Barbara Rinella, a former teacher, defines herself as an “academic entertainer.” For many years she has been celebrating literature and learning through her delightful programs on current books. New program for 2020 is a dramatization of The Queen's Fortune by Allison Pataki, an amazing historical fiction novel of the life of Desiree Clary! Current programs include "A Tribute to Barbara & George H. W. Bush" based on two wonderful books by their granddaughters: George and Barbara Bush, A Great American Love Story by Ellie LeBlond Sosa and Kelly Anne Chase, and Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, plus a dramatization of Fly Girls, How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds And Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien. Come meet Barbara and George Bush or Amelia Earhart, and her four terrific, brave lady friends: Ruth Elder, "the Bravest of the Fair and the Fairest of the Brave," Ruth Nichols, "the Flying Debutante," Louise Thaden, the "small town dreamer," and Florence Klingensmith, the "Darling of the Northern Plains." For 2020, Cleopatra is returning, as many groups have requested that Barbara again bring to life Stacy Schiff's wonderful biography, Cleopatra: A Life! Another new program in 2020, is a dramatization of The Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin! This historical fiction novel is a fascinating story of Paris in World War II. Barbara is still presenting her program on "A Visit with the Royal Ladies." Princess Diana, Camilla, Princess Kate, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will all appear to cheer Queen Elizabeth's 94th birthday and celebrate Prince Charles:The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith. All BEST wishes to everyone during this scary virus pandemic, and with isolation it is obviously a time to read good books!!
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