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Thu, May 09


The Ranch at Laguna Beach


Join fellow bookworms in reading some of the latest works penned by contemporary fiction and non-fiction writers.

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Time & Location

May 09, 2019, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Ranch at Laguna Beach, S, 31106 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA

About The Event

Book Club third meeting.....

The club will be meeting every 2nd Thursday of the month. If you have questions feel free to reach out to Kristie @ 949-981-3663 our bookclub ambassador.

The book on the list for May is : Once Upon a Secret, Mimi Alford

In '62, Mimi Beardsley was a naive teen, a product of her class & time. She'd attended the same exclusive girls' school as Jackie Bouvier, now installed in the White House as the first lady. Which is also where Mimi found herself, as an 18-year-old intern. JFK's White House was a place for which she wasn't remotely prepared, dominated by the charismatic & sexually rapacious figure of the president. Within four days, they'd started a relationship.

There are several extraordinary things about Mimi's story. One is that she'd evaded notice from any of the biographers of JFK & other chroniclers of the heady days & sexual shenanigans of Camelot. Only by chance did a reporter in 2006 follow up a mention of her name in a JFK book, & doorstep her--a married NY grandmother--to find out whether she was the Mimi Beardsely mentioned in a passing reference. This is all the more surprising given the length of the affair--18 months--& the fact that it was ended only by his death.

Mimi Beardsley Alford has decided, after decades of silence & reflection, to tell her story. This is not just a memoir of a young woman of her generation & class coming of age in the 60s, & her relationship with JFK. She also examines the significance it had in her life & relationships since, why she chose to be silent for so long & why she feels this is the time to speak out.

Our Past Reads:

Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly


Kristie M Hensley

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