the Oregon/California Trail. Relying on contemporaneous newspaper reports, letters, personal journals and diaries, Unruh explores the reasons emigrants undertook the arduous journey and the hardships, perils and sacrifices they endured to establish a new life in the West. In reviewing the book The Washington Post Book Review wrote: "Magisterial....Unruh has not only produced the best book yet written on the overland journey, but has also laid to rest a magnitude of popular myths...The book is so rich in anecdotes, so sparklingly written... it might have come from the pen of a best-selling popularizer." The book club is free and open to the public, and new members are always welcome.